March, 2019

The Productivity Paradox: Digital Abundance and Scarce Genius

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite the relentless advances of digital technologies, productivity growth has been declining over the past decade. Investment and interest rates have remained low, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of workers in the US and other developed economies.

Cynefin as of St Davids Day 2019 (1 of 3)

Dave Snowden

An email came in yesterday from our new CEO Marion asking if I could explain why I had changed simple to obvious within the Cynefin framework, why I called it simple in the first place, had I thought of any other words and did it change anything to do with the dynamics.

Cluetrain at 20

Doc Searls

The Cluetrain Manifesto went online for the world o n March 26, 1999. “People of Earth,” it began. Nothing modest about it. . Chris Locke and David Weinberger both had newsletters with real subscriber bases ( Entropy Gradient Reversals and JOHO , respectively).

Qantas Airways CEO Delivers A Great Example Of Love-Based Leadership

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Irishman Alan Joyce is the CEO of Qantas Airways, the $16 billion company headquartered in Sydney, Australia. For more than ten years as CEO, Joyce. Dan's Related Posts: Lessons In Culture From United Airlines.

beyond government and markets

Harold Jarche

The key to our transformation toward a network society is citizen sensemaking. The thinking that got us into our current state of affairs will not get us out. Hierarchical leadership, even in democratic governments, is inadequate for the complexity of a networked society.

Expanding Our Horizons - Efficiently

John Hagel

In our Big Shift world, we confront the imperative of institutional innovation – shifting from institutional models built on scalable efficiency to institutional models built on scalable learning. I’ve written and spoken about this a lot over the years and one of the most common pushbacks I get is – “so, are you against efficiency?” This post seeks to answer that question. Let me lead with the answer – no, I’m not against efficiency. I’m instead suggesting two things.

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Is Blockchain Now Transitioning to a More Mundane and Useful Era?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain was created around a decade ago as the public, distributed ledger for the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

More Trending

Ad blocking passes 2 billion worldwide

Doc Searls

GlobalWebIndex ‘s Global Ad-Blocking Behavior report says 47% of us are blocking ads now. It also says, “As a younger and more engaged audience, ad-blockers also are much more likely to be paying subscribers and consumers. Ad-free premium services are especially attractive.”

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What do we mean by “social media”?

Euen Semple

I often wish we didn't have the phrase. We didn't in the beginning. There were tools that we used, different tools for different purposes at different times, and that was it. It was clear that it was an ecology rather than a single thing. We used the tools that helped us achieve our ends, in my case better conversations, and moved on when they stopped doing that. It was up to us what we used, how, and for what purpose.

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connected thinking

Harold Jarche

“… it’s easy, and it’s seductive, to assume that data is really knowledge. Or that information is, indeed, wisdom. Or that knowledge can exist without data. And how easy, and how effortlessly, one can parade and disguise itself as another.

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Purpose-Driven Companies Outperform The Financial Markets By 42 Percent

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: It seems that purpose is starting to pay off. In DDI’s 2018 Global Leadership Forecast results, the research firm highlights several financial advantages to organizations that.

The New, Interdisciplinary, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago, MIT president Rafael Reif announced the launch of the Stephen A.

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Bringing the human element and complexity thinking to rebuilding resilience in Puerto Rico

Dave Snowden

Cognitive Edge, through the Cynefin Centre, is part of an exciting project team funded by a United States National Science Foundation grant.

3 Simple Ways to Embed Learning in the Flow of Work

Xyleme

Sometimes we struggle to get started because the problem seems too big. While embedding learning in the flow of work may have some challenges for your team, here are some simple ways to get started.

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Thoughts for a Sunday

Euen Semple

Religion is the structured process of steering and reinforcing the narrative of "him", "me", "us" , and ultimately "them" Despite reinforcing the idea of community this leads to separation. Spirituality is the challenging and slippery process of revealing what is left when the narratives stop. Despite being a personal and often lonely path this leads to unification

we don’t need another hero

Harold Jarche

People in leadership positions are very busy — too busy it seems. “CEOs attend an endless stream of meetings, each of which can be totally different from the one before and the one that follows. Their sheer number and variety is a defining feature of the top job.

Video: The Importance Of The Little Things

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: In this episode, Dan discusses “the little things” of leadership, and their importance to an employee’s day, engagement and morale. Dan's Related Posts: Podcast: Time After Time, The Importance Of Time.

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Impact of an Aging Population on Economic Growth and Automation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The world has been stuck in an era of slow economic growth over the past decade. Top economists and policy makers have proposed a number of explanations for the economic slowdown, but in the end, there’s no consensus on the reasons, on how long the slowdown will likely last, or on what to do about it. Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force.

Patience is virtue of necessity

Dave Snowden

Around five years ago I spent a difficult and unplanned night in Toronto airport. I didn’t enjoy it but in part survived by using the experience as an opportunity to study crisis management as a sort of amateur in situ ethnographer.

Curriculum or pedagogy?

Clark Quinn

In a conversation today, I mentioned that previously I’ve thought that perhaps the best next ‘man in the moon’ project would be to put an entire K12 curriculum up online.

Zoom In Filters for High Impact

John Hagel

Small moves, smartly made, can set big things in motion. That’s a key to succeeding in a world of mounting performance pressure. In a previous post , I briefly alluded to the need to “zoom out” to smartly make small moves. In today’s post, I want to focus in more detail on the need to zoom in.

self-perception of knowledge

Harold Jarche

Sensemaking does not have to be a complicated affair. I have recently had several conversations with people who have simplified their sensemaking processes — using fewer tools and streamlining processes — quite often accepting the fact they won’t capture everything.

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I’m Raising A 13-Year-Old Boy And It’s F*&^ing Hard

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: I’m only two months into being CEO of The Pontefract Group, but so far it feels as though running a company is far easier than. Dan's Related Posts: Why I’m Currently Only Writing About Gord and the Hip. Technology Was Supposed To Save Us. It Hasn’t. In Honour of Ada Lovelace. Please Don’t Let There Be Anonymity After Death. What John Lennon Taught Me About Thinking. Thanks for reading.

Facing Fears

Euen Semple

Doing something new is always challenging. The possibility of screwing up, looking foolish, creating problems for others. It is invariably stretching. Taking a truck with a laden weight of 32 tonnes through tight winding London streets, with barely a foot clearance on either side, into busy and unpredictable building sites, and with potentially dangerous loading and unloading environments at either end, has pushed my limits.

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Notes On "Global Guidelines: Ethics in Learning Analytics"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In my post referencing the ICDE's Global Guidelines: Ethics in Learning Analytics yesterday I said: This document summarizes the considerations of an ICDE working group on learning analytics.

Better Benchmarking

Clark Quinn

I was on a phone conversation and was asked whether I compared my clients against others in the business to help them figure out where they’re at. E.g. do I offer my partners the chance to benchmark. And after a bit of thought, I said that no, I didn’t, and explained why.

Top 5 Stories of March 2019

Nine Shift

1.Young versus old: Green New Deal advances without old Democrat or Republican support. While young people advance new inventions and rail against climate change, it has become clear this is not a political fight but young versus old. Old Republicans say it is not cost effective to save the planet. Old Democrats argue it is not politically feasible to save the planet. 2.Flat Earth Faculty Start to Lose Scientists are tired of debating the climate change deniers.

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unintended consequences

Harold Jarche

“Welcome to Magic School. Here is your schedule.” ” “Thanks! But…” “Yes?” ” “This is just ‘Ethics’ and ‘Human rights’ and things like that.” ” “Correct, that’s the first year curriculum.”

Dan Pontefract March 2019 Playlist (for Claire and Cate)

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: I am the lucky father of three children. Two of them are girls. It wasn’t planned this way, but four years and four days separate. Dan's Related Posts: Dan Pontefract February 2019 Playlist (for the lovers). Dan Pontefract March 2018 Playlist. Dan Pontefract January 2019 Playlist (homage to Peaky Blinders). In Honour of Ada Lovelace. Dan Pontefract May 2018 Playlist. Thanks for reading. visit the original at [link].

Keeping up standards

Euen Semple

It fascinates me how often people rant at me about the rubbish on Twitter or Facebook, invariably delivered in a tone intended to convey their intellectual superiority, but apparently unaware that what they are describing is their network and that managing that network is their responsibility!

Does God Exist?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, photo by the author. Prompted by a sketch on CBC radio, I was curious this morning to see how Google would answer the question, "Does God exist?" To my mild surprise, the first page of results consisted of statements that God does, in fact, exist.

Chasing Technology Good and Bad

Clark Quinn

I’ve been complaining, as part of the myths tour, that everyone wants the magic bullet. But, as I was commenting to someone about opportunities, there are huge tech opportunities we’re missing. How can I have bit both ways?

Blog Post: He had his conversation in the world

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. A little while back I came across an online etymology dictionary and was fascinated to learn the roots and the evolution of the word "conversation". conversation (n.). mid-14c.,

learning as disservice

Harold Jarche

It is time to revive an insightful comment by a friend and inspiration, David Jonassen — as his Wikipedia entry says, Dave wrote about “learning with media, not from it” “Every amateur epistemologist knows that knowledge cannot be managed.

Why and How Rituals Build Resilience in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth Kanter

Last week I presented a session at the Nonprofit Technology Conference called “ Activating A Culture of Resilience for Sustainable Impact ,” with fellow NTEN board members, Ananda Leeke & Meico Whitlock as well as Carrie Rice. We each tackled a different aspect of resilience.

Conditioning

Euen Semple

When I was a young teenager one of our neighbours worked for a "sporting goods" company. When I visited his son we pored over their catalogue which included air rifles. I couldn't afford a rifle but I did scrape the money together to buy a pistol. It was solid, heavy, like a real gun. It felt manly to hold it and point it at things. We went out into the fields behind where we lived to kill something. I heard a skylark above us, pointed my gun at it, and against all the odds hit it!

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Call for Proposals #StephensNext60

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So I don't have an original bone in my body, as proven by this blatant rip-off of Ken Bauer's post of the same title and theme. Three Decade Mark I will turn 60 in April and so far things have turned out pretty well.