March, 2021

The Current State of AI Adoption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few years, McKinsey has been conducting a yearly online survey to help assess the state of AI adoption. The 2019 survey garnered responses from over 2,300 companies, and found that AI was becoming more mainstream, with nearly 80% of the responding companies using AI in some capacity.

Naturalising narrated

Dave Snowden

In recent times I’ve been engaged in a series of interesting exchanges with Dr Mike Jackson OBE, hereinafter referred to as Mike. I have a visiting chair at Hull University where he is Emeritus Professor and as well as a fair number of mutual friends including Yasmin Merali and Gerald Midgley.


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Performance Support and Bad Design

Clark Quinn

Here’s a story about where performance support would’ve made a task much easier. And, as always, the text. The other day, I had a classic need for performance support. Of course, it didn’t exist. So here’s a cognitive story about when and where a job aid would help.

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I Still Can’t Believe I Travelled Week of March 8, 2020

Dan Pontefract

The week of March 8, 2020, still feels surreal to me. Even a year later. My youngest turned 13 that day. A teenager! Naturally, we… The post I Still Can’t Believe I Travelled Week of March 8, 2020 appeared first on Pontefract Group. humour Pandemic pandemic Toronto

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nature favours large social groups that network their information

Harold Jarche

Knowing how to get the answers you need is more important than storing those answers in your head, especially with the shorter lifespan of knowledge these days. What you find when you look something up is probably current. What you already know is more and more likely to be out of date.

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Trend of the Day: NFT

Doc Searls

NFTs—Non-Fungible Tokens —are hot s**t. Wikipedia explains (at that link), A non-fungible token ( NFT ) is a special type of cryptographic token that represents something unique.

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The Increasing Influence of Recommendation Systems in Our Everyday Lives

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few years ago, I attended a seminar by University of Toronto professor Avi Goldfarb on the economic value of AI. Goldfarb explained that the best way to assess the impact of a new radical technology is to look at how the technology reduces the cost of a widely used function.

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A bad question

Clark Quinn

On Twitter today was a question from an organization that, frankly, puzzled me. Further, I think it’s important to understand why this was a bad question. So here let me unpack several illustrative problems. First, the question asks “What kind of learning do you prefer?”

Employees Are A Bit Like Astronauts In Space Right Now

Dan Pontefract

While vaccines are progressing, the reality is employees are feeling a lot like astronauts on a space station. What does NASA do to help their employees cope? The post Employees Are A Bit Like Astronauts In Space Right Now appeared first on Pontefract Group.

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you are a commodity and don’t know it

Harold Jarche

In platforms and the precariat I asked —If you are not one of the recognized best in your field, can you make a living online or are you just part of some platform’s long tail, valuable only to aggregators and their advertising revenues?

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A toast to the fools standing high on broadcasting’s hill

Doc Searls

In Winter, the cap of dark on half the Earth is cocked to the north. So, as the planet spins, places farther north get more night in the winter. In McGrath, Alaska, at close to sixty-three degrees north, most of the day is dark. This would be discouraging to most people, but to Paul B.

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The Changing Nature of the Liberal Arts in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What is meant by the liberal arts? Here is a succinct dictionary definition : “The academic course of instruction intended to provide general knowledge and usually comprising the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as opposed to professional or technical subjects.”

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Introduction to Linda

Dave Snowden

Joining the Cynefin Centre in last November felt serendipitous in many ways. I felt that the focus of the Centre tied together so many of my interests that had been culminating over the last few years. .

Book hiccups

Clark Quinn

As much as writing books is something I do (and I’m immodestly proud of the outcomes), they don’t always come out the way I expect. And that turns out to be true for almost every one! So here, for the record and hopefully as both mea culpas and lessons learned, are my book hiccups.

Management Musings: Episode 2 – Free Agents in the Workplace

Dan Pontefract

In Episode 2 of “Management Musings” I’m musing about the idea of creating an internal ‘free agent’ system for employees. What?!?

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More Open

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

[ source ] "We should pause and ask the question," says David Wiley, "is more open always better?" The answer, of course, is "it depends". I don't keep my house open for just anyone to drop by. I keep my bank account PIN a secret.

Top 3 Reasons Our Customers Love Xyleme


At Xyleme, we are committed to our customers. We know that their success is our success, and we continually strive to provide the best technology and services available. Check out the top 3 reasons our customers rate Xyleme 5 Stars on the software review site G2.

The Current State of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In June, 2008 I gave a talk at a conference on The Promise and Reality of Cloud Computing. In his closing remarks , the conference organizer noted that most everyone had agreed that something big and profound was going on, but they weren’t quite sure what it was they were excited about.

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Looking back at the Acorn Study; Part 7: Hope, loss, and sacrifice

Dave Snowden

In 2018, Jem Bendell, a sustainability leadership professor, wrote a paper that took the possibility of near-term societal collapse due to climate change extremely seriously (you can read the whole thing here ).

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How I write

Clark Quinn

I’d cued up a topic for a post, and then a conversation with a friend and colleague moved it to the front of the queue. We were talking about our process, and he pointed me to an article that nicely catalyzed my thinking.

Standing Up Against White Male Myopia

Dan Pontefract

I’m speaking out because I see it too often. I don’t know the gentleman below who posted the LinkedIn poll, but I’d like to address… The post Standing Up Against White Male Myopia appeared first on Pontefract Group. EDI Diversity Equity

people, not algorithms

Harold Jarche

Can an algorithm defeat an algorithm? One group of European researchers think it can be done. I have my doubts. “The approach involves assigning numerical values to both social media content and users.

Enough with the giant URLs

Doc Searls

A few minutes ago I wanted to find something I’d written about privacy. So I started with a simple search on Google: The result was this: Which is a very very very very very very very very very very very very very way long way of saying this: [link].

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Change in Education and What Needs to be Done

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Published as Change in Education and What Needs to be Done , 15 pages, 2020, Maysan Center for Future Studies. In recent months we as a global community have experienced a hard lesson about the nature of change.

Looking back at the Acorn Study; Part 8.2: And then COVID happened

Dave Snowden

Picking up right where we left things , let’s dive straight into more of the patterns. It is a commonly-accepted stereotype that those of us with access to social media distractions spent most of the pandemic doomscrolling.

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ID Support Thyself

Clark Quinn

Want to dig a bit deeper into improving design processes. Here, I look at tools, asking IDs to ‘support thyself’ As usual, the transcript: One of the things I do is help organizations improve their design processes.

Management Musings: Episode 3 – Corporate Culture Weather Forecast

Dan Pontefract

In Episode 3 of “Management Musings,” I’m delivering the weather forecast. Yep, the corporate culture weather forecast for this week and the next five months… The post Management Musings: Episode 3 – Corporate Culture Weather Forecast appeared first on Pontefract Group.

platforms and the precariat

Harold Jarche

Is it possible to be a musician today and earn a middle class income? The music industry is fundamentally broken up into three separate arms: recorded music, music licensing and live music.

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Why is the “un-carrier” falling into the hellhole of tracking-based advertising?

Doc Searls

For a few years now, T-Mobile has been branding itself the “un-carrier,” saying it’s “synonymous with 100% customer commitment.” ” Credit where due: we switched from AT&T a few years ago because T-Mobile, alone among U.S.

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The future of enterprise content is modular and headless

Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog

The classic approach to enterprise content management was to provide a central place to edit and publish content. But in a world filled with hundreds of digital channels, and dozens of types of devices, the traditional content management platform has become a spoke on a hub.

Looking back at the Acorn Study; Part 8.1: And then COVID happened

Dave Snowden

The Acorn Study began in the autumn of 2019. As often happens, most stories were collected in its early days in the flurry of sharing that followed its release. As the initial flood stopped, stories kept coming in, slowly but steadily, until the collection was closed down at the end of 2020.

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Animation thoughts

Clark Quinn

Sparked by a conversation, I generate some animation thoughts. And, as always, a transcript. In a conversation the other day, my colleague mentioned how she was making a practice of creating animations.

eLearning Trends in Healthcare Training


To say it is vital that healthcare workers receive training during this time is an understatement. Healthcare workers have been on the frontlines, providing care services, creating new medical treatments and products, working tirelessly with insurance companies, and much more.

prisoners of our own device

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “We simply ask that you be innovative without mistakes while working as a team to achieve individual performance goals.” ” — @DocOnDev.

The eventual normal

Doc Searls

One year ago exactly (at this minute), my wife and I were somewhere over Nebraska, headed from Newark to Santa Barbara by way of Denver, on the last flight we’ve ever taken. Prior to that we had put about four million miles on United alone, flying almost constantly somewhere, mostly on business. The map above traces what my pocket GPS recorded on various trips (and far from all of them) by land, sea and air since 2007. This life began for me in 1990 and for my wife long before that.

5 Tips for More Effective Meetings

KCC Business Psychology

5 Tips for More Effective Meetings. Meetings: people seem to love them or hate them. Some see meetings as a time waster, while others thrive on the collaborative energy that comes from regular check-ins or stand-ups.

Budge Wilson 1927-2021

Harold Jarche

Budge Wilson — Dalhousie University. I rarely write personal posts here but I want to collect some of what has been shared online by an extended community following the death of acclaimed writer, Budge Wilson , on 19 March 2021. We will miss her. Nova Scotia.