August, 2012

The Shrinking Lump of Labor

Andy McAfee

John Markoff has a fascinating long article in Sunday’s New York Times about the ever-greater capabilities of today’s industrial robots (and I don’t just say nice things about the piece because Markoff quotes from Race Against the Machine ).

From Learning Management to Personal Knowledge Management

Jane Hart

“If you look closely at people who are succeeding in this new digital world of work, you’ll notice they have something in common: they’re fast learners and they’re willing to adapt.

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From Race Against the Machine to Race With the Machine

John Hagel

The recent book, Race Against The Machine , has caught the imagination of a growing body of readers. It’s an important book, but it doesn’t go far enough in highlighting the root causes of the unemployment we are experiencing. Rather than framing it as a technological issue, the book would have generated a lot more insight about both the problem and the solution if it had framed it as an institutional issue.

How Narrating Your Work Helps You Become More Effective by Saving Precious Time

Luis Suarez

How to Replace Top-Down Training with Collaborative Learning (3)

Jay Cross

Third post in a series. In case you missed it, here are the first and second. INFRASTRUCTURE. Technological infrastructure for social learning.

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Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I gave a seminar at an executive management class for a large, global company. The class consisted of up-and-coming executives, roughly in their late 20s and early 30s with 5 - 10 years in the company. The subject of my seminar was Managing Technology-based Disruptive Innovations.

Dare to Disagree through Critical Thinking

Luis Suarez

In a rather insightful blog post (“ Fear of Freedom “) my good friend Euan Semple quotes: “ Our old worlds of corporate stability are crumbling – the job for life, status and authority from a fixed place in the hierarchy, individual certainty at the price of loss of soul.

The game of course

Jay Cross

The largest obstacle holding L&D professionals back from taking advantage of network technologies, distributed networks, social connections, peer interaction, and informal learning may be their bedrock belief that learning = courses. What’s a course? Where did courses come from?

UX Week 2012 Recap: Experience Mapping FTW!

Adaptive Path

Last week at UX Week 2012, Chris Risdon and I had a blast teaching a workshop not once, but twice on the art and science of experience mapping.

Facilitating collaborative learning: a recipe for success

Jane Hart

During 2012 Harold Jarche and I have been running a series of online workshops at the Social Learning Centre; these have proved to be very popular.

Fact Retrieval vs. Problem Solving in the Brain

Eide Neurolearning

Researchers from Stanford have found that school children retrieving math facts to solve arithmetic problems show different brain fMRI patterns when retrieving math facts, than when solving problems.

How we will manage

Harold Jarche

Is Google an indication of the how organizations will manage in the 21st century? Experienced managers who join Google from other companies can find it difficult to operate in a culture where power over subordinates is derived from one’s ideas and powers of persuasion, not job titles, says May.

Twitter Is Where Conversations Go To Die

Luis Suarez

How to Replace Top-down Training with Collaborative Learning (2)

Jay Cross

Second post in a series. In case you missed it, here’s the first. PEOPLE. Who’s going to be involved? Every Kind of Employee – Temps Included. In the Hierarchical organization, employees were the only people who received corporate training.

How is big data faring in the enterprise?

Dion Hinchcliffe

With the hype sometimes seeming to reach a fever pitch, we take a look at how enterprises are really using big data along with the overall maturity of the new industry itself. Emerging Tech Software

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Study: Increased customer expectations are driving corporate uptake of social media

Ross Dawson

Yesterday I spoke at a business leaders lunch event in Darwin on the Future of Business organized by the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Optus.

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Never teach alone

George Siemens

Teaching is a solitary profession. Obviously students are involved and social processes are needed for discussion on important topics, but the *act* of teaching is solitary. Part of my interest in open online courses is the prospect of the internet thinning classroom walls and reducing barriers to teaching and learning opportunities. Educators need to get past the isolating view of teaching as a one-to-many activity.

Barriers to PKM

Harold Jarche

A few weeks ago I asked my extended online network, “ What do you think is the biggest fear/need/barrier when it comes to adopting personal knowledge management (PKM) as a practice?

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Business Can’t Succeed in a World That’s Failing

Luis Suarez

One of my favourite topics du jour is that one of the Future of Work and, more specifically, how the world of Social Networking is helping redefine it by provoking one of the most profound business transformations we have lived through in our entire history.

New Forms of Assessment: measuring what you contribute rather than what you collect

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Once again, as we do at the start of every school year, we are hearing about the rampant cheating that goes on, especially online, but in fact, everywhere, and without remorse or regret. As Nikhil Hoyal writes, "Cheating is an epidemic in schools across the nation. A 2010 survey of 2,000 Stuyvesant students revealed that more than 72 percent of students copied their homework from others and about 90 percent of seniors cheated on tests."

The differences between learning in an e-business and learning in a social business

Jane Hart

In my recent webinar I shared a slide that showed the 5 stages of workplace learning. This has attracted a lot of interest, and I’ve been asked to talk more about the differences between “learning” in Stages 1-4 and Stage 5.

Buzzword: Micro-learning


Post Type: Blog post. I was introduced recently to a new buzz word making its way across the learning & development industry: Micro-learning.

Animals conscious say leading neuroscientists

Mind Hacks

A group of leading neuroscientists has used a conference at Cambridge University to make an official declaration recognising consciousness in animals.

Coherent communities

Harold Jarche

Jay Cross has initiated an online conversation about the Coherent Organization/Enterprise: At the Internet Time Alliance, we’re big fans of narrating our work. We encourage clients to get their people to narrate their work, through blogs or other sharing media, for a number of reasons. If you are a blogger, you know how blogging makes you reflect on your experience and draw conclusions.

Transforming the Workplace with Radical Management by Steve Denning

Luis Suarez


David Weinberger

On August 11, 1987, Apple genius Bill Atkinson — and this was before every kid in a clean shirt was a candidate for Apple Genius — held a press conference at MacWorld to unveil HyperCard. I was there.

12 features of supporting social collaboration in the workplace

Jane Hart

I am often asked how to support social collaboration in the workplace. As I showed in my recent blog post , there are some big differences between learning in an e-business and learning in a social/collaborative business.

Xyleme Product Update: Pastiche 2.4 for the iPad – Content monetization and more


Announcing Pastiche 2.4! Pastiche 2.4 for the iPad opens a new revenue stream for your content by allowing you to reach and sell to your customers directly. The latest version of Pastiche introduces the ability to sell your content to end-users.

The convergence of mobile and social: The next IT battleground

Dion Hinchcliffe

As smart mobile devices and social media have become first-order ways in which we interact with the world and each other, they are becoming intertwined in ways that will have far-reaching impact. Android Apps iOS IT Priorities Smartphones Tablets Tech Industry

Supporting workplace learning

Harold Jarche

It takes much more than courses delivered through a learning management system to support workplace learning in the network era. The basic building block, in my experience, is personal knowledge management.

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State of the Net 2012 – People Tweet Tacit Knowledge – Part Two

Luis Suarez

(This is Part Two of the series … Part One can be found over here) And on that spirit of what the real impact of Social Computing is, we are going to move onwards on to the second keynote speaker session that I would want to share with you all and talk for a bit about it.

How Mitt made himself the Invisible Man

David Weinberger

[ Note: I am Democrat and an enthusiastic Obama supporter. Surprise surprise! ]. It took the tweetstream ( Ana Marie Cox , for example. Baratunde for another) to get me to watch Mitt Romney’s speech last night.

Supporting workplace learning in the network era is more than delivering courses through a LMS

Jane Hart

Harold Jarche, in his recent post, Supporting workplace learning , uses a great little diagram to show that -. “It takes much more than courses delivered through a learning management system to support workplace learning in the network era.”

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En Route to the Cashless Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the last few months there have been a spate of articles on the evolution to a cashless society as the use of mobile devices continues to grow around the world. The Death of Cash , Time for Cash to Cash Out? Visions of a Cashless Society , and Why Cash is Losing its Currency? are some of the titles.