December, 2017

A sheep in wolves clothing

Dave Snowden

Nothing pleases people more than to go on thinking what they have always thought, and at the same time imagine that they are thinking something new and daring: it combines the advantage of security and the delight of adventure.

The Hidden Dimension of the Learning Pyramid

John Hagel

My learning pyramid has been challenged! My recent post on the learning pyramid received some great coverage, but a number of you reached out to challenge me: is it really a pyramid or just a triangle?

AI and The Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last month I attended AI and the Future of Work , a conference hosted by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and its Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE).

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friday’s finds 2017

Harold Jarche

Every second Friday I review what I’ve noted on social media and post a wrap-up of what caught my eye. I do this as a reflective thinking process and to put what I’ve learned on a platform I control: this blog. Here are what I consider the best of Friday’s Finds for 2017. Quotes.

4 Exciting Recruiting Trends In 2018 [Infographic]

Jane Hart

In terms of recruiting trends, 2017 was the year of AI and automation technologies , unconscious bias and workplace diversity, and candidate experience in recruiting. With the continually improving economy and unemployment at a 16-year old low, what will the new year bring?

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The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past few years, Industry 4.0, - aka the 4th Industrial Revolution, - has been the subject of several articles, studies, and surveys, as well as a book published earlier this year by Klaus Schwab , founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

looking to the past for the future

Harold Jarche

“Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Luke, we are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.” ” —Master Yoda, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Requiem for a great magazine

Doc Searls

Linux Journal is folding. Carlie Fairchild , who has run the magazine almost since it started in 1994, posted Linux Journal Ceases Publication today on the website. So far all of the comments have been positive, which they should be.


Dan Pontefract

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cum hoc ergo propter hoc

Dave Snowden

The fact that a rooster crows at sunrise does not mean it causes the sunset, the fact that you find sick people in a hospital does not mean that the hospital makes people sick. Of course it might, but you can’t draw the conclusion from the observation.

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Never Under-Estimate the Immune System

John Hagel

Every large and successful institution has an immune system – a collection of individuals who are prepared to mobilize at the slightest sign of any “outside” ideas or people in order to ensure that these foreign bodies are neutralized and that the existing institution survives intact and can continue on course.

A Historical Perspective on the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago, the magazine strategy+business (s+b) published a roundtable discussion between s+b editor-in-chief Art Kleiner , economic historian Carlota Perez , and PwC UK partner Leo Johnson. The discussion was centered on Perez’s theory of technology revolutions and economic cycles.

perpetual beta 2017

Harold Jarche

Blogging is one way I make sense of the world. This past year I wrote about 120 posts on various topics. What follows is a summary of some of my thoughts during 2017.

Conceptual Clarity

Clark Quinn

Ok, so I can be a bit of a pedant. Blame it on my academic background, but I believe conceptual clarity is important ! If we play fast and loose with terminology, we can be be convinced of something without truly understanding it. Ultimately, we can waste money chasing unwarranted directions, and worse, perhaps even do wrong by our learners. Where do the problems arise? Sometimes, it’s easy to ride a bizbuzz bandwagon. Hey, the topic is hot, and it sounds good.

2018 Challenge: Become a Modern Professional Learner in 100 days

Jane Hart

The Challenge will start on 1 January and run until 10 April 2018. Social learning

Inherent uncertainty is our natural habitat

Dave Snowden

Yesterday I used Paul Cilliers list of characteristics of a complex adaptive systems to introduce the idea that complexity in human systems – anthro-complexity – has many distinguishing characteristics.

Go Beyond the Christmas Stories to Find the Christmas Narrative

John Hagel

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Christmas, this might be a good opportunity to reflect on why Christmas has become such a global holiday, with a growing number of participants each year, extending far beyond the Christian communities that would naturally celebrate Christmas. While the cynics among us would assert that it’s all a conspiracy by retailers to get us to spend more money, I suspect there’s a deeper reason for the spread of Christmas that deserves to be explored.

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The Rise of Winner-Take-All Urbanism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Richard Florida published Why America’s Richest Cities Keep Getting Richer in The Atlantic. Florida is a leading urban studies author and researcher, professor at the University of Toronto and Director of Cities at its Martin Prosperity Institute.

connecting work, learning, and life

Harold Jarche

The 70:20:10 reference model states that, in general, what we learn at work comes 70% from experience, 20% from exposure to new work, and 10% from formal education.

The Quinnov 8: An online course

Clark Quinn

Ok, so I told you the story of the video course I was creating on what I call the Quinnov 8, and now I’ll point to it. It’s available through Udemy, and I’ve tried to keep the price low. With their usual discounts, it should be darn near free ;). Certainly no more than a few cups of coffee. It’s about an hour of video of me talking, with a few diagrams and text placeholders. I’ve included quizzes for each of the content sections.

Holiday Vacation Exit Strategy: How To Take A Break

Beth Kanter

The holidays are almost here. It should be a time where nonprofits and their hard working employees welcome some much needed downtime. Vu Lee in a recent guest post on the Guidestar blog has issued a call to inaction suggesting that nonprofits should give the week off to staff.

Proximity in time, space & truth

Dave Snowden

The next aspect of uniqueness in human systems that I want to address is that of proximity. In ‘standard’ complexity agents receive signals from other agents in close proximity but don’t have knowledge of the wider system. Now this is true and no true of human systems.

Scientific Credibility and The Kardashian Index

Mind Hacks

. The Kardashian index is a semi-humorous metric invented to the reveal how much trust you should put in a scientist with a public image.

The real problem is Decoy News (and decoy content of all kinds)—and the platforms can’t fix it

Doc Searls

The term “ fake news ” was a casual phrase until it became clear to news media that a flood of it had been deployed during last year’s presidential election in the U.S.

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talent, not labour

Harold Jarche

The latest edition of the European Public Mosaic: Open Journal on Public Service is focused on talent management. My article in the journal is entitled ‘Talent, not Labour, is the Future of Work’ Here is the abstract.

Usability and Networks

Clark Quinn

As I mentioned in an earlier post , I have been using Safari and Google to traverse the networks. And in a comment, I mentioned that the recent launch of the new Firefox browser was prompting me to switch. And that’s now been put through a test, and I thought it instructive to share my learnings. The rationale for the switch is that I don’t completely trust Google and Apple with my data. Or anyone, really, for that matter. On principle.

Do Capacity Building Programs Help Nonprofits Achieve Better Results?

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: My long-time colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director, Social Sector Accelerator, shares some thoughts about nonprofit capacity building programs based on extensive research. Her answer to the question about capacity building programs leading to better impact will surprise you.

Ahhh, this porridge is just right

Dave Snowden

Most readers will be familiar with the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the three time repetition of too big, too small, just right and so on. The relevance to innovation may not be immediately clear but it is important when we are look at radical, or exaptive innovation.

Cyberselves: How Immersive Technologies Will Impact Our Future Selves

Mind Hacks

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On the Educause Openness Community Conversations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In my email today: As co-leaders of the Educause Openness Constituency Group, we would like to introduce an idea, solicit feedback, and invite you to participate in a planning session for a series of community conversations about openness in higher education. The idea is that each month the Openness CG will host a volunteer guest to present and discuss a topic of their choosing on openness in education.

friday’s neutral finds

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. US Net Neutrality Debacle will Impact People in Canada.


Clark Quinn

Expertise is an elusive thing. It comes from years of experience in a field. However, it turns out that it doesn’t just accumulate. You need very specific practice and/or useful feedback to develop it. And the more expertise one has, the better you are able to apply it to situations. Which has implications for what you do and when and how you do it. Expertise is valuable. The properties of expertise include that it’s compiled away to be essentially automatic.

Facebook Live-A-Thon for @ASPCA Raises Over $50,000 on Giving Tuesday

Beth Kanter

Last week, nonprofits in 42 countries celebrated the sixth Giving Tuesday ,a global movement to inspire giving. According to the Giving Tuesday report , $275 million was raised in addition the countless hours of volunteer time and in-kind contributions.

Xmas 2017: I Introduction

Dave Snowden

One of the oddiities of our increasingly digitial world is the way that birthday and other reminders pop into view for old friends who are now dead. Paul Cilliers, author of Complexity and Post-Modernism and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch died on July 31st 2011.