July, 2017

The case for the new role of a Modern Learning Advisor

Jane Hart

“The biggest innovation in workplace learning will not come from new technology but from supporting people to learn continuously and to manage their own learning.”

Robocalypse Now? Technology, Productivity and Employment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Is the Robocalypse upon us?, asked MIT economist David Autor in his presentation at a recent Forum of European central bankers. His presentation was based on a paper co-written with Utrecht University economist Anna Salomons. “Is productivity growth inimical to employment?,”

Liminal Cynefin: first revision

Dave Snowden

I posted an early version of the liminal variant to Cynefin a few days ago, then presented it a few times. Last week in Tallin I ran through it in a masterclass and realised I had over complicated things. If you look at the learlier post I had added liminal boundary zones everywhere.

Blog Post: Benjamin Franklin's Junto Club led to the birth of the first US Public Library in 1731

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. I was driving into town recently and switched on the car radio and caught the last few minutes of BBC Radio 4 programme called Making History and was gobsmacked at my serendipitous discovery of a so-called "Conversation Society" founded in 1727!

A milepost in an increasingly exclusive demographic club

Doc Searls

Because I’m busy today, I’ll re-post what I wrote about my birthday five years ago. Here goes… I worked in retailing, wholesaling, journalism and radio when I was 18-24. I co-founded an advertising agency when I was 25-34. Among the things I studied while working in that age bracket were Nielsen and Arbitron ratings for radio and TV. Everything those companies had to say was fractioned into age brackets.

The Connection Between Narrative and Purpose

John Hagel

Narrative and purpose. These are two widely used words in business and life, yet they’re often loosely used. They’re really important words, so I want to at least clarify how I use them, because I think meaning matters. Defining terms. I’ve been exploring narrative for years, but I have a very specific meaning for the word. As those who have followed me know, I make a key distinction between stories and narratives that I’ve explored  here and  here.

Who supports non-designed learning experiences?

Jane Hart

But who supports the non-designed learning experiences? They clearly don’t need to be designed or developed. Nor do they need to be managed in a learning platform or LMS. They simply need to be encouraged and enabled.

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Resonance in meaning

Dave Snowden

Many moons ago in the early days of knowledge management I argued that the ubiquitous DIKW pyramid was both flawed and dangerous. At one event I even satirised it by adding a layer above Wisdom namely eschatological realisation.

Blog Post: Zooming around

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. I ran another Zoom virtual Knowledge Café a few days ago. Yet again it went exceptionally well and I had some great feedback.

Jay Cross Memorial Award - 2017

Charles Jennings

The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Real Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work.

Where Are You Headed? What's Your Narrative and Purpose?

John Hagel

In my last blog post , I explored the distinction between purpose and narrative in the context of institutions. I’m going to shift here to explore how these concepts operate at the level of the individual. There are some similarities, but there are also some differences. For those who haven't read my previous posts, let me start with some definitions. I’ve been exploring narrative for years, but I have a very specific meaning for the word.

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Designing, delivering and managing modern learning experiences

Jane Hart

In other articles here I have written about the new work of L&D that is about supporting modern professional learning, as I call it.

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On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Dave Snowden

Most large companies are prepared to invest in “incremental innovation” but very few are willing to grant decision authority to management teams at a level necessary for disruptive innovation.

Blog Post: Conversational Spaces

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. My blook on Conversational Leadership continues to grow and take shape.

70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose

Charles Jennings

This is a re-post of an article by Cal Wick of Fort Hill. The original is on the 70-20 Blog site. There are a few observations from me at the bottom. first published August 2016). Calhoun Wick Cal is deeply experienced and knowledgeable in the area of workplace learning.

Independence Day

John Hagel

Today is the day that Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence that marked our intent to establish our own nation, free from British colonial rule. Like many holidays, I believe it's an opportunity to reflect on our history as a better way to understand where we might head in the future. Agency versus passivity.

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Manage your own self-development: 30 Day Learning Challenge now open

Jane Hart

This Challenge will help you develop the habit of organising and managing your own self-development. Over the 30 days it will take you through the process of setting your own professional goals, identifying the most appropriate ways to achieve those goals (and not just by taking courses or programs!), recording … Social learning

The Growing Value of a Dual-Track Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I read a very interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education , - Why Colleges Need to Embrace the Apprenticeship.


Dave Snowden

To Longborough Festival Opera today for the final performance of Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera and one of a handful of operas which I have never managed to watch without tears.

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Blog Post: Embedding Change: delivering value from knowledge and learning

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. The Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies (known as the Henley Forum ) is a members-only forum but some of its events are open to the public.

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Everybody should have a surprise birthday party as surreal and wonderful as this one

Doc Searls

The scene above is what greeted me when I arrived at what I expected to be a small family dinner last night: dozens of relatives and old friends, all with of my face. For one tiny moment, I thought I might be dead, and loved ones were gathered to greet me. But the gates weren’t pearly.



David Weinberger

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"The World is Moving On"

Nine Shift

That was a quote from the NYTimes covering a story on the U.S. getting left behind as Europe and Japan just concluded a big trade agreement. But could it be said in general about the U.S. being left behind in the 21st Century? .

The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The first Cynefin retreat

Dave Snowden

I debated using images of a medaeval religious retreat to open this post, but then moved on to the Chapter House where disputes took place and matters were resolved. But then I realised there was a better image, using one aspect of Welsh Culture which has always intreagued me.

Blog Post: Promoting Knowledge Management activities through my website

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I am always looking to help promote activities in the KM field. To this end you can: post events on my site. post jobs on my site. post books or reports on my site. post news items on my site. In each case, the submission is held in a queue until I have checked it out and categorised it. This normally only takes a day or two. If the item is off topic or I feel it is inappropriate for any other reason I reserve the right to delete it. The service is free

Dear Apple, please make exporting “unmodified originals” easier. Thanks.

Doc Searls

If you shoot photos with an iOS device (iPhone or iPad), you’re kinda trapped in Apple’s photography silos: the Camera and Photos apps on your device, and the Photos app on your computer. (At

filter failure is not acceptable

Harold Jarche

Fake news. PR hype. Content marketing. Advertorials. Click bait. Propaganda. Doublespeak. Newspeak. Yellow journalism. Shock jocks. Post-truth. Phishing. Digital information comes from all directions, and much of it from dubious sources or with the intent to misinform.

The Top News Article of 2017 - - So Far

Nine Shift

Here's the best news article of 2017 so far. lauren Herstik's NYTimes story on Los Angeles, "A City Famous for Sprawl Chooses to Fill in the Gaps," has at least these five reasons to make it my choice for the best story of the year, so far. Number 5. "A A pedestrian culture."

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Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM conducted the largest study to date on the state of adoption of blockchain. The study interviewed almost 3,000 C-Suite executives from over 80 countries and 20 industries to learn about their company’s blockchain plans.

Get the most out of your daily work (30 day learning challenge)

Jane Hart

Most of what you learn at work takes place as you do your job; it’s just that most people are not aware of the learning that comes from daily work experiences. This Challenge will help you get the most out of your day job so that you can benefit from … Social learning

Blog Post: Is everything well, even though it is a mess?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen. A book that has had a huge influnce on me is Awareness by Anthony de Mello. Here is a quote from the opening chapter. You know, all mystics - Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion - are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep.

Heavy (but brief) weather

Doc Searls

Here’s what flying in and out of Newark looks like right now: That storm is very heavy, but narrow. It’s going to wash over New York like a big wave. Hat tip to Flightaware. Aviation Travel weather

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future of work influencers

Harold Jarche

I don’t put much stock in lists and ‘best of …’ rankings as they rarely tell you the methodology behind the system. When Antonio Santo ( @akwyz ) shared a list of the top 50 influencers on ‘the future of work’, I asked about the methodology.

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Fun With River Otters

Nine Shift

This is why go canoeing: to see river otters. They have several 'looks.' The best is when they crawl on top of a log. Took this last month, so a good summer already with wildlife: swans, bear swimming, otters. Try to listen and see if you can hear their snorting. That's another fun feature. Enjoy.

Predictions for Learning and Development for 2018 and Beyond


Learning and development is continually shifting tactics to keep up with industry standards and the needs of the modern-learner. These strategies include how learning is created and managed, how and where it is delivered, and how to accomplish more with fewer resources.

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