November, 2018

Culture: the subject

Dave Snowden

The Oxford English Dictionary defines culture as “The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively” and “The ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society”.

The Impact of AI on the World Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I wrote about the economic value of AI based on a recently published report by PwC. The report’s overriding finding was that AI technologies and applications will increase global GDP by up to 14% between now and 2030, the equivalent of an additional $15.7

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Making Multiple Choice work

Clark Quinn

For sins in my past, I’ve been thinking about assessments a bit lately. And one of the biggest problems comes from trying to find solutions that are meaningful yet easy to implement. You can ask learners to develop meaningful artifacts, but getting them assessed at scale is problematic.

Employees Have Become So Busy They Have Given Up On Learning

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: In today’s organization, speed has become a weapon against learning. Time to market, time to innovate, and time to exploit are now bullets in the.

curiosity and resolve

Harold Jarche

Jony Ive, Chief Design Officer at Apple, was the first recipient of the Stephen Hawking Fellowship at Cambridge Union. His lecture to a crowd of about 400 was covered by The Independent — Apple designer Jony Ive explains how ‘teetering towards the absurd’ helped him make the iPhone.

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Mindset and Heartset

John Hagel

Is mindset all there is? I recently attended a gathering of senior executives seeking to drive change in their organizations and was struck by how much mindset dominated the conversation. It was all about the assumptions and beliefs of the people in their organizations. They wanted to know what kind of evidence and reasoning would help to change these assumptions and beliefs. The key assumption in the room was that it was all about the mind.

Mapping ….

Dave Snowden

Back in March 2018 I posted on the differences between models, frameworks, methods, manifestos and creeds; the first in a series of posts on Agile.

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Developing learning to learn skills

Clark Quinn

I’m an advocate of meta-learning, that is: learning to learn. Not just because it’s personally empowering, but because it can and should be organizationally empowering. The problem is, little is talked about how to develop it. And I have to say that what I do see, seems inadequate.

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Connectivism and Language Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is in response to the following question from a student in Iran: I am going to start an academic project on the application of connectivism in the context of foreign language acquisition.

finding community

Harold Jarche

Many work teams today are distributed geographically, culturally, or in different time zones. But trust is required before real knowledge-sharing can happen. This is especially the case of sharing complex knowledge which requires strong social ties for trusted professional relationships.

So, Now What?

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: It never ceases to amaze me how many issues can crop up in our lives. Some of them deserve our attention, and some do not. Dan's Related Posts: Distractedness Is Quickly Becoming The Organization’s Top Issue.

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Ode to Trees

John Hagel

I stand in awe of trees. They bend with the wind But they stand their ground. They stand tall Yet constantly reach for the sky Branching in so many directions, Searching for the sun and stars While firmly rooted in one place. They can stand alone, But they seek out each other And live longer together. They appear silent But they actively communicate Not only with each other But with many other living things In the ground. Their energy Comes from connection.

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The 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2016, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy launched its first annual Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC).

And the myths go on

Clark Quinn

Yet another silly post I stumbled upon. And last week at a conf someone said they liked my take-downs. If you disagree, let me know, but otherwise here’s yet another bunch of marketing hype. Hopefully no one uses this for any real decisions!

Onwards and upwards

Dave Snowden

It’s been a long year and probably the sparsest period of writing for me in the last twenty years. It’s been a year of hard decisions, a few mistakes and a chance (as any period of adversity represents) to discover your true friends.

cooperative leadership

Harold Jarche

Last week I hosted a video chat on the changing nature of leadership. Part of the discussion was on the changing needs of society as the dominant organizing forms shift — from Tribes to Institutions to Markets, and now to Networks.

The Five Rules Of Managing Up

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Most of us have a boss. Some of us actually like them. The “boss” is that person who is ultimately responsible for your status in. Dan's Related Posts: Corporate Culture in a Venn Diagram.

Gratitude for Spiritset

John Hagel

In my last blog post , I explored the need to expand beyond our current focus on mindset and to appreciate the role that heartset plays in shaping our beliefs, choices and actions. In reflecting on this framing, I’ve come to realize I left out a third element that provides a foundation and context for both mindset and heartset – it’s our spiritset. What’s that? Well, it’s a made-up word, but I’m looking for symmetry with the word that dominates most of our discussions today – mindset.

Blockchain’s Potential for Environmental Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In mid-September, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet , a report that examined how blockchain technologies could be harnessed to address serious environmental issues, better manage our shared global environment and help drive sustainable growth and value creation. The report outlines some of the world’s most-pressing environmental challenges and highlights eight blockchain-based game changers that could lead to transformative solutions to these pressing problems. The WEF report includes a short blockchain tutorial. Blockchain is essentially “a new, decentralized and global computational infrastructure that could transform many existing processes in business, governance and society.” Blockchain technologies promise to significantly improve the efficiency and security of business transactions and data sharing among participants in a global ecosystem, such as supply chains, financial services, and similar complex applications involving multiple institutions. But, the hype surrounding blockchain , can tempt solution designers to try to use it for applications that it’s not suitable for. The report recommends that designers first consider three key questions: Will blockchain solve your actual problem; is a distributed architecture vital to your solution? Have you built the right ecosystem of stakeholders; do they understand and trust how blockchain is being used? Can you acceptably manage the downside risks or unintended consequences, e.g., scalability, performance, implementation risks? Before discussing potential blockchain-based applications, the report highlights some of the environmental issues these applications might help address. “The majority of the world’s current environmental problems can be traced back to industrialization, particularly since the ‘great acceleration’ in global economic activity since the 1950s,” notes the report. “While this delivered impressive gains in human progress and prosperity, it has also led to unintended consequences… research from many Earth-system scientists suggests that life on land could now be entering a period of unprecedented environmental systems change.” These include: Natural disasters : “In 2017, the world suffered 710 geophysical, meteorological, hydrological and climatological ‘natural-loss events’ – almost triple the number it suffered in 1980,” causing around $330 billion in damages, as well as the displacement of 23 million people. The 2018 California wildfires are a case in point. Climate change : “Today’s greenhouse gas levels may be the highest in 3 million years, rising to 412 parts per million in May 2018,” leading to extreme storms, rising sea levels, coastal inundation, droughts and heatwaves. Water security : “The world’s demand for water has grown by around 1% per year. By 2030, we may fall 40% short of the amount of fresh water needed to support the global economy as pollution and climate change affect the global water cycle.” Water scarcity is already a problem for almost 2 billion people. Clean air : “Around 91% of the world’s people live in places that fail to meet World Health Organization (WHO) air-quality guidelines.” Close to 7 million people die annually from health issues caused by air pollution. Ocean health : “The chemistry of the oceans is changing more rapidly than at any time in perhaps 300 million years, as the water absorbs anthropogenic greenhouse gases. The resulting ocean acidification and warming are leading to unprecedented damage to fish stocks and corals.”. Biodiversity loss : “The Earth is losing its biodiversity at mass extinction rates. One in five species on Earth now faces eradication; this will rise to 50% by the end of the century unless we take urgent action.” Deforestation in the Amazon Basin, for example, could lead to an 8% drop in rainfall by 2050, which could further impact our atmospheric systems. The report lists over 65 blockchain use-cases that are particularly relevant to each of these six environmental challenges. They range from distributed grid management for improved clean power, to the transparent monitoring and real-time traceability of supply chain transactions. The majority of these use-cases are still in the concept or pilot phase, with only a handful in production. It further proposes eight key game changers , - areas where blockchain, in combination with other advances technologies could disrupt existing business models and lead over time to truly transformative solutions. Let me discuss three of these game changers. “See-through” supply chains. Supply chain applications will likely be among the earliest commercial blockchains in production. The infrastructures and processes of supply chains are significantly less complex than those in financial services, healthcare, and other industries Their objectives are relatively straightforward: increase the speed, security and accuracy of financial and commercial settlements; track the supply chain lifecycle of any component or product; and securely protect all the transactions and data moving through the supply chain. Blockchains ability to record all transactions flowing through a supply chain creates an immutable record of a product’s origin, with the potential for full transparency and traceability from source to store. There are already a number of experimental applications under way. “Looking into the future, blockchain has the potential to connect all stakeholders in a global supply chain - from the workers in factories through to logistics, the retailers, consumers, investors, NGOs, and regulators - under one platform. A platform that provides the data, traceability, transparency, control or compliance mechanism that the given user needs would be a truly transformational proposition for workers in the informal economy and consumers alike.”. Automatic disaster preparedness and humanitarian relief. Earlier this year I attended a conference at Northeastern University in Boston sponsored by the Global Resilience Institute , a research and educational initiative to advance the resilience of individuals, communities, economies and societies around the world by strengthening their capacity to adapt to an increasingly turbulent world. A key theme throughout the conference was that, as the frequency and scale of natural and man-made disasters increase, an effective response requires a comprehensive effort that matches the complexity of the increasingly interdependent systems and networks we all rely on. Experimental blockchain solutions for disaster preparedness are starting to be developed. “Blockchain could underpin a new shared system for multiple parties involved in disaster preparedness and relief to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, coordination and trust of resources,” notes the WEF report. “A well-designed system could enable a wide range of actors to share crucial information automatically in the event of a disaster through smart contracts. This could, for example, mobilize emerging resources more quickly and effectively, redirect supply chains automatically, and enable relief agencies to better coordinate their efforts in response to emergencies.”. Decentralized and sustainable resource management. Every four years, the National Intelligence Council (NIC) develops a global trends report looking out 15 to 20 years to provide a framework for strategic conversations within and beyond the U.S. government. Global Trends 2030 , released in December of 2012, identified the growing food, water and energy nexus in combination with climate change as one of the four overarching megatrends that are expected to shape and transform the world over the next few decades. All around the world, swelling urban populations and billions rising out of poverty and joining an expanding middle class are increasing pressures on critical resources. Furthermore, changing weather conditions are putting additional pressures on food and water resources. “Blockchain can underpin a transition to decentralized, clean and more resource-efficient energy and water systems at scale. Platforms could collate distributed data on these resources (e.g. household-level water and energy data collected with smart sensors). This is a game-changer because often decision-makers in the systems – both centralised authorities and retail-level users – are making decisions with only partial information. Blockchain-enabled platforms could overcome this and enable more informed decision-making and even decentralized decision-making about the management of those resources or the broader system. This could include traceability and verification of renewable energy sources, peer-to-peer trading, dynamic pricing and better demand-side balancing.”. Blockchain is still in its early stages of development and deployment. Its capabilities have been often oversold , as is the case with just about all promising technologies, e.g., AI in the 1970s, the Internet in the late 1990s. But, as the WEF report argues, “If it truly lives up to its promise, this new global computational architecture could rewire commerce and transform how society operates, becoming one of the most significant innovations since the creation of the internet. The opportunity to harness this innovation to help tackle environmental challenges is equally significant.”. 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Trends for 2019?

Clark Quinn

It’s already started! Like Christmas (which morally shouldn’t be even be thought about before Thanksgiving), requests for next year’s trends should be on hold until at least December. Still, a request came in for my thoughts.

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MWL Newsletter No 92

Jane Hart

Articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) for the week 18-24 November 2018. [L&D L&D don’t “own” learning, learning as a daily habit, spotlighting the MWL track at LearnTec 2019 & more}. Modern Workplace Learning

curiosity, creativity, complexity, & chaos

Harold Jarche

In complexity, cooperation trumps collaboration. Collaboration happens around some kind of plan or structure, while cooperation presumes the freedom of individuals to join and participate. Cooperation is also a driver of creativity as it enables more and varied connections with people and with ideas.

In Con Text

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: In Con Text The goal was to survive the storm, For then we might truly transform, Along came a text Oh my, “what is. Dan's Related Posts: Sweet Spot Synergy. Do We Need Textpectations? In Progress . “It’s

New York lights

Doc Searls

I had a bunch of errands to run today, but also a lot of calls. And, when I finally got up from my desk around 4pm with plans to head out in the car, I found five inches of snow already on the apartment deck. Another five would come after that. So driving was clearly a bad idea.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 10

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Harvesting, Again I'm having issues with the harvester again. There are two distinct problems: - The harvester isn't harvesting - When I do harvest, it's downloading things that were downloaded before I'm going to deal with the second thing first.

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Citations

Clark Quinn

Following on my thoughts on writing yesterday, this was a topic that didn’t fit (the post got too long ;). So here we go. Colleagues have written that citations are important. If you’re making a claim, you should be able to back it up.

MWL Newsletter No 90

Jane Hart

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) for the week 4-10 Nov. TBL to save the Web, how to understand company culture, take the robot jobs test, 4 myths about the skills gap, & more]. Modern Workplace Learning

network literacies

Harold Jarche

Distributed governance was part of the conversation at RESET18 in Helsinki last month, where I discussed networks, communities of practice, knowledge-sharing, and sense-making, in the context of the Finnish civil service.

Here’s Why I Love The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ Even More (Hint: It’s About Their Preparation)

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: You don’t have to be a fan of the Beatles to appreciate their brilliance. Over their relatively short career as the fab four from Liverpool, Dan's Related Posts: What John Lennon Taught Me About Thinking. How I Learned To Think Out Loud Through The Tragically Hip’s Live Concerts. Dan Pontefract February 2018 Playlist. Goodbye, Gord. My (Re) View Of That Night In Kingston. Thanks for reading. visit the original at [link].

Tulsa Latest City Recruiting Telecommuters

Nine Shift

Tulsa, in a smart move, is recruiting telecommuters by offering them/you $10,000 to move there. A Washington Post story reports " To qualify for Tulsa Remote, applicants must be at least 18 years old and employed with a company that allows them to work remotely. Entrepreneurs who do not reside in Tulsa County can also apply.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 11

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Badges I looked at openbadges.me and Badgr and selected the latter mostly because it's where the Mozilla Backpack project landed. My allegiance will last as long as it works.

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Editing, process, topics, and other reflections

Clark Quinn

My lass let me know there was a typo in my recent post on Transformation. I’m thrilled that she’s reading them (!), but she triggered many thoughts about my writing approach.

Insights from the Internet Time Alliance (2018)

Jane Hart

On the 3rd anniversary of the death of Jay Cross, the Founder of the Internet Time Alliance, we – Harold Jarche, Charles Jennings, Clark Quinn and I – share some insights from the 5 of us over the years. Modern Workplace Learning

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the origins of creativity

Harold Jarche

It is possible that early humans diverged from other primates when they began eating meat. This meat was likely burnt from frequent lightning strikes on the African savannah. They did not even have to know how start a fire, only how to keep one going.

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Elephants Have Long Memories. So Should You.

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: As far as favourite pets go, for me, it was probably my orca whale. In a modest neighbourhood where I grew up, for some reason, Dan's Related Posts: Amidst Uncertainty the Inuksuk Surfaces. Our Three Young Children Blog … Here’s Why. Magnanimous: The Word of 2017. Can We Truly Be Happy At Work? Thanks for reading. visit the original at [link]. Career leadership elephants memory revenge Thinking

Today’s workplace

Euen Semple

First day of proper HGV driving (I'd previously done a day but in a 3.5 tonne van). Great fun. Lots of complicated reversing, having to unload gazillions of window frames on my own, and the general nervous wear and tear of manipulating 7.5

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 9

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The RSS Feed The course isn't truly distributed until it has an RSS feed. We'll use the course newsletter as our RSS feed, except we'll publish the output in rss2 format instead of HTML. So, exactly as before, we'll build the RSS page in the page Editor.

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