August, 2017

How the personal data extraction industry ends

Doc Searls

Who Owns the Internet? What Big Tech’s Monopoly Powers Mean for our Culture is Elizabeth Kolbert ‘s review in The New Yorker of several books, one of which I’ve read: Jonathan Taplin ’s Move Fast and Break Things—How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy.

Crafting Corporate Narratives: Zoom Out, Zoom In

John Hagel

I’ve been writing a lot about the significant missed opportunity to craft a compelling corporate narrative here and here. Done right, this corporate narrative can mobilize a large number of third parties to provide growing leverage, learning and loyalty for the company offering the narrative. While this is appealing to many executives, they stumble over the process of crafting a compelling narrative.

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My Augusta Horribilis

Dan Pontefract

I received a Facebook message today from a friend. The first few lines read as follows: “Hi Dan, I’m not seeing much of the ‘real’ Dan's Related Posts: Please Don’t Let There Be Anonymity After Death Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work? I Detached on Holiday.

Liminal & situated strategy

Dave Snowden

I was originally going to move on to post about constraints but a early meeting this morning involved a stimulating discussion with the senior partner of a law firm and as a result I’ve going to carry on from yesterday’s post and return to constraints tomorrow.

What’s the Core Priority of Corporate Managers?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, - The Error at the Heart of Corporate Leadership , - Harvard Business School professors Joseph Bower and Lynn Paine raised a number of important questions.

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Collaboration Is Not Just A Technology. It’s A Behavior.

Dan Pontefract

The key for leaders to understanding collaboration is that it is not a technology. It is a behavior. But like a muscle, it is also. Dan's Related Posts: Flexible Working Works That Decision Is Above My Pay-Grade How to ‘Take One for the Team’ the FLAT ARMY cheat sheet The Social C-Suite. Behaviour collaboration flat army Connect consider

The knotty issue of constraints

Dave Snowden

I’ve been developing a theory of constraints both as a method for strategy mapping and as a way of better understanding domains and sub-domains in Cynefin. That thinking was in part stimulus for the liminal version of Cynefin.

Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I wrote about the current state of blockchain.

friday’s urban 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. “Cars are like pharmaceuticals. There’s a legitimate place for them, but we resort to them too much.” ” —Peter D. Norton, via @grescoe.

TWO articles of the week in this week’s MWL Newsletter

Jane Hart

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 20-26 August 2017. Social learning

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2017

Dion Hinchcliffe

It was a rebuilding year in a sense, as emerging tech for the enterprise steadily proceeded but didn't result in as many new targets to track as last year. Yet it's also abundantly clear the largest digital shifts by far are still ahead of us. Here's how 2017 is breaking down

Learning in the Collaboration Age

Charles Jennings

(Repost and update from August 2014) Many may not have noticed it at the time, but the world of learning changed in 1990.

Yes but… (and the Isaiah moment is still with us)

Dave Snowden

Automation Anxieties - We’ve Been Here Before

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The rise of artificial intelligence is the great story of our time,” notes What to Do When Machines Do Everything in its Preface.

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Some new ways to look at infrastructure

Doc Searls

Nothing challenges our understanding of infrastructure better than a crisis, and we have a big one now in Houston. We do with every giant storm, of course. New York is still recovering from Sandy and New Orleans from Katrina.

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Here’s more about the work of a Modern Learning Advisor

Jane Hart

In my previous article, I put the case for the new role of a Modern Learning Advisor and showed that in the modern workplace, L&D has two roles: To design, deliver and manage modern learning experiences for today’s busy people; and To enable and support individuals to organise and manage their own … Social learning

Extending Engagement

Clark Quinn

My post on why ‘engagement’ should be added to effective and efficient led to some discussion on LinkedIn. In particular, some questions were asked that I thought I should reflect on. So here are my responses to the issue of how to ‘monetize’ engagement, and how it relates to the effectiveness of learning. So the first issue was how to justify the extra investment engagement would entail. It was an assumption that it would take extra investment, but I believe it will.

Should we stop saying ‘commit’ suicide?

Mind Hacks

There is a movement in mental health to avoid the phrase ‘commit suicide’ It is claimed that the word ‘commit’ refers to a crime and this increases the stigma for what’s often an act of desperation that deserves compassion, rather than condemnation.

Liminal Cynefin, stepping over the threshold

Dave Snowden

I’ve been frantic the last few months with a lot of long standing wishes and dreams that are all coming together at the same time. The sort of thing that you initially say is the sort of problem you want to have, but when reality strikes one’s view is rather different.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years.

Trainer’s Notebook: A Great Training Starts with A Great Icebreaker

Beth Kanter

During the summer, I’ve been designing workshops based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit and Emerging Leaders Playbook. A great training always start with a great opening or icebreaker. Icebreakers are discussion questions or activities used to help participants relax.

Self-directed learning, Why email remains king, Help employees create knowledge, and more.

Jane Hart

MWL Newsletter No 27 News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 13-19 August 2017. Social learning

Coping with Cognition

Clark Quinn

Our brains are amazing things. They make sense of the world, and have developed language to help us both make better sense together and to communicate our learnings. And yet, this same amazing architecture has some vulnerabilities too. And I just fell prey to one, and it’s making reflect on what we can do, and what we still can’t. Our cognition is powerful, but also limited. So, yesterday I had a great idea for a post for today.

gRSShopper in a Box

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

My pre-conference workshop for Online Educa Berlin has been announced and this seems as good an occasion as any to summarize what I've been up to lately.

blogging break

Harold Jarche

No, I have not stopped blogging, though my lack of recent posts may have given that impression. I have decided to take a bit of a Summer break, continue my reading and observations on social media, and take time for cycling.


Dan Pontefract

Some summer holiday thinking of mine. Leaders gain the respect of employees when they: 1) Listen with attentiveness. 2) Empathize without prejudice. 3) Act fairly, Dan's Related Posts: A Few Easy Steps For Entrepreneurs To Take To Enact A Higher Purpose In 5 Minutes Louis C.K.

Step-by-Step Guide: Nonprofit Walking Meetings

Beth Kanter

Earlier this week, I was honored to do a webinar for Soapbox Engage about self-care and bringing a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

What happened to nonviolence?

Doc Searls

Two graphs tell some of the story.

L&D Tuneup

Clark Quinn

In my youth, owing to my father’s tutelage and my desire for wheels, I learned how to work on cars. While not the master he was, I could rebuild a carburetor, gap points and sparkplugs, as well as adjust the timing. In short, I could do a tuneup on the car.

An Example of Analysis

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is a response to an email query, and I offer it here as an analysis of how I would look at, read, and respond to a typical email exchange. 99% of the time I don't say anything, but for everything I read, this is the sort of thought process that runs through my mind. Just so you know. :) - Hello Mr. Downes, Really enjoy your website on fallacies.

lies & damn lies

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. white_owly : “Lies, damn lies and people who purport to understand blockchain.”

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Facebook And Apple CEOs Ask Us To Serve Humanity. Will We?

Dan Pontefract

During each spring, politicians, c-suite executives, movie stars, rock singers and authors are carted out in front of newly minted graduates to deliver “the commencement.

7 Ways to Avoid Fundraising Burnout

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Sam Livingston. Note from Beth: This week I’ve been in Finland at the invitation of the US Embassy to do trainings. On August 14th, I’m doing a FREE webinar with Soapbox Engage on how to raise more money and not burnout.

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Machine learning cocktails

David Weinberger

Inspired by fabulously wrong paint colors that Janelle Shane’s generated by running existing paint names through a machine learning system, and then by an hilarious experiment in dog breed names by my friend Matthew Battles , I decided to run some data through a beginner’s machine learning algorithm by karpathy. I fed a list of cocktail names in as data to an unaltered copy of karpathy’s code.