Sat.Feb 19, 2011 - Fri.Feb 25, 2011

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

This month's #LCBQ is the first with the Big Question Thought Leaders. It's been fun working with them and has definitely added a new spark. I'm hoping that others will join the effort.

Data From The Edge

Andy McAfee

Deloitte’s Center for the Edge has just published a report titled “Social Software for Business Performance.&#

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Insights into effective social media policies

Ross Dawson

Last week I was part of a panel on the SkyBusiness Technology Behind Business program discussing corporate social media policies, comprised of Peter Williams of Deloitte, Adrienne Unkovitch of Workplace Guardian, and myself. Here are some of the key points made during our discussion.

Cast locally, stream globally

Doc Searls

Here’s a great idea for local TV news departments: start streaming, 24/7/265, on the Net. You don’t need to have first-rate stuff, and it doesn’t all have to be live. Loop fifteen minutes of news, weather and sports to start. Bring in local placeblog and social media volunteers.

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Presentations I’ve recently enjoyed watching

George Siemens

The number of lectures and presentations freely available online provide great opportunities for professional development. Here are a few I’ve recently enjoyed: Hub DE summit Sydney. Learning analytics, soft and hard. Learning Analytics: Notes on the Future. The Future of Learning.

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Strata Conference Wrap Up: Big Data, Big Opportunities

George Siemens

In early February, I attended the Strata Conference in Santa Clara. I’ve had a bit of trouble carving out time to write concluding thoughts about the event (time deficiency is mainly due to last minutes activities related to our Learning and Knowledge Analytics Conference ).

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My Reflections on the Mobile World Congress

Nancy White

Over my career I have become a technology "conference veteran" beginning with Comdex in the 80’s. This event grew to over 220,000 attendees and over 20,000 vendors. For several years I was privileged to be a judge for Best of Comdex, so became very familiar with the conference. Following the closing of this show, I have attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but it never has reached the same size or stature of Comdex (in my opinion.)

The Future of Customer Relationships: notes on where they are going

Ross Dawson

I’ve just finished a teleconference on The Future of Customer Relationships (follow the link for an overview), hosted by and Brian Vellmure. The panellists were: Ross Dawson. Dr. Graham Hill. Dr. Michael Wu. Denis Pombriant. Our discussion will be available shortly as an mp3.

Seven years and 95 theses

Harold Jarche

Do hyperlinks really subvert hierarchy? I recently asked on Twitter. They can when people outside the organization take advantage of ridiculously easy group-forming.

Social and connective lock-in

George Siemens

If you’ve been involved in the open Connectivism and Connective Knowledge courses, you’ve likely heard Stephen and I rant on some variation of “the knowledge is in the connections&# or “the knowledge is the connections&#. This principle applies not only to knowledge growth, but also to organizational value networks , social networks , underpins the concept of the semantic web, and so on.

[2b2k] Public data and metadata, Google style

David Weinberger

I’m finding Google Lab’s Dataset Publishing Language (DSPL) pretty fascinating. Upload a set of data, and it will do some semi- spiffy visualizations of it. (As As Apryl DeLancey points out, Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas now work for Google, so if they’re working on this project, the visualizations are going to get much better.) More important, the data you upload is now publicly available.

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The future of business: choosing the industries that will prosper in the decade ahead

Ross Dawson

The cover story on the current issue of MyBusiness magazine is on The Future of Business: Businesses to seek – or flee – in the next decade. It features ideas from three futurists: myself, Bernard Salt of KPMG, and Christine Christian of Dun & Bradstreet. Here are a few of the quotes from me they used in the article. I will do a separate post tomorrow that runs through some of my ideas on the specific industries that will grow and shrink in the coming decade.

Fix The Deficit? Grow The Economy, Stupid!

Steve Denning

When I was working in the World Bank in the early 1990s, I would attend workshops in which we would receive briefings on the state of the US economy from the most knowledgeable experts. In briefing after briefing, we heard that the budget deficit problem of the US was insoluble. No matter how you analyzed it, we were looking at growing deficits ad infinitum. Then a strange thing happened. The economy grew. The deficits disappeared. By 2000, the deficit had been reduced to zero.

Preparing for no normal

Harold Jarche

There is no normal anymore. The first quarter of the year is not even over and we have regime changes on an unprecedented level. Currencies fluctuate and peak oil looms with ever higher fluctuations.

Embedding social learning into texts and enterprise software

Jay Cross

Learning is social. Business is social. People are social. So why are so many of the forays into learning technology anti-social? Friday afternoon I had a delightful conversation with a kindred spirit, Joe Miller. Joe has been marrying people, technology, and learning since the early days. He worked on the PLATO system for Control Data. He did early stuff with Atari, EPYX, SEGA, and Leapfrog.

The necessity of inventions

Doc Searls

Over on Facebook, @DonThorson and friends have been pondering the provenance of Invention is the mother of necessity. Writes Don, “… heard that once from Doc Searls – I think its an original. Seems more true everyday. think facebook, smartphones, the internet, computers).&# So I responded, Back in the ’80s, I had a half-serious list of aphorisms I called “Searls’ Laws.&#

Google Chrome: The OS, the laptop, the browser

David Weinberger

Klint Finley at ReadWriteWeb writes : Google is bringing Web apps one step closer to having full desktop functionality. Today, it announced new functionality that allows apps from the Chrome Web Store to run in the background, even when all Chrome windows have been closed but the user hasn’t actually exited the browser. Why would you want to do this? A couple of reasons.

An Interview with Samantha Starmer

Adaptive Path

In a follow-up to last year’s MX presentation The Holistic Customer: Beyond The Website Experience , Samantha Starmer will be speaking to our audience about Designing Cross-Channel Experiences at this year’s MX on March 6th. Knowing that Starmer has worked on the front lines of customer service as well as in her current role as a Senior Manager at REI , we asked her a few questions about how she thinks about and approaches cross-channel experiences.

FutureLearn: now public

George Siemens

I mentioned my interest in a new initiative late last year to explore entrepreneurial and startup activities that are contributing to innovation in education. After a few months of meetings, site design, and pulling together a team of writers and contributors, I’m happing to announce the FutureLearn site. From the site: “Dramatic change in education, teaching, learning, and training, continues to be elusive, despite significant hype and rhetoric around the need for change.

Jane Hart’s Social Learning Handbook

Clark Quinn

Having previously reviewed Marcia Conner and Tony Bingham’s The New Social Learning , and Jane Bozarth’s Social Media for Trainers , I have now received my copy of Jane Hart’s Social Learning Handbook. First, I’ll review Jane’s book on it’s own, and then put it in the context of the other two. Caveat: I’m mentioned in all three, for sins in my past, so take the suitable precautions.

This blog is closing…

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I started this blog when Informal Learning was released, November 10, 2006. The informal learning meme has gone mainstream. I am gratified. That crusade is behind me. Informal learning is more important than ever. It’s part of life. It no longer needs an in-your-face site to promote it.

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Luis Suarez, Dion Hinchcliffe, and Kevin Wheeler

Jay Cross

I take my role as curator of Working Smarter Daily seriously. After all, this is where I start my own professional development every day. I try to winnow out the crap, the unoriginal, and the boring. I’m after quality, not quantity.

Concept Sketches on Product Pages

Adaptive Path

Garmin has recently released a product called the Tracker. Essentially: “The GTU 10 is small, lightweight and waterproof. It easily attaches to a backpack, pet collar or whatever is important to you. [Y]ou Y]ou can view the location of your GTU 10 on a map from the friendly confines of your computer. For an added level of convenience, you can download the free Garmin Tracker™ app for your mobile device to compare your current location to the direction and location of your GTU 10.

Socialcast and social learning

Harold Jarche

We’ve been using Socialcast for a while now and for large organizations that have multiple silos of information in repositories like Sharepoint, it’s a pretty good platform.

New Leadership Model: An Exercise in Bifurcation

Dan Pontefract

My thinking, learning, and writing tends to fall into the theoretical camps that propose how technology, leadership and learning can (or should) converge to improve the health, productivity and culture of an organization. Isolating any of them does none of us any good.

Clarity needed around Web 3.0

Clark Quinn

I like ASTD; they offer a valuable service to the industry in education, including reports, webinars, very good conferences (despite occasional hiccups, *cough* learning styles *cough*) that I happily speak at and even have served on a program committee for. They may not be progressive enough for me, but I’m not their target market. When they come out with books like The New Social Learning , they are to be especially lauded.

[2b2k] Has the Internet killed our theory of medias effect on ideas and culture?

David Weinberger

Heres a paragraph from the draft of the book Ive been working on. Its a draft, so contents are subject to settling during shipping. …as revolution spread from Tunisia to Egypt at the start of 2011, a controversy arose about how much credit social media such as Facebook and Twitter ought to get.

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Professional blinders

Harold Jarche

It seems that everyone has an answer in dealing with the latest iteration of web technologies – social media. However, as complexity theory tells us, there are no clear and simple answers. Simple processes can create highly complex systems.

Creativity and imagination

Jay Cross

Here’s a provocative article by John Seely Brown and Doug Thomas, Cultivating the Imagination: Building Learning Environments for Innovation. JSB and Doug Thomas argue that imagination and creativity are entirely different from one another. Creativity is problem-solving; imagination is building worlds in the mind. Both enable us to map the strange to the familiar. A creative act makes the familiar strange; imagination makes the strange familiar.

Vanity Publishing

Euen Semple

People often accuse blogs of being vanity publishing so here are two recently published books in which I am quoted - does that count?

Vox populi, vox dei

Dave Snowden

I will backfill a post or two on causality when I have time to synthesis my notes and thinking from Brisbane. Also when I have time to fully recover from two 27+ hour transits in a six day period and a ten hour time difference.

Seven years and still independent

Harold Jarche

I’ve been putting my thoughts on this blog for seven years now. When I started (19 Feb 2004), the term blog was not exactly mainstream and one media “guru&# said blogs were on their way out.

Do you want to DO design thinking? Start with the d.School's.

Bob Sutton

Last year, I wrote about the first Bootcamp Bootleg here, a compilation of materials and methods assembled by the team that teaches our introductory course on design thinking at the Stanford, which we call Bootcamp

Emotionally intelligent license plate: Would seeing this make you.

Dan Pink

Todd Boudreaux sends this photo of an emotionally intelligent license plate, which he spotted in a parking lot in Lafayette, Louisiana. Would seeing this