April, 2020

COVID-19 & Leadership

Dave Snowden

This blog post is written by Dave Snowden (the Cynefin Centre) and Millie Begovic (UNDP) to launch a critical experiment in learning and understanding the evolving implications of the pandemic – to which we invite your participation. The resulting data will be used to better understand how to globally scale this distributed capture and further generate partnerships for policy work and investment.

Getting Through Highly Uncertain Times - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What does it take to get through highly uncertain times, like the ones we’re in the middle of as we confront the Covid-19 pandemic? Like most of us, I’ve lived through times of high uncertainty in both my personal and professional lives. On the personal front, my main observation is that most of us are much more resilient than we realize. I leave it to psychologists and other experts to offer advice on what it takes to get through such times.

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Remote working expertise

Clark Quinn

More and more, we’re working from home. This has important implications for organizations figuring out how to make that time productive. What are the best source(s) for remote working expertise? Here’re my recommendations. I believe that applying the principles of cognitive science to how we think, work, and learn, is a good guide. There is lots know about how people are able to bring their best, alone and together.

What Is Online Learning?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I have a lot of sympathy for those working in educational technology positions at schools and universities today because they have been thrust into the unenviable position of converting a recalcitrant faculty of teachers and professors into overnight online instructors. Such a conversion would never have happened without an external force such as Covid-19.

beyond civil society, governments, and markets

Harold Jarche

Binary thinking is an easy sell. It appeals to our emotions which we developed as children. Binary thinking blinds us. It’s not black and white, or right and wrong, or even Left and Right. Human society is many shades along various spectra. But often politicians and others tell us it’s a simple, binary choice — ”You’re either with us, or with the terrorists.’ ’ ‘ — President George W. Bush (2001).

Speak Aid 2020 (a free virtual leadership conference) Is Now Open For Public Registration

Dan Pontefract

I’m so excited to let you know that Speak Aid 2020 is now open for public registration. 34 world-class speakers have waived their fees to deliver a series of free … Continue reading "Speak Aid 2020 (a free virtual leadership conference) Is Now Open For Public Registration". The post Speak Aid 2020 (a free virtual leadership conference) Is Now Open For Public Registration appeared first on Dan Pontefract. Speak Aid 2020 speaking conference leadership speakaid2020

Narrative as abductive acts of knowing

Dave Snowden

This is the second post of several that I am publishing this month to update some of my original work in knowledge management and in particular the role of narrative in as a scaffold of meaning between and within individuals, community and society. I’ve been checking back on previous articles as I am working with Patrick Lambe to create an edited collection of my writing (articles and blogs)on knowledge management for publication.

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Two learning engineerings?

Clark Quinn

So, I’ve written before about ‘learning engineering’ And, separately, it’s become an issue just what the term means. It appears there are two ‘learning engineerings’, and the issue is how to resolve them. So, let’s look at the contenders. First, there’s the notion of engineering as applied science. We refer to chemical engineering as applied chemistry, electrical engineering as applied physics, etc.

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Our Top Tips for Managing from Home

Xyleme

Managing from Home' Tips from Our Experts. Working from home is one thing, but what about managing from home? As a dispersed organization with a predominantly remote workforce, we know a thing or two about not only working from home, but managing from home as well. Managing from home — especially for the first time — presents a unique set of challenges. How do you motivate, collaborate with, and support your teams when you can’t be in the same room?

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entangled thinking

Harold Jarche

If this pandemic is teaching us anything, it’s that experts disagree, nobody has all the answers, and we are mostly making things up as we go. In a crisis it is important to act but even more importantly to learn as we take action. Add in the human factor that some people are always trying to take advantage of any situation and we start to float in a liquid surround of misinformation, propaganda, half-truths, and sometimes utter crap of the post-truth machines.

I See You (a poem for a pandemic)

Dan Pontefract

I See You (a poem for a pandemic) I see you in the shadows of night, On the balconies and terraces, Singing a tune while shining your light. I … Continue reading "I See You (a poem for a pandemic)". The post I See You (a poem for a pandemic) appeared first on Dan Pontefract. poetry pandemic poem

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Reflections on Complexity, Chaos and COVID-19

Dave Snowden

In 1990, from a distance of more than 6 billion kilometres away, the Voyager 1 spacecraft took a now-iconic picture of our planet.

Blockchain and Public Health Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) is a global think tank dedicated to the strategic implications of blockchain technologies to business, government and society. On March 26, I participated in a virtual roundtable convened by the BRI to discuss the potential use of blockchain technologies for public health solutions. The roundtable’s findings and recommendations were released in early April in Blockchain Solutions in Pandemics : A Call for Innovation and Transformation in Public Health.

A mlearning course?

Clark Quinn

As I mentioned in my last post , yes, I’ll be running a course on mobile learning. And I can understand if you’re thinking “a mlearning course?” ” So I thought I’d lay out the thinking a bit, and see if I can help you see why I’m doing this. So, I don’t usually do things just for money. I’ve turned down things I thought were inappropriate in the past.

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The 4 D’s of Learning: A quick illustrated guide to Modern Workplace Learning 

Jane Hart

The following is a quick illustrated guide to what you will find in my Modern Workplace Learning 2020 (MWL2020) resource. Modern Workplace Learning

optimizing distributed work

Harold Jarche

Now that distributed work has become the norm — permanently for some and temporarily for others — there are two relatively simple things any organization can do to work, learn, and innovate in internet time. Optimize meetings for a digital workplace. Help all workers become knowledge catalysts. Back in 2008 I noted that cooperating, reflecting, and supporting each other are necessary for groups of knowledge workers to collectively achieve common objectives.

About a pretty pole

Doc Searls

The tallest structure in Santa Barbara’s skyline is a 200-foot pole painted red and white. It stands in a city equipment yard, not far from the ocean and the city’s famous Wharf. You can see it in the photo above, with the Wharf behind it. As landmarks go it’s not much, but I like its looks and its legacy. On the looks side, I dig the simplicity of its structure and the red and white colors.

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Its getting personal …

Dave Snowden

Last year was a difficult by any standards as I have previously recounted. I entered 2020 on a pathway to recovery from various physical and mental assaults but with the frustration of waiting to be allowed to drive again. Friends ensured I got some walking in but I had the added tension of the lease on my old car expiring and a new car ordered. Finally in early March I was released and I booked a cottage for a week in Snowdonia from the 14th of March as all hell was breaking loose around me.

Dealing with a Highly Unpredictable Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The high degree of uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic is one of its most frustrating qualities. How long will the pandemic last? When will normal life return? When will a vaccine be available? Not only don’t we have definitive answers, we don’t even know how to best frame these critical questions. The answers we get from the most trusted of experts feel too vague, - their explanations by caveats and probabilities, - as they should.

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Extreme Times

Clark Quinn

This was originally intended to be one of my Learning Solutions Mag columns (Quinnsights). Sadly, that platform is no longer an option. Guess this is part of the extreme times! It’s a bit long for my usual posts, but I didn’t want it to go to waste. . In 2004, I co-wrote a chapter with Eileen Clegg for Marcia Conner & James G. Clawson’s Creating a Learning Culture book to accompany the event they held on the topic.

Ask Dan: Any Advice For Leaders Leading Teams Related To The Pandemic?

Dan Pontefract

Q: What advice do you have for business and community leaders who are faced with the challenge of leading teams in times of economic uncertainty and uncharted territory like we’re … Continue reading "Ask Dan: Any Advice For Leaders Leading Teams Related To The Pandemic?". The post Ask Dan: Any Advice For Leaders Leading Teams Related To The Pandemic? appeared first on Dan Pontefract. leadership Lead. pandemic

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time to change the world

Harold Jarche

Universities may be going online temporarily, or perhaps permanently, but the curriculum does not seem to have changed. What should be taught at university is how to learn once out of university. In 2013, Jane Hart and I worked with Bangor University in Wales to incorporate personal knowledge mastery into the Psychology curriculum. We started by working with the faculty: Strategies for using social tools for personal and professional learning.

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Understanding the Learning Technology Ecosystem

Xyleme

What is a Learning Technology Ecosystem? As many companies move to remote working environments for the first time, the technology components of the learning ecosystem are becoming more important than ever before. A Learning Technology Ecosystem is made up of the tools and platforms that an organization uses to create, deliver, manage, deliver and analyze their learning content. Each organization’s Learning Technology Ecosystem is going to look a little (or a lot) different.

Big, thick and rich (the data)

Dave Snowden

Plans for a series of key blog posts after my March update series on Cynefin have been disrupted by COVID-19 and the need to both manage the situation within Cognitive Edge and the Cynefin Centre, but more importantly, create a range of offerings to provide capability around the pandemic crisis. One of the main points I have made is the need to focus on learning and innovation in parallel with crisis management processes.

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On humanity, surveillance and coronavirus

Doc Searls

Just learned of The Coronavirus (Safeguards) Bill 2020: Proposed protections for digital interventions and in relation to immunity certificates. This is in addition to the UK’s Coronavirus Bill 2020 , which is (as I understand it) running the show there right now. This new bill’s lead author is Prof Lilian Edwards, University of Newcastle.

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Taking courses online

Clark Quinn

So I was talking to my brother the other day. He is a community college instructor (and, now, department chair). He was telling me about taking his class online (like so many others). I of course offered some suggestions, and he opined that I could (and should) be helping others too. Which, of course, I agree with, because that’s what I do. So, here, is a brief summary of my experience taking courses online. Because, owing to circumstances, I do have some availability.

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Meet Some Of The Behind-The-Scene Leaders Doing Great Things During The Pandemic

Dan Pontefract

The pandemic has both restored and shocked my faith in humanity. We’ll get to those shocks in another column. Today I want to focus on those that are demonstrating an … Continue reading "Meet Some Of The Behind-The-Scene Leaders Doing Great Things During The Pandemic". The post Meet Some Of The Behind-The-Scene Leaders Doing Great Things During The Pandemic appeared first on Dan Pontefract. leadership COVID-19 pandemic

introduction to working smarter

Harold Jarche

The nature of work has continuously changed over time. Factories and manufacturing are no longer where most of us work. We work in offices, at home, and often remote from our team mates. Today, much of of what do is networked via digital technologies. Here is a useful model of working smarter by connecting our work teams with our professional communities and networks.

Our Tips for Balancing Kids & Working from Home

Xyleme

Tips for Balancing Working & Parenting from Home. Who remembers this video a few years back of a reporter who was working from home and his kids unexpectedly popped in during his broadcast? Can you relate?

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Love Shouldn’t Hurt

Dave Snowden

300 : the prolific film historically retelling The Battle of Thermopylae, where a comparatively small Spartan army courageously defied the odds, stood their ground, and helped protect their beloved homeland. 300 : the percentage of increased calls to Battered Women’s Support Services in Vancouver this month. 300 : the number of days since I last saw my abusive ex-partner…. When I reflect back, it was the moments of connection that were most liberating.

The Web and the New Reality

Doc Searls

I posted this essay in my own pre-blog, Reality 2.0 , on December 1, 1995. I think maybe now, in this long moment after we’ve hit a pause button on our future, we can start working on making good the unfulfilled promises that first gleamed in our future a quarter century ago. Contents. Reality 2.0. Polyopoly. An economy of abundance. The Age of Enlightenment. Time to subtract the garbage. So what’s left. Web of the free, home of the Huns. A market is a conversation.

Adapting to change

Clark Quinn

We live in interesting times. And, of course, that means many things have changed. Some for the worse, some for the better. I thought I’d just overview some of ways I’m adapting to change, so you can keep track and take advantage. I was scheduled to do a number of things. One that wasn’t on the list was a trip to Brazil in May, also to give a talk (at least). And, of course, Boston, Brazil, and Belgium have all been postponed. Understandably.

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I See You. (a poem)

Dan Pontefract

I See You I see you in the shadows of night, On the balconies and terraces, Singing a tune while shining your light. I see you on your webcam … Continue reading "I See You. (a a poem)". The post I See You. (a a poem) appeared first on Dan Pontefract. poetry COVID-19 ICU

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control is for amateurs

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight — now known as a decade — I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “In In times of crisis, people reach for meaning. Meaning is strength. Our survival may depend on our seeking and finding it.” Viktor Frankl , via @nuri_numinous. JoyceCarolOates — “is anyone else experiencing a distortion of time?

Our Team’s Top Tips for Learning from Home

Xyleme

Learning from Home' Tips from Our Experts. With unprecedented numbers of people working from home for the first time due to the novel Coronavirus, we’re being bombarded by content geared toward helping people adjust to the WFH lifestyle. But people are doing a lot more than just working from home — what about the unique challenges of learning from home, not to mention how to balance it all with kids at home, too?

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Stuck Betwixt and Between

Dave Snowden

Three weeks ago, my uncle died from COVID-19. He was a second uncle and I hadn’t seen him in a few years. No one except his father and siblings could go to the funeral. There was no body, no family dinner, no regular memorial services at 3 days and then again at 9 to remind us that yes, this has really happened. No trays of coffee and sweet cognac, no boiled grains of wheat.

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The Problem With 'A National Effort in Online Education'

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Alex Usher points out quite correctly that universities will need to be online by the fall. We're not likely to be out of the Covid woods by then, and in-person classes will likely be limited and few. So he proposes this: for each of the (say) 100 courses with the highest enrolment taught across Canadian universities is to create, in common, a large basket of very good online resources which each institution could then incorporate into its own learning platforms.