December, 2019

How to Survive and Thrive in a World of Disruption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Looking back upon my long career , it’s frankly sobering how many once powerful IT companies are no longer around or are shadows of their former selves, e,g, Digital , Wang , Sun Microsystems , BlackBerry. The forces of disruption might have been more powerful in the fast-changing IT industry, but no industry has been immune.

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30 articles from 2019 to take us into 2020

Jane Hart

During 2019 I shared hundreds of links to useful articles, posts and resources but here are 30 (listed in chronological order) that I believe highlight 3 key themes for 2020. Modern Workplace Learning


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How do you drive yourself?

Clark Quinn

How do I drive myself? I was asked that in a coaching session. The question is asking how I keep learning. There are multiple answers, which I’ve probably talked about before, but I’ll reflect here. I think it’s important to regularly ask: “how do you drive yourself?” ” As it’s the end of the year, my conversant was looking at professional development.

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Five Learning Moments After a Year Working For Myself

Dan Pontefract

Today in Ottawa I delivered my 33rd and final keynote of 2019. What a thrill it has been to share my thoughts on leadership, purpose, open thinking and employee engagement to roughly … Continue reading "Five Learning Moments After a Year Working For Myself". The post Five Learning Moments After a Year Working For Myself appeared first on Dan Pontefract. book 2019 review The Pontefract Group

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Twelvetide 19:03 and so to the land of the eagles

Dave Snowden

While my the first hill was Moel Fammau, my first mountain was Yr Wyddfa, the name being a reference to a legend of it being a cairn thrown over the giant Rhitta Gawr after his defeat by Arthur. It’s English name Snowdon means snow hill in Old English. The surname Snowden is a habitation name taken from a village in West Yorkshire and is derived from snow and dun (meaning hill) it is not derived from the English name for the mountain.

in spite of the stupid

Harold Jarche

I have frequently said that leadership today is helping make our networks smarter. Much of what we are is a direct effect of who we know and interact with. Our social networks have significant influence on who we are. Most of us are already aware of the direct effect we have on our friends and family; our actions can make them happy or sad, healthy or sick, even rich or poor. But we rarely consider that everything we think, feel, do, or say can spread far beyond the people we know.

The Puzzling Economic Impact of Transformative Technologies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“General purpose technologies (GPTs) are engines for growth ,…” wrote Erik Brynjolfsson , Daniel Rock , and Chad Syverson in The Productivity J-Curve , a working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). “These are the defining technologies of their times and can radically change the economic environment.

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Content systems not content packages

Clark Quinn

In a conversation last week (ok, an engagement), the topic of content systems came up. Now this is something I’ve argued for before , in several ways. For one, separate content from how it’s delivered. And, pull content together by rules, not hardwired. And it’s also about the right level of granularity. It’s time to revisit the message, because I thought it was too early, but I think the time is fast coming when we can look at this.

A Holiday Greeting from Xyleme


A Holiday Greeting from Xyleme. Previous. Localize and personalize your content with Xyleme. Xyleme’s industry-leading Learning Content Management System (LCMS) helps some of the world’s largest organizations personalize and scale their content for global audiences. Contact us to find out how Xyleme can help you achieve your content goals in the new year. The post A Holiday Greeting from Xyleme appeared first on Xyleme. Blog Uncategorized

Twelvetide 19:6 Goredale Scar & Gynefin

Dave Snowden

By coincidence today is Gynefin day (we thin Beth Smith coined that name) an annual ritual in which UK based staff and any friends get together at my house at Lockeridge with the intention of reducing my stocks of gin.

from enlightenment to entanglement

Harold Jarche

As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, it is time to question our institutions of governance and commerce that mostly originated during the 18th century Enlightenment. Linearity and Cartesian logic are not suitable for a connected and complex world. To change our systems, first we have to understand them, and where they came from. This is the great societal learning challenge today — sensemaking in a networked world.

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Can AI Help Develop and Execute a Competitive Business Strategy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On Dion Neutra, 1926-2019

Doc Searls

The Los Angeles in your head is a Neutra house. You’ve seen many of them in movies , and some of them in many movies. Some of those are now gone , alas, as is the architect and preservationist who also designed, or helped design, many of the buildings that bear his surname. Dion Neutra died last week, at 93 years of work more than of age. Here is a Google search for his obituary , which brings up a great many entries. Dion was a good man and a good friend.

Unpacking some nuances

Clark Quinn

In my book Engaging Learning , I had a suite of elements for both effective education practice and engaging experiences. Of course, the point was that they perfectly aligned. However, I’m unpacking a couple of them, and I thought it’d be helpful to ensure that I am clear about them, and so that you are too. So I’m unpacking some nuances in two different groups of elements. For one, I talk about contextualized, anchored, and relevant.

The NineShift Story Has Ended

Nine Shift

Thank you all so much for your support of NineShift over the past 20 years! The NineShift story, which predicted and then documented the transformation of society from the Industrial Age of 2000 into the Knowledge Society of 2020, has been complete. . Julie and I will be working on two new projects moving forward: *LERN Forecasts. While the societal transformation has been completed, the educational and lifelong learning transformation has not been completed (we predict 2030).

The Xmas 12: 1 It all starts with sausages

Dave Snowden

I finally decided on the theme for my traditional (well I’ve done it more than once) Twelve Days of Christmas post. I got a myriad of good suggestions in so I am sorted out for a few years to come! I chose a Cynefin theme and plan to describe memories around places I consider sacred in the broader sense of the world. They represent physical places with hold special significance for me and I going to run through them is date-encounter sequence.

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organizations as media

Harold Jarche

In discussing organizational models and metaphors, Naomi Stanford refers to Gareth Morgan and his influence on organizational design. “Gareth’s Morgan’s book Images of Organisation (1986) , for example, offered eight organisational metaphors …” — machine, organism, brain, culture, political system, psychic prison, flux & transformation, and instrument of domination. Other researchers have added to this list — icehotel, wonderland, femicide, justice.

The State of Financial Health Around the World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Gallup Global Financial Health Study was published in May of 2018. The study is based on a survey of over 15,000 people in 10 different countries. Conducted by Gallup in partnership with the MetLife Foundation and the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors , the study aimed to develop two key financial measures: how secure do people feel around the world, and how much control and influence they believe they have over their financial situations.

Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is the analysis of the UNESCO OER resolution I provided to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO prior to the discussion and vote on the resolution concerning Open Educational Resources It is now a matter of historical record that the resolution did pass. Here is the final resolution. Here's an article about the vote. Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO. Stephen Downes. 19 September 2019.

Why I left, and the reason for my return

Martijn Linssen

I pretty much left Twitter - and my blog - in 2013. Whereas I usually quit cold turkey, this time I lingered a bit, publishing a handful of blog posts in 2013, even one in 2014, and I'm sure that my Twitter activity followed much the same pattern; I've always said that the combination of the two is what upholds my 'Circle of Inspiration'. Why did I leave?

FREE 'Game Over' Button

Nine Shift

Some 400 people attended the final NineShift presentation November 21, 2019, at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego. To mark the celebration, we made 'Game Over' buttons to mark the first full year of the Knowledge Society, which began Jan 1, 2020. If you want 2 'Game Over' buttons, just mail a self addressed stamped envelope to: LERN, PO Box 9, River Falls, WI 54022. Thank you for NineShift


Twelvetide 19:07 The Opera House

Dave Snowden

Opera has been a part of my life from an early age and I was torn between the Empire Theatre in Liverpool and the Coliseum home of the English National Opera as the place. The Empire was where I first fell in love with opera on family trips to see the WNO and the SCO on tour. The Coliseum was where I recovered my interest post University back the 1980s and I’ve had season tickets for the ENO ever since and also the Royal Opera for over 25 years.

complex networks of trust

Harold Jarche

What is innovation? — it is not so much about having ideas as it is about connecting and nurturing ideas. History tells us that innovation is an outcome of a massive collective effort — not just from a narrow group of young white men in California.” — Mariana Mazzucato. Markets do not work in isolation from the public sector. Everything is connected. The lone genius does not exist. Networks of trust are what create value for society.

Minimalist Living: Why Fewer Things Equals Greater Happiness

KCC Business Psychology

If you’re a creative person, a pack rat, a shopper or a collector, minimalist living and the idea that fewer things equals greater happiness may feel impossible to you. It doesn’t have to be! And you don’t have to be a true minimalist in order to decrease the amount of possessions you own and increase your happiness. Who’s in Charge Here? If you’ve seen the movie Fight Club, you may remember the scene in which Tyler Durden talks about the paradox of owning things.

On the Edge of a New Decade

Edge Perspectives

We’re heading into a new decade today. It’s not just a new year, but a new decade.* It’s a turning point, a historic moment, and provides us an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re headed. It’s all in the numbers. I believe in the power of numbers. I don’t think it’s an accident that the year launching a new decade has special characteristics. First, it repeats numbers – this is the first decade in over a millennium (remember 1010?)

Why Use Knowledge Checks in Your Corporate Training Program


Training is incredibly important to your employees. A survey mentioned by Your Training Edge indicated that 70 percent of workers claim training directly influences their decision to stick with their current employer or look for a new job. 1 The source also reported that 74 percent of participants involved in another long-term study “assert that lack of training is the biggest hurdle in achieving their full potential at work.”

The Grand Finale: Thank You!

Nine Shift



Twelvetide 19:05 Wick Court

Dave Snowden

This is the second and last post with a religious theme to it. Both cover the period during and after University where it was a large part of my life. In the second year at University, I was a delegate to a meeting of the Student Christian Movement. The SCM at that time was very different from the IVF which had split from one. One reason for the split was that the IVF did not consider the SCM to be a bible believing organisation.

best finds of 2019

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Here are some of the best for 2019. Word of the Year. PhilosophyMttrs — “Word of the Year” — Ultracrepidarian — adjective noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise. Media.

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How WhatsApp Is Being Used by Nonprofits in India

Beth Kanter

Recently, Social Misfits Media’s Community Manager, Angharad Francis, interviewed the brilliant Pushpa Aman Singh, Founder of GuideStar India. In this interview, Pushpa discusses her journey prior to founding GuideStar India, her role in helping NGOs and how WhatsApp is driving strong communication among stakeholders. Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your career prior to GuideStar? After going to business school, I started my career in the corporate sector.

The Paradox of Leadership

Edge Perspectives

I love paradox. Today I’m going explore not just one, but two, paradoxes. Both are related to the role of leadership in our changing world. The first paradox: in a world of mounting performance pressure, we seek “strong” leaders with all the answers, when what we need are leaders with powerful questions.

When Crafting a Manufacturing Training Program, Don’t Forget the Basics


The manufacturing industry is in the midst of a significant growth spurt that will create 4.6 million new jobs over the next 10 years 1. One of the challenges fast-growing manufacturing companies will face in the future is training large numbers of new hires. By creating effective manufacturer training that is easily accessible to employees, companies can ensure their workers remain competent and productive despite major organizational growth. LMS benefits Manufacturing manufacturer training

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Twelvetide 19:04 the Chaplaincy Centre

Dave Snowden

In 1972 I went up to University to read Philosophy and Physics. it was a bit an indulgence at the time but has proved more than useful in later life. They are of course the foundation disciplines in the Humanities and Sciences, whatever the mathematicians say. It was a period where you could indulge yourself in higher education as a job of some type was more or less guaranteed and all your living costs and fees were covered by the State, subject to some minimal means-testing.

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turmoil and experimentation

Harold Jarche

Renee DiResta compares the challenges brought about by the printing press — invented in Europe in 1450 — and compares these with the current effects of digital networks in — Mediating Consent. The printing press, invented approximately 50 years before the 95 Theses, extended Luther’s reach from the door of the cathedral to the entirety of Europe.

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Leveraging Online Donor Engagement: Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Beth Kanter

Guest Post by Sarah Tedesco, Executive Vice President of DonorSearch. As a member of a nonprofit fundraising team, you always have your eyes on a fundraising goal and are working to improve your online donor engagement strategy. . Fundraising, however, can take many different forms, so it can be difficult to know which is best to improve your online donor engagement.

The art of the possible: Pervasive integration of enterprise systems and data arrives

Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog

Long the most expensive, time-consuming, and fraught activity in IT, the integration of systems and data has seen recent breakthroughs that make it far easier, faster, and less costly to bring systems together in a high quality way. Here's how SAP is changing the art of the possible

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