September, 2012

Launching new framework: The Future of Work

Ross Dawson

I have been working with one of the world’s largest private companies, which is engaged in a strategy project looking at the future out to 2025.

Why Do I Share My Knowledge?

Luis Suarez

A couple of days ago, one of my favourite Enterprise 2.0

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Technological Unemployment: Not Just for the US

Andy McAfee

In a talk I attended the other night, Larry Summers mentioned that manufacturing employment in China peaked in 1996. I found this hard to believe, so did a little Googling. Lesson #1: don’t doubt Larry Summers’s command of the facts.

The Labor Day Manifesto Of the Passionate Creative Worker

John Hagel

[Three years ago today I posted A Labor Day Manifesto for a New World. In classic Hagelian fashion it was long and complicated.    With the help of a few edge collaborators (CHristopher Gong, Sarah Scharf and John Seely Brown), we've managed to simplify the Manifesto into some powerful imperatives that can and should guide our daily lives.    On this important day, let us reflect on what we each can do to make our work more meaningful and have greater impact.

Brain Scans Show If Ready to Learn

Eide Neurolearning

MIT researchers found that activation of the parahippocampal gyrus was associated with better memory if visual scenes followed. Abstract: " The rate of learning or memory formation varies over time for any individual, partly due to moment-to-moment fluctuation of brain state.

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Waze to Acquire Knowledge

Andy McAfee

In 2008 CNET UK pitted a London cab driver against a driver equipped with TomTom 520 satellite navigation device (the Brits call them ‘sat-navs;’ we Americans call them GPSs, for ‘global positioning systems’). The cabbie won handily. In 2010 Prof.

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Browsers should have been cars. Instead they’re shopping carts.

Doc Searls

I want to drive on the Web, but instead I’m being driven. All of us are. And that’s a problem. It’s not for lack of trying on the part of websites and services such as search engines. But they don’t make cars. They make stores and utilities that try to be personal, but aren’t, and never can be. Take, for example, the matter of location. The Internet has no location, and that’s one of its graces.

fMRI of Dysgraphia - Lack of Automaticity and Need for Visual Monitoring

Eide Neurolearning

Thank goodness for Todd Richards and his collaboration with Virginia Berninger and her group for looking into the brain-basis of dysgraphia. In this interesting fMRI study, good and poor child writers were compared on a task of writing a new pseudoletter.

Talent vs Labour

Harold Jarche

Are you talent or labour? The difference may be very important. According to a recent article in the New York Times , talent is getting into a position to be able to push capitalism around, but not labour. Talent is extracting more of the pie and getting richer.

What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

What Universities Must Learning About Social Networks. By Jay Cross | Chief Executive Officer, Internet Time Alliance. Increasingly, businesses are looking to more social approaches to employee learning and development. Higher education institutions must capitalize on this shift.

Creating a Return on Investment (ROI) calculation for Enterprise 2.0 and internal social media

Ross Dawson

A major challenge for organizations that are considering internal social media initiatives is that a business case including a financial justification is frequently required. To be frank, I think ROI calculations for social initiatives are in most cases a waste of time, because so many of the benefits and costs are unknowable before the initiative. A leap of faith is required, after which calculations using real data can be done to help refine strategies.

Reflections on the Longevity of Mainframes

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the end of August, IBM announced the latest member of its mainframe family, the zEnterprise EC12. As pointed out in the announcement, the new system is a result of more than $1B in R&D investments over the past four years, resulting in major improvements in performance, security, availability and other key enterprise features. But perhaps, what is most impressive about this announcement, is the longevity of the IBM mainframe, which is now in its 48th year.

Social Business Is People to People Business – The Iberia Story

Luis Suarez

As you may have seen it already, once again, I am on the move.

A simple market-based solution to Apple Maps vs. Google Maps

Doc Searls

Charge for them. Let users be customers and not just consumers. Let demand engage supply the old fashioned way: by paying for goods and services, and making the sellers directly accountable to buyers in a truly competitive marketplace. Here’s the thing. We, the customers of Apple and the consumers of both Apple’s and Google’s free map services, are getting screwed by value-subtracting games played by both companies.

First we shape our structures, and then the sociopaths take over

Harold Jarche

We will create the future organization by bringing democracy to the workplace , I wrote last week in How we will manage. The essential factors, in my opinion, for an effective networked workplace (Enterprise 2.0, Social Business, etc.)

5 Infographics About Infographics To Master Basics in Five Minutes

Beth Kanter

Source: Hot Button Studio. In my forthcoming book, “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” co-authored with KD Paine, my favorite chapter was about the sense-making process of measurement – called “Measurement and the Aha!

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Disruptive innovation in professional services: the value in expertise

Ross Dawson

The concept of disruptive innovation is now well-recognized in business. It was originally described by Clayton Christensen almost exclusively in terms of products – often technology-based – such as storage devices. Disruptive innovation can happen in any industry, however it can need translation and interpretation for other domains such as services.

Designing and running a MOOC (in 9 easy steps)

George Siemens

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Narrate Your Work, Working Out Loud, with Google Plus

Luis Suarez

Where to draw the line on plagiarism?

Jay Cross

Even as original a thinker as Isaac Newton acknowledged, “If I have seen a little further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”

Do not wait to take control of your professional development

Harold Jarche

What happens when freelancing becomes the norm? The US is no longer an industrial-based society where you can count on having a job for life and a sparkly new watch at your retirement party. And forget about that pension.)

Market-facing Innovation Labs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The corporate research lab has radically changed over the past several decades. Corporate labs reached their peak in the 1960s and 1970s. As technologies and markets changed, most such labs declined in importance over the next twenty years. But, they are being reincarnated in our 21st century information economy as market-facing innovation labs, with significantly different and broader scopes than those of the original industrial economy research labs.

Does Your Nonprofit Have A Social Media Work Flow?

Beth Kanter

Image from Steve Heye.

Learning in a social organisation: a clickable guide

Jane Hart

Learning in a social organisation: a clickable guide is a major new online resource and a work in progress. You can download a clicklable printable PDF version to act as your own hub to the online materials, or view it through the Slideshare viewer below.

JAC 2012 – Joint Alumni Conference Event Highlights

Luis Suarez

Entrepreneurial migration: It’s not brain drain, it’s global network formation

Ross Dawson

I was recently interviewed by ABC TV for a segment on Australian entrepreneurs moving overseas. My key message was that we absolutely shouldn’t see this as “brain drain”, but the formation of rich networks that are enormous enablers for the economy and entrepreneurial opportunities in the future. The same messages apply to any country, but Australia represents a great case study.

How organizations can thrive in the network era

Harold Jarche

I recently covered the BetaCodex Guide to Organizing for Complexity. A new special edition paper has just been released, Turn Your Company Outside-In. The initial premise is that traditional organizational design, and the ubiquitous org chart, is fundamentally flawed.

STEM Literacy is for Everyone

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

MIT professor Richard Larson recently wrote an excellent opinion column - STEM is for Everyone. In the column, he succinctly made the case for widespread STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) literacy, and explained why it is as important to our 21st century information economy as basic reading-writing literacy has been to the industrial economy of the past two centuries. According to Larson, STEM literacy is a way of thinking and doing: . “A

Using A Networked Approach To Build Nonprofit Boards: LinkedIn Board Connect Launches

Beth Kanter

LinkedIn announced Board Connect , resources that helps nonprofits transform themselves into networked nonprofits by finding and recruiting board members using a networked approach.

The Robot Teachers

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

"Can you recommend a good doctor?" This is the final question in an article by Tony Bates about teaching, and it frames the debate nicely. We would be very disinclined to turn over the healing profession to automation, and in the same vein, should be equally hesitant when it comes to teachers. My first thought on reading the question was, "they're all good."

How Mobility Empowers Work as a State of Mind in the Era of Social Business

Luis Suarez

The future of fast food: faster, more convenient, healthier, more luxurious

Ross Dawson

On Friday I was interviewed on the current affairs program Today Tonight about the future of fast food. Click on the image to see a video of the segment. Perhaps the dominant trend in society today is increased expectations.

Enterprise 2.0 transition

Harold Jarche

The E20 Meetup in Paris today discussed the role of “Organizational Development” (OD) and “Human Ressource Management” (HR) in the Enterprise 2.0 game play. The discussions focused on how and in what manner OD and HR can support adoption & transformation processes.

Voting closes in a few days for the Top Tools for Learning 2012. Please cast your vote.

Jane Hart

Voting closes: 12 noon BST (=GMT+1) Sunday 30 September 2012. Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 will be revealed on Monday 1 October 2012. This is the 6th annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list I am compiling from the contributions of learning professionals worldwide. Now over 400 votes in!