July, 2018

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 ’.

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

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?

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.

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 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.

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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.

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.

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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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?


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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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

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.

What Machine Learning Can and Cannot Do

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming one of the most important technologies of our era. Every day we can read about the latest AI advances from startups and large companies.

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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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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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?

to know is to do

Harold Jarche

Do we really understand tacit knowledge? asks Haridimos Tsoukas in a 2002 paper. He bases his position on the work of Michael Polanyi in that all knowledge is personal and all knowing is through action.

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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.

Modern L&D – more than organising and managing (e-)training

Jane Hart

It is now clear that in a large number of organisations L&D and employees view learning at work very differently. Many in L&D still focus all their attention on creating and managing training or e-learning. For them, this is what workplace learning is all about – making sure people learn from the … Modern Workplace Learning

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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Download And Share The OPEN TO THINK One-Page Book Promo

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: On September 11, 2018, my third book, OPEN TO THINK: Slow Down, Think Creatively, and Make Better Decisions, will publish. If you’d like to spread. Dan's Related Posts: You Can Now Pre-Order OPEN to THINK, Dan Pontefract’s Next Book, Releasing… My Latest TED: We Are Losing The Ability To Think. Our Problems Compound When We Forget The Importance Of Time.

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.

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 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 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: A profile of Dave Snowden by Stan Garfield

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Dave is a self-described “proud curmudgeon and pragmatic cynic” and the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. I think without any doubt, he is the most influential thought-leader in the KM world. He has had a massive influence on me and whenever I am struggling with an issue - I think to myself "What would Dave's views be on this?". I will often google the issue and find he has some very strong opinions on the subject in question.

Dan Pontefract July 2018 Playlist

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: I have always been into remixes and mash-ups. I have a bootleg collection from here to the moon, but, alas, I can’t really tap into. Dan's Related Posts: Dan Pontefract June 2018 Playlist. Dan Pontefract March 2018 Playlist. Dan Pontefract May 2018 Playlist. Dan Pontefract April 2018 Playlist. Dan Pontefract February 2018 Playlist. Thanks for reading. visit the original at [link]. Music Dan's Music Playlist

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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internet time alliance award 2018

Harold Jarche

The Internet Time Alliance Award , in memory of Jay Cross , is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Real Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work.

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.

Performance Improvement Consulting

Jane Hart

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