Sat.Aug 06, 2011 - Fri.Aug 12, 2011

IBM’s Trip to Become A Socially Integrated Enterprise

Luis Suarez

Over the last couple of weeks there have been a number of rather interesting and insightful blog posts that have been covering IBM’s journey to become a social business. A journey that started back in 2001, but that it had its main roots well substantiated within the company for much longer.

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The role of informal social networks in building organizational creativity and innovation

Ross Dawson

For the last decade I have examined and applied social network analysis in and across organizations, for example in large professional firms , technology purchase decision-making , high-performance personal networks , and other applications.

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Review: The Edupunks' Guide, by Anya Kamenetz

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I have now had the chance to read The Edupunks' Guide and can now form some opinions based on what I've seen. And if I were forced to summarize my critique in a nutshell, it would be this. Edupunk, as described by the putative subculture, is the idea of 'learning by doing it yourself'. The Edupunks' Guide, however, describes 'do-it-yourself learning'. The failure to appreciate the difference is a significant weakness of the booklet. Let me explain. Suppose a person wanted to learn Thai cooking.

The Smart Worker : recognises she learns to do her job as she does her job

Jane Hart

This is the 6th post in a series of postings on how L&D departments can move forward from their traditional role of creating, delivering and managing formal learning – to one that supports the wider needs of Smart Workers in the organisation.

Wilful blindness

Dave Snowden

One of the pleasures of returning home is to catch up on the various magazines I subscribe to. For the record these are The New Statesman , Nature , New Scientist & Searchlight and I suppose you should add the The Guardian and The Independen t Apps to that list.

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Five years of editing Wikipedia

Dave Snowden

At 1401 on the 12th August back in 2006 I made my first edit to the Wikipedia, all to the knowledge management article.

Slides for Opening Keynote at Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit

Ross Dawson

Tomorrow morning I am giving the opening keynote, titled The Future of Living Networks and Organizations , at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit. Here are my slides for the keynote.

Those hard soft-skills

Harold Jarche

Tweet Soft skills , especially collaboration and networking, will become more important than traditional hard skills. Smart employers have always focused more on attitude than any specific skill-set because they know they can train for a lack of skills and knowledge. Soft skills require time, mentoring, informal learning and management support. Soft skills for the networked workplace are foundational competencies. So what are these so-called softs skills?

Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard's Teresa Amabile.

Dan Pink

Here's a tip for rounding out your summer reading. Pick up a copy of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at

Succeed in business: mimic sardines

Jay Cross

It’s not easy being a business leader these days. The rules changed at the turn of the century. In the 1900s, a good plan, hard work, and a winning smile were the ticket to success in business. The 21st Century is a totally new deal. Consider: Change.

Exploring new formats for music (and revenue): Björk releases inspiring “app album”

Ross Dawson

The music industry has struggled for over a decade as it tried to push back against inevitable change and maintain the status quo.

Bruce Elving, professor of FM radio

Doc Searls

I just learned from Dan Kelly that Bruce Elving passed away last month. Details are thin, but here’s a short list of links: Scott Fybush’s Northeast Radio Watch Augut 8 issue. A facebook “public figure&# page. Bruce’s own Facebook page. An obituary in Media Confidential.

The “New” Recruiter

Kevin Wheeler

Over the past twenty years or so, corporations worldwide have focused on a variety of initiatives. The bulk of these were aimed at improving efficiency, increasing profit, and ensuring quality. They have ranged from business process re-engineering to Six-Sigma quality and have been responsible for the productivity gains world economies have enjoyed, as well as for the lower prices and better quality of most products we use. These initiatives have changed our expectations.

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The point of Web 2.0 is its problem

David Weinberger

I liked this post by in the Guardian by John Naughton about the future of Web 2.0, and I’m always delighted to be mention in the same paragraph as Paul Graham , but I want to keep insisting that Web 2.0 was not the moment when the Web moved from publishing platform to social platform. One of the main points of Cluetrain (1999) was in fact that the Web from its beginning was thrilling us because it was a social place, a set of conversations, a party.

Applying scenario planning to portfolio and financial risk: 6 steps to better risk management

Ross Dawson

Back in the late 1990s I did considerable work applying scenario planning to financial risk management, using qualitative approaches to managing risk as a complement to quantitative methodologies such as Value at Risk. However financial institutions were generally very slow to acknowledge the value of anything not fully quantified, so I shifted my attention to broader strategic issues. I wonder if the finance industry is now more ready for these kinds of approaches.

The web at twenty

Jay Cross

This is the NeXT machine on which. Tim Berners-Lee invented the web. It was twenty years ago today, Sir Tim taught the band to play. It’s been going in and out of style. But it’s guaranteed to raise a smile. So may I introduce to you.

Sorting things

Euen Semple

I keep mulling over what is happening with the riots, the financial system, and the apparent collapsing of an old world under its own weight. Like many I keep thinking of ways to "sort it". Each time I fall into the trap of coming up with some system or ideology or framework - all the grown up stuff that is meant to be how we fix things. But every time I come back to what I can do now, myself - how I behave moment to moment, and how I treat both myself and others.

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July Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

Nancy White

Best of Mobile Learning. July 1, 2011 to July 31, 2011 Featured Sources The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.

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US equities: zero gains over the last 12 years, how about the next 12 years?

Ross Dawson

In my misspent youth I worked in international equities sales for Merrill Lynch. That was when I was first introduced to the Capital Asset Pricing Model that still underpins investment analysis today.

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Riot psychology

Mind Hacks

In the coming weeks we can expect to see politicians and pundits lining up to give us their smash-and-grab clichés for the recent urban riots in the UK.

New Study: Helpful and Friendly Co-Workers Can Keep You Alive.

Bob Sutton

Tiffany West from the World Economic Forum just alerted me to an intriguing new study that suggests having the right co-workers can help us live longer, while having the wrong ones might kill us. The article was published by

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Findings Is Hiring

Steven Berlin Johnson

As some of you know, I've been collaborating with the brilliant folks over at Betaworks for a while now on a new service for capturing, managing, and sharing quotations -- in a sense, a digital-age version of the commonplace book that I wrote about in Where Good Ideas Come From. I am incredibly excited about this service, Findings , and will have much more to say about it here and elsewhere over the next six weeks.

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The debate over informal learning

Jay Cross

Today eLearn Magazine published a story on the debate at Oxford on whether informal learning is more style than substance.

Inner visions of seven dimensional space

Mind Hacks

I’ve just found an amazing 2002 article [ pdf ] from the American Mathematical Society about blind mathematicians.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Large Metropolitan Areas

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For several years now I have been thinking about the differences between various models of innovation and entrepreneurship. In particular, I have been trying to understand the key differences between the innovation and entrepreneurship models that have worked so well in Silicon Valley, the Boston-Cambridge area and similar high-tech, VC-based regions, and the models that might be more applicable to large metropolitan areas like New York and London.

Being kind

Euen Semple

Three things triggered this post. First a blog post from Doc about the very sad story of a young lad killed during a fraternity hazing event. The institutionally acceptable nastiness struck me. Second a couple of examples of trolling in Google Plus that have caused distress and show willingness, even from those who should know better, to indulge their nastiness at others' expense. Lastly the riots in London.

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Hats and handoffs

Jay Cross

The 21C Leader plays several roles simultaneously. It’s a job that involves the whole person. It’s a role most corporations need to fill. Organizations can no longer afford to restrict making strategy to those in the corner offices.

When explaining becomes a sin

Mind Hacks

As the cacophony of politicians and commentators replaces that of the police sirens, look out for the particularly shrill voice of those who condemn as evil anyone with an alternative explanation for the looting than theirs. For an example, take the Daily Mail headline for Tuesday, which reads “To blame the cuts is immoral and cynical. This is criminality pure and simple&#.

“Hierarchy is a prosthesis for trust”

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some interesting things that were shared via Twitter these past two weeks. I was called a Bandwidth enhancer by @WallyBock – I like that term! “Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.&# ~Peter Ustinov – via @CBurell. “if managers really managed, they wouldn’t need performance consulting. Performance is the managers job.&# – @BillCush.

How to move text in iMovie ’09

David Weinberger

If you insert a text overlay into a movie you’re editing with iMovie 09 and then want to move it so that it matches up better with what’s going on in the movie, go ahead. I dare you. Aarrrgggh.

On the short good life George Desdunes

Doc Searls

I didn’t know George Desdunes , though now I wish I’d had the privilege. He was a friend of acquaintances who sent out emails in March to lists of people who might want to know he had died and to provide details about his funeral.

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Psychology and its national styles

Mind Hacks

An interesting paragraph from a 2005 article on the history of psychological concepts. It tracks how different styles of psychology emerged in different countries depending on the social and political problems active at the time.

It’s about networks

Harold Jarche

Tweet Rob Paterson writes at FastForward Blog on how the UK riots show us that everyone needs to be plugged into the Web to get things done; for good and for bad: The Police and the community are learning also in real time how to help each other – by also using social media. Citizens are using Twitter and Facebook to help the police have better intelligence and the police are learning this week how best to respond and to monitor.

David Weinberger - Untitled Article

David Weinberger

No, HandyShare. If I need to finish the installation, then the software was not installed, and the installation was not yet successful. More important, are you sure you’re not making me reboot because of your own lack of confidence? Buck up, HandyShare!