December, 2010

Map of the Decade, ExaTrends of the Decade, and the Zeitgeist for 2011

Ross Dawson

It is traditional at the turn of the year to look forward at what is to come. We have crystallized our thinking on the year ahead and the decade of the 2010s in a new 3-page visual landscape. You can download the pdf of the framework by clicking on any of the images.

The Big Shift: Challenge and Opportunity for Women

John Hagel

How are women affected by the longer-term changes that are transforming our business environment? This issue is rarely explored.    Since I am on the edge anyway, I thought I would venture into this potentially sensitive topic.    Last week I had an opportunity to address a gathering of TEDxWomen in the Bay area. This offered the opportunity I needed to frame a perspective that had been been evolving regarding the gender implications of the Big Shift. 

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The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: What economists don't.

Steve Denning

What economists like James Surowiecki in The New Yorker don't see: the real jobs crisis isn't that the high level of unemployment ha become structural. The real crisis is that most jobs suck

Curiosity and the Creative Drive

Eide Neurolearning

"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do." - Walt Disney From Psychology Today , " Decades before Evan Schaeffer started practicing law, he developed an interest so all-consuming it verged on obsession: snakes.

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Over the past few years, I spend part of December going back through my blog to recap a bit of what some of the key things I’ve learned over the course of the year. I’ve been doing this the past few years, for example: Learned about Learning in 2009. And every year I use this as a Big Question – see: Learning 2010. A lot of it is thinking through where my thinking has changed over the course of the year. So here are a few of the things that are a bit different for me.

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The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: BOOK REVIEW: The New.

Steve Denning

BOOK REVIEW: The New Capitalist Manifesto, a brilliant new book by Umair Haque

Blocking a Common Sugar Molecule May Be Key to Preventing Scar Formation

Dave Snowden

Most people have one somewhere: a nasty scar from an old injury. It typically causes no serious harm, but can be unsightly. Scar-reducing creams and other dermatological procedures can help, but no one has known how to prevent scarring in the first place. Now scientists have discovered that the key to scar-free wound healing could involve blocking the action of a common sugar. More]. Health,More Science,Everyday Science,Biology

Control Technology Choice, Not Technology Use

Andy McAfee

I talked a couple days ago with the CIO of a huge global organization. Like a lot of his peers these days, he was pretty interested in Enterprise 2.0 , and was digging in on figuring out what it meant for his company and putting a plan together. For me, the most interesting part of the conversation came as I gave him one of my standard pieces of advice: exercise tight control over technology choice, and as little as possible over technology use.

The real cause of Global Warming: the Vatican

Martijn Linssen

After a short Twitter conversation with the -usually- formidable, cheeky and clever Ben Kunz, I started to read some of the links he sent me, looking for references, sources, and anything else that could tell me more about the origin of

Top 10 posts of the year on social media

Ross Dawson

Continuing my sequence of top posts from this year, today I have selected the 10 most popular and interesting posts on social media I've written this year. We are fast learning how to create "enhanced serendipity".

No category of digital content has attracted payments from more than 33% of American Net users

David Weinberger

Pew Internet reports that 65% of American Net users (75% of the people they contacted) have paid for online, digital content. And there’s no category of goods in which more than one third of the respondents have ever paid for content. The content could include articles, music, software, or anything else in digital form. Here are the results for the fifteen different types of content Pew asked about: 33% of internet users have paid for digital music online. 33% have paid for software.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: My New Year's Resolutions

Steve Denning

An invitation to all who are interested in re-inventing the Fortune 500 and the education and health sectors, so that all our organizations become curators of the human spirit rather than its destroyer

The Internet doesn’t do this

Doc Searls

The above, in order (1,2,3) is what I went through this morning when I searched for “emancipay&# on Twitter. Not knocking Twitter here. I am knocking the fact that we haven’t come up with the open Internet-based (rather than silo-based) way of microblogging.

Innovation in China

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to China Is Not About to Out-Innovate the U.S. in Harvard Business School Blogs. Patents are a poor standard for measuring innovation, agreed. But while this article successfully refutes the point about patents (the focus of the Economist article , but which takes up less than one paragraph of the longer WSJ article ) it does not establish its main point, that China will not overtake the US in innovation.

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Microsoft and Cloud - they.

Martijn Linssen

I myself think it is extremely funny what is depicted there: the instruction to download (from the Cloud!) and install Microsoft Silverlight (on your local machine!) in order to be able to see how fantastically great Microsoft is for

The rise of mini-blogging in 2011: Tumblr will continue to soar

Ross Dawson

SmartCompany recently featured an excellent article on The next 10 social media trends , which received considerable attention and was syndicated through a number of other outlets. I was quoted in the article talking about social shopping and mini-blogging.

Learning Analytics & Knowledge: Draft Syllabus

George Siemens

Numerous open courses are kicking off in 2011. I’m involved in two: Learning and Knowledge Analytics (LAK11) and the third iteration of Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (CCK11 – with Stephen Downes). I’ve posted the draft syllabus of LAK11 here. Since we make everything else in these courses open, it makes sense that we share our syllabus and invite suggestions/critiques as well.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: What's Google's biggest.

Steve Denning

What's Google's biggest strategic issue? Keep the size of its teams small. In teams: small is beautiful

Visual history of corporate education

Jay Cross

Check out this awesome history of corporate education from Eileen Clegg: “ Ongoing project with IFTF and Global Learning Resources, 4 X 12 foot graphic map documenting corporate education over 120 years in historical context, leading to a forecast through 2010″ Just Jay

Writing Problems of Visual Thinkers - Pictures vs. Words / Literal Films

Eide Neurolearning

There's a viral video channel on Youtube that beautifully illustrates the writing problems of visual thinkers. Youtube maven Tobuscus has made literal versions of video game and movie trailers.

The False Promise of "Adopt now, and all will adapt"

Martijn Linssen

It's the most widespread lie across IT. Translated from seller to buyer, it says: just buy our stuff, it's great, pretty soon everyone will have it and then you'll have the advantage over all the others It's how hypes made it in

The rise of social shopping in 2011: 7 examples of where it is going

Ross Dawson

SmartCompany recently featured an excellent article on The next 10 social media trends , which received considerable attention and was syndicated through a number of other outlets. I was quoted in the article talking about social shopping and mini-blogs.

November Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

Nancy White

Best of Mobile Learning November 1, 2010 to November 30, 2010 Featured Sources The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.

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The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: The wonders of suckiness.

Steve Denning

The widespread recognition that traditional management sucks offers real hope that it can be reinvented

Announcing Open Course: Learning & Knowledge Analytics

George Siemens

A number of open courses will be offered early 2011 (CCK11, PLEs, Digital Storytelling). Which is great! and, my new maxim for open online courses is “never teach alone – grow network competence by co-teaching&# ). Adding to the mix, we’re (Jon Dron, Dave Cormier, Tanya Elias, and I) happy to announce an open course on Learning & Knowledge Analytics. If you’re interested, please join this group LAK11. All updates on the course will be posted there.

David Reed on the neutrality of the Net’s code

David Weinberger

Barbara van Schewick has posted two brilliant posts ( 1 2 ) about the practical effects removing Net neutrality would have on innovation. Now David Reed, one of the authors of the original argument for the Net’s neutral architecture , has responded, in agreement, but with a shading of emphasis. David’s point (as I understand it) is that we should remember that Net neutrality isn’t something that we need the law to impose upon the Net.

2010-2020: The Great Divide

Martijn Linssen

A Great Divide is what I see for the coming decade. Not a hydrological divide of the Americas, but an IT-divide of the business. Pretty much a follow-up from my one year-old Cloud and Social: the tectonic plates of IT 2.0

11 themes of the Zeitgeist for 2011

Ross Dawson

Our recently launch Map of the Decade triptych comprised three parts: the Map of the Decade , details on the ExaTrends of the Decade , and the 11 themes of the Zeitgeist for 2011.

Great ending to 2010

Jay Cross

In my final bath of the year, I finished reading Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton, an inspiring book on the spirit of design and how innovation really works. Buxton quotes T.E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom : All men dream; but not equally.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Leading change? Start.

Steve Denning

How you can possibly lead change your workplace when the forces in favor of the status quo are so entrenched and resistant and skeptical? You lead the mind by starting with the heart

There are two kinds of people in the world. | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Those who make your life easier -- and those who make it harder. Those whose presence helps you perform better -- and those whose presence makes you do

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We Get By with a Little Help from Our Friends. And Acquaintances.

Andy McAfee

On Christmas day, the New York Times published a very smart opinion piece by the evolutionary anthropologist Robin Dunbar. In it, he highlights the real value of digital social networking tools like Facebook in our personal lives. It’s not that these tools let us amass hundreds or even thousands of close friends, because we’re not wired to have that many.

In Defense of Data Centrism

Martijn Linssen

In Defense of Data Centrism. In the never ending search to know “what works,” we have a few choices. We can look to theories, ie, this 'should' work; or we can look to data. Often the latter choice is considered backward looking

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The boundaries of crowdsourcing and how it relates to open innovation

Ross Dawson

I was recently asked to do an interview for the Turkish version of CNBC eBusiness magazine on crowdsourcing. I'm not sure whether the article will appear online - I'll share it if so. In any case here are the answers I gave the interviewer: 1) The term "crowdsourcing" first coined by Jeff Howe in a June 2006 Wire Magazine article. Does "crowdsourcing" is a new way of saying "open innovation"? Do these two terms have the same meaning? Or does crowdsourcing differs from open innovation?