Sat.Jan 31, 2009 - Fri.Feb 06, 2009

Designing on Purpose: An Interview with David Butler, VP of Design at Coca-Cola

Adaptive Path

Brandon Schauer and Henning Fischer recently sat down with David Butler, VP of Design for the Coca-Cola Company and MX 2009 speaker. Here’s part 1 of “Designing on Purpose.&#. Henning Fischer] Could you tell us a little about yourself, your team, what you do for Coca-Cola and where you sit within the organization?

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Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities

Nancy White

Ward Cunningham interviews my co-author John Smith (along with Etienne Wenger and I) about our upcoming book &# Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities.&#. One of the things that John says in this video is the importance both of a view of a community from the inside AND the outside.

Preparing for Business 2.0

Harold Jarche

If you were to advise someone considering going into business or becoming an entrepreneur today, what would you tell them? What is the best advice for today’s business schools?

Getting rained out in a brainstorm

Doc Searls

In a meeting yesterday, somebody on the IRC shared a link to “Bregman divergences in the ( m × k ) -partitioning problem&# , from Science Digest. Sez the abstract, A method of fixed cardinality partition is examined.

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Language twists

Dave Snowden

Words are powerful things, and associating words in unusual ways is a powerful method of getting people to sit up and take notice. I was working today on the signifier set for the new Liverpool Slavery museum and as part of that I went through some the images.

Pretty Patterns

Euen Semple

I have been enjoying getting to know the new iLife 09 set of applications for my Mac. In particular the new face recognition software built into iPhoto is quite amazing.

Interested in Informal Learning? Join us at LearnTec 2009

Nancy White

Tomorrow I’ll be the guest of Heike Philip (in Germany) along with Jay Cross and Ken Thompson for an online roundtable on virtual learning, informal learning and virtual teams. We’ll mix it up, I’m sure.

The leaking pyramid

Harold Jarche

Two years ago I wrote about the the forces of change and how workers, who one could call the “Cluetrained’, were dropping out of the bottom of the industrial organisation’s pyramid and doing it on their own. “It” It” meaning working, learning, creating and collaborating.

Search

Tony Karrer

This is likely my last post in the Tool Set series. This post likely will be quite a bit different because I'm convinced that most people have used different search tools enough that they are pretty comfortable with their current search behaviors.

Cycles, chasms and the hype curve

Dave Snowden

A few days ago I posted on Praxis using Handy's sigmoid curves. I hinted then that I planned to combine those with a variation of Moore's Crossing the Chasm and I am going to do that in two stages.

How are we building our “community soil?

Nancy White

Via Hyperlocavore , I watched this video on preparing an urban, raised-bed garden. It focuses on the building of raised beds, using rotating small animal waste, and hoop houses to get an early start on the gardening season. If you are interested in gardening, take a look at the video.

Understanding Blogging for Knowledge Workers

Harold Jarche

Blogs are now mainstream and it’s no longer necessary to explain what one is. It wasn’t that long ago that bloggers were being put down as a bunch of guys in pyjamas.

Coal ranching

Doc Searls

On Tuesday I got my first good look into the coal mines of Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. This is literally where the deer and the antelope played, until the human appetite for power began eating it up. Featured are the Jacobs Ranch and Black Thunder Mines.

Accelerating innovation

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

At an online conversation at Learntec last Wednesday, I described a few things I had learned about a networked culture that sustained itself again all odds for tens of thousands of years.

How Could I have missed the annual Soup Swap?

Nancy White

I live in a place that is cold, dark and wet in the winter, something that can only be assuaged by good friends, more chocolate and soup.

Learning about Business

Harold Jarche

When I left the Army and started working at an applied research and consulting group at Mount Allison University I didn’t really know much about the business world. After several years, I’ve realised that there were some things that transferred from military to civilian life.

The Bilbao Effect

Jay Cross

Frank Gehry’s 1997 Guggenheim Museum is credited with putting Bilbao, once a decaying, dirty, industrial city back on the map. Chicago, Denver, Rome, Venice, and Abu Dhabi have since hired “starchitects&# to design striking museums or dramatic makeovers.

Learntec

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Yesterday morning I flew from Bilbao to London, changed terminals at Heathrow, and flew from London to Rome. Twenty minutes after landing, I was online from the back seat of Robin Good’s car, taking part in Learntec in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Online Marketing for Free-agents

Harold Jarche

Note: The Cluetrain Manifesto celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Cluetrain #1 Markets are conversation. Without conversation (oral, written, graphical, physical) there are no social transactions. This has been the key aspect of the un-marketing approach for my consulting business.

The Bilbao Effect

Jay Cross

Frank Gehry’s 1997 Guggenheim Museum is credited with putting Bilbao, once a decaying, dirty, industrial city back on the map. Chicago, Denver, Rome, Venice, and Abu Dhabi have since hired “starchitects&# to design striking museums or dramatic makeovers.

Signposts for the Week Ending February 6, 2009

Adaptive Path

The eeriness of re-living our favorite music as reimagined via Microsoft Songsmith keeps us up at night. Once you’ve watched the incredibly creepy commercial , enjoy the creativity of the masses on Youtube with reinvisioned White Wedding , Roxanne and other great hits. What’s in a name? Or should we say where ? Dynastree has enchanted us with their nifty way to see surname critical mass. Can social pressure reduce energy consumption?

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Doc Searls

Barack Snowbama. Another. Via JY.

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New rumor corrects old rumor

David Weinberger

The new rumor is that Vivek Kundra will be made administrator of e-government and IT for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), not the federal CTO as previously rumored. This would be good news, although it would leave the rumored good or bad news about the national CTO open to rumor.

Images matter

Jay Cross

In his keynote at Learning Technologies, Tony Buzan asked the audience to remember the first thing that popped into their heads when he said the word “Clinton.&# Nearly everyone flashed on a picture, not a bunch of words. That’s the way we humans are wired. Santander.

NPS is Growing Up

Adaptive Path

Recently, there was a conference on Net Promoter Scores here in San Francisco. Bruce Temkin , VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research (and upcoming speaker at MX 2009 ) put together two nice “state of the NPS&# posts. Net Promoter Scores are a customer-loyalty metric, developed by Fred Reichheld. Essentially, you get your NPS by asking your customers whether or not they would recommend your product or service to a friend.). My Closing Thoughts On Net Promoter.

Off to Hong Kong and Malaysia

Kevin Wheeler

I am heading to Hong Kong and then to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on Saturday. I'll be talking to a variety of HR professionals in Hong Kong and presenting a workshop on Strategic Talent Planning in KL. I'll post some video interviews I do

Serialized Feeds

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A serialized feed is one in which posts are arranged in a linear order and where subscribers always begin with the first post, no matter when they subscribe to the feed. This contrasts with an ordinary RSS feed, in which a subscriber will begin with today's post, no matter when the feed started. The idea of serialized feeds has been around for a while. This page from 2005, for example, allows you to read Cory Doctorow's novel Someone comes to Town, Someone leaves Town by RSS.

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No net connection, no Jay

Jay Cross

Parador Gil Blas in Santillana del Mar. Last night around midnight, wireless connectivity at my hotel in Santillana del Mar disappeared. When I complained at the front desk this morning, the fellow told me that wireless really worked only in the lobby and the reading room.

Toward understanding the MIddle East

Doc Searls

I don’t write much about war, mostly because I’d rather write about stuff I can do something about. As a young man I opposed the Vietnam war, wrote about it, protested against it. If I hadn’t lucked into a medical deferment, I would have been a conscientious objector, like some of my good friends. Stephen Lewis was a fellow student at the same Quaker college, a good friend and a fellow protestor.

e-Gov by the people

David Weinberger

NPR.org is running a post of mine that says we should expect e-gov to come from we the people faster and better than what will come from the government. (If If it’s not obvious, the post started life intended as a spoken commentary for All Things Considered.).

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The Fourth Turning

Harold Jarche

I picked up a used copy of The Fourth Turning (1997) as I had read some reviews, positive and negative, and for the price figured it was worth it. I won’t go into the entire premise of the book, as the reviews on Amazon give a good overview, but I find the recommendations from 1997 to prepare for the predicted crisis in the first decade of the millennium (now) most interesting: Once the Crisis catalyzes, anything can happen.

What Goes in the LMS?

Tony Karrer

Recently I posted on Learning Materials asking the question - What Goes in the LMS? The responses via comments were truly fantastic. In fact, they were too fantastic to have them "buried" as comments. And I wanted to add some of my thoughts, so I'm post again on this topic. Oh, and, as always, the answer is "it depends" - but let's try to come up with a few suggestions. Should go in the LMS - Only finished content. Anything with per-learner, strict tracking requirements.