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.”

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.

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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.

risk?

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.

beta conversation 2017-07-20

Harold Jarche

I will be hosting the next Beta Conversation this Thursday, July 20th at 14:00 UTC [07:00 PDT, 10:00 EDT, 15:00 BST, 16:00 CEDT]. The subject will be Personal Knowledge Mastery ( PKM ) and leadership.

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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.

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.

more than mere digital transformation

Harold Jarche

Is the automation of what has traditionally been human work inevitable?

A Bad Tart

Clark Quinn

Good learning requires a basis for intrinsic interest. The topic should be of interest to the learner, a priori or after the introduction. If the learner doesn’t ‘get’ why this learning is relevant to them, it doesn’t stick as well. And this isn’t what gamification does. So tarting up content is counter-productive. It’s a bad (s)tart! Ok, to be clear, there’re two types of gamification.

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.

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.

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.

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.

oz-friendly beta conversation 2017-08-01

Harold Jarche

I will be hosting the next Beta Conversation on Tuesday, August 1st at 10:00 UCT. This time is to accommodate all those Australians suffering through their Winter, while we enjoy the fruits of Summer in the northern hemisphere. The subject will be Personal Knowledge Mastery ( PKM ) and leadership.

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What is the Future of Work?

Clark Quinn

Just what is the Future of Work about ? Is it about new technology, or is it about how we work with people? We’re seeing amazing new technologies: collaboration platforms, analytics, and deep learning.

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

The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from Fire Drill Culture?

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Gavin St. Last week, I was honored to do several workshops hosted by the Fund for Santa Barbara on how nonprofits can link a culture of well being to outcomes based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

The Enigma of Reason (review)

Mind Hacks

The Enigma of Reason: A New Theory of Human Understanding , by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber was published in April, and I have a review in this week’s Times Higher Education. The books follows on and expands on their landmark ‘ Why do humans reason?

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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Maxwell Planck #Realities360 Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Maxwell Planck opened the eLearning Guild’s Realities 360 conference with a thoughtful and thought-provoking talk on VR. Reflecting on his experience in the industry, he described the transition from story telling to where he thinks we should go: social adventure. (I

Announcing the Jay Cross Memorial Award for 2017

Jane Hart

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.

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

Empowering Young Children through Philanthropy

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: One of the things that I enjoyed most about IFCAsia was the networking opportunities to connect with other people in the region who share interests. One of them was Vincent Law who is doing interesting work with teaching young children about giving and philanthropy.

The Internet is also a thing

David Weinberger

A list I am on is counseling that a particular writer not to be taken in by a tour of a data center or network operations center. These tours are typically given by PR guides and can leave the impression that the Internet is a set of writes owned by a corporation. I certainly agree with both concerns.

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.

Barry Downes #Realities360 Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Barry Downes talked about the future of the VR market with an interesting exploration of the Immersive platform. Taking us through the Apollo 11 product, he showed what went into it and the emotional impact.

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

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?,”

The Power of Small Wins: Celebrating Your Nonprofit’s To Dones

Beth Kanter

Working as a nonprofit consultant can sometimes feel isolating. That’s why it important to have networking opportunities to connect with professional colleagues face-to-face beyond online groups. I try to make an effort to do this regularly.

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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.

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the complexity of capitalism

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. alaindebotton : “Academia: an invention of genius to keep the brightest, most enquiring minds from tampering with the status quo. Paddocks for intellectuals.”

Augmented Reality Lives!

Clark Quinn

Augmented Reality (AR) is on the upswing, and I think this is a good thing. I think AR makes sense, and it’s nice to see both solid tool support and real use cases emerging. Here’s the news, but first, a brief overview of why I like AR.

Blog Post: Conversational Spaces

David Gurteen

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