September, 2011

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Social networks drive Innovation

Harold Jarche

Tweet I’m always looking for simple ways to explain how networks change business and how social media help to increase openness, driving transparency and increasing innovation. Does this graphic stand on its own, or is there more explanation required? complexity Wirearchy

The Social Enterprise – Welcome to the Era of Intrapreneurship!

Luis Suarez

The Internet of things will dwarf the Internet of people

Ross Dawson

In 2008 the number of devices connected to the Internet surpassed the number of people connected, and in 2020 there will be 50 billion things connected, 7 times the world’s population, according to Dave Evans of Cisco.

3 simple tips for setting up online communities

Jane Hart

On Wednesday I spoke at the World Of Learning 2011 conference in the session on Harnessing the potential of social learning.

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ABC – The 21st Century Learning Model

Dan Pontefract

For those that know me, I started out my career many moons ago as a K-12 educator. For some of you, I’m sure you’re thinking, “what a lunatic”. I only lasted three years but I look back on those years, nevertheless, with the fondest of memories.

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Detailed stats: Social networks dominate Internet usage, Australia still #1

Ross Dawson

Research company Nielsen has just released detailed statistics on online activity , focusing on social networks and blogging, which at 22.5% of time spent online dominate Internet usage, with more than twice the next category games, at 9.8% of time spent.

Putting Enterprise 2.0 into Context

Andy McAfee

Three recent posts have done a great job of showing where we are in the spread of Enterprise 2.0 – the use of emergent social software platforms by companies to get work done. The first is Laurie Buczek’s “ The Big Failure of Enterprise 2.0 Social Business.&# I know Laurie, and know that she’s been working tirelessly in the trenches for several years to bring 2.0 tools, approaches, and philosophies to the very large company where she works (disclosures at end of post).

The 2020 Workforce and the LMS Disconnect


By Jeffrey Katzman. We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jeanne Meister for Xyleme Voices. Based on insights from her book , the podcast looks at trends and predictions about what the workforce will look like in 2020. Jeanne packs a tremendous amount of valuable information into a 19 minute podcast, so it’s worth a full listen, but here is a small glimpse: In 2020, there will be five generations in the workplace. 50% will be Millennials and Gen 2020 will just be entering the workforce.

Great Stagnation or Big Shift? The Answer Matters

John Hagel

A new book by my old friend Tyler Cowen, The Great Stagnation , has taken the media by storm, leading Business Week to proclaim Tyler as “America’s hottest economist” , even though his book was initially published only as an e-book.    This is an important book because it pulls us beyond the short-term quarterly, monthly or even daily horizons that consume the attention of so much of our media pundits and analysts.

My Top 10 Tools for Learning 2011

Jane Hart

This is the 5th year I have been building a Top 100 Tools for Learning list (based on the Top 10 Tools contributions of learning professionals worldwide), so I thought it would be interesting to compare my choices in the first year I ran the activity in 2007, with my choices today.

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The Soft Skills of Collaboration and The Social Enterprise

Luis Suarez

Over at the BrainYard , my good friend, Rachel Happe , put together, just recently, a rather interesting and insightful blog post under the heading “ Got Culture?

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The continuing devaluation of LinkedIn connections

Ross Dawson

How many LinkedIn requests are you getting? Very likely significantly more than you were getting just a few months ago. LinkedIn reached 100 million users in March. As one of the first 10,000 users, I early on saw the potential of a purely professional social network.

Amazon Fire: The Tablet War Begins Now

Andy McAfee

Amazon’s Kindle Fire doesn’t start shipping to the public until November 15, but talk about its impact is already coming fast and furious.

Case Study: Tim Hockey, a Collaborative & Transparent CEO

Dan Pontefract

I don’t own their shares. I have never worked for the company. I’m not aware of anyone within my strong or weak tie network that actually holds a position there either. The company I am referring to is TD Canada Trust. The CEO I’d like to highlight is Tim Hockey. Bottom line?

A Welcome Call to Greatness

John Hagel

"That Used to Be Us" is a welcome new book from Tom Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum.    It is an eloquent wake-up call at an important time in our history.    We will ignore it at our peril. It stands in sharp contrast to Tyler Cowen’s new book, "The Great Stagnation" , which I reviewed in my previous posting. 

Social Learning is NOT a new training trend

Jane Hart

I’ve written a few postings recently (notably Social Learning doesn’t mean what you think it does ) where I have tried to show how the fundamental changes in how businesses are operating, require a fundamental change in how the L&D function needs to view workplace learning. I suggested this means a move from a “Command and Control” approach to an “Encourage and Engage” approach to Workplace Learning.

How Playing Games at Work Can Help Boost Your Productivity

Luis Suarez

I am not sure whether folks may have noticed it, or not, but it surely looks like every couple of years, or so, we keep having an influx of articles , blog posts , mainstream media items , etc.

Discussion: Social networks, Google+, Facebook, fragmentation, and interoperability

Ross Dawson

The video below shows an interview of me on ABC TV that was made over a month ago, though it aired just last week. Here is the full program of The Consumer Quarter , from which this interview is taken.

Anybody Know a Good Community Manager?

Andy McAfee

My colleagues and I at the MIT Center for Digital Business have (finally) decided that it’s time to start practicing what we preach. So we’re starting up an online community, and recruiting a curator / community manager / content editor for it.

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Feed Your Creativity: The Palate Cleanser Project

Adaptive Path

You're about halfway through your project. You've done everything right. The project plan is going swimmingly and you've entered the design phase. Fast forward a few weeks later and you are slowly losing interest. Creativity is ebbing. Your attention span starts to wane.

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Is George Siemens Right? Social Media is like Letters to the Editor

Dan Pontefract

While I was enjoying a separation from the external world of social media this past summer, George Siemens of Athasbasca University , authored a very stirring if not controversial post entitled “ Losing interest in social media: there is no there there “ .

Social Learning doesn’t mean what you think it does!

Jane Hart

A few days ago my Internet Time Alliance colleague, Harold Jarche, shared this article, written by Deb Lavoy, with me: Social Business Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does, Neither Does Enterprise 2.0. The first few paragraphs say it all! Social Business” is not about technology, or about “corporate culture.” It is a socio-political historical shift that is bigger, broader and much more fascinating.

How the Social Enterprise Defines the 21st Century Workplace – Moving To The Edge

Luis Suarez

This is not the first, nor the second time, and I am sure there will be a third time, and many more!, at some point, that I have either heard or read about something that I would think would make pretty upset all of those folks who work on the Internet or with technology in general.

Informal learning is a business imperative

Harold Jarche

Keynote slides: The Power of Social Media and Future Organizations

Ross Dawson

This morning I am giving the external keynote at a closed conference for senior client executives run by a major professional services firm.

As customer engagement evolves, Social CRM poised for major growth

Dion Hinchcliffe

With the Social CRM industry expected to top $1 billion in revenue in 2012, it’s growing faster that just about any other segment of social business. Yet the classic challenges of dealing with newly empowered customers but slow-evolving enterprise processes are likely to mean plenty of lost opportunity. To catch up, how can companies better re-conceive the way that they will engage with the customers

How Running Helped Me Be A Better Writer

Martijn Linssen

Last summer, I made a decision to get in better shape through a phenomenal program called P90X (you can read about my results here ). With a new found focus on fitness, I chose to do something a little different this summer.

Social Learning doesn’t mean what you think it does: PART TWO

Jane Hart

Yesterday, in my first posting on this topic, I showed how “social learning” is not just about a new training trend or about adding social media into the “blend&# or acquiring the latest Social Learning Management System, but a fundamental change in how we need to view workplace learning.

Welcome to the Social Enterprise Awakening!

Luis Suarez

The Day SAP Ruined a Good Thing

Dan Pontefract

This post was four years in the making. On October 7, 2007, venerable tech giant SAP announced its intention to acquire Business Objects , in a “ friendly takeover ”, for roughly $6.8b.

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Revisiting the future of PR

Ross Dawson

For many reasons PR (or perhaps rather what PR could be) is close to the center of my interests. As we shift to a world driven by social media and influence networks, arguably the PR industry has the best background and capabilities to help organizations deal with the new challenges and opportunities that are emerging. Yet the PR industry has not markedly prospered relative to adjacent industries, which have muscled in on the new work generated in a rapidly changing landscape.

Information foraging and social networks

George Siemens

If educators want to move away from broadcast models of teaching, the obvious questions arises “how are we supposed to teach and how will students learn?&#.

What Educators Can Learn from Madison Avenue -Bad Design Kills

Eide Neurolearning

Jonah Lehrer recently wrote about the educational benefits of "ugly fonts", but though the research is a good, it's not really the case that they're ugly. What they are is novel. And novelty is usually a good thing when you have something you want remembered.

Quiz: Have you got the New Workplace Learning mindset?

Jane Hart

Following my recent posting, Social learning is not a new training trend , I’ve had a few comments from readers that suggest they were not able to see the difference between the two workplace learning approaches I described – in particular the difference in the “mindset” involved. It seems to me that there are 5 key differences (probably more) but before I discuss them in more detail, here are 5 questions to test you as well your organisation’s mindset.