May, 2021

Coherence and ‘truth’

Dave Snowden

So I’m back at the desk in my study, driven home from two weeks walking and cycling in the Lake District by Atlantic storms a day early. I’ve found a perfect self-catering location that is reasonably priced and within 90 minutes of the bulk of the walks.

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Business and Technology Predictions for 2021 and Beyond

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, I attended Predictions 21 , an online event organized by Forrester Research to help companies understand the key business and technology dynamics that will shape 2021 and beyond.


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A message to CxOs 2: about org learning myths

Clark Quinn

When I wrote my last post on a message to CxOs about L&D myths, I got some pushback. Which, for the record, is a good thing; one of us will learn something. As a counter to my claim that L&D often was it’s own worst enemy, there was a counter.

Recommendations for Good Practice Using AI in Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Image: Forbes General Design for Humans The application of AI should be based on a human-centered approach. This means that the design should be based on actual human use, and not an idealized model.

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What skills shortage?

Harold Jarche

Has an enormous skills gap developed since 2016? Researchers Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington identified several factors contributing to hiring challenges, but a widespread lack of skilled workers was not one them … The Iowa researchers’ conclusion?

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Management Musings: Episode 5 – Workplace Personas

Dan Pontefract

In Episode 5 of “Management Musings,” I’m providing a high level overview of the three types of workplace personas – and how these definitions matter… The post Management Musings: Episode 5 – Workplace Personas appeared first on Pontefract Group.

How the cookie poisoned the Web

Doc Searls

Have you ever wondered why you have to consent to terms required by the websites of the world, rather than the other way around? Or why you have no record of your own of what you have accepted or agreed to? Blame the cookie.

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A message to CxOs about L&D myths

Clark Quinn

If you’re a CEO, COO, CFO, and the like, are you holding L&D to account? Because what I see coming out of L&D doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. As I’ve cited in books and presentations, there’s evidence that L&D isn’t up to scratch. And I think you should know a few things that may be of interest to you. So here’re some L&D myths you might want to watch out for. If it looks like school, it must be learning.

How to Overcome Content Management Challenges at Scale


Every organization runs into content management challenges when they reach a certain size. And keeping up with maintenance, updates, and personalization for specific audiences can be too much without the right strategy and structure. . Content Backlogs & Bottlenecks.

PKM at seventeen

Harold Jarche

Seventeen years ago I was introduced to PKM by Lilia Efimova. To a great extent PKM is about shifting responsibility for learning and knowledge sharing from a company to individuals and this is the greatest challenge for both sides.

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Management Musings: Episode 6 – 4D Self Management Model

Dan Pontefract

In Episode 6 of “Management Musings,” I’m letting you in on a model I’ve been using for years, the 4D Self Management Model. I find… The post Management Musings: Episode 6 – 4D Self Management Model appeared first on Pontefract Group.

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First iPhone mention?

Doc Searls

I wrote this fake story on January 24, 2005, in an email to Peter Hirshberg after we jokingly came up with it during a phone call. Far as I know, it was the first mention of the word “iPhone.” ” Apple introduces one-button iPhone Shuffle.

Will AI Ever Be Smarter Than a Baby?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently listened to a fascinating podcast where NY Times columnist Ezra Klein interviewed Berkeley psychologist Aliston Gopney. Professor Gopney is best known for her research in cognitive science , particularly the study of children’s learning and development.

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Overworked IDs

Clark Quinn

I was asked a somewhat challenging question the other day, and it led me to reflect. As usual, I’m sharing that with you. The question was “How can IDs keep up with everything, feel competent and confident in our work?” It’s not a trivial question! So I’ll share my response to overworked IDs.

Xyleme Announces Majority Recapitalization with Software Growth Equity Fund


The investment from Bow River will enable the company to deliver on innovation aimed at modern learning and development experiences and to rapidly accelerate growth?. DENVER, May 5 , 2021/PRNewswire-PRWeb/— Xyleme Inc.

the worst of both worlds

Harold Jarche

Some countries are slowly emerging into a post-pandemic mode. The nature of work, or at least where it is done, has changed for many people. Zoom, like Google before, has become a verb. The video conferencing company commissioned a report on the future of video communications.

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How It Could Work

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I'm just going to offer a short post today as I develop some aspects of gRSShopper. In particular, I now have the gRSShopper MOOC environment up and running in a Docker environment - all the instructions are here if you want a copy for yourself, plus there's a video showing how to do it.

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Making useful photographs

Doc Searls

I guess (though I don’t yet know) that we drive a bucket of lithium around in the battery our new hybrid Toyota.

A Biological Framework for the Study of Labor Market Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Universal Resilience Patterns in Labor Markets , - an article published earlier this year in Nature Communications by members of MIT Connection Science and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

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What about books | conferences?

Clark Quinn

Responding to a frequent question yet again , I decided to post an answer to the “what about books | conferences?” ” question. And, as usual, the transcript.

MWL Daily has a new look

Jane Hart

Join our new MWL Daily Telegram channel for daily curated posts and articles about learning in the modern workplace. Modern Workplace Learning


finds for focusing

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “If you focus on sickness, you’re going to end up with doctors as the key actors. If you focus on well-being, you’re going to end up with communities as key actors.”

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How Nonprofits Can Benefit from an LMS System in 2021


A wide variety of organizations, including nonprofit associations, can benefit from an LMS system this year and beyond. Organizational leaders who are striving to grow their nonprofit or recover from financial damage caused by the recent economic recession will find a solution in an LMS system.

Apple vs (or plus) Adtech

Doc Searls

If you haven’t seen it yet, watch Apple’s Privacy on iPhone | tracked ad. In it a guy named Felix (that’s him, above) goes from a coffee shop to a waiting room somewhere, accumulating a vast herd of hangers-on along the way.

Can We Look Forward to a New Decade of Innovation?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Can we look forward to a new decade of innovation, asked The Economist in its January 16 issue. The 2010s were marked by pessimism about innovation,” notes the issue’s overview article.

4 Reasons Leadership Requires Friendliness

KCC Business Psychology

4 Reasons Good Leadership Requires Friendliness. Leadership requires a lot of different skills. In addition to expertise in a specific field, it requires the ability to manage resources, budgets, projects and most importantly, employees.

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Supporting Continuous Learning From the Work (Online Workshop)

Jane Hart

Next public workshop: 24 May – 18 June 2021 Although L&D departments have traditionally focused on training people to do their jobs, research tells us that most of what employees learn at work happens as they do their job – it’s just that they are not aware of it or make the most of it. So, […]. Modern Workplace Learning

addressing wicked problems

Harold Jarche

Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, and author of the popular book, Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow , has recently published a new book — Noise: A flaw in human judgment. Noise in general is unwanted variability.

Address Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Changes With an LMS


When effective standard operating procedures (SOPs) are in place, companies experience improved quality output, efficiency, and employee performance. Proper SOPs also minimize miscommunication and promote compliance. SOPs should be updated every couple of years.

My podcasts of choice

Doc Searls

As a follow-up to what I wrote earlier today, here are my own favorite podcasts, in the order they currently appear in my phone’s podcast apps: Radio Open Source (from itself). Bill Simmons (on The Ringer). Fresh Air (from WHYY via NPR). JJ Reddick & Tommy Alter (from ThreeFourTwo).

focus on the system

Harold Jarche

I recently wrote that with increasing complexity and interconnectedness, we all need to be better detectives in order to make sense and understand our world. The field of human performance improvement is a systemic method of doing detective work to find out how people perform in an organization.

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A half-century of NPR

Doc Searls

The antenna for KPCC/89.3. NPR, which turned 50 yesterday, used to mean National Public Radio. It still does, at least legally; but they quit calling it that in 2010. The reason given was “…most of our audience — more than 27 million listeners to NPR member stations and millions more who experience our content on and through mobile or tablet devices — identify us as NPR.” ” Translation: We’re not just radio any more. And they aren’t.

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Comparing cameras

Doc Searls

On the left is a photo taken with my trusty old (also much used and abused) Canon 5D Mark III. On the right is one taken by a borrowed new Sony a7Riii. Below both are cropped close-ups of detail. The scene is interior, illuminated by incandescent track lighting. It is not an art shot, though it does contain photo art by our good friend Marian Crostic , of whose Sony a7R she has kindly offered to let me take over. She has replaced it with an a7Riii like the borrowed one I used here.).

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surviving the post-modern transition

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. DavidBoxenhorn — “The most important thing is the ability to survive until you get lucky.”

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Apple vs (or plus) Adtech, Part II

Doc Searls

My post yesterday saw action on Techmeme (as I write this, it’s at #2) and on Twitter ( from Don Marti and Augustine Fou ), and in long from blog posts by John Gruber in Daring Fireball and Nick Heer in Pixel Envy. All pushed back on at least some of what I said.

On the persistence of KPIG

Doc Searls

On Quora , William Moser asked , Would the KPIG radio format of Americana—Folk, Blugrass, Delta to modern Blues, Blues-rock, trad. & & modern C&W, country & Southern Rock, jam-bands, singer/songwriters, some jazz, big-band & jazz-singers sell across markets in America?

3 Remote Training Mistakes to Avoid


The use of remote training for corporate learning is rising in 2021. This is because companies have social distancing regulations they must comply with due to the pandemic.