January, 2018

Can we start again?

Dave Snowden

One of the major issues in virtually any change initiative in organisations is the constant assumption that one can start from scratch. I addressed the issue of setting goals and targets in a series of four posts earlier this month which starts here.

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Making sense of what happened to Montecito

Doc Searls

Note the date on this map : That was more than a month before huge rains revised to red the colors in the mountains above Montecito. The LA Times also ran a story a week before last, warning about debris flows , which are like mud slides, but with lots of rocks.

The Impact of Automation on Everyday Life

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This past October, the Pew Research Center released Automation in Everyday Life , a report on what Americans think about advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics, and the impact they expect them to have on their everyday lives.

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a compass for the future of work

Harold Jarche

There is little doubt that automation, by machines and software, is replacing human work and putting many current jobs at risk. How this will happen is uncertain, as an MIT Technology Review analysis of various projections shows a wide discrepancy. For example Forrester expects the US to lose 13.8M

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Books I Read In 2018

David Gurteen

Not gonna lie. All those “Books of 2017” posts made me kinda wishing I kept a list of my own. No way for me to go back and figure out what I read last year (I give away most books once I’ve completed them) so instead will make this a living post, where I add as I finish. If we generously start 2018 on 12/26/2017, here’s what I’ve read so far in reverse-chron order: 4) Finding Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [non-fiction].

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The Challenges of Executing a Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The 2018 MIT CIO Symposium will take place on May 23. This year’s Symposium will be focused on the challenges of executing a digital transformation strategy. It’s no longer enough to have formulated a digital strategy for the business.

a vision for learning

Harold Jarche

Harvard Business Review described The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge, as one of the seminal management books of the previous 75 years. The five disciplines necessary for a learning organisation are: Personal Mastery. Mental Models. Shared Vision. Team Learning.

Resolve To Do Your New Year's Resolutions Differently

John Hagel

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Be careful. For many, these resolutions are at risk of becoming a sorry joke. The cynics say that these are useless exercises that make us feel good for a few months, but that no one really has the intention or fortitude to follow them beyond that. We've all heard the statistics about how gym memberships spike early in the New Year but that the crowds quickly thin out and the gym is empty again by the end of February. Does it have to be this way?

Books To Devour By Nilofer Merchant, Roger Martin, Jennifer Riel and Daniel Pink

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: I recently spent three weeks touring the coastlines of Australia. Between the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Manly Beach, Sorrento and Adelaide I devoured some wicked. Dan's Related Posts: My Employee Engagement Advice to a Stranger. Free Download of Chapter 1 – The Purpose Effect . Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not Your Organization’s Purpose. The Write MOOC Stuff.

A sense of direction (1)

Dave Snowden

I had a really interesting exchange on twitter over the last few days. It’s nice when you can have an exchange with people mature enough to both take, and give, an argument rather than defend their various sacred cows.

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Geology questions for Montecito and Santa Barbara

Doc Searls

This post continues the inquiry I started with Making sense of what happened to Montecito. That post got a record number of reads for this blog, and 57 comments as well.

Blockchain and the Music Industry: Turning Pennies into Dollars

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Just about every industry has been significantly transformed in the past few decades. But few have been as disrupted as the music industry. Everything seems to be changing at once, from the way content is produced and delivered, to the sources of revenue and profits.

fifty percent

Harold Jarche

The dominance of men over women in society has been going on for a long time. I have suggested that our primary communications media have influenced this gender-based power shift, proposing that electric communications in networks are redistributing some power back to women.

Gender Pay Discrimination: Point B

Nine Shift

There's outright unethical and illegal gender pay discrimination against women that has to be stopped. But then there is Point B: complex, unresolved issues about gender and pay. . Claire Miller and the NYTimes like to scream 'discrimination' wherever they can, or can't, including nursing.

MWL Newsletter No 47

Jane Hart

Here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 7-13 January 2018. Social learning

Ursula Le Guin

Dave Snowden

Most people came to Ursula Le Guin through the Earthsea novels. I only read those as an adult and came to her, as a teenager, through Rocannon’s World and The Lathe of Heaven. I soon progressed to her two great novels The Disposed and The Left Hand of Darkness.

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At the edge

Clark Quinn

Another response to my request for topics asked about moving from the classroom to the ‘fringe’ Here, I have a very simple response: the case studies in Revolutionize Learning & Development.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI is being successfully applied to tasks that not long ago were viewed as the exclusive domain of humans, matching or surpassing human level performance in more and more domains.

Blog Post: I am sorry I don't know enough to have an opinion on that

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I have long thought that in our modern day culture it is almost illegal not to have an opinion on an issue regardless of whether we know anything about it or not. Confident ignorant people argue with equally confident ignorant people. We all do it. In the UK for example, how much does any one of us really know about the impact of a complex issue such Brexit - but we all have strongly held opinions.

Gender Pay Discrimination: Point A

Nine Shift

There's complex, tough and so-far unresolved issues regarding gender pay. And then there's outright no-good unethical, hopefully illegal, gender pay discrimination against women. . Claire Miller, in a NYTimes article about nursing , screams bloody discrimination about nurses. But is it?

What enterprises will focus on for digital transformation in 2018

Dion Hinchcliffe

Up until this year, organizations could often afford to overlook the bigger picture for various digital upgrades, improvements, and modernization. In 2018, these threads will now become so connected that increasingly holistic digital transformation efforts will focus on more customer and worker-centric models for better organizing how they function to avoid disruption while creating value faster and more effectively


Dave Snowden

You see conflict and care in all systems but humans are pretty unique in allowing both to exist outside kinship growth and for abstract ideas and values. Not only that we create rituals around both, we train people in rhetoric, we see conflict as an essential part of a good story.

coffee, communities, and condescension

Harold Jarche

Last month I started a coffee club so that subscribers to this blog could purchase the equivalent of a cup of coffee for me each month. This week we had our first online video conference with five participants.

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2008 I gave a talk at a conference on The Promise and Reality of Cloud Computing.

Blog Post: You'll be surprised at the strongest predictor of how long you will live

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I will be 70 years old later this year and would love to make it to 100. I thought that mainly meant some good genes, eating well, exercising and a huge dose of luck. Yes of course, those things matter. But I was amazed to see the top two predictors of a long life in this TED talk by psychologist Susan Pinker: frequent face-to-face interactions close personal relationships. So I may be in with a chance!

China's Top Scientific Advance in 2017: Train Simulator

Nine Shift

The top scientific advance for 2017 in China's universities was named last week. It is a high speed train simulator.

Twitter for Nonprofits in 2018: Rebirth or Retire?

Beth Kanter

The past year, Twitter has been widely criticized for its role in spreading misinformation , being a Petri dish for hate speech , and how it approaches world leaders use of the platform.

Origins & acknowledgements

Dave Snowden

It was satisfying to find my name on Brian Castellani’s updated map of the Complexity Sciences. The map is used a lot, especially in wikipedia and it is an academic acknowledgement of the status of the work overall.

the square and the tower

Harold Jarche

In The Square and The Tower , Niall Ferguson presents us a detailed series of examinations of the struggle between networks and hierarchies in managing society since the advent of writing.

Conversations not content

Euen Semple

The internet still holds so much potential to helps us understand and improve ourselves and the world around us. Sadly much of it has been turned into one big content farm. It doesn't need to be this way. It is not too late. Each of us can ask our selves every time we share, like, or write something: Will this post trigger people to think more deeply about its topic? Have I written it in a way that is more likely to open up debate than close it down?

Blog Post: Knowledge Management Communities

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Stan Garfield has put together a truly comprehensive list of Knowledge Management Communities

MWL Newsletter No 46

Jane Hart

Happy New Year! Here are the posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 31 December 2017 – 6 January 2018. Social learning

Facebook Announces Overhaul of Newsfeed: What Does It Mean for Nonprofits?

Beth Kanter

Yesterday was my birthday. And the one great thing about social media, particularly Facebook, is that you get to hear from many people wishing you a happy day because the platform alerts them. This year I had a tsunami of birthday wishes.

A sense of direction (3)

Dave Snowden

I really should be cutting back on the email and task backlog at the moment but I keep getting distracted by the print of Cynefin on which I have made a growing body of notes so its probably best to get it out of the system.

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