October, 2017

How to become a Modern Professional Learner

Jane Hart

On 2 October 2017, I released the results of the 11th Annual Learning Tools survey in the form of the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017 list.

A Novel Approach for Measuring the True Impact of the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Scaling in complex systems

Dave Snowden

I wrote a series of posts about scaling over three year ago which in part addressed some of the perversities of methods focused on accreditation revenue to which I referred yesterday.

Dear CEO

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Dear CEO, Now more than ever in our history we need you to lead. Frankly, with all due respect, what you have been serving up. Dan's Related Posts: Evolution of the Chief Learning Officer. A Few Easy Steps For Entrepreneurs To Take To Enact A Higher Purpose. Nine Tricky Questions And Nine Honest Answers Regarding Purpose. Defining A Leader’s Duty Of Care. My Hopes for the Drucker Forum #gpdf14. Thanks for reading.

a cup of coffee

Harold Jarche

I was considering making this blog private and creating a community space for paying subscribers. However, after much deliberation I don’t think this is the best model for myself or anyone who reads my work.

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Liminal Cynefin: the final cut?

Dave Snowden

The liminal version of Cynefin has been slowly evolving over the last few months. It was getting close in August but I wasn’t happy as it didn’t properly deal with disorder or the various Cynefin dynamics.

Revolutions take time

Doc Searls

The original version of this ran as a comment under Francine Hardaway ‘s Medium post titled Have we progressed at all in the last fifty years? My short answer is “Yes, but not much, and not evenly.” ” This is my longer answer.

leadership is helping make the network smarter

Harold Jarche

Organizations face more complexity in the type of work they do, the problems they face, and the markets they interact with. This is due to increasing connections between everyone and everything. To deal with this complexity, organizations should loosen hierarchies and strengthen networks.

Acknowledging Changes

Clark Quinn

There are a serious number of changes that are affecting organizations. We’re seeing changes in the information flow, in technology, and in what we know about ourselves. Importantly, these are things that L&D needs to acknowledge and respond to. What are these changes? It’s old news that things are happening faster. We’re being overwhelmed with information, and that rate is accelerating. On the other hand, our tools to manage the information flow are also advancing.

The role of L&D in 2018

Jane Hart

I am frequently asked for my thoughts on the role of L&D in the future. Here is my take on the important work required for the short-term future. Social learning

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs? These are questions that have long been discussed.

Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method

Beth Kanter

Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method. Guest Post by Lewis Haidt. For many nonprofits, taking the “right” photograph or creating the “perfect” video to represent an organization’s mission and work can be an intimidating prospect.

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Authenticity in Cynefin

Dave Snowden

The picture here is of Michael Bryant as Mathieu Delarue in the BBC production of Sartre’s The Roads to Freedom. Thought lost but then shown in full at the BFI in 2012 it has never been shown again and, despite demand, had not been released on DVD.

distributing power for the network era

Harold Jarche

A certain amount of command and control, exercised through a hierarchy is often necessary to get work done. I suggest temporary, negotiated hierarchies so that teams can form and re-form depending on what needs to be done.

Simple Insufficiency

Clark Quinn

As things get more complex, organizations are looking to get more agile. And they’re looking at a wide variety of approaches in different areas. It can be agile, digital transformation, design thinking, and more. And, by and large, these are all good things. And all of them are quite simply insufficient. Why do I suggest this insufficiency? Because the solution is complex. Organizations are complex organisms.

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A brief analysis of the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017

Jane Hart

I compiled the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017 (the 11th Annual Survey) from the votes of 2,174 learning professionals from 52 countries worldwide. Here is a brief analysis of what’s on the list and what it tells us about the current state of personal learning, workplace learning and education. Here … Social learning

Jobs, Skills and Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A New Approach for Nonprofit Professional Development: Micro-Learning

Beth Kanter

Recently, a nonprofit professional said to me, “I don’t have time to learn anything new because I have too much work to do.” ” Indeed, she had a calendar full of meetings, an endless to do list, and an inbox that was anything but zeroed out.

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Teaching in the Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary notes from the Tony Bates presentation at the World Conference on Online Learning , Toronto. Building an Effective Learning Environment What is knowledge, and how does learning occur. Analogy: coal.

cities and the future of work

Harold Jarche

Note: This post is based on several earlier ones.

Radical Coherency

Clark Quinn

Tied to my last post about insufficient approaches, I was thinking again about the Coherent Organization . Coherency is powerful, but it could be a limiting metaphor. So I want to explore it a bit further. First, coherency is powerful. Lasers, for example, are just light, the same as comes from your lightbulbs. Except that the wavelengths are aligned and focused. When they’re at the same frequency, in the same direction, suddenly you can cut steel!

What are the most popular tools for …?

Jane Hart

This is a growing list of links to pages where you can find the most popular tools in different categories in 2017. Social learning

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The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Two years ago, a group of leading CEOs from around the world met in China to discuss the major issues facing their companies in the global marketplace.

The Perils of Fake News, Coordinated Misinformation, and Social Media Addiction

Beth Kanter

There have been many news articles recently about social media for evil: How Facebook, Twitter, Google, and even Instagram have been abused for coordinated misinformation paid social media or advertising to influence our political system.

Elements of a Successful Panel

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Congrats, you have an all male panel ! Follow the #allmalepanel hashtag on Twitter and you'll find that there's no end to the creation of bad panels and the commentators that justifiably criticize them.

the future of work is perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

Automation is a force that is continuously changing the nature of human work. First it replaced brute force with powerful machines, changing the nature of agriculture, mining, construction, and other fields of human activity.

Addressing Changes

Clark Quinn

Yesterday, I listed some of the major changes that L&D needs to acknowledge. What we need now is to look at the top steps that need to be taken. As serious practitioners in a potentially valuable field, we need to adapt to the changing environment as much as we need to assist our charges to do so. So what’s involved? We need to get a grasp on technology affordances. We don’t need to that the latest technology exists, whether AI, AR, or VR.

Drawing lines …

Dave Snowden

An abiding memory of childhood is being sent home by a Chapel going Welsh Primary School teacher with instructions to prayer for my mother who was about to condemn herself to Hell by campaigning for Flintshire to go wet.

Dear DSCC: unsubscribe means unsubscribe

Doc Searls

I have unsubscribed from the DSCC mailing list, which I never joined, multiple times. Here’s a screen shot of my last unsubscribe session, dated 21 October: That’s the third screen, after others that mute the unsubscribe option.

The Surprising Truth About Donor Fatigue And What Nonprofits Can Do To Avoid It

Beth Kanter

Photo by Fuel Relief Fund on GlobalGiving. Note from Beth: With the hurricanes, gun violence, and fires, I gave generously, including donations to Global Giving funds. I surpassed my giving budget for disaster relief giving.

Blog Post: Zoom World Values Day Knowledge Caf?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen My virtual Zoom World Values Day Café went off exceptionally well. 117 people registered from 25 countries but there is always a large drop-off and in the end I had 47 people from 16 countries - still a good turnout.

systems thinking

Harold Jarche

Leyla Acaroglu has an excellent post on Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 Fundamental Concepts of Systems Thinking. “In

Two good books on learning

Clark Quinn

In addition to the existing good books out there (Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn , Patti Schank’s new series, e.g. her book on Practice & Feedback , & Brown, et al’s Make it Stick ), I was pointed to two others. One I’d heard about but hadn’t gotten to yet, the other was new to me. And now that I’ve finished them, both are worth recommending and adding to your reading list.

Initial working on identity

Dave Snowden

One of my best ever Opera experiences was back in 1986 when I went to what looks to have been the only production of Harrison Birtwhistle’s brilliant Mask of Orpheus. I didn’t know about complexity theory at the time and IBM was a decade away on the horizon.