December, 2011

12 Themes for 2012: what we can expect in the year ahead

Ross Dawson

Towards the end of each year I share some thoughts on what awaits in the year ahead.

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I Have Seen the Future of Retail…

Andy McAfee

… and it looks like this: This is the main checkout area at the Walgreens at the corner of North Avenue and Wells St. in Chicago.

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5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited)

Jane Hart

Back in May 2010 I posted a diagram that I had created that showed what I considered to be the 5 stages of Workplace Learning. My ITA colleague, Jay Cross, re-worked it so that I looked like this.

Anatomy Of An Idea

Steven Berlin Johnson

People often ask me about my research techniques. You would think this would be a relatively straightforward question, but the truth is that I have to keep changing my answer, because my techniques are constantly shifting as new forms of search or discovery become possible.

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If you hate Big Government, fight SOPA.

Doc Searls

Nobody who opposes Big Government and favors degregulation should favor the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA , or H.R. It’s a big new can of worms that will cripple use of the Net, slow innovation on it, clog the courts with lawsuits, employ litigators in perpetuity and deliver copyright maximalists in the “content” business a hollow victory for the ages.

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2012: The Year of Learning in a Social Business

Jane Hart

The Cloud Warning

Andy McAfee

I read recently that Rajan Anandan , Google’s managing director for India, says that his country will be a ‘Cloud-first’ market for computing. The companies there, in other words, will go from having very little information technology (as is the case now) directly to embracing Cloud computing without ever going through the intermediary steps of mainframe-, mini-, client-server-, or PC-based computing.

Broadband vs. Internet

Doc Searls

Is there a difference between the Internet and Broadband? If there isn’t, we’re at risk of losing the Internet as the carriers conspire to subordinate it to broadband, which is not the same thing. At its base the Internet is defined by a suite of protocols and standards that in essence are NEA: Nobody owns them, Everybody can use them, and Anybody can improve them.*

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The Aggregatative error

Dave Snowden

Everything is simpler that you think and at the same time more complex than you can imagine. Goethe. I'm not the first person working in the area of complexity to use the Goethe quote and I am sure i will not be the last.

Fantastic international comparative data on media, social media, and mobile

Ross Dawson

For those who love rich data on the world of media and telecoms, the release of a report by UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom is always a cause for celebration. Last year I covered some of Ofcom’s report on key trends on communication and media usage.

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Network thinking

Harold Jarche

Tweet Curtis Ogden at The Interaction Institute provides a very good summary of the differences between network-centric and hierarchy-centric thinking, called Network Thinking : Adaptability instead of control. Emergence instead of predictability. Resilience and redundancy instead of rock stardom.

The Flipped (or Social) Webinar

Jane Hart

You have probably heard about The Flipped Classroom where the traditional classroom model has been flipped on its head, so that students watch videos as homework and then apply the concepts in the classroom.

Labor in the Age of the Smart Machine

Andy McAfee

It’s very hard for me to look at this graph of labor’s share of value added in the US economy and not see evidence of the computer age.

Comments vs. Likes, Tweets, Shares and +1s

Doc Searls

At the bottom of How Luther went viral: Five centuries before Facebook and the Arab spring, social media helped bring about the Reformation , an excellent essay in the latest Economist , I found this… … and decided to leave the first comment. You can read it here

Taking Responsibility for the State of Society

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What has been most offensive about the media coverage of the Occupy movement has been the misrepresentation of both the issues that have prompted the protests and the response of the Occupy movement. We have yet another example of such coverage in (where else?) our local newspaper.

New frameworks of 2011: Connected Success, Transformation of Business and Government, Crowdsourcing

Ross Dawson

I believe strongly in visual frameworks as a way of communicating and engaging with complex ideas.

The end of blogging’s golden age

David Weinberger

Brian Solis has responded to Jeremy Owyang’s provocative post declaring the end of the golden age of blogging. Here’s the comment I posted on Brian’s site: I think in a sense it’s true that the golden age of blogging is over, but that’s a good thing. And not because of anything bad about blogging.

Top 100 articles of 2011

Jane Hart

With only a few more days left of 2011, this is the first of a series of posts reviewing the past year and look forward to 2012.

Collective sense-making

Harold Jarche

Tweet More of my online sense-making is in connecting to people, not accessing information sources. For instance, I read a few journals but I have dropped several, knowing that other people in my network will find the interesting articles and let me know.

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Working Smarter: Most popular posts of 2011

Jay Cross

Best of Working Smarter Daily. January 1, 2011 to December 17, 2011. Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0

Wrong on Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Norbert Cunningham treats Moncton to his own special treatment of education , inspired by Margaret Wente (Globe and Mail Dec.

The most contagious marketing memes of 2012

Ross Dawson

Contagious Magazine has just launched its annual Most Contagious 2011, “reviewing the most innovative exercises in branding, technology, and popular culture,” taking a marketer’s perspective on what has succeeded this year.

The Net is a place

David Weinberger

The latest Pew Internet study confirms what most of suspect was the case: “Americans are increasingly going online just for fun and to pass the time, particularly young adults under 30. On any given day, 53% of all the young adults ages 18-29 go online for no particular reason except to have fun or to pass the time. ” And this also confirms an idea many of us have been proposing for a decade and a half or so: The Internet is a place.

Reflections from 2011 – Redefining Your Social Web Presence

Luis Suarez

After having put together last couple of blog posts about some of my reflections from the year we are about to end around The Social Web and Technology in general, I guess it’s now a good time to share with the world the third one from the series.

Exception handling is complex work

Harold Jarche

Tweet How is work different in a networked economy? We know that a lot of traditional work is constantly getting automated, from bank tellers, to lawyers to stock brokers. We also know that any work that can be outsourced will go to the place of cheapest labour , wherever that may be.

The Herriot effect

Dave Snowden

When I was young there were only four TV channels available in the UK, heating was confined to one room and the whole family made decisions about what they would watch collectively.

The Smart Worker’s Guide to Social Media

Jane Hart

The revolution that is social media means that everyone can now have access to the Social Web and a range of services and applications to support their own as well as their team’s learning, performance and productivity.

Tech-savvy children are driving the future of education

Ross Dawson

Last week I participated in and spoke at an Education Roundtable organized by Telstra, which brought together a small group of very senior executives in all layers of education in Australia. In the same way that I have been drawn into discussions on the future of government over the last 18 months, I am finding myself increasingly frequently asked to engage with decision-makers on the future of education.

[2b2k] Truth, knowledge, and not knowing: A response to “The Internet Ruins Everything”

David Weinberger

Quentin Hardy has written up on the NYT Bits blog the talk I gave at UC Berkeley’s School of Information a few days ago, refracting it through his intelligence and interests. It’s a terrific post and I appreciate it. I want to amplify the answer I gave to Quentin’s question at the event. And I want to respond to the comments on his post that take me as bemoaning the fate of knowledge in the age of the Net.

Reflections from 2011 – Focused and Purposeful Social Networking

Luis Suarez

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Drupal & Hosted Drupal Newspapers Running on Drupal This is a demo site showcasing newspapers running on Drupal, a popular open source content management system. These are sites set up using Drupal and then expanded with various modules. There are four newspaper-specific Drupal module packages: * NodeStream - publish content in newspaper style * OpenPublish - OpenPublish is an online news platform that emphasizes visitor engagement and ease of content creation.

The Hyper-social Organization – Review

Harold Jarche

Tweet. The main premise of The Hyper-social Organization is that social media, connectivity and always-on technology are enabling what humans do naturally; to be very social. The authors on knowledge management: Of course, one of the big challenges for companies is that, unlike information or data, knowledge does not flow easily, as it relies on long-term trust-based relationships.

50 Tools that didn’t quite make the 2011 Top 100 Tools for Learning List

Jane Hart

It seems that many people like tools lists, if the fact that there have been over 110,000 views of the 2011 Top 100 Tools for Learning presentation via Slideshare since 13 November is anything to go by! So here is my Christmas present to you – 50 More tools! This time the ones that didn’t quite make it onto the 2011 list. 25 of the tools have actually already appeared… Read the rest. Social learning

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Many sensors + Imagination = The Internet of Things

Ross Dawson

Last week I gave a keynote at the National Broadband Network – what’s in it for me? conference in Bunbury, Western Australia, a town 2 hours south of Perth, the most geographically isolated city in the world.