March, 2011

Infographic: Building Success in a Connected World

Ross Dawson

Last weekend I was musing about the elements of success in a connected world. Something clicked, and I was able to pull out of it a visual representation as below.

A model of workplace learning

Jay Cross

My colleagues at Internet Time Alliance and I have been discussing new models for learning. Not that I am giving up on this one: Experience is still a more important teacher in the workplace than classes or workshops.

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KM, Enterprise 2.0 and Social Business: One and The Same

Luis Suarez

Are We Wired For Mobile Learning? (Infographic)

Jane Hart

Whether or not you agree with the term “digital native&# and what it stands for, this is an interesting infographic - from the Voxy Blog (where you can find full details of how to embed it on your blog). Because of the proliferation of new technologies, the younger generation today is outgrowing traditional forms of

Earthquake turns TV networks into print

Doc Searls

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan yesterday, and a tsunami is spreading, right now, across the Pacific ocean. Thus we have much news that is best consumed live and uncooked. Here’s mine, right now: Not many of us carry radios in our pockets any more.

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The Business Value of Serendipity: Improving Your Presentation Skills

Luis Suarez

You gotta love serendipity, specially, when it is facilitated serendipity coming through to you, as if by magic, through your multiple daily interactions with your social networks, whether internal or external.

The Social Learning Community

Jane Hart

Yesterday I launched the Social Learning Community – a new Community of Practice intended for those interested in the use of social media to work and learn smarter. This is a place where you can join discussions, ask questions, share links, experiences and events with others about social learning – whether it be in education or [.]. Social learning

Learning is the new work

Jay Cross

Workplace learning serves one purpose: getting the work done. Work used to be simple. Tasks were mechanical. Things rarely changed. Initial lessons lasted a lifetime. This kind of work has largely been automated or outsourced to places where workers earn very low wages. Next came information work.

Year Zero: The Future of Communication Skills in Corporations

Dan Pontefract

Over the last 20-30 years, telecommunications providers have witnessed their revenue streams reshape in ways unthinkable in the 1980’s.

List of the 242 most influential publications in the world

Ross Dawson

Nate Silver , the political statistician extraordinaire, has turned his attention to publishing. His interest is honed by the fact that his blog is now hosted on the New York Times, which is currently implementing a paywall.

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The Co-Evolution of Humans and our Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Tools have played a critical role in human evolution for a very, very long time. As the Tools entry in Wikipedia observes: “Tools are the most important items that the ancient humans used to climb to the top of the food chain; by inventing tools, they were able to accomplish tasks that human bodies could not, such as using a spear or bow and arrow to kill prey, since their teeth were not sharp enough to pierce many animals' skins.

Social Business – Rethinking Innovation, Organization and Leadership

Luis Suarez

Anticipating the Next Wave of Experience Design

John Hagel

We live in a world defined by increasing time pressure and more and more things competing for our attention. In such a frenetic world, it is understandable that we place more value on the quality of our experience. We want to make the most of the time we have. Experience design has emerged in part as a response to this growing need we all have.   It is no longer enough to design products and services so that they have aesthetic appeal and perform well. 

How to evaluate social and informal learning

Jay Cross

Dan Pontefract had a great post on TrainingWreck about the inadequacy of the Kirkpatrick model in a world where learning is increasingly collaborative and networked. Dan takes the logic further than I did last week in my post on how to assess learning initiatives.

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Knowledge Workers

Andy McAfee

I wrote a while back at about whether digitization was contributing to the jobless recovery in the US, and opined that it was. I highlighted that both technology substitution and facilitation were taking place. Computers can now do many things (like drive a car ) that we used to need people for; they can also facilitate human knowledge workers, making them much more productive and so requiring fewer of them to accomplish the work of the organization.

The REAL transformative package: iPad plus wireless keyboard

Ross Dawson

The iPad has changed my life. It feels like I have been waiting for it since I became conscious. However the iPad alone doesn’t do the job. It is the iPad together with a wireless keyboard that has transformed my life.

The Power of Conversations

Charles Jennings

“we tell ourselves stories in order to live” Haruki Murakami Jerome Bruner (1915- ) is one of the greatest educational psychologists the world has ever produced. He has spent his long lifetime studying learning and the human mind. Still active and in post as a Research Professor at New York University in his 95th year, Bruner has long realised the value of conversations and

Community Management Fundamentals – Where Do I Start?

Luis Suarez

If you have been reading this blog for a while now, you would know how there have been a good number of topics I have been covering over the course of the years and still going strong. All of them coming pretty close to my heart as part of that passion I seem to share for each and everyone of them.

Revolution from the Edge

John Hagel

What fills you with wonder? What do you wonder about? These different, but related questions were posed often during the TED event last week.    The annual TED event that I attended was organized around the broad theme of the rediscovery of wonder. As always, TED catalyzed deep thinking and deep emotion as I navigated through awesome sessions and stimulating conversations lasting late into the night.

The mantra of resilience

Dave Snowden

We've been involved in an interesting project on social resilience and I have been working tonight on the presentation for tomorrow. Aside from the analysis, I needed to get some of the theoretical stuff around null-hypothesis/abductive research together in an easy to explain format for economists and others of that ilk.

Another MOOC – this time on Mobile Learning

George Siemens

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are still a bit of an anomaly in education. However, the offers are growing rapidly – from Groom’s DS106 to the upcoming MobiMooc focused on mobile learning. As more educators join in, we have the pleasure of learning about alternative formats from each other. Each new course offers a new perspective on how to approach open courses, how to engage participants, the types of technologies that work best in different contexts, and so on.

Keynote: Building Business in a Connected World

Ross Dawson

Tomorrow morning I am giving the keynote at City of Port Phillip’s inaugural Breakfast Briefing session for the year in St Kilda, Melbourne, on the topic of Building Business in a Connected World. Here are event details and registration.

Serious Gaming: 6 Tips on Using Games and Simulations for Recruiting Success

Kevin Wheeler

Maybe all you need for an attraction and sourcing strategy is a good game. The U.S. Army was one of the first organizations to pioneer video games for attracting potential recruits. A couple of years ago the Army launched its highly successful recruiting game America’s Army, which has significantly helped raise recruitments. The Army has also created a multi-million dollar U.S.

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Making Business Sense of Social Media and Social Networking – Twitter For Business

Luis Suarez

Yesterday evening, my time, I attended a rather interesting webcast with Sandy Carter , IBM’s Worldwide Sales Vice President, IBM Social Business, Collaboration, and Lotus Sales and Evangelism, along with Jeremiah Owyang , Industry Analyst at Altimeter Group , on the topic of Why Be Social?

Q&A With The Authors of A New Culture of Learning

Steve Denning

By STEVE DENNING. The economic future of the country depends on how well we educate our children.

Dr. Watson, Please Report to the Health Care System

Andy McAfee

Physician, professor, and novelist Abraham Verghese wrote a recent op-ed in the New York Times in reaction to the news that IBM is working with the universities of Columbia and Maryland to adapt Watson , the Jeopardy! champion supercomputer , to the task of medical diagnosis. Verghese is perceptive and eloquent about the power of a potential ‘Dr.

The Big Question: How to assess learning initiatives…

Jay Cross

How do you assess whether your informal learning, social learning, continuous learning, and performance support initiatives have the desired impact or achieve the desired results? Why single out informal, social, and continuous learning?

Developmental robotics: the cute baby robot who will grow up to be just like you

Ross Dawson

We are at the cusp of a new phase of robotics, where some of what has been promised to us for decades will come to fruition. An example of this is the iCub , a humanoid baby robot that can learn, emulating human cognition and development.

Regrets, I’ve had a few (but not too few to mention)

Mind Hacks

The ‘Regrets of the Typical American’ have been analysed in a new study that not only looks at what US citizens regret most, but provides some clues for those wanting to know whether it is better to regret something you haven’t done, or regret something you have.

Making Business Sense of Social Media and Social Networking – Is Blogging Dead?

Luis Suarez

Montessori Is An Example Of The New Culture of Learning

Steve Denning

I reported a few days ago on a conversation with the authors , Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, of the wonderful new book, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change.

Finding the time for networked learning

Harold Jarche

Tweet A survey of small and medium sized businesses (SMB) showed workers spend about half their day on unproductive taks: Knowledge Workers are among the largest staff component in a typical SMB. SMB Knowledge Workers spend an estimated 36 percent of their time trying to.

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Jay Cross

This morning the magnificent art at the Chicago Art Institute consumed my attention for a couple of hours. Art explains life. Take this painting: Out of context, that canvas doesn’t convey much more that this one: Back up a little, and the meaning becomes clear.

The latest robots are virtually indistinguishable from people

Ross Dawson

Almost five years ago now I wrote a post titled Being in two places at the same time which described how Professor Ishiguro, a Japanese roboticist, had created a robot replica of himself so he could give lectures at his university without enduring the commute from his home.