August, 2021

The Evolution of Shopping in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, The Economist published a special report on The Future of Shopping , with nine articles on the subject.

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Concept Maps and Learning

Clark Quinn

Once again, someone notified me of something they wanted me to look at. In this case, a suite of concept maps, with a claim that this could be the future of education.

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We’re launching a Citizen Engagement & Democratic Innovation Programme White Paper

Dave Snowden

If you’ve been following us for the last few years, you’ll know we’ve been developing our Citizen Engagement & Democratic Innovation programme. So it’s a well established hive of activity and expertise.

top tools 2021

Harold Jarche

Every year, Jane Hart asks, “What are the most popular digital tools for learning and why?”. This is the fifteenth year Jane asked this question — and compiled the results into a valuable resource — and this is my tenth year responding.

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The Myth of Post-Covid Skills, Reconsidered

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A few comments on this post. Having taken a look, I don't think a search of the top ten Google results for 'post-COVID skills' was the best place to look for lessons learned. The Google search gives us results from siets like McKinsey, Forbes, and

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Car design trends

Doc Searls

On Quora, here’s my answer to What are the worst design trends in modern cars?

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The Evolving Role of the CIO

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“CIOs and other technology leaders have led heroic work to help their companies stay in business during the pandemic,” said a recent report, Pilots, co-pilots, and engineers : Digital transformation insights from CIOs for CIOS.

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… which ruminates when walking

Dave Snowden

Carwyn Edwards sent me an interesting link via social media the other day.

social learning powers distributed work

Harold Jarche

Distributed work is here to stay, because many people like it, the pandemic is not over and there will be others, and market forces will seek to maximize profits and reduce labour costs.

ATD 2021: 3 Ways Your Content Strategy is Holding You Back


Content is a vital competitive advantage, but it’s rarely treated as such.

Beyond the Web

Doc Searls

The Web is a haystack. This isn’t what Tim Berners-Lee had in mind when he invented the Web. Nor is it what Jerry Yang and David Filo had in mind when they invented Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web , which later became Yahoo.

Understanding the Impact of Cybersecurity on International Trade

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The explosive success of the Internet in the 1990s led to a historical transition from the industrial age of the past two centuries to an economy and society increasingly based on global, digital interactions.

Making it Meaningful

Clark Quinn

I volunteer for our local Community Emergency Response Team ( CERT ; and have learned lots of worthwhile things). On a call, our local organizer mentioned that she was leading a section of the train-the-trainers upcoming event, and was dreading trying to make it interesting.

…the eye was bewildered

Dave Snowden

Back from holiday (of which more tomorrow) and a chance to pick up the blog agai as well as to reconnect with ‘civilisation’ in general. Part of that return was marking 2nd September 2022 (not that is not a typo) in the diary for the release of Amazon’s mini-series based on the Silmarillion.

learning with others

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. After a two-week hiatus I will slowly get back to more regular blogging. PicardTips — “Picard management tip: Keep group meetings short. Take your time with one-on-ones.”

Professors and Bias

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A Reader wrote: I have seen the shift in politics over the last two years and find myself fundamentally disagreeing with many of my professor's views more often than not. Education is headed down a slippery path of indoctrination.

A happy 75th anniversary

Doc Searls

My parents (that’s them, Eleanor and Allen Searls) were married on 17 August 1946, seventy-five years and two days ago.

The New Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Following World War II and the onset of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the US undertook a series of measures to strengthen the resilience of the nation.

Caveat Malarkey

Clark Quinn

After continuing to take down marketing blather, it’s time for a plea. Caveat Malarkey! And, as always, the prose. If you’ve been paying attention, you will have seen that a number of my blog posts take down a variety of articles that are rife with malarkey.

The Case For Blended Learning


How to Implement Blended Learning as Employees Return to Work. LMS eLearning LMS Blended Learning

the social sweet spot

Harold Jarche

Continued from — social learning powers distributed work. Social learning is about people in trusted relationships sharing and building collective knowledge.

8 Tips for Facilitating Nonprofit Hybrid Meetings

Beth Kanter

Give your remote participants a seat at the table. As the pandemic continues, most nonprofit workplaces will become a combination of virtual and on-site work. A recent McKinsey survey suggests that 90% of organizations will adopt some version of the hybrid workplace.

4 Ways Personal Development Boosts Leadership Skills

KCC Business Psychology

4 Ways Personal Development Boosts Leadership Skills. It is exciting to lead people and it is a critical role. According to experts, leaders can have a direct impact on their team’s happiness and self-esteem.

we have met the enemy

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

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4 Ideas to Help You Create Fresh Remote Training Content


Creating fresh, relevant remote training content is critical to the success of a corporate eLearning course or program. However, coming up with fresh content is easier said than done. It can be all too easy to stick with the status quo as opposed to improving your company’s training content.

Corporate Online Learning Trends You Still Need to Implement in 2021


The corporate online learning industry is constantly changing and growing. All types of organizations, such as multinationals, nonprofits, businesses, and healthcare systems, utilize online learning to train their workforces.

More lessons from bad design

Clark Quinn

I probably seem like a crank, given the way I take things apart. Yet, I maintain there’s a reason beyond “get off my lawn!” ” I point out flaws not to complain, but instead to point to how to do it better. (At

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