July, 2010

Generations, Social and Enterprise: adopt vs adapt

Martijn Linssen

[Never mind the Dutch text please, it's the only picture I could find apt enough] Today I read the words adopt, social and enterprise and tweeted: You can't adopt Social to the Enterprise, you have to adapt the Enterprise to SocialThat

Kill Your Darlings

Adaptive Path

My blog died. I tried in vein to save it. Friends kindly came to its rescue, and for a while, it seemed like my little blog just…might…make it. I watched fire slowly creep back back into its eyes and, oh, how I began to hope! But, alas, in the end, neither my friends, network, nor myself could save it. WhatMovesYou.tumblr.com just didn’t have the strength to survive on its own, and I had to accept the sad, sad truth: some ideas really should die.

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How to support informal learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Interview. by Robert Morris, Dallas Business Commentary Examiner. Cross is a champion of informal learning, Web 2.0, and systems thinking. His calling is to help business people improve their performance on the job and satisfaction in life.

Networks, networks, networks

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week. via @ captic – Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The traditional, industrial age hierarchic organization must evolve. Value creation has thus been shifting from protecting proprietary knowledge, to fostering collaboration, both within the company and beyond its boundaries, in order to help the firm participate in as broad and diverse a range of knowledge flows and thus improve its competitive position.

Wikis and Learning – 60 Resources

Tony Karrer

I’m involved in several discussions around how to use Wikis as part of learning solutions. I wanted to collect a few resources around this topic for use in these discussions. So, of course, I went to eLearning Learning and I looked at Wiki , Collaborative Learning with Wikis , Wikis and eLearning 2.0 , Wikis Corporate eLearning , Social Learning with Wikis , Wiki Security and a few others. Here’s some of what I found: Why a Wiki?

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The illusion of progress lights a fire

Mind Hacks

Psychologists have longed talked about 'goal gradient' which describes how we work harder to achieve a goal as we get closer to it. I just came across a fantastic study published in the Journal of Marketing Research which shows that we can be convinced to shift into a higher gear of work and spending, even when the perception of progress is a complete illusion.

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Doc Searls

At ProjectVRM we call EmanciPay “a relationship management and voluntary payment framework in which buyers and sellers can present to each other the requirements and options by which they are willing to engage, or are already engaging&#.

Augmented Reality for Learning

Tony Karrer

A colleague just asked me if I knew anyone who was using Augmented Reality for learning. I’m not and I gave him the standard advice about looking through LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers , LinkedIn for Finding Expertise , and Searching for Expertise - LinkedIn Answers. He did that, but didn’t find particular people. Probably I need to update my posts because there have to be lots of people who would be involved in training and augmented reality found via LinkedIn.

Web 3.0

George Siemens

Steve Wheeler shares a presentation Web 3.0: The way forward? Steve takes a three-fold view of web development: 1.0=linking, linking, 2.0=participation, participation, 3.0=existing existing data reconnected for smarter uses. Stephen Downes responds “let me be the first to name the new web: Web eXtended (or just Web X)…idea of Web X is that it combines web 2.0 social web) and web 3.0 semantic web) to create what I have called, in the past, the semantic social web.

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The Social Sh*tpile: Social Everything

Martijn Linssen

Social CRM: pleonasm or tautology? Every now and then wikipedia fails me, and this is such a moment. In ancient Greek pleon comes from pleioon, meaning more: you are actually saying more than need be, overstating it

Update: UX Leadership Model

Adaptive Path

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about a model for UX Leadership. Turns out that Will Evans’s model (which I flagrantly appropriated) actually took a lot of inspiration from another model—one created by David Sherwin and Justin Maquire, of frog design. So I wanted to update the model to include proper attribution, and while I’m at it, point you to David and Justin’s original presentation for the Seattle AIGA chapter (where this model was originally presented).

Creating excellent sheep

Dave Snowden

Catching up on my RSS feed late last night while watching Godfather II into the early hours of the morning, I found this post on leadership from Walter Smith's ever thoughtful blog. He is building on a speech at West Point by William Deresiewicz entitled Solitude and Leadershi p. As it happens solitude was a personal theme last night so I was probably sensitised to the subject. Unusually I had spent the last two nights eating with a family engaged in multiple conversations.


The Data Bubble

Doc Searls

The tide turned today. Mark it: 31 July 2010. That’s when The Wall Street Journal published The Web’s Gold Mine: Your Secrets , subtitled A Journal investigation finds that one of the fastest-growing businesses on the Internet is the business of spying on consumers. First in a series. It has ten links to other sections of today’s report. It’s pretty freaking amazing — and amazingly freaky, when you dig down to the business assumptions behind it.

Managing in Complexity

Harold Jarche

Formal training just won’t cut it any more as the primary means by which we prepare and adapt in order to get work done. Training isn’t dead, it’s just not enough, and cannot be the only tool in the box.

Open University: 20 million iTunes downloads

George Siemens

The Open University in UK has hit 20 million downloads on iTunes. Impressive. But what has been the impact? Has iTunes been “good&# for OU? How could that question even be answered? For individual learners, I assume iTunes lectures/resources have been helpful for learning. But who are these learners? Are they enrolled at OU? Or are they taking the courses for personal learning? Or as support resources for courses they are taking with other institutions? What about the lecturers?

ReTweet relativity

Martijn Linssen

One of the tools I made recently is my own Search tool that I use to make hashtag Tweet Collections. Its output is HTML but it's also valid XML (just change the extension), but the real beauty of it is that every tweet has a timestamp

The Constraints and Opportunities of Metaphor

Adaptive Path

As designers it is often our responsibility to imagine the future possibilities of things. We rarely get to design independent of social and cultural contexts, and we never get to design independent of the perceptual capabilities of our users. You could design a marvelous interface that makes terrific use of “color&# outside of the visible spectrum, but it is unlikely that a human would be able to see it.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend

Dave Snowden

It's being interesting over the last couple of weeks to come across several examples of people defining their position either by being against something, or by extension being for the thing which is against what they are against. Sorry that lacks elegance but you know what I mean.

Opening new common ground

Doc Searls

So that’s the logo for the first VRM+CRM workshop , which will happen on 26-27 August, at Harvard Law School. It’s free. You can register here.

Amazing physics engine

David Weinberger

Tim Hwang points us to a video demonstrating an amazing physics engine. Lagoa Multiphysics 1.0 – Teaser from Thiago Costa on Vimeo

Blog Post: The Lazarus Effect

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I came across the Red Campaign by accident when browsing my RSS feeds. Wondering what Red was I clicked through and discovered a film called The Lazarus Effect. Thirty minutes later with tears streaming down my face I came to end of the video.


Growth flows naturally from the inside

Martijn Linssen

In a tweet conversation with Erik Roscam Abbing today I was proverbially struck by lightning: (read from bottom to top) It all started with his tweet @GrahamHill @designthinkers @joerka when people experience too much forced change they

Using Text-to-Speech in an eLearning Course

Tony Karrer

This is third post in a series on Text-to-Speech for eLearning written by Dr. Joel Harband and edited by me (which turns out to be a great way to learn).

Legitimising rhetoric not a real guide to action

Dave Snowden

My thanks to Iwan Jenkins for drawing my attention to this article by economist John Kay which acts as a taster for his book Obliguity which I have now ordered. He discussed Franklin's rule as a decision making model.

Padding a category

Doc Searls

This graphic , of Apple’s revenues per quarter , broken down by products, tells several stories at once. One is that the iPhone remains huge. (I I was amazed by how many I saw in the UK and France.) Another is that the iPod may be getting a bit stale.

Goodale on The Census Issue

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Tough talk, plain language, sound thinking. This is what I'm looking for in an opposition leader

Simpler is Better: Avoiding the TMI Trap

Eide Neurolearning

In Pursuit of Coherence – Open Government and Thee

Martijn Linssen

Perhaps the priority for Open Government is to aim for something beyond Openness. While the journalist may see utter value in openness (and I can talk about them right now, since they are busily crashing Wikileak servers

Chris Corrigan; Learning from Failure

Nancy White

(Yes, I’m popping my head up after a month of heavy work and little inclination to stay at my computer as summer finally arrived in Seattle.). I have long been a fan of learning from failures.

The Limbo Cube

Dave Snowden

Today's Dilbert cartoon (see below for the full version) brought back memories of corporate life. Innovation in general seemed to trigger a white blood cell reaction in many a corporate environment.

A lost moment in email marketing hell

Doc Searls

So I get an email from The River: Integrating Web Intelligence , subtitled “Bridging the Web and Physical Channels&#. The first section is this: 1. Audio Tweet 4 min. Clickstream Trust / Privacy in Telcos – Part 1/4 in the “Who owns Clickstream data?”.

Moncton 2010 IAAF World Jr Championships - Day 7

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Moncton 2010 IAAF World Jr Championships - Day 7 Photos


These are Whitney’s hands. These are Whitney’s hands on drugs

David Weinberger

The National Enquirer, which thinks it’s about time it was given a Pulitzer, this week (July 26) blares from its front page “Whitney’s $6,300 a Week Drug Habit.&# The story inside tells us that Whitney’s addicted not only to drugs but to eating.


Is There a Better Way to Social Learning?


Last week, I had the good fortune to speak with George Siemens for an upcoming Xyleme Voices podcast. The opportunity to speak one-on-one with so many industry luminaries is easily the best part of my job given the lively debates that