March, 2020

Cynefin St David’s Day 2020 (1 of n)

Dave Snowden

On St David’s Day last year, I started a five-part series of posts to update the Cynefin Framework, all illustrated by pictures of the mountains of Eryri, or Snowdonia if you want to use the Saxon which derives from Snow Dun, or snow hill. For followers of this blog you will know those mountains are a key part of my own Cynefin; a sense of multiple belongings.

An Open Letter To The CEOs Of High Tech And Telecom Regarding COVID-19

Dan Pontefract

To the CEOs of companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Oracle, AT&T, Verizon, TELUS, Rogers, Bell, BT and Telstra, I have a request. Gather your c-suite. Ask … Continue reading "An Open Letter To The CEOs Of High Tech And Telecom Regarding COVID-19". The post An Open Letter To The CEOs Of High Tech And Telecom Regarding COVID-19 appeared first on Dan Pontefract. CEO leadership COVID-19 high-tech leaders telecom


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The 2019 Artificial Intelligence Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI has emerged as the defining technology of our era, as transformative over time as the steam engine, electricity, and the Internet. While still in its early stages, AI is already reshaping the economy, society, our personal lives and the very nature of work, with much more to come as the technology and applications mature, including the scientific research necessary to anticipate and fight future pandemics. But, what’s the current state of AI and where is it heading?

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Jane Hart

Activities and Resources for self-isolation and beyond Be curious – Explore – Discover new things – Have fun – Learn Use your self-isolation time to invest in your future. Reduce boredom and anxiety. Discover2Learn. Modern Workplace Learning

Zoom needs to clean up its privacy act

Doc Searls

As quarantined millions gather virtually on conferencing platforms, the best of those, Zoom , is doing very well. Hats off. But Zoom is also—correctly— taking a lot of heat for its privacy policy , which is creepily chummy with the tracking-based advertising biz (also called adtech ). Two days ago, Consumer Reports , the greatest moral conscience in the history of business, published Zoom Calls Aren’t as Private as You May Think.

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Our Top Tips for Learning from Home


Learning from Home' Tips from Our Experts. With unprecedented numbers of people working from home for the first time due to the novel Coronavirus, we’re being bombarded by content geared toward helping people adjust to the WFH lifestyle. But people are doing a lot more than just working from home — what about the unique challenges of learning from home, too?

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Cynefin St David’s Day (5 of 5)

Dave Snowden

I don’t know if I displaying a keen anticipatory capability in focusing on Disorder, the all too often ignored fifth domain of Cynefin, in this annual update series; if so it was unconscious.

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The Long-Term Future of Work and Education: Three Potential Scenarios

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Experts differ widely in their predictions about how technological innovation will change the labor market, but they all see a need for changes in education,” write British professors Ewart Keep and Phillip Brown in a recently published article, Rethinking the Race Between Education and Technology. While experts don’t generally agree on much, they’re pretty much of one mind when it comes to the growing importance of skills and education in our 21st century digital economy.

How I work

Clark Quinn

So, I work from home. A lot. And lots of folks are providing advice for those who have to make the shift in these interesting times. Rather than talk about what you should do, however, I thought I’d share what I do. So this is how I work. This is my workspace. That’s a convertible desk, so I can be standing or sitting. That varies depending on what I’m working on, how I feel, etc. I’ve an ergonomic chair for sitting, and a foam pad I slide out when I’m standing.

making sense of our digital world

Harold Jarche

The spread of the novel corona virus COVID-19 is having a massive effect on our connected world. Schools are being shut, quarantines are in effect, and airlines have cancelled certain flight routes. So where are we getting our information from? If it’s from Facebook then some secret algorithm designed to maximize advertising revenue is deciding what we see. This does not make for a well-informed citizenry. There are also forces at play that want people to panic.

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An analysis of the value of the ways of learning at work

Jane Hart

The Learning in the Workplace survey (which asks respondents to rate 12 different ways of learning at work as Not Important (N), Quite Important (Q), Very Important (V) or Essential (E)) has been running since 2010 and now that it has had over 7,500 responses there is enough data to provide a more in-depth analysis of the ways […]. Modern Workplace Learning

Consulting in the Time of Corona (virus)

Dave Snowden

In the past 2 weeks, I have been called into a few urgent conference calls with partners and clients. As a response to the Corona virus, and it’s spread, many of them (and ourselves) included have had their projects impacted. . In-person meetings, workshops and executive interviews have had to be cancelled, postponed and rethought. The calls in question, were all about shifting tact from these in-person consulting sessions, to utilising SenseMaker® instead.

Since 2008 I’ve Worked From Home. Here Are 5 Helpful Tips.

Dan Pontefract

I spent ten years at TELUS as a team member, leader and executive. I was a mobile worker the entire time. I worked from the road, a TELUS office, hotels, the … Continue reading "Since 2008 I’ve Worked From Home. Here Are 5 Helpful Tips.". The post Since 2008 I’ve Worked From Home. Here Are 5 Helpful Tips. appeared first on Dan Pontefract. flexible work remote work working from home

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The Coming Era of Decision Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Artificial intelligence (AI) is the pursuit of machines that are able to act purposefully to make decisions towards the pursuit of goals,” wrote Harvard professor David Parkes in A Responsibility to Judge Carefully in the Era of P rediction Decision Machines , an essay recently published as part of Harvard’s Digital Initiative. “Machines need to be able to predict to decide, but decision making requires much more.

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Is intrinsic motivation a myth?

Clark Quinn

I was asked to comment on intrinsic motivation, and was pointed to an article claiming that it’s a myth(!). Given that I’m a staunch advocate of intrinsic motivation, I felt this was something that I should comprehend. Is intrinsic motivation a myth? My inclination is ‘no’, but let’s explore. As background, there’s usually a distinction made between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation.

Strategic Doing — getting to metamodernity

Harold Jarche

Strategic Doing (TM) is a process where strategy emerges through the continuous asking of four questions. What could we do? What should we do — enable us to answer, Where are we going? What will we do? What’s our 30/30? what did we learn in the past 30 days & what will we do in the next 30 days?] — provide us with an emerging pathway.

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More on Zoom and privacy

Doc Searls

Zoom needs to clean up its privacy act , which I posted yesterday, hit a nerve. While this blog normally gets about 50 reads a day, by the end of yesterday it got 15000. So far this morning (11:15am Pacific), it has close to 8000 new reads. Most of those owe to this posting on Hacker News, which topped the charts all day and has 483 comments so far. If you care about this topic, I suggest reading them.

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Cynefin St David’s Day 2020 (2 of n)

Dave Snowden

In my first post in this series, I talked about the renaming of the disorder domain into A/C (for short) standing for Aporetic or Confused for what used to be called authentic or inauthentic disorder. Now before people get hung up on language, if you are presenting Cynefin for the first time then you are unlikely to use the liminal version and you can just call it confused.

Announcing My Free (or by donation) Remote Leadership Toolkit

Dan Pontefract

Since 2002 I’ve led teams and people located across the globe. Since 2008 I’ve been a mobile worker, which means I work half the time from the comforts of my … Continue reading "Announcing My Free (or by donation) Remote Leadership Toolkit". The post Announcing My Free (or by donation) Remote Leadership Toolkit appeared first on Dan Pontefract. flexible work leadership remote work remote leadership remote working


The Current State of Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In January, UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough published Open Innovation Results : Going Beyond the Hype and Getting Down to Business, his fourth book on innovation in the last two decades. Chesbrough is adjunct professor and faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He’s credited with coining the term open innovation in his 2003 book of the same title.

Shallow or Deep

Clark Quinn

I wrote about how I was frustrated with the lack of any decent learning expertise in too many vendors. And, lately I’ve been seeing more orgs making learning claims. Unrelated, of course, because it’s too soon. Still, are things improving? My experience suggests that it’s not yet quite the case. The problem is whether their learning expertise is shallow or deep. And, you can guess where this is going ;).

after the s**t has hit the fan

Harold Jarche

The proverbial s**t has hit the fan. Were you ready? Did you have a knowledge network that you could depend upon to make sense of your digital world ? “When the s**t hits the fan you want your inside information flow to be at least as fast as what is happening outside.

An analysis of the value of the ways of learning at work: PART TWO

Jane Hart

In PART TWO of my analysis I take a look at each of the 12 ways of learning and compare the results of each of the different profiles (discussed in Part One) against the overall profile, and discuss some further implications for modern workplace learning. In this part of the analysis, I am going to look […]. Modern Workplace Learning

Cynefin St David’s Day (4 of 5)

Dave Snowden

In this penultimate post in the current series, I want to look at what you can manage in the complex domain of Cynefin and return to the which domain is X in debate.

Announcing My Free (or chip in!) Basics On Working From Home Toolkit

Dan Pontefract

You may recall that I launched a REMOTE LEADERSHIP TOOLKIT on March 16. There have been over 3,000 downloads thus far. Glad I could help somehow in this the age … Continue reading "Announcing My Free (or chip in!) Basics On Working From Home Toolkit". The post Announcing My Free (or chip in!) Basics On Working From Home Toolkit appeared first on Dan Pontefract. employees flexible work basics remote working toolkit


The Evolution of the Social Contract in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Interesting times

Clark Quinn

It was when I was living in Australia that I first heard the apocryphal Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times.” ” And, I have to say, the going’s gotten weird. A few reflections on the situation, all of course related to COVID-19. I wrote some months ago about my spring schedule. And, well, as you might’ve guessed, things have changed. My trip to Boston has been postponed for a year (I’ll be giving a webinar for ATD NE).

distributed liberating meetings

Harold Jarche

A great source of knowledge to plan and conduct meetings is Liberating Structures — consisting of 33 different meeting types for Revealing, Analyzing, Spreading, Planning, Strategizing, and Helping. The site links to free mobile applications — Google Play & Apple App Store — that explain what each structure is good for, how to conduct the meeting, and the rationale behind it. Liberating Structures can also help focus distributed work teams and groups.

My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Martin Weller has released his book 25 Years of Ed Tech today. It's a nice read; you are encouraged to check it out. But I have to confess, on having looked at the table of contents, I thought that it captured my career pretty well. Of course, that was not Weller's objective. But this is my lived history. So I thought I'd quickly summarize those 25 years from my perspective. Headings in bold are Weller's; subheadings in italics are mine.

We haven’t seen this movie before

Doc Searls

Three weekends ago, we drove from New York to Baltimore to visit with family. We had planned this for awhile, but there was added urgency: knowing the world was about to change in a big way. Or in many big ways. The hints were clear, from China and elsewhere: major steps would need to be taken—by people, businesses and governments—to slow the spread of a new virus against which there was yet no defense other than, mainly, hiding out.

Announcing Speak Aid 2020

Dan Pontefract

In this time of uncertainty, angst and working from home, patterns have changed and new norms are quickly being crafted. One of the norms to have seemingly vanished overnight was … Continue reading "Announcing Speak Aid 2020". The post Announcing Speak Aid 2020 appeared first on Dan Pontefract. Speak Aid 2020 conference leadership speaking

Modern Workplace Learning 2020 now available as a paperback

Jane Hart

Modern Workplace Learning 2020 is now ALSO available as a paperback (as an alternative to the online/PDF version). 10% discount until the end of March. Modern Workplace Learning

Cynefin St David’s Day (3 of 5)

Dave Snowden

In my prior post in this series, I said I wanted to explore the idea of aporia in more depth but a week of reflection says that should be the content of the final post in this series which will now have five parts. It is a useful coincidence as I did five walks in Snowdonia back in January 2019 and I have been using pictures from those albums.

working smarter with PKM

Harold Jarche

Working Smarter with Personal Knowledge Mastery is a field guide for the networked knowledge worker. It is meant to complement the PKM Workshops and help practitioners. At 12 pages it is not designed to cover all aspects of the models, frameworks, and practices that inform PKM, but provide a quick reference, especially for those new to the discipline. This field guide is made available under a Creative Commons license for easy sharing and is not for resale or commercial purposes.

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Do we suffer ‘behavioural fatigue’ for pandemic prevention measures?

Mind Hacks

The Guardian recently published an article saying “People won’t get ‘tired’ of social distancing – and it’s unscientific to suggest otherwise” “Behavioural fatigue” the piece said, “has no basis in science” ‘Behavioural fatigue’ became a hot topic because it was part of the UK Government’s justification for delaying the introduction of stricter public health measures.

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The universe is a start-up

Doc Searls

Earth is 4.54 billion years old. It was born 9.247 years after the Big Bang , which happened 13.787 billion years ago. Meaning that our planet is a third the age of the Universe. Hydrogen, helium and other light elements formed with the Big Bang, but the heavy elements were cooked up at various times in an 8 billion year span before our solar system was formed, and some, perhaps, are still cooking. Earth’s own time as a life-supporting planet is maybe 3 billion years.

Interactive Coptic-English translation of (the gospel of) Thomas

Martijn Linssen

The goals behind this translation are twofold: this is the most pure translation that can exist, and it is fully traceable: each and every word is accounted for and can be verified with one single click by everyone, as long as there is access to the Internet: that is where the full and complete online Coptic Dictionary of KELLIA is at.

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