July, 2018

The myopia of metrics

Dave Snowden

I still have affectionate memories of my slide rule. We learnt how to use them around 14 or so and while they took away the mechanical aspects of computation you still had to have a sense of scale – the power of ten you had to work out in your head.

Are Innovation and R&D Yielding Decreasing Returns?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the pace of technological change, we tend to think of our age as the most innovative ever. But over the past several years, a number of economists have argued that increasing R&D efforts are yielding decreasing returns. Has the ideas machine broken down?

The future of enterprise learning technologies

Jane Hart

The problem is all the while we think “learning = education or training or courses”, it follows that “learning technologies = tools to design, deliver and manage education, training or courses”. Modern Workplace Learning

the perpetual beta coffee club

Harold Jarche

We are in a platform economy where those who own the platforms — Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google — reap massive financial rewards. I have likened it to crowd-milking , as opposed to the overused crowd-sourcing which is often nothing more than free labour.

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The Fabrication that is OER

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

OER stands for 'Open Educational Resources' and as readers know I have been a long-time proponent of free and open learning resources. So why would I call them a fabrication in the title of this post? It's a response to OER @ 16, "Where are You?"

When a thunderstorm appears right on top of an airport

Doc Searls

This is the situation at Newark Airport right now: Those blobs are thunderstorms. The little racetrack in upstate New York is an inbound flight from Lisbon in a holding pattern. Follow the link under that screen shot.

The tyranny of the explicit

Dave Snowden

One of the phrases I coined many moons ago is that of ‘ necessary ambiguity’ ; or, if I am feeling less assertive, ‘ requisit ambiguiuty ’.

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MWL Newsletter No 75

Jane Hart

Posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) for the week 22-28 July 2018. Modern Workplace Learning

curious and fractal

Harold Jarche

Some people seem to be naturally curious. Others work at it. Some just lack interest in learning. You can notice this when traveling. Some people can describe many aspects of their local vicinity while others don’t know anything about why certain features exist.

Reading List?

Clark Quinn

I saw another query about ‘reading list recommendations’ (e.g. as an addition to Millennials, Goldfish, Other Training Misconceptions ;), and I thought I’d weigh in, with a different spin. What qualifies what books should you read? Maybe your level of expertise?

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Why I Wrote My Third Book, OPEN TO THINK

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: While writing my new book, OPEN TO THINK: Slow Down, Think Creatively and Make Better Decisions, I discovered that many people are suffering from their. Dan's Related Posts: Download And Share The OPEN TO THINK One-Page Book Promo.


Dave Snowden

In yesterday’s post I illustrated the difference between a resilient and a robust system by contrasting a salt marsh with a sea wall. The Sea Wall is highly efficient, it creates a clear boundary but when it breaks the result is catastrophic. It can only survive as it is.

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The Emergence of a Blockchain-Based Token Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain Revolution , published in May of 2016 by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott , was one of the first books that explained the promise of blockchain technologies to the general public.

MWL Newsletter No 74

Jane Hart

Posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) for the week 15-21 July 2018. Modern Workplace Learning

True Transformation: From the Caterpillar to the Butterfly

John Hagel

What is transformation? Transformation has become one of the most over-used and loosely used words in the business world globally. Everyone’s talking about it and everyone’s claiming to be doing it. Virtually every large company that I know has a “digital transformation” program. They’re all totally committed to “transformation.”. But, when I look under the covers, what do I find?

Designing with science

Clark Quinn

How should we design? It’s all well and good to spout principles, but putting them into practice is another thing. While we always would like to follow learning science, there’re not always all the answers we need.

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New Way For Boys to Die

Nine Shift

Males are 99.9% of combat deaths; 94% of workplace fatalities; 84% of homicides; and 75% of suicide victims. Now there's a new way young men are dying: cirrhosis of the liver. .

Reflections on the Whistler process

Dave Snowden

Out first retreat of 2018 explored the general area of design and innovation. It took place in Whistler with a great faculty and a lot of participation. Combining the event with our first ever Train the Trainer session also produced multiple benefits.

The Transformative Power of Analytics - The Houston Astros: a Case Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2013, the Houston Astros finished the season with a 51-111 record, - the worst record in the history of the franchise, having also lost over 100 games in the previous two years.

MWL Newsletter No 72

Jane Hart

Posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) for the week 1-7 July 2018. Modern Workplace Learning

Blog Post: Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block (2nd Edition)

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen One of the books that has influenced me the most over the last few years is Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block.

Organizational Psychology?

Clark Quinn

I read an article calling for organizational psychology and the things these folks do for companies. And, interestingly, many of the tasks seem like things that I’ve been calling for L&D to do. So now I have to ask what’s the relationship between these two areas?

Confused Reader Disputes E.U. Law

Nine Shift

A confused reader disputed our post on July 23 that Americans would be protected under the new European Union law. . Let's give two examples: 1.Earlier this week, my little organization wanted to get some software from a company in Europe to teach Americans, not Europeans.

Spandrel & serendipity

Dave Snowden

In architecture a spandrel is the space between an arch and the vertical wall. It had no purpose until artists discovered its value for decoration. In biology is a byproduct of an adaptive selection for another purpose.

Getting on the AI Learning Curve: A Pragmatic, Incremental Approach

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After decades of promise and hype, AI is now seemingly everywhere.

MWL Newsletter No 73

Jane Hart

Posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) for the week 8-14 July 2018 (Bumper edition this week). Modern Workplace Learning

Blog Post: Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies Events

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. The Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies (known as the Henley Forum) has a meeting coming up on Thursday 27 September 2018 - Absorbing complex change. It's a members' only event but there are a few guest places available at £175 + VAT.

It’s Canada Day, America

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: <originally published to Forbes> Dear America, At what point did you think the mouse might have to stand up to the omnipresent elephant? Being a. Dan's Related Posts: When Celebrity Trumps Sanity. A Shared Letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly. We Can Put The Word ‘Can’ Back In Canada. For Democracy To Thrive, Openness Must Prevail. Respect Is The Starting Point For Society. Thanks for reading.

Non-Net Neutrality To Hurt Education and Non-Profits Big Time

Nine Shift

If Net Neutrality is killed in the United States, as is the government's plan, it would hurt education and non-profits big time. Here's what online guru Dan Belhassen told LERN, . "I I see educational resources as being one of those categories that could be “killed in the crossfire”.

Why L&D Should Lead

Clark Quinn

So, I’ve seen a bright future for L&D. It’s possible, and desirable. But is it defensible? I want to suggest that it is.

Without enforcement, the GDPR is a fail

Doc Searls

And the same goes for California’s AB-375 privacy bill. The GDPR has been in force since May 25th, and it has done almost nothing to stop websites that make money from tracking-based-advertising stop participating in the tracking of readers. Instead almost all we’ve seen so far are requests for from websites to keep doing what they’re doing. Only worse.

Performance Improvement Consulting

Jane Hart

Next public workshop runs: 16 July – 12 August 2018 Individuals and teams often face performance problems.

Blog Post: Conversational leadership and the Power of Conversation Video

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen In June, I gave a talk on “Conversational leadership and the Power of Conversation” at the European Commission's Knowledge Week In Brussels. You can now watch the full talk on the home page of my blook.

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Re-Building Trust in Our Institutions

John Hagel

I wrote about the trust paradox about 8 years ago. The paradox is that we all say that trust is increasingly important, yet trust is rapidly eroding in all institutions worldwide. How could that be? If trust is so important, why are we not building institutions and adopting practices that can amplify trust, rather than erode it? In my previous blog post , I tried to explain why we’ve been unable to resolve this paradox.

Did We Start The Recession Last Week?

Nine Shift

There was a deep 18 month recession 100 years ago. It seems more likely than not that we will experience another one 100 years later, and for the same reason. . Last week the U.S. began a useless no-win trade war against our allies and China.

Silly Design

Clark Quinn

Time for a brief rant on interface designs. Here we’re talking about two different situations, one device, and and one interface. And, hopefully, we can extract some lessons, because these are just silly design decisions. First up is our timer. And it’s a good timer, and gets lots of use.

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dark sides of social media

Harold Jarche

Ian McCarthy’s paper and slide presentation on the honeycomb of social media was part of my inspiration for creating the seven facets of enterprise sensemaking. This video explains my problem-solving process in detail.

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