September, 2017

Data is the New Love

Doc Searls

Personal data, that is. Because it’s good to give away—but only if you mean it. And it’s bad to take it, even it seems to be there for the taking. I bring this up because a quarter million pages (so far) on the Web say it “data is the new oil.”

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Blockchain and the Future of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I wrote about Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future , a recently published book by MIT’s Andy McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson.

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10 Myths about Modern Workplace Learning

Jane Hart

Inspired by TeachThought’s 22 myths in modern academic learning, here are 10 misconceptions about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL). More to come in another post. 1 – MWL simply means modernising training. It is much more than modern training.

connections not things

Dave Snowden

Following last weeks highly successful Cynefin Retreat we had a Cognitive Edge management meeting at my home in Wiltshire.

[liveblog][PAIR] Jess Holbrook

David Weinberger

I’m at the PAIR conference at Google. Jess Holbrook is UX lead for AI. He’s talking about human-centered machine learning. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters.

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Supporting Modern Social Learning in the Workplace (Workshop)

Jane Hart

Next public workshop runs: 9 October – 3 November Although “social learning” has become the latest industry buzzword, in the workplace it is not just about making people interact in courses, but helping teams and groups learn together as they work together as well as facilitating opportunities for employees to learn … Social learning

top tools 2017

Harold Jarche

Jane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 100 Tools for learning. This is the 11th year! Voting closes on 22 September 2017. Here are my top tools this year, with the past five years shown below. It’s interesting to note that my preferred tools have not changed that much over the years.

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[liveblog][PAIR] Rebecca Fiebrink on how machines can create new things

David Weinberger

At the PAIR symposium , Rebecca Fiebrink of Goldsmiths University of London asks how machines can create new things. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly.

Sadly, The Importance Of Importance Is Now What’s Most Important

Dan Pontefract

In many cities, distracted driving is now the leading cause of both accidents and deaths on the road. It has taken over the number one spot previously. Dan's Related Posts: In 5 Minutes Louis C.K. Nailed Behavioural Malfunctions in a Connected World Is Your Corporate Culture The Root Cause Of Bad Meetings? The Anti-Social Social Dilemma The Volkswagen Commercial That Depicts a Backwards Workplace I Learned A Lot At My First-Ever F Up Nights.

Learning as Artifact Creation

George Siemens

Digitization is deceptive in that the deep impact isn’t readily observable. Remember when MOOCs were going to transform higher education? Or when personalized learning was going to do away with instructors? Going back about a century ago, audio, then video, was also going to disrupt education. All of these trends have been window dressing – a facade more reflective of the interests of those who advocate for them rather than a substantive departure from established norms.

Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“In primitive economies, people traded mostly with members of their village and community,” wrote David Brooks in a June, 2014 NY Times OpEd, - The Evolution of Trust. “Trust was face to face.

Who’s building the infrastructure for lifelong learning, When VR training makes the job look better, Why design thinking needs a rethink, and more

Jane Hart

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 10-16 September 2017. Social learning

hunters in the jungle

Harold Jarche

The challenge for workers in what is becoming a freelance & gig economy is to survive in the global jungle. Work is moving toward temporary, negotiated hierarchies. The challenge for the modern organization is to have a flexible enough structure to let people move in and out of the jungle.

The digital transformation of learning: Social, informal, self-service, and enjoyable

Dion Hinchcliffe

Technology has long been used to improve how we learn, but today's digital advances, particularly with social media, have taken learning in powerful new -- and for some -- entirely unexpected directions

[liveblog] Google AI Conference

David Weinberger

I am, surprisingly, at the first PAIR (People + AI Research) conference at Google, in Cambridge. There are about 100 people here, maybe half from Google. The official topic is: “How do humans and AI work together? How can AI benefit everyone?” ” I’ve already had three eye-opening conversations and the conference hasn’t even begun yet. The conference seems admirably gender-balanced in audience and speakers.). NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points.

Metaphors for L&D

Clark Quinn

What do you see the role of L&D being in the organization? Metaphors are important, as they form a basis for inferences of what fits. We frame our conversations by the metaphors we use, and these frames guide what’s allowed conversation and what’s not. To put it another way, metaphors are the basis for mental models that explain and predict what happens.

Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI is now seemingly everywhere. In the past few years, the necessary ingredients have come together to propel AI beyond the research labs into the marketplace: powerful, inexpensive computer technologies; advanced algorithms and models; and most important, oceans and oceans of data.

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The trouble with compliance programs, metaphors for L&D, myths about coaching, modern academic learning and modern workplace learning, and more.

Jane Hart

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 3 – 9 September 2017. Social learning

Sensemaking and the power of the humanities

Harold Jarche

What is Sensemaking? Christian Madsbjerg, in Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm , describes sensemaking as an interaction with fellow humans in the real world. Sensemaking is practical wisdom grounded in the humanities.

Is Influencer Marketing Part of Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Strategy in 2018?

Beth Kanter

Rob Cottingham, Social Signal – Cartoon for Measuring the Networked Nonprofit. It is not too early to start thinking about your nonprofit’s social media strategy for 2018, including how you want to capitalize on social media trends that will have maximum impact in 2018.

Five Leadership Tips For Uber’s New CEO

Dan Pontefract

After much debate and public intrigue, ride-sharing company Uber has selected Dara Khosrowshahi — the former chief executive officer of travel website Expedia — as the company’s next CEO. Dan's Related Posts: How To Build A Truly Purpose-Driven Company Through The Example Of Stocksy Rise of the Woman? Fifteen Years After My MBA Why I Removed A Recent Post Book Review of WORK RULES: Insights From Inside Google. CEO leadership Dara Khosrowshahi uber

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Organizational terms

Clark Quinn

Listening to a talk last week led me to ponder the different terms for what it is I lobby for. The goal is to make organizations accomplish their goals, and to continue to be able to do so. In the course of my inquiry, I explored and uncovered several different ‘organizational’ terms. I thought I should lay them out here for my (and your) thoughts. For one, it seemed to be about organizational effectiveness.

Thoughts on doctrine & inclusion

Dave Snowden

Over the years I have had various emails, social media links and other links to various versions of the Cynefin framework, use of my work without attribution and the like. Often accompanied by suggestions that I issue a condemnation for heresy.

A $5m bet you don’t need more training, Tom Friedman on learning, and more …

Jane Hart

MWL Newsletter No 29 News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) for the week 27 August – 2 September 2017. Social learning

“people are for caring”

Harold Jarche

Christian Madsbjerg concludes in his book, Sensemaking : “What are people for? Algorithms can do many things, but they will never actually give a damn. People are for caring.”.

How To Use Microsoft Technology To Supercharge Your Fundraising

Beth Kanter

SOS Children’s Villages International uses cloud technology to help fundraise for children in need. Photo courtesy of SOS Children’s Villages International.

The Rise, Fall and Rise of Detroit and its Higher Purpose

Dan Pontefract

<Author’s Note: This is a long-form essay previously only available for purchase. It is now free and can be read in its entirety below or.

Developing L&D

Clark Quinn

One of the conversations I’ve been having is how to shift organizations into modern workplace learning. These discussions have not been with L&D, but instead targeted directly at organizational strategy. The idea is to address a particular tactical goal as part of a strategic plan, and to do so in ways that both embody and develop learning and a collaboration culture. The topic was then raised about how you’d approach an L&D unit under this picture.

The certification question

Dave Snowden

The vexed question of certification came up in conversation yesterday.

10 days left to vote for your Top Tools for Learning 2017

Jane Hart

The 1lth annual survey closes on Friday 22 September 2017. Social learning

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thinking about facebook

Harold Jarche

Facebook dominates online social networking. That one company has such global influence should be of concern to all of us. Our social networks define us, as Christakis & Fowler clearly showed in their 2011 book, Connected.

Stop Days: The Secret To Nonprofit Productivity

Beth Kanter

The NTEN Book Club, organized by Lauren McKown and Kai Williams, hosted a video chat this week.This month they have been reading The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout and discussing it in the NTEN online community.

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Why we need to get better at critiquing psychiatric diagnosis

Mind Hacks

This piece is based on my talk to the UCL conference ‘The Role of Diagnosis in Clinical Psychology’ It was aimed at an audience of clinical psychologists but should be of interest more widely.

Why AR

Clark Quinn

Perhaps inspired by Apple’s focus on Augmented Reality (AR), I thought I’d take a stab at conveying the types of things that could be done to support both learning and performance. I took a sample of some of my photos and marked them up.