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.

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."

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.)

Culture And Design: Legacy Versus From Scratch

Adaptive Path

It has been two very interesting years since I moved from my native France to the US. Since then it seems I’ve been in a permanent mode of ethnographic observation, taking note of everyday experiences that strike me as exotic. This collection of observations has made me realize just how deeply culture and cultural differences impact the practice of design.

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.

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.

Narrate Your Work, Working Out Loud, with Google Plus

Luis Suarez

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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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.)

UX As Strategy Or Design? A Roundtable Discussion

Adaptive Path

At UX Week 2012, Adaptive Path co-founder Peter Merholz presented a, well, provocative talk called "User Experience Is Strategy, Not Design". Peter's talk built upon some of my ideas from previous talks and drew on his own observations to assert that framing UX work as design is a misleading disservice to the work itself. Peter has summarized his talk in a blog post on his site.

Being a Philosopher

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

My response to a comment from Pandora on a post about philosophy > "Isn't philosophy taught mostly like read this, talk about it, write about it, argue about it." Yes, but it's how these are taught that results in the benefits.

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Designing and running a MOOC (in 9 easy steps)

George Siemens

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JAC 2012 – Joint Alumni Conference Event Highlights

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.”

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.

Seeing is Believing

Adaptive Path

Watching the political conventions the last couple of weeks left me with many thoughts and even more questions related to the past, present, and future of the United States.

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.

Questions from students at Vancouver Island University

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I received a flurry of questions on some articles on my website yesterday, questions from students at Vancouver Island University. Rather than attempt to answer them individually, I'm grouping there here. Sharing in a competitive environment Breanne, Sonny and Marieke asked, " we wonder how as teachers around the province create content, do we set up a sharing network when there is a strong competitive nature, and enable all instructors to share?

Does Your Nonprofit Have A Social Media Work Flow?

Beth Kanter

Image from Steve Heye.

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.

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.

The Hare, the Tortoise and the Jackass of Social HR

Dan Pontefract

I tweeted a joke hashtag last week. dpontefract: I’m proposing a new hashtag … #e20socbizhrtechedtechentswfutureofworktchat … that just about covers it. In retrospect, perhaps I wasn’t joking. What’s going on out there in vendor land is rather interesting.