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The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Human beings have always been a social species,” writes MIT professor Sinan Aral in the opening paragraph of The Hype Machine , his recently published book. “We’ve been communicating, cooperating, and coordinating with one another since we were hunting and gathering.”

Introduction to Social Networking

Harold Jarche

Introduction to Social Networking. Online social networks facilitate connections between people based on shared interests, values, membership in particular groups (i.e., They make it easier for people to find and communicate with individuals who are in their networks using the Web as the interface. Note you can learn more about the concept of ego-centric vs object-centric networks here ). It is also the network of choice for most professionals.

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Making pretty patterns

Euen Semple

For the last few years any time anyone has asked me to predict what will be interesting in the future of the social web I have said "seeing patterns, and what we do with the patterns that we see". I have also argued consistently over the years that what matters is the ownership and interpretation of the data and patterns that we generate. If our tools create patterns that are visible to us all of us then we all learn and are able to make better decisions.

Collective intelligence patterns

Clark Quinn

social networking can facilitate work, to actually analyze and distill some underlying principles. In his presentation on The Landscape of Collective Intelligence, he comes up with four characteristics of design patterns (or genes, as he calls them): What (strategy), Who (staffing), How (structure & process), & Why (incentives/alignment). This is a really nice systematic breakdown into patterns tied to real examples.

The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003

David Weinberger

The Web was social before it had social networking software. It just hadn’t yet evolved a pervasive layer of software specifically designed to help us be social. a new class of application, unsurprisingly called “social software.” But what sort of sociality were we looking for? The two talks, especially Clay’s, serve as reminders of what the Internet looked like before social networks. This is an incredibly powerful pattern.

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[liveblog] Judith Donath on designing for sociality (“Social Machines”)

David Weinberger

Judith Donath is giving a book talk to launch The Social Machine. I read it this weekend and it is a rich work that explores the ways in which good design can improve our online sociality. Omitting key information. Judith begins by saying that the theme of the book is the importance of online social interaction and designing for it. Our interfaces may look sophisticated but they’re primitive when it comes to enabling social interaction.

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The Future IMS Learning Design

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The Future IMS Learning Design What is the future of learning design? Joel Greenberg My own personal view: maybe the world is moving on, and maybe the idea of 'design' is a bit old fashioned. I have been looking at the world of social networking, and my mind is moving away from the model where we are the experts and package the knowledge and sequence it. The idea is to lead academics to a lightweight narrative, and having them design around it.

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How to support informal learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Cross is a champion of informal learning, Web 2.0, He has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix three decades ago. He chairs the Internet Time Alliance, a brain trust of six thought leaders who help companies boost their collective intelligence and profitability through networks. They are currently refining informal/web 2.0 Formal learning is patterned after schools.

Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

leads to questions about designing learning for the future - reference to the old ''cranking ifo into students'' heads diagram - claims about the future: - work at own time, place, etc - computers will revolutionize learning - along came MOOCs - investment in MOOCs: $100M - will take time but will have a major impact - why things will change. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, ''Designing Platform Based Design'', EEDesign, Feb.

The Paucity of Intelligent Design

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Re: Why Intelligent Design Is Going to Win This must be comedy Friday at Tech Central Station. Sure, the United States may well turn to a religion-dominated policy and social agenda; it has happened before. intelligent design people! intelligent design people! The point is, intelligent design is a religion-driven anti-intellectual position adhered to (and directed toward) mostly uneducated people, and it is Not Science. Intelligent design and all, you know?

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Understanding individual human mobility patterns" (nature article)

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Firefox 3 not loved by Corp. Main | Get Social, Get Game and Get Learning! eLearning Guilds Summer Seminar Series » June 19, 2008 "Understanding individual human mobility patterns" (nature article) ( link ) Cautionary Note: Id like to read this article but dont really want to drop $32 for the privilege.

Musings on “community management” Part 1 | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Fast, accurate and quality reading/writing skills - I always recommend a timed reading/writing test that involves looking at multiple bits of information (posts, etc.), seeing the patterns of those posts then composing a response. A good community manager must be able to skip around, see patterns, scan the whole and then discern if and where to intervene in the system. Social network mapping and analysis skills. Ditto for social network mapping and analysis.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Wikipatterns: A How-To Site on Driving the Adoption of Wikis Within Your Organization

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « "The Name of the Game Is Work" (Business Week) | Main | Someone buy me this poster » August 28, 2007 Wikipatterns: A How-To Site on Driving the Adoption of Wikis Within Your Organization What a great resource. A collection of patterns and anti-patterns (or actually resistance patterns) for moving forward with Wikis within your organization.

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Mycorrhiza & scaffolding 2 of 2

Dave Snowden

In my earlier post I reprised my earlier work on the role of informal networks with a view to updating and extending that today, keeping with the metaphor of mycorrhiza. The first and simplest way is to trigger the informal networks when a formal system is needed.

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May the Network Force Be With You

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As we know, The Force is a source of power for those who, like the Jedi , feel its flow. “The network force is similar,” wrote Silicon Valley network expert and entrepreneur James Currier in Your Life is Driven by Network Effects. “You don’t always see it, but it is exerting itself on you.

The Future of Online Learning 2020

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Another argument is that schools are essential for socialization. Breaking things creates social problems. It's a social problem. Online learning is social, or can be social, our community bees can form online, and we've known that for twenty years.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Semi-Daily Quote/Lyric/Words of Others

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Map of the Blogosphere | Main | Semi-Daily Quote/Lyric/Words of Others » March 27, 2008 Semi-Daily Quote/Lyric/Words of Others “Common to most anthropologists is a contrarian readiness to search out diverse, improbable kinds of patterning, to be skeptical of commonly accepted categories or boundaries, and to employ varying temporal and geographic scales as tools of inquiry.”

Sense-making with PKM

Harold Jarche

People learn socially. We constantly go through a process of looking at bits of information and trying to make sense of them by adding to our existing knowledge or testing out new patterns in our sense-making efforts. The Web has given us more ways to connect with others in our learning but many people only see the information overload aspect of our digital society. Exchanging: We exchange and note ideas and information all of the time. Social. Social.

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solving problems together

Harold Jarche

Known problems require access to the right information to solve them. This information can be mapped, and frameworks such as knowledge management help us to map it. Exception-handling is becoming more important in the networked workplace. The challenge for organizational design is to make it easy to move new problems into the knowable space. We need to be able find things fast, which is the main benefit of using social tools — increasing speed of access to knowledge.

In praise of Texture

Dave Snowden

There isn’t an omniscient narrator, and instead the reader discovers new disjointed information alongside the characters as little clues reveal themselves through discovering connections. More than 90% of recent cases are made up by these foreign workers who live in tight quarters, and who have no chance for social distancing. Patterns and texture . It will be interesting when we start collection of COVID-19 stories to see how the patterns shift.

In praise of Texture

Dave Snowden

There isn’t an omniscient narrator, and instead the reader discovers new disjointed information alongside the characters as little clues reveal themselves through discovering connections. More than 90% of recent cases are made up by these foreign workers who live in tight quarters, and who have no chance for social distancing. Patterns and texture . It will be interesting when we start collection of COVID-19 stories to see how the patterns shift.

Ensuring knowledge flow through narration

Harold Jarche

Organizational learning is no longer about courses, which are artifacts of a time when information was scarce and connections were few, because that era is over. As with knowledge artisans , many learners now own their knowledge-sharing networks. Today, content capture and creation tools let people tell their own stories and weave these together to share in their networks. What started as forums and wikis quickly evolved into more robust networks and communities.

Skills for Learning Professionals…Part 2 | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jul 05 2009 Skills for Learning Professionals…Part 2 Published by Nancy White at 1:41 pm under community , knowledge sharing , learning , networks , reflection , social media , technology stewardship Update: Part 3 is here. Learning Community/Network Skills for Knowledge Workers and Learning Professionals First, some context.

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hold space for complex problems

Harold Jarche

Professor Lynda Gratton at the London Business School outlines five forces in The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here , that will shape the future patterns of work. ” Work informs much of our relationship with society. But our organizations are not designed for complexity. Understanding complexity must be part of any informed discussions on government policy or governance.

February’s Top 50 Posts on Working Smarter

Jay Cross

Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines.

Researching open online courses

George Siemens

Over the last decade, I’ve extolled the value of social/technological networks as a means of extending learning opportunities. Social media in particular has collapsed the barriers between students and teachers. One area that I haven’t devoted much attention to is that of distributed online research networks. What are the habits and patterns of learner self-organization in open online courses?

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Social Media Planning and Evaluation for NGOs | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Social Media Strategy Planning & Measurement – What’s Working? With social media, however, strategy is a compass, not a map, because it is a fast changing territory. This topic is designed to give you some tools and ideas for including social media appropriately in your overall organizational strategic plan and to measure its effectiveness. Social media, however, is like a river you swim in. Some people call this “social listening.&#

Social Business in the Age of the Customer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Social Media is one of the hallmarks of our digital age, enabling individuals and communities to create and share user-generated content. Starting about a decade ago with the rise of Web 2.0 , we have seen the explosive growth of social media technologies, - e.g., blogs, wikis and podcasts, - as well as platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with hundreds of millions of users.

a new business ideology

Harold Jarche

The following table shows how ideas, technology, organizations, and institutions are changing as we enter a network economy. As our organizations become inter-networked, and relationships create more of our value, we have to pay attention to intangible value, much of it requiring implicit knowledge. Intangible knowledge exchanges include strategic information, planning knowledge, process knowledge, technical know-how, collaborative design, policy development, etc.,

OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

Keesing and Strathern in Cultural Anthropology: A Contemporary Perspective (1998) assert two very different ways in which the term culture is used: The socio-cultural system or the pattern of residence and resource exploitation that can be observed directly, documented and measured in a fairly straightforward manner. Such cultures are tacit in nature: networked, tribal and fluid. If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike.

change the system, not the leader

Harold Jarche

It puts too much power in the hands of individuals and blocks human networks from realizing their potential. Depending on one person to always be the leader will only dumb-down the entire network. In the network era, leadership is helping the network make better decisions. Leadership is an emergent property of a network in balance. In Adapting to Perpetual Beta I concluded that leadership in networks is exercised through reputation, not positional authority.

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intangible value

Harold Jarche

It was her work on value network analysis [PDF] that particularly influenced my thinking. Only through the power of value networks can we address our complex issues – together – and create a more hopeful future.” – Verna Allee. “A A value network is a web of relationships that generates economic value and other benefits through complex dynamic exchanges between two or more individuals, groups or organizations. Image: Value Network Analysis by Patti Anklam.

Automagically discover best content every day

Jay Cross

In a buzz session at DevLearn this year, I described how Working Smarter Daily uses social signals to choose and display a fresh selection of relevant articles every morning. Jay Cross’s Informal Learning. Social Media for Working & Learning. Working smarter draws upon design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0

Response to Dron

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We''ll discuss this too. -- Let''s let Dron introduce connectivism: The Connectivist account of individual learning, in which the nervous system is understood as a neural network with emergent properties and behaviours resulting from its connections that we describe as ''learning'', is certainly compelling. There is one trivial sense in which every theorist agrees that learning is based on a neural network as described - they agree because they have to.

organizing for the network era

Harold Jarche

These organizations are artifacts of a time when information was scarce and hard to share, and when connections with others were difficult to make and required command and control. The network era, with digital electric communications, changes this. Organizations today should be designed more like the internet ( small pieces, loosely joined ) and less like attractive prisons. The network era needs new structures, not modified versions of obsolete models.

adapting to perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

There is no such thing as a social business strategy. There are only business strategies that understand networks. Cooperative and distributed work is becoming the norm in the network era. Social learning is how work gets done in networks. Sharing power, enabling conversations, and ensuring transparency are some of the values of networked business. Patterns can be sensed and responses prepared, but each case is different. Social Learning.

Some thoughts I've had.

Mark Oehlert

Don''t silence your cell phone"/Hierarchies of expertise/Narrate your work/Fear Control Trust/Saying the wrong thing/Saying "bad" things/Fog of systems/All learning is socially-mediated/Transmission Loss/Inevitability/Consumerization/Blurring line between work/life/Intuitive situational awareness/No more courses. No more answers – only questions/Pattern recognition/Curation/Be human/Field Independent v.

Awesome insights into working smarter

Jay Cross

Working Smarter Daily draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines.

Best of working smarter for September 2011

Jay Cross

Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines.

E-Learning 3.0 Course Synopsis

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Getting Ready Connectivism is based on the idea that knowledge is essentially the set of connections in a network, and that learning therefore is the process of creating and shaping those networks. The MOOC environment is designed to support both types of learning. Ideally, course participants will have tools to manage their individual knowledge networks as well as means to interact through social networks.

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mastery and models

Harold Jarche

These disciplines have influenced my professional work which is based on individuals taking control of their learning and professional development and actively engaging in social networks and communities of practice. It is an individual, disciplined process by which we make sense of information and our interactions with people and ideas. As knowledge workers or citizens, PKM is our part of the social learning contract. They were all designed for a different era.

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perspectives on new work – synopsis

Harold Jarche

The Internet-based firm sees work and cognitive capability as networked communication. Creative learning is the fundamental process of socialization and being human. Work will be described as complex patterns of communicative interaction between interdependent individuals. A networked business increases its intellectual capital as the nodes of the network do the same. The network acts as an amplifier of knowledge, but the demands on the worker grow.

Corporate Learning Trends- What Endures During Recessions

Kevin Wheeler

Most corporate learning remains traditional, formal, and follows patterns laid down decades ago by firms such as GE and IBM. Instructional designers and professional presenters spend thousands of hours designing training that should, in theory, transfer the needed skills to leaners as fast as possible. Informal learnin g. We learn the vast majority of what we know informally- without apprenticeships, textbooks, or teachers.

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