Sat.Dec 15, 2012 - Fri.Dec 21, 2012

New framework: 2013 and beyond – What will appear and disappear in our lives

Ross Dawson

As a futurist, the end of the year means it is once again time to release a structured look at the future. As every year, at Future Exploration Network we are using a substantially different format from our most other annual frameworks, 12 Themes for 2012 and Zeitgeist 2011.


The Future of Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently participated in a roundtable discussion on Work and Value in the Digital Economy , convened by MIT’s Center for Digital Business.


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State of the LCMS with Mark Hellinger


Post Type: Blog post. It seems to me that this is a good time to comment on the state of the Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) market given the many changes in 2012. read more. Industry News


PKM: the basic unit of social business

Harold Jarche

True collaborative networks do not rely so much on teams than on individuals, as B. Nardi, S. Whittaker and H. Schwartz have shown.


Dumbing down and victimhood

Euen Semple

I have to confess I get frustrated when people complain about technology dumbing us down. The fear is often expressed that short attention spans will be forced on us by Twitter's 140 character updates or that we will all succumb to mob mentality as memes sweep through Facebook. Writers like Nick Carr and Andrew Keen appear to be making successful careers out of fuelling these fears. What a bunch of wimps. Are we really that out of control?


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State of the LCMS with Mark Hellinger


Post Type: Blog post. It seems to me that this is a good time to comment on the state of the Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) market given the many changes in 2012. read more. Industry News


Learning by doing

Jay Cross

Informal Learning Social Learning


The IBM 5 in 5: Innovation in the next 5 years

Jane Hart

IBM’s view on innovations that will change our lives in the next 5 years. future


The costs of celebrity

Doc Searls

On the way back from a concert in Brooklyn yesterday we shared the subway with a well-known filmmaker. He’s one of those people who look ordinary enough to blend in with the rest of us, which is lucky for him. Still, he’s not anonymous. We know his name. We’ve seen his movies.


10 most popular blog posts on the living networks of 2012

Ross Dawson

I have just had a look at the most popular posts this year on my blog, and very interestingly almost all of the top dozen were written before this year, with perennials like the launches of our Web 2.0


Some thoughts from 2012

Harold Jarche

Here is a review of the five most popular posts here this past year, with a short synopsis of each. One year, distilled into a few paragraphs. Informal Learning: The 95% Solution. Informal learning is not better than formal training; there is just a whole lot more of it.


[misc] I bet your ontology never thought of this one!

David Weinberger

Paul Deschner and I had a fascinating conversation yesterday with Jeffrey Wallman, head of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center about perhaps getting his group’s metadata to interoperate with the library metadata we’ve been gathering. The TBRC has a fantastic collection of Tibetan books. So we were talking about the schemas we use — a schema being the set of slots you create for the data you capture.


A very psychological chocolate

Mind Hacks

A familiar site amid the Christmas supermarket shelves is the box of Black Magic chocolates. It’s a classic product that’s been familiar to British shoppers since the 1930s but less well known is the fact that it was entirely designed by psychologists.


Kids and Philanthropy: Teaching Your Children To Be Charitable

Beth Kanter

I was thrilled to be profiled in Fast Company’s Generosity Series this week. Generosity is baked into my DNA and I can’t help it. I don’t do this with an expectation of any return–financial or otherwise.


My UX Week 2012 Mixtape

Adaptive Path

For almost any conference, the talks that linger most with me are those that help me see things from different perspectives, especially if they give me insight into how design challenges are solved in other fields.


Living with contradictions

Harold Jarche

A three-part series on Foucault and Social media , by Tim Raynor, ends with this conclusion: Foucault would recommend an artistic approach to managing the contradictions in our online and offline lives. We should imagine ourselves as works of art in progress.


Connections: Deconstruction and Connectivism

George Siemens

I haven’t really spent much time with modern French philosophers. They vex me and use many words to say few, but ambiguous, things. However, I’ll spend time revisiting Derrida and others (notably Latour, but he is a sociologist, so I have more tolerance), especially after a student in the MDDE622 course that Rory McGreal and I taught at Athabasca University, posted an interesting learning module on Deconstruction and Connectivism. Stella Bastone agreed to share the module.


Nonprofits: Leave A Comment for a Chance to Win a Dell Computer with Windows 8

Beth Kanter

Today, I was honored to be one of the changemakers interviewed in Catchafire’s Generosity Series, a celebration and investigation of bold generosity with the goal of understanding its causes, its benefits, and how to inspire more.


Dan Pink’s new book

Jay Cross

Dan Pink has written another best seller. The book won’t be released until December 31 but is already in its third printing.). The U.S. Government reports that one worker in eight is a sales person. Dan Pink disagrees.


BBC Column: when you want what you don’t like

Mind Hacks

My BBC Future column from Tuesday. The original is here. It’s a Christmas theme folks, but hopefully I cover an interesting research area too: Berridge, Robinson and colleagues’ work on the wanting/liking distinction. As the holiday season approaches, Tom Stafford looks at festive overindulgence, and explains how our minds tell us we want something even if we may not like it. Ah, Christmas, the season of peace, goodwill and overindulgence.


Wanted: truly crowd-sourced NBA all-star voting

Doc Searls

Interested in the NBA all-star game ? Go to the latter (at that link) and you’ll see a panel for Go there and you’ll find Step 1: Sign in or create an account as an All-Access member. SIGN IN TO VOTE. CREATE AN ACCOUNT. Click the second link and you’ll find a pop-over form with lots of personal stuff to type in to boxes, followed by this: Sign me up for news and offers from the NBA.


2 Strategies for Overcoming Common Fundraising Challenges All Nonprofits Face [Infographic]

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: As we head into the home stretch of the giving season, there are lots and lots of wonderful holiday giving campaigns and plenty of fundraising data to guide strategy. Frank Barry offers this guest post with some advice about how to succeed with nonprofit fundraising in 2013.


DPLA looking for an executive director

David Weinberger

The Digital Public Library of America is looking for an executive director. This is an incredible opportunity to make a difference. I think it’d be fantastic if this person were to come out of the large, community-based Web collaboration space, but there are many other ways for the DPLA to go right. The search committee is pretty fabulous, so I have confidence that this is going to be an amazing hire.



Clark Quinn

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk and excitement about unlearning, and it’s always rubbed me the wrong way. Because, frankly, unlearning physiologically isn’t really an option. So I thought I’d talk about the cognitive processes, and then look at what folks are talking about.


Catching up

Doc Searls

Some links and thoughts on a Saturday night… The Matrix is still my favorite movie of all time. I explained why here in Linux Journal, back in 2006. Spoke to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group , of the U.S. Naval War College earlier this week, in Southbridge, Mass. The session was three hours long, with additional conversations before and after. The challenge was to present a view of the connected world from five decades back in the past to several more into the future.


Interview: User Generated Content for a PSA Campaign from the Red Cross

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: The American Red Cross launched a user generated ad campaign featuring unscripted stories created and filmed by real people helped by the organization. The first ads are part of the organization’s holiday giving campaign and feature people impacted by home fires and flooding.


What the recording industry fears

David Weinberger

Paul Sanders on a mailing list wrote the following: And I can assure anyone who is feeling a bit hot under the collar about the music industry in general, that the thing they fear in corporate HQs and trade associations far far more than the digital consumer and bittorrent etc., is an emancipated artist. Here’s to a world full of ‘em


Pattern Recognition, Neoterics and moving on.

Mark Oehlert

Like a lot of people, I read Anil Dash's " The Web We Lost " and I read Hugh MacLeod's corollary piece. I'm split on how I feel here. The essence of both pieces, if I may be so bold as to try and boil down thoughts by folks like Dash and MacLeod, both of whom I respect greatly, is that the Web used to be cool and open and edgy and egalitarian and now, now its not. Or not as much. But its still cool and it can still be cooler. Or cool again. And edgy. And egalitarian. Again. .


Benevolent: Failing Fast To Fill Gaps in the Safety Net

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: I recently met Megan Kashner who is founder and CEO of Benevolent , a nonprofit with a mission to bring dignity and self-determination to both sides of the giving equation for social service agencies.


An app idea

David Weinberger

Sure, laugh, but what an opportunity! We need an app that lets you adjust the size of an on-screen grid in order to guide your knife cuts. Everyone becomes a master chef! Million dollar idea! I give it to you for free! Hat tip to Bob Morris and Gregor Hagedorn


I’d rather we had a right to an open Internet than a right to bear arms.

David Weinberger

No, I’m not suggesting that we amend the Constitution to guarantee American citizens a right to access the open Internet. I’m suggesting that it’s weird that from all the rights we could imagine — a right to an education, to adequate health care, to equal pay for equal work — we continue to enshrine a right to carry guns. Why guns of all things? Because of a fear of an armed federal take-over that made sense in 1787 but now is merely paranoia?