January, 2012

Serious Service Sag

Adaptive Path

Has a commercial ever brought you to tears? Images of families reconnecting in an airport or a child hugging their parent with delight because a service was able to bring together a magic moment? I think we've all seen some wet eyes resulting from a well crafted 30-second ad spot.

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Top 20 Tools 2007-2011

Jane Hart

As you will know I finalised the 5th Annual survey of Top 100 Tools for Learning in the middle of November 2011, and at that time placed the presentation on Slideshare. I’ve just noticed that in the subsequent two months it has been viewed over 200,000 times!

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Trending Sources

Top 10 posts on the future of media

Ross Dawson

Another quick selection of my most popular posts from 2011, this time on the topic of the future of media: 1. Predictions for media industry in 2011.

Recent Trends in Labor Intensity. Or, the History (and Future?) of Steady Work in the US

Andy McAfee

When I’m trying to understand something, I start drawing graphs using whatever data’s available; pictures help me more than tables of numbers or regression coefficients.

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The evolution of design to amplify flow

John Hagel

If we want to understand the importance of flows in our world, the new book Design in Nature released this week by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane is a must-read. It will literally change how you view the world – everything from snowflakes to volcanos. As with most great books, this one is impossible to summarize in a brief blog, but I will try to offer enough of a glimpse to tease you into buying and reading the book. This book illustrates the power of living on the edge.

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More Trending

The decade ahead for media

Ross Dawson

The latest issue of the annual publication Media Trends + Strategy magazine kicks off with a feature article I wrote titled The Decade Ahead for Media. Here is the article: The decade ahead for media. The future of the media industry as a whole is extraordinarily bright.

The Rebound that Stayed Flat

Andy McAfee

I’ve been working to draw a graph that compares employment trends since the end of the Great Recession with other important trends in the economy, and also with earlier periods.

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Finite and Infinite Games - Which Game Shall We Play in the New Year?

John Hagel

Are there limits? Limits to potential and possibility? This may be the defining question of this century. Our answer will likely determine our views on a broad range of other issues and our actions. As we head into a New Year, it may a good time to step back and reflect on our answer to that question. A book worth reading. In deciding the answer to that question, one book has had a profound influence on me – James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility.

Reflections from 2011 – Is Employee Engagement Still a Myth?

Luis Suarez

Learning with people, not technology

Jay Cross

This morning I revisited the delightful story of how people learn to do their jobs at New Seasons Market , a chain of nine natural food stores in Portland, Oregon. New Seasons exemplifies taking a non-training alternative to workplace learning.

Workplace Performance Services: more than just Training

Jane Hart

“I can’t teach at Stanford again”

George Siemens

Open online courses really mess things up. The force educators/funders/learners to question the value point of traditional education. Over the past four years, many different open online courses have been offered – some through formal universities (U of Manitoba – Stephen Downes and I, BYU – David Wiley, U of Regina – Alec Couros, Stanford – Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, U of Illinois -Ray Schroeder).

Democratization of the workplace

Harold Jarche

Tweet There was a most interesting thread on Twitter today. Bert van Lamoen ( @transarchitect ) in a series of tweets, said [paraphrasing several]: “Senge’s five disciplines provided instant utility for learning to organizations in 1990, yet learning organizations remain rare to this day.

No 2 SOPA

Doc Searls

Today I’m in solidarity with Web publishers everywhere joining the fight against new laws that are bad for business — and everything else — on the Internet. I made my case in If you hate big government, fight SOPA. A vigorous dialog followed in the comments under that.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The year end issue of The Economist includes a provocative column - Big and clever: Why large firms are often more inventive than small ones. The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years: “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” The column is based on a recent study - Scale and Innovation in Today’s Economy - by Michael Mandel , chief economic strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute.

Steer Clear of Organizational Leadership Turbulence

Dan Pontefract

Originally published to the January, 2012 Edition of T+D Magazine. Reprinted here with permission. by Dan Pontefract. Frequent airplane passengers are likely to have read the following message prior to watching an in-flight movie: “the following film has been modified from its original version.

No more business as usual

Jay Cross

“This is business.” — Vito Corleone, The Godfather. Business is changing, and the learning function must change along with it. Rigid, industrial-age corporations are not keeping up with the pace of change. Customer Spring, Shareholder Spring, and Worker Spring may break out any day.

My Top Ten Top Ten Top Ten list

David Weinberger

Here’s my top ten list of top ten lists of top ten lists: The Top Ten Top Ten Lists of All Time. TopTenz Miscellaneous. MetaCritic music lists. Smosh’s Top Ten Top Ten Lists of 2011. Top Ten 2011 Top Ten Lists about CleanTech. Top Ten of top ten horror movie lists. NYT Top Ten Top Ten Lists for 2011. Top Ten Top Ten Lists about Agile Management. Top Ten Top Ten Video Lists of 2011. Top Ten Christmas Stuff Top Ten Lists. Urban Faith’s Top Ten Top Ten Lists.

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Informal learning, the 95% solution

Harold Jarche

Tweet Informal learning is not better than formal training; there is just a whole lot more of it. It’s 95% of workplace learning, according to the research behind this graphic, by Gary Wise.

Remembering Judith

Doc Searls

I got to know Judith Burton when she was still Judith Clarke and Senior VP Corporate Marketing for Novell, in 1987. Novell had just bought a company called CXI, which had been a client of Hodskins Simone & Searls, the Palo Alto advertising agency in which I was a partner.

Lots of free learnin’ going on

George Siemens

2012 is shaping up to be a good year for open online learning experiences (Sanford is actively promoting open courses , David Wiley is running an openness in education course , Alec Couros will likely be doing his EC&I831 again, etc.). I’m involved in several open online learning projects this year: 1. Ongoing from 2011: Change MOOC. Learning Analytics Open Course ( sign up here ) – Starts January 23.

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Through the years, I have been intrigued by the number of once powerful companies that are no longer around. Darwinian principles seem to apply in business as much as in biology. When technology and market environments go through major changes, as is certainly the case today, previously successful business strategies will no longer work, no matter how much you try to fix them.

Data Trumps Opinion: 4 Smart Services that Deploy and Learn

Adaptive Path

Tired of going with the design that will survive the organization's political gauntlet? What if we made decisions based on what actually worked for customers and produced results, not what snaggletoothed solution fit into every stakeholder's personal view of the world?

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[2b2k] [berkman] Alison Head on how students seek information

David Weinberger

Alison Head, who is at the Berkman Center and the Library Information Lab this year, but who is normally based at U of Washington’s Info School, is giving a talk called “Modeling the Information-Seeking Process of College Students.”

Narration of Work

Harold Jarche

Tweet I see three major principles for working smarter in networked organizations : Transparency. Narration of Work. Distribution of Power. I spoke about the distribution of power in my last post on the democratization of the workplace.

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Time is speeding up

Jay Cross

The metronome that measures the pace of human progress ticks ever faster. More happens in one of your seconds at work than in one of your grandfather’s hours. You can feel it, can’t you? People and organizations around the globe are linking into a single vast network.

Online University Education in Canada

George Siemens

There is more activity in online learning (or, at minimum blended learning) in higher education than most universities realize. When I was at University of Manitoba, we tried to get a sense of what faculty were doing with technology in their courses, particularly with what was then called web 2.0 doesn’t that almost feel like I’m referencing a trend in the 70′s? you know, like bell bottoms?).

Meaning and truth

Dave Snowden

I have always rated Yiannis Gabriel's writing and the various conversations I have had with him over the years. Of the major academics involving in narrative I think he has the surest touch in understanding the essential suppleties of the field.

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Data Trumps Opinion: 4 Smart Services that Deploy and Learn

Adaptive Path

Tired of going with the design that will survive the organization's political gauntlet? What if we made decisions based on what actually worked for customers and produced results, not what snaggletoothed solution fit into every stakeholder's personal view of the world?

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Four messages from the dark

David Weinberger

The black that covered so many sites yesterday spoke well. I think there were four messages. First, This is our Internet. We built it. We built it for us, not for you. We get to turn off the lights, not you. Second, we are better custodians of culture than are culture’s merchants because we understand that culture is what we have in common. We feel pain every time something is held back from this Commons.

A world without bosses

Harold Jarche

Tweet Can your organization work without bosses? In the documentary, Ban the Boss (one hour BBC video) Paul Thomas shows that most organizations can run just fine without bosses, or at least without traditional, hierarchical bosses who tell workers what to do.

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IBM Lotusphere and CONNECT 2012 – Here We Go Again! #ls12 #IBMConnect

Luis Suarez

Yesterday was my last vacation day and today, once again, to kick off another exciting year ahead of living social , and a few other things, I am sure!, I am on the road again on what means my first business trip of the year, with plenty more to come along over the next few months!

The Legend of Apple and Xerox PARC and the Truth About Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Every December for the last few years, NY Times OpEd columnist David Brooks picks the best magazine essays of the year. He describes his choices in two of his columns , with links to the essays in their online version. I generally really like his selections. One of his choices this year is a New Yorker article by bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell - Creation Myth: Xerox PARC, Apple, and the truth about innovation. Gladwell is a great storyteller.

Social Learning: Are you starting from the right place?

Jane Hart

When I hear people ask for advice about how to “do” or “implement” social learning it reminds me of this Irish joke. “Paddy stopped cutting the hedge as the big car drew up beside him and an English visitor enquired, .