Sat.Mar 31, 2012 - Fri.Apr 06, 2012

40-Hour Work Week – The Magic of Sustainable Growth

Luis Suarez

Over the course of time you come to realise how there are a number of different articles published out there that you know are going to have a higher impact than others on how you perceive various different things, whether personal or work related.

The only knowledge that can be managed is our own

Harold Jarche

“Every amateur epistemologist knows that knowledge cannot be managed. Education has always assumed that knowledge can be transferred and that we can carefully control the process through education. That is a grand illusion.” ~ Dave Jonassen. The only knowledge that can be managed is our own.

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Google Exodus: Passover told in social media

David Weinberger


Pick of the Month:12 resources from March

Jane Hart

There were lots of great resources made available in March, that I shared on Twitter and in my Pick of the Day. Here are 12 of my favourite resources together with key quotes from each and/or embedded resources. 1 - Learning without training , Jay Cross, 5 March 2012.

The Essence of Connected Learning

Luis Suarez

One of my other passions, that, coincidentally, don’t get to talk much about on this blog, but perhaps I should, is that fascinating topic of Learning.

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Employees are often laughing

Harold Jarche


Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness

George Siemens

Since Blackboard announced its acquisition of several Moodle partners, numerous voices have chimed in to explore what it means to education. In particular, Michael Fieldstein (as usual) has a wide ranging and thoughtful response: What the heck happened? and Phil Hill captures the tone/responses from major players. A common response to the longterm impact of these acquisitions has been to link Blackboard’s manoeuvre with the IBM’s transformation into a services company.

David Weinberger - Untitled Article

David Weinberger

Does the Times have research that shows that when someone is denied access to her eleventh NYT article, she’s going to cave in and buy a subscription for $195/year ?

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The Virtues of Standing-Up: In Meetings and Elsewhere

Bob Sutton

I was thinking back to some of the experiences I had over the last few weeks teaching classes to both Stanford students and executives, and watching some of my fellow teachers and colleagues in action. 

50 centuries of work = 5 important lessons

Dan Pink

Cornell professor Karl Pillemer admits he’s an advice junkie. Yet even amid the groaning self-help shelves at his local bookstore, he felt something was missing.

Distributed research lab: request for feedback

George Siemens

One of the things that I like most about blogging and social media is the ability to share partially-formed ideas and open them to critique. As I stated in a previous post , I recently had a mild disappointment in enacting a research project. And it got me thinking about why important research is often not conducted because granting agencies are actually not horribly innovative.


Harold Jarche

Tweet Part of Personal Knowledge Management is seeking sources of knowledge (Seek-Sense-Share). To be able to seek, first you have to be aware. Wolfgang Reinhardt has looked at knowledge workers, researchers in particular, and examined how they can be aware in their fields of expertise.

The Link Between Leadership, Learning & Organizational Performance

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Víctor García-Morales, Francisco Lloréns-Montes and Antonio Verdú-Jover published a paper in the British Journal of Management (December, 2008, Vol.

The complex motivations for self-harm

Mind Hacks

If you ask the average person in the street why some people cut themselves you’ll get the answer that they’re trying to ‘get attention’ which is a common but unhelpful stereotype. The reality is that motivations for self-harming are complex.

Aerial map mashing

Doc Searls

Thanks to Jeff Warren (also here ) of GrassRootsMapping and Public Laboratory , I now know — and am highly turned on by — the possibilities of mapping in the wild.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In June of 2008 I participated in a conference on cloud computing. After a full day of talks and discussions, the sense of the meeting was that cloud computing has the promise to bring a real paradigm shift to the IT world, although, as the conference organizer succinctly put it in his closing remarks: “There is a clear consensus that there is no real consensus on what cloud computing is.”

The Link Between Leadership, Learning & Organizational Performance

Dan Pontefract

Víctor García-Morales, Francisco Lloréns-Montes and Antonio Verdú-Jover published a paper in the British Journal of Management (December, 2008, Vol. 19 Issue 4) entitled, “ The Effects of Transformational Leadership on Organizational Performance through Knowledge and Innovation ”.

The evolution of London street gangs

Mind Hacks

A fascinating article in the journal Crime and Delinquency tracks the evolution of London gangs from their ‘boys on the street’ beginnings to organised crime syndicates.

Shifting to Net Work

Harold Jarche

Tweet Our first Net Work Literacy session ends this week. There were several reasons why Jane Hart and I decided to offer this two-week online programe.

Social Learning, Strategically

Clark Quinn

Increasingly, as I look around, I see folks addressing learning technology tactics; they’ll make a mobile app, they’ll try out a simulation game, they’ll put in a portal. And there’s nothing wrong with doing each of these as a trial, a test run, some experience under the belt. However, in the longer term, you want to start doing so strategically. I’ll use social media as an example.

The growing appetite for learning how to crowdsource

Ross Dawson

[Originally posted on Getting Results From Crowds book website ]. As awareness of crowdsourcing increases, there is a rapidly increasing appetite for learning how to do it well.

The future of fMRI

Mind Hacks

Nature has an article looking at the future of fMRI brain scanning in light of its long-lasting hype and recently discovered problems.

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A Perfect Example of a Bad Boss: A Middle School Principal

Bob Sutton

Last year, I wrote a post about how Justin Snider, who teaches education at Columbia, asserted that "the best principals are PRESENT, constantly interacting with teachers, students, and parents." 

Culture of Hope

David Weinberger

Forum d’Avignon is an annual get-together in France to talk about culture, by which most of the attendees (and especially President Sarkozy who came to give a speech ) mean how they can squash the Internet and retain their stranglehold on culture. A little harsh? Maybe, but not entirely unfair.

50 Learning Theorists in 50 Days

Jay Cross

Donald Clark is blogging about 50 learning theorists in 50 days. It’s a rollicking good read.

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Emperors, clothes, money

Mind Hacks

BBC Radio 4′s documentary series Analysis has a fascinating programme that explores the little-asked question ‘What is Money?’ ’ – and the answer turns out to be scarily psychological.

Notes from a Paretian world

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week. Why Thinking About Averages Can Be Disastrous - by @timkastelle. If you are operating in a Paretian world but you assume that it’s Guassian, you’re heading for trouble.

Book Excerpt: Why What Your "Learn" From Steve Jobs May Reveal More About Yourself Than Him!

Bob Sutton

Tomorrow morning, Fortune's Adam Lashinsky and I are going to spend an hour at The Churchill Club talking about Apple and what other organizations and leaders can (and cannot) learn from the world's most (economically) valuable company.    If you want to attend, I think you can tickets here still available and I understand they are filming our discussion (I will let you know how to see the video when I find out).

Portraits of New York from altitude

Doc Searls

On my way back from SXSW a couple weeks ago, I got some terrific shots of many things, including portions of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky (including mountaintop mining ), Virginia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Trenton and Providence.


NTC: Data Visualization Panel

Beth Kanter

NTC 2012: Data Visualizaiton Panel. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. I’m here at the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Francisco this week. I am on a panel about measurement: Picturing Your Data is Better Than 1,000 Numbers:Data Visualization Techniques for Social Change.

Books by Friends: Write Hard, Die Free

David Weinberger

Howard Weaver’s Write Hard, Die Free is a two-fisted memoir of how The Anchorage Daily News — a newspaper he helped found and then edited — went on to win two Pulitzer prizes and defeat the established major daily, which was, according to Howard, an oil industry mouthpiece. It’s an entertaining story of scoops, legwork, drinking, and camaraderie. It’s also a reminder of an age that now seems as distant as the cowboys, although it was only a couple of decades ago.

V&S acquired by Havas: A pivotal moment for crowdsourcing in advertising

Ross Dawson

The purchase by Havas of a majority stake in crowdsourced ad agency Victors & Spoils is a sign of a major shift in the advertising industry. I have written several times before about crowdsourced advertising agency Victors & Spoils. V&S Founder and CEO John Winsor spoke at our Future of Crowdsourcing Summit , and I have since written about some of their lead work with Harley-Davidson and where they have taken that.

The Co-Operative Ethical Plan – Good For Everyone

Luis Suarez

First, we have the Circular Economy.

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Nonprofit Technology Conference Withdrawal

Beth Kanter

The 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) was the 12th conference that I have attended (it had earlier reiterations). Every year it is like attending a family reunion. I have some many friends and colleagues that I only get to see once a year at the NTC.