September, 2016

Supporting Everyday Workplace Learning

Jane Hart

Next public online workshop runs: 19 SEPTEMBER – 11 NOVEMBER 2016. This 8-week workshop introduces you to some of the key ways to promote and support personal and team learning in the workplace.

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Automation Technologies and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last year, McKinsey launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work. “Can we look forward to vast improvements in productivity, freedom from boring work, and improved quality of life?,”

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Vanity Killed the Social Media Star

Luis Suarez

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What's the Future of Jobs?

John Hagel

What better time to reflect on the future of work and jobs than Labor Day? I’ve written about this extensively with my latest foray on a recent blog post. Is STEM our future? Today, I want to be a contrarian. The conventional wisdom is that the best way to prepare students for the future of work is through a STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math), although a few might recommend STEAM (adding art as a token concession to the quantitative basket).

Being Human in a Digital Age

George Siemens

I’m exploring what it means to be human in a digital age and what role universities play in developing learners for this experience. Against the backdrop of everything is changing , we aren’t paying enough attention to what we are becoming. The Becoming is the central role of education in a machine learning, artificial intelligence era. It’s great to see people like Michael Wesch exploring the formative aspect of education.

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Freedom through constraints

Dave Snowden

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about constraints in the context of complexity in general and cynefin more specifically. I’ve long used a constraint based definition to understand the differences between order, complexity and chaos.

Why Are We Stuck in a World of Slow Economic Growth? Nobody Seems to Know

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past few centuries, the natural sciences , - e.g. physics, chemistry, biology, - have developed a variety of principles and models. These have enabled them to analyze and predict the behavior of our highly complex physical systems under widely different conditions.

How Social Networking Tools Enable Heutagogy in Learning Organisations

Luis Suarez

. Imagine one day you read this quote: ‘ The way we teach in our schools isn’t the way I think you create successful (and happy) adults, it’s the way you create the society we’ve had until now.’ Now imagine you swap the wordings ’ teaching ’ for ‘learning’ and ‘our schools’ for ‘ our workplaces ’.

Wow, Did I Ever Fail On This One. But I Learned A Lot, Too.

Dan Pontefract

As I was preparing to write this column, I looked up the word “ fail.” ” To my surprise, the web version of Oxford Dictionary has a top 1,000-word feature. The word “fail” is firmly nested in its list of top 1,000 frequently used words.

Social Learning: August Pick of the Posts

Jane Hart

The focus of my August Pick of the Posts is social learning, and these posts all include some great graphics too. In It’s Not About “Doing” Social Jane Bozarth (2 August) shows how Pokemon Go gets it right. “Here’s the thing: People talk about their work all the time.

hierarchy shift

Harold Jarche

“it is a battle between those for whom hierarchy and authority reign supreme and those who believe diverse, distributed and democratic approaches are best.” – the-war-between-authority-and-democracy-happening-now/. Finally, the very definition of conservatism entails conserving something.

Kaihan Krippendorff Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

At a private event, I had a chance to hear Kaihan Krippendorff talk about thinking differently about innovation. He used an 8P’s model as a framework to illustrate how to think differently.

Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Top 10 Tools for Learning 2016

Luis Suarez

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Nine Tricky Questions And Nine Honest Answers Regarding Purpose

Dan Pontefract

A reader took the time to read “ The Purpose Effect ” and then asked me a few questions. I answered those questions, and have decided to post the responses in this space.

Voting for Top Tools for Learning 2016 closing soon

Jane Hart

Voting for the 2016 Top Tools for Learning – the 10th Annual Survey – closes. mid-day on Friday 23 September. that’s in just over two weeks time! Click HERE to find out how to cast your vote. The Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016 will be released on. Monday 3 October. Social learnin

a workable future

Harold Jarche

In the IFTF report Ten Strategies for a Workable Future , the authors highlight issues for the US labour force, which I believe are applicable to many other countries and economies. full report PDF ). Combine the best of investor-owned and commons-based platform models.

Apple is a clothing company

Doc Searls

The headline above came to me this morning after reading Walt Mossberg ’s latest, titled The post-Jobs Apple has soared financially, but lacks a breakthrough product. Because the main things Apple makes are extensions of ourselves. That’s what our phones and laptops have become.

Non-profit business design: the human side has to come first  

Adaptive Path

Non-profits are in a really stomping mad, unfair place. Our nonprofit partner, Homebridge , has a design problem that is terribly, incredibly unfair: monetizing what they do to support the parts of their mission that will never be profitable.

How to learn and learn-to-learn

Clark Quinn

I was asked by a colleague to answer some questions for a project on how to learn. I naturally decided to answer in a blog post ;). In your working life, how have you learnt effectively from experience, please provide an example if possible?

My Long Weekend Of Hope And Inspiration

Dan Pontefract

It started in Parksville, British Columbia. It was the beginning of a very hopeful and inspirational few hours. As the eldest and youngest of my three children were frolicking in a park near the eye-catching waters of Parksville Beach, my eye wandered toward the opposite corner.

In the salt marsh

Dave Snowden

I’m still working on the new use of coupling and boundary constraints for Cynefin so readers will have to wait a few days for that. So I thought I would continue by theme of yesterday, namely the organisational use of narrative.

carpe diem

Harold Jarche

Arun Pradhan recently asked about my own experiences of learning and working. I decided to work and learn out loud and post my responses here. There were four questions, but my responses overlapped, so I have written a single, narrative response, below.

Why Don’t You Show Your Work?

Luis Suarez

There used to be a time when plenty of knowledge (Web) workers flocked to the Social Web to nurture, cultivate and build their own external social networks.

Designing the welcome experience for GLIDE services

Adaptive Path

Written by Helen Kim. Finding your way in a new place for the first time can be intimidating and confusing for anyone.

China is mobile!

Clark Quinn

I’ve had the fortune to be hear in China speaking on mlearning. And there are a couple of interesting revelations that I hadn’t really recognized when I did the same last year that I thought I’d share. For one, while mobile is everywhere like many places, it’s more here.

Has Wells Fargo’s CEO Forgotten How To Lead?

Dan Pontefract

Photographer: Kimberly White/Bloomberg News. There were audible gasps. Incredulous looks of dismay. Bemused shrieks. Whether you are a customer, employee, shareholder or partner of Wells Fargo, no doubt your perception of the bank has suddenly taken a nose dive.

What's the organizing principle of today's digital workplace?

Dion Hinchcliffe

As companies increasingly seek to update and modernize their digital workplace, along with the supporting skills their workers, they frequently struggle to determine what an effective organizing principle should be

the economy of sharing

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause & reflect” – Mark Twain – via @DebraWatkinson.

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Do You Work for A Nonprofit That Promotes A Culture of Wellbeing in the Workplace?

Beth Kanter

Gabriela Schneider, Chief Communications Officer at Issue One.

2016 Top Tools for Learning

Charles Jennings

The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies’ 10th Anniversary ‘Top Tools for Learning’ Survey closes midday UK time on Friday 23 September 2016.

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Augmenting AR for Learning

Clark Quinn

We’re hearing more and more about AR (Augmented Reality), and one of it’s core elements is layering information on top of the world. But in a conversation the other night, it occurred to me that we could push that information to be even more proactive in facilitating learning. And this comes from the use of models. The key idea I want to leverage is the use of models to foster is the use of models to predict or explain what happens in the world.

Coming September 27, An Addendum to The Purpose Effect

Dan Pontefract

The Rise, Fall and Rise of Purpose by Dan Pontefract. Not everything can fit into a book. On September 27, 2016, I am releasing an addendum to my latest book, The Purpose Effect called “ The Rise, Fall and Rise of Purpose.”

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A new generation of CIO thinking emerges

Dion Hinchcliffe

As both business leadership and investment in technology grows outside the IT department in a era of large generational technology shifts, CIOs are considering new ways to think about the nature and role of IT