Thu.Feb 23, 2012

Let’s use the ‘No Track’ button we already have

Doc Searls

( Cross-posted from the ProjectVRM blog.). For as long as we’ve had economies, demand and supply have been attracted to each other like a pair of magnets. Ideally, they should match up evenly and produce good outcomes.

Design Interrupted: Design-time Versus Meeting-time

Adaptive Path

Ever see sleep histograms like the one pictured below? There are levels of sleep, and the deeper you go, the better the sleep you're getting. But it takes time for you to get to the sweet spot of REM sleep and achieve quality sleep. And if the neighbor's dog barks (or, in my household, your toddler yells "mama!") and you wake up, the whole process has to start over. The same, it seems, goes for design.

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Social Media: An Interview

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked to contribute my responses to interview questions on social media for a new journal called The Future of Learning and of course I was happy to send some thoughts along. When did you start getting interested in the potential of social media in education and why? It all depends on what you call social media. For me the turning point came in 1986 at the University of Calgary, and specifically, in John A. Baker's graduate Philosophy of Mind class.

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Design Interrupted: Design-time Versus Meeting-time

Adaptive Path

Ever see sleep histograms like the one pictured below? There are levels of sleep, and the deeper you go, the better the sleep you're getting. But it takes time for you to get to the sweet spot of REM sleep and achieve quality sleep. And if the neighbor's dog barks (or, in my household, your toddler yells "mama!") and you wake up, the whole process has to start over. The same, it seems, goes for design.

Workforce collaboration in the network era

Harold Jarche

Tweet Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy, and networks subvert standardization. In the industrial era we saw the rise of specialized departments and specialized jobs. Any job could be generically designed and then filled by the most suitable applicant.

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Great Debate: Social enterprise - Fact or fiction? Live next Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 2pm ET

Dion Hinchcliffe

Dennis Howlett and I finally get our ‘cage match’ on social business. We will debate whether or not the social enterprise is fact or fiction next Tuesday at 2pm ET. We’ll both bring our best arguments and when the dust settles, we’ll all collectively be smarter on this topic du jour

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[2b2k] Ethanz on linguistic isolation

David Weinberger

Ethan Zuckerman asks a simple question — is there a correlation between how many outside news sources the people in a country consult and whether those people’s language is spoken mainly in their own country? — and leads us through the quantifiable maze looking for an answer. Ethan defines “linguistic isolation” as “how well does the dominant language of your nation affect your ability to engage with information produced in other countries?”