Sat.Apr 03, 2010 - Fri.Apr 09, 2010

Origins of Cynefin: By any other name would (it) smell as sweet?

Dave Snowden

A very confusing thing happened today. Google alert and a few friends pointed to this interesting post by Harold Jarche.

Social Learning Tools Should Not be Separate from Enterprise 2.0

Tony Karrer

With the recent launch of InGenius by SkillSoft, I believe it’s time again to raise a pretty important question: Where do Social Learning Tools belong? Should they be coupled with your LMS or other learning-specific tools? Or should they be separated? Or ????

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The collapse of complicated business models

Harold Jarche

Clay Shirky, in the collapse of complex business models , notes: Bureaucracies temporarily reverse the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In a bureaucracy, it’s easier to make a process more complex than to make it simpler, and easier to create a new burden than kill an old one. The premise of his article is that successful organizations and industries become more complex over time and are unable to embrace new ways of doing things, which at the onset are much simpler.

DNA is information, not intellectual property

George Siemens

Intellectual property considerations in biology are one of the more worrying trends currently being negotiated in business and in the legal system. A court recently ruled that DNA is information, not intellectual property. Whether this holds as it moves through the court system in the US is unclear. But the impact of life patents (literally) is already being felt: “There are about 40,000 patents that currently protect some 20 percent of the human genome&#.

Five Barriers to Effective Learning in Organisations

Charles Jennings

Very few of us would argue with the proposition that a lot of organisational learning and development activity is sub-optimal to the extent that it provides little value to participants and their organisations.

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Helicopter Parents Revisited - LD Students in College and Graduate School

Eide Neurolearning

From TR Miles' Dyslexia at College : "From our discussions with dyslexic students we have noticed that many of them have had at least one person as a 'prop' during their school career.

Hacker Attack (Help!)

Jay Cross

For support, I rely on the kindness of strangers. That may be you. Hackers are polluting this blog and When I search for a prior post, I often find nothing but names of drugs repeated again and again as both title and content. I click…and get back to the original post.

May 6th, Red fly the banners oh

Dave Snowden

The first General Election that I remember is in 1964 when I was the Labour Party candidate in the mock election at Ysgol Bryn Coch. It was my primary school and I remember the first year in the old school in its Glanrafon Road site before we moved to a modern building in Bryn Coch Lane.

Informal learning: the real deal. Free.

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I nformal Learning has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Many vendors claim to offer informal learning, or even “informal learning management&# without having changed anything beyond the words in their advertising. Read this scathing commentary by Peter Casebow , Jane Hart , and Harold Jarche.

Dan Gillmor on what’s wrong with the iPad

David Weinberger

Dan Gillmor has a terrific piece that looks at what’s worrisome about the iPad and its fawning embrace by the very media that hope to be saved by it


Learning in the wild

George Siemens

I have a love/hate relationship with my brain. I’m rarely ever clear on an issue as context always messes up what exists. Something can be useful in one context, and completely useless in another. An idea can make sense in one discussion and yet be confusing in another. For example, I work in a formal higher education environment. I see the value that a structured course has for newcomers to a field. A course provides a scaffolded encounter with new concepts and ideas.

Abrogation not assumption

Dave Snowden

I made the point yesterday that many of the tools and practices used within the HR function are focused on abrogation rather than assumption of responsibility. In a comment to that entry Dylan suggested that the phrase needed unstitching so I thought I would get the process started.

Brands are boring

Doc Searls

And “social media&# i s a crock. Brands are boring because they’re not human. They’re companies. And, despite recent Supreme Court decisions to the contrary, companies are not human. They are abstractions that make business possible. Businesses are necessary to thriving economies and working civilizations. They are comprised of human beings and therefore have human qualities. But they are not themselves human.

[2b2k] Mr. Denham’s defense of child chimney sweeps

David Weinberger

From the summary of the remarks in 1819 of a Mr. Denham during the British House of Commons debate of a bill that would have limited the use of young boys as chimney sweeps — as young as four years old, stuck into chimneys 7″ square for up to six hours at a time [ source ]. How many modern arguments can you spot?

A generation growing up with touch technology

George Siemens

Gartner (a Swahili term meaning “first we will make you give us a bunch of data to register for our site and then we’ll charge you a few thousand dollars for simple research reports&# ) is jumping on the touch mania that will continue to grow as more companies release their tablets/slates stating that “50% of the computers purchased for children will have touchscreens by 2015″ I can certainly understand the value of touch over keyboard and mouse interfaces.

Architecture not application

Dave Snowden

I've been thinking and reading around the subjects of architecture and design recently. I have been arguing for some time in the context of software that we need to focus on broad architectures into which objects (people and software) and be placed, evolve, mutate and form time to time die. I'm increasingly starting to take that idea across into wider organisational design. It fits in with the complexity theme of partial and mutable constraints.

Blog Post: Lectures, lecterns and bullshit

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Jeff Jarvis does not like the one-way lecture format of the TED conferences. He thinks it is bullshit and of course I totally agree! It reminds him of the classroom and the industrial age educational system where the one and only right answer comes from the lectern which I would like to see burnt ! Read the comments on his post, most people agree (but not all) and despair of the educational system!

Pixels, the movie

David Weinberger

I love this video , by Patrick Jean (via BoingBoing

ipad luddites

George Siemens

The best way to draw attention to yourself online is to gain a sense of the way in which a particular topic is trending and then write an extreme opposite view of it. Enter, ipad luddites : What these folks are ranting against, or at least gnashing their teeth over, is progress – or, more precisely, progress that goes down a path they don’t approve of.

Failure of Creative Commons Licenses

Tony Karrer

As part of last month’s big question Open Content in Workplace Learning? , I’ve been trying to find out more about specific answers to Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning. I was contacted by someone out of the Creative Commons organization, but in going back and forth with them, we realized that I was looking for legal interpretations which they clearly can’t do. They are there to help set up the licenses. But that said, it also shows a failure of the current licenses.

Blog Post: Life is just about doing stuff!

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen This comment from Steve Jobs ( via my friend David Pottinger ) in a great article by Stephen Fry on the Launch of the iPad: “I don’t think of my life as a career. I do stuff. I respond to stuff. That’s not a career — it’s a life!” really resonates with me. I like the concept of just "doing stuff" - love that fuzzy word "stuff".

Reclassifying broadband

David Weinberger

I was less depressed than I would have expected about yesterday’s ruling that the FCC does not have the authority to tell Comcast to let us do what we want with our Internet. In part, that’s because I was expecting to lose. In part it’s because this battle is far, far from over. There’s the possibility of an appeal (although the 3:0 decision seems pretty definite), Congressional action, or reclassifying the Internet.

Five Barriers to Effective Learning in Organizations

George Siemens

Charles Jennings argues that “learning and development activity is sub-optimal to the extent that it provides little value to participants and their organisations&#. He then goes on to detail five barriers leaders need to think about “when starting out to transform their learning operations&#. A colleague at University of Manitoba used to state that early change initiatives requires reformers to “walk through open doors&# rather than trying to break through walls.

A 21st Century Magical Mystery Tour

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Isaac Newton laid down the foundations for what we now call classical mechanics with the publication of his Principia Mathematica in 1687, where his Laws of Motion , where first articulated. Ever since, our scientific understanding of the world around us has been based on classical mechanics, - “a set of physical laws governing and mathematically describing the motion of bodies and aggregates of bodies geometrically distributed within a certain boundary under the action of a system of forces.”


Dave Snowden

There aren't a lot of KM conferences left but the long established events have kept going and continue to attract good speakers and audiences. The main UK event is still organised by ARK, details here. It looks well set up for using social media as well given the location. I am speaking as are a few other Cognitive Edge network members.

[berkman] Christian Sandvig on the future of TV

David Weinberger

Christian Sandvig is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk called “The Television Cannot Be Revolutionized.&# [ NOTE : I am live-blogging, making mistakes, getting things wrong, leaving things out, not spellpchecking. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK and do not assume this is an accurate reflection of Christian's talk. ]. He begins by crediting Gil Scott Heron for the title. He says he’s looking for a research agenda for studying TV, especially three bottlenecks: distribution, search, and genre.

Networked Learning: Groups, Networks

George Siemens

The Networked Learning Conference 2010 is hosting another hot seat. This time, Etienne Wenger starts the conversation by asking about the distinction between groups/communities/networks. The ensuing discussion will be a valuable resource for CCK10 this fall…

Blog Post: Blogging and tweeting from the recent HKKMS Conference in Hong Kong

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen I recently spoke at the HKKMS Conference in Hong Kong. Kim Sbarcea did a great job of blogging the conference and caught most speakers including my talk Making KM Projects Work. You can find my slides here. Dave Snowden also posted an item on the conference and there was a lot of good tweeting going on mainly from Bill Proudfit. I also ran a post-conference Knowledge Cafe Masterclass - slides here and photos here.

Personal Knowledge: Transmission or Induction?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I'm going to use an oversimplified example from electricity to make a point. I still think there is a deficiency in the personal knowledge management model being discussed in various quarters. Let me see if I can tease it out with the following discussion.

Shirky’s myth of complexity

David Weinberger

Clay Shirky has given us a surprising number of Internet myths. And by this I mean not falsehoods but the opposite: Broad, illuminating ways of making sense of what’s going on. For example, Clay’s post about the power law distribution of links in the blogosphere (based on research by Cameron Marlow ) changed how we view authority, fame, and success in the Web ecosystem, and provided the structure within which Chris Anderson could point to the Long Tail.

All models are flawed but some are useful

Harold Jarche

Silvia Andreoli has added to my last post on PKM and created this graphic to show the individual as well as the social aspects of personal knowledge management. I like its simplicity and the way it shows the flows.

March 2010 Informal Learning Hotlist

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Best of Informal Learning Flow. March 1, 2010 to April 1, 2010. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. The Social Media Bubble - , March 23, 2010. Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles - eLearning Technology , March 24, 2010. Augmented Reality – Explained by Common Craft - Common Craft – Explanations In Plain English - , March 23, 2010. Why HTML5 is worth your time - OReilly Radar , March 15, 2010.

Centennial Park

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Andrea and I went for a nice walk in Centennial Park today, where everything was coming back to life. Enjoy our visit


The television will not be revolutionized

David Weinberger

I’m looking forward to Christian Sandvig’s Tuesday talk at the Berkman Center: THE TELEVISION CANNOT BE REVOLUTIONIZED. Tuesday, April 6, 12:30 pm. Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor. RSVP required for those attending in person ( This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after. ABSTRACT.