October, 2019

Separated by a common language?

Dave Snowden

From time to time in social media I resist the temptation to respond when people talk about the Stacy Matrix; if they conflate the two I generally put up something mild along the lines of They are very different you know and Stacy himself deprecates its use.

The Blockchain Value Framework

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In July, 2019, the World Economic Forum and Accenture released Building Value with Blockchain Technology , a white paper aimed at helping organizations evaluate blockchain’s benefits and build an effective business case.

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from training to learning

Harold Jarche

Digital Learning 4.0: How to Guarantee Measurable Learner Impact Where Others Have Failed

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of: Digital Learning 4.0: How to Guarantee Measurable Learner Impact Where Others Have Failed Paul Hunter Director Digital Learning, IMD Business School IMD is a business school based in Switzerland.

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Business Models and Trust

John Hagel

Three years ago I sketched out three dimensions of business model evolution in response to the mounting performance pressure of the Big Shift. In this blog post, I want to highlight the role of this business model evolution in restoring trust in our corporations.

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Last NineShift Presentation Streamed Live! Thurs Nov 21

Nine Shift

REMEMBER, the last NineShift presentation, the Grand Finale, will be streamed online Live! and Free from Paradise Point Resort in San Diego on Thursday, November 21. No registration needed. Just go to www.lern.org to view it. Noon ET; 11 am CT; 10 am MT; 9 am PT


Breaking the forest cycle

Dave Snowden

I’ve been meaning to write about the “forest cycle” or the supposed necessity of chaos for some time. Yesterday’s post on the different between the Cynefin framework and the Stacy Matrix reminded me of the need.

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connecting the curious

Harold Jarche

Why do students often ask — will this be on the test? It’s because they have figured out the game called education. They are told what to study, what is important, and for how long. Each school year they play the game anew.

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The Gen Z Learning Journey From Higher Education To The Workplace

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a presentation: The Gen Z Learning Journey From Higher Education To The Workplace Giselle Kovary, M.A., President n-gen People Performance Inc. I want to cover research on Gen Z, especially from a Canadian context. They're more 1996 than 2012.

About face

Doc Searls

We can know more than we can tell. That one-liner from Michael Polanyi has been waiting half a century for a proper controversy, which it now has with facial recognition.

#3 Organizational Structures Have Changed

Nine Shift

The Org Chart is dead. Leaders are now befuddled about being inbetween the organizational pyramid of the last century and the organizational network of this century. Organizational structures have been flattened, dispersed, contracted out. The org chart is dead. What business leaders report is that the network is faster, more productive and more profitable than the pyramid. At LERN we have not done an org chart for 25 years, since we went virtual. We predicted this as Shift Three.

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mycorrhiza: abstraction & codification

Dave Snowden

In 2002 I published Complex Acts of Knowing , the first major article to include Cynefin in its near current form; if we ignore the words the only difference with the current version is the lack of liminality.

Leveraging AI to Transform Government

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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we are dependent on human connection

Harold Jarche

What we do not know. Our networks are great places for serendipitous connections. But they are not safe places to have deeper conversations or to expose our points of view, I noted last year in coffee, communities, and condescension. The difference between an open social network (e.g.

The 2019 National Survey of Online Learning in Canadian Post-secondary Education: Preliminary Results and Implications

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of the presentation The 2019 National Survey of Online Learning in Canadian Post-secondary Education: Preliminary Results and Implications. Moderated by Tony Bates. This is a follow-up from the first survey from 2017.

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Templates for good

Clark Quinn

In terms of the various ways in which we can support the gaps in our cognition, one of the terms is ‘templates’ And it’s worth discussing what a template is, and considering them at a variety of levels. I want to suggest we should have templates for good. What is a template?

#2 Virtual Office Tools Everywhere

Nine Shift

You probably don’t realize just how many ‘virtual office’ tools you use. Dispersed workers are just about in every large organization these days. They communicate and work together with others from a distance using online tools and software that just keeps getting better, with more of them. You can think of GotoMeeting as one popular tool. Just in our LERN organization, we use over 10 virtual office tools.

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mycorrhiza: Introduction

Dave Snowden

A mycorrhiza ia a symbiosis between a fungus and a green plant. The plant captures and transmits the energy of the sun to the fungus which reciprocates with water and various nutrients.

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The MIT Work of the Future Report

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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filter success

Harold Jarche

Clay Shirky’s statement — “ It’s not information overload, it’s filter failure ” — is an oft-quoted line when discussing online sensemaking.

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Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of the talk "Hearables" by Rory McGreal Photo: Nobuko Fujita - What are they – Hunn 2014 – speaker-microphone in-ear with AI - Progressive development from earphones, hearing aids, etc - Can monitor: Blood pressure – stress, excitement Etc.

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Kate O’Neill #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Kate O’Neill closed the DevLearn conference with a keynote on tech humanism. With a humorous but insightful presentation, she inspired us to strive for good. The post Kate O’Neill #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap appeared first on Learnlets. mindmap

#1 Telecommuting Keeps Growing

Nine Shift

The numbers on people and companies and hours spent working from home all keep growing. There’s no sign telecommuting will stop or even plateau. This is the silent revolution driving the changes in work, life and education in society right now. Not everyone will work from home, but 25% to 50% of people will. And those people are the ones most likely to be most productive and generating income for their work organizations.

Mobile Learning: Anytime, Anywhere


Mobile learning, also called M-learning, is any type of content that is developed or consumed on mobile devices, such as on smartphones and tablets. This can be anything from podcasts to taking a full eLearning course.

Rubber necking life

Euen Semple

One consequence of driving every day is that I am seeing, and being affected by, many more road traffic incidents. Yesterday I was stuck for nearly an hour and a half when they closed the M25 after a bad crash. What is it about car crashes that holds such a morbid fascination? Why do people slow down so much to “rubber neck” that they block up the other side of motorways? Even though I really hate the idea of people being hurt I still get a strange thrill passing an incident.


cracking the chambers

Harold Jarche

Thi Nguyen, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Utah Valley University describes two related but distinct phenomena of collective human behaviour — bubbles and chambers. An epistemic bubble is what happens when insiders aren’t exposed to people from the opposite side.

Educating the Next Generation Workforce: Preparing Students to Meet Employers’ Expectations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of 'Educating the Next Generation Workforce: Preparing Students to Meet Employers’ Expectations' by Susan Aldridge, President (ret), Drexel University There are new types of jobs for students gradauating today, and new learning opportunities in igital labs, etc.

Helen Papagiannis #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Helen Papagiannis kicked off the second day of the DevLearn conference. She explored the possibilities of AR with exceptional examples. She went through a variety of concepts, helping us comprehend new opportunities.

Top Stories of October 2019

Nine Shift

NEWS: the last NineShift presentation, the Grand Finale, will be streamed online LIVE! and FREE from San Diego on Thursday, November 21. No registration needed. Just go to www.lern.org to view it. Noon ET; 11 am CT; 10 am MT; 9 am PT. Now here’s the top 3 stories for October 2019.

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Coming up on 21 years of Cluetrain

Doc Searls

I posted this Cluetrain retrospective at doc.blog last year. I’m putting it here now because it’s timely again. Dig: 1) The original site and book are online in full at [link] and [link]. 2) The 10th anniversary edition has new chapters by the four original authors, plus additional ones by JP Rangaswami , Dan Gillmor and Jake McKee. 3) David Weinberger and I posted an addendum to Cluetrain in 2015 called New Clues: [link].

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Moving my blog

Euen Semple

Although [link] will continue to be my business site I am moving my blog to its own new domain at [link]. Those of you who subscribe by RSS or email might like to resubscribe using the links at the new location. I certainly hope so! I will do another reminder post in a few weeks

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change takes time and effort

Harold Jarche

The idea that generalists and soft skills are needed in the modern workplace seems to be hitting the mainstream of HR, L&D, etc. I have written about these for the past decade or more, and I think it’s necessary to clarify some of the discussion. Wicked problems need neo-generalists.

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From Anxiety to Opportunity - The next 20 years of learning innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of 'From Anxiety to Opportunity - The next 20 years of learning innovation', John Baker, CEO, D2L. To look at the future it's helpful to understand the present and where we've been in the past. It's 20 years since D2L started - it has been a bit of a blur.

Talithia Williams #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Talithia Williams presented the afternoon keynote on the opening day of DevLearn. She gave an overview of the possibilities of data, and the basics of data science. She then made some inferences to learning. The post Talithia Williams #DevLearn Keynote Mindmap appeared first on Learnlets.

3 Ideas for Including Gamification in Your Retail Training Program


Game-based training is a fantastic motivator for employee learning. When incorporated into training, games improve learners’ self-confidence by 20 percent, increase knowledge retention by 90 percent, and boost the number of completed tasks by a whopping 300 percent.

Four Tips To Boost Your Personal Resilience While Doing Nonprofit Work

Beth Kanter

Photo by Amanda/Flicker. I am thrilled to be presenting with my colleague, Ananda Leeke in Boston next week at the Resilience at Work Conference. We will be doing early morning sessions to engage participants in some mindful moment and movement exercises.

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How to Increase Your Productivity Without Working More Hours

KCC Business Psychology

More Work Doesn’t Equal More Productivity. According to the American Dream Project, the average American works between 43 and 51 hours per week. That’s a lot of hours! One key question to consider as you plan your own workweek is, are you getting the best productivity from your work schedule?