Sat.Jan 07, 2012 - Fri.Jan 13, 2012

Top 10 posts on the future of media

Ross Dawson

Another quick selection of my most popular posts from 2011, this time on the topic of the future of media: 1. Predictions for media industry in 2011.

Remembering Judith

Doc Searls

I got to know Judith Burton when she was still Judith Clarke and Senior VP Corporate Marketing for Novell, in 1987. Novell had just bought a company called CXI, which had been a client of Hodskins Simone & Searls, the Palo Alto advertising agency in which I was a partner.

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No more business as usual

Jay Cross

“This is business.” — Vito Corleone, The Godfather. Business is changing, and the learning function must change along with it. Rigid, industrial-age corporations are not keeping up with the pace of change. Customer Spring, Shareholder Spring, and Worker Spring may break out any day.

Lots of free learnin’ going on

George Siemens

2012 is shaping up to be a good year for open online learning experiences (Sanford is actively promoting open courses , David Wiley is running an openness in education course , Alec Couros will likely be doing his EC&I831 again, etc.). I’m involved in several open online learning projects this year: 1. Ongoing from 2011: Change MOOC. Learning Analytics Open Course ( sign up here ) – Starts January 23.

[2b2k] [berkman] Alison Head on how students seek information

David Weinberger

Alison Head, who is at the Berkman Center and the Library Information Lab this year, but who is normally based at U of Washington’s Info School, is giving a talk called “Modeling the Information-Seeking Process of College Students.”

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Harley-Davidson goes direct to the crowd after initial success with creative crowdsourcing

Ross Dawson

[This article first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website ]. Harley-Davidson has been in the vanguard of using crowdsourcing to fuel its creative marketing initiatives.

Real organizational transformation is structural

Harold Jarche

Tweet In The 3 Structures of an Organization , the BetaCodex Network covers the weaknesses of our existing management and organizational models and shows a better way to design more network-centic businesses.

Interlocutor: The Word of 2012

Dan Pontefract

Interlocu-what? If 2011 was about quid-pro-quo … or reciprocity as I deemed it, it’s my wish for the year 2012 to be about the interlocutor. Let’s first start with the definition.

Want to Trust Your Employees? Give Them All Unlimited Vacation Days

Luis Suarez

Leveraging Hal

Doc Searls

Hal Crowther remains my favorite essayist, regardless of whether or not I agree with him. And on some things I don’t.) Like Hunter S. Thompson , Hal’s writing is beyond enviable and his characterizations often over the top.

3 equations that can change your life | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Chip Conley is a rare bird. He's a successful entrepreneur, a provocative thinker, and -- get this -- a nice guy. Today, he's out with his newest book

Pinterest: A Tool To Curate Relevant Visual Content for Your Audience

Beth Kanter

My Pinboards on Pinterest. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can organize and share images and videos you discover on the web.

The Joy of Choice

Luis Suarez

Made me laugh

David Weinberger

This photo ( via Reddit ) made me laugh: (Here’s some context.). This comment, from lerxstlifeson also at Reddit, made me laugh louder: At my school there is a four way intersection with high foot traffic where “free hugs” people stand.



Euen Semple

There is something testing about putting your thoughts in writing, especially in public. The discipline of being forced to consider “Is this really what I think? What will people’s response be when they see what I think? What will the consequences be when they see what I think? Will I be OK with that?” This self scrutiny is a good thing.

Stop creating, selling, and buying garbage!

Clark Quinn

I was thinking today (on my plod around the neighborhood) about how come we’re still seeing so much garbage elearning (and frankly, I had a stronger term in mind). And it occurred to me that their are multitudinous explanations, but it’s got to stop. One of the causes is unenlightened designers. There are lots of them, for lots of reasons: trainers converted, lack of degree, old-style instruction, myths, templates, the list goes on.

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A medical study of the Haitian zombie

Mind Hacks

We hear a lot about zombies these days – in films, in music and even in philosophy – but many are unaware that in 1997 The Lancet published a medical study of three genuine Haitian zombies. The cases studies were reported by British anthropologist Roland Littlewood and Haitian doctor Chavannes Douyon and concerned three individuals identified as zombies after they had apparently passed away.

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Going dark for SOPA

David Weinberger

Reddit is going to go dark for 12 hours to protest SOPA. The community is going to decide what will be on the page. Well done, Reddit! I hope other sites join in. Reddit is claiming some credit for moving Paul Ryan from neutral to anti-SOPA. It’s fascinating to watch what Reddit is becoming.). lets you paste a “Stop SOPA” banner across your Twitter photo with just one click. They also let you remove it once we’ve won

In the global talent economy over 50% will be mobile workers

Ross Dawson

[This post first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website]. Research firm IDC has forecast that there will be 1.3 billion ‘mobile workers’ in the world by 2015, representing 37.2% of the global workforce. This points to the massive explosion of what I call the ‘global talent economy’, in which talent can be and will be anywhere.

Why Bosses Who are Civilized and Caring, But Incompetent, can be.

Bob Sutton

I haven't been blogging much the last couple weeks because, in addition to the usual madness that goes with the holiday and start of the term, I have been wrapping up a new chapter for the Good Boss, Bad Boss

The manual that must not be named

Mind Hacks

The American Psychiatric Association have used legal threats to force a critical blog to change its title because they didn’t like it being called ‘DSM Watch’ The ‘DSM Watch’ website, now called ‘ Dx Revision Watch ‘, is one of the better websites keeping track and critiquing the upcoming changes to psychiatry’s diagnostic manual, the DSM-5.

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The Argument from Theft

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The argument from theft once again rears its ugly head, this time in an OER discussion forum. On 01/11/2012 6:44 PM, Jacky Hood wrote: There is an alternative: stop forcing people to pay for research, education, etc. How good is something that requires jail sentences and fines to get people to pay for it? Payment for all goods, not just government goods, is enforced with fines or jail.

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Learning is the main driver for productivity

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week. EskoKilpi – “Learning is the main driver for productivity. Productivity of learning determines the speed of productivity improvement.”

How Facebook Changes Are Impacting Engagement on Brand Pages and What Nonprofits Should Do About It

Beth Kanter

Measure Networked Nonprofit. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.

Christmas brain lectures available worldwide

Mind Hacks

This year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures were a fantastic trip through neuroscience and the brain – and you can now watch them online from anywhere in the world. The Christmas Lectures are a traditional event where a leading scientist is chosen to present the latest developments in a fun and engaging way to a lecture theatre full of slightly posh kids.


Dave Snowden

It's not often a month goes by without one Gaping Void's cartoons providing cause for thought. This one came in before Christmas and i have been meaning to use it in a post for some time.

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Does Google’s use of ‘social signals’ break the Web?

David Weinberger

There’s a fascinating post at ReadwriteWeb by Scott M. Fulton III about the effect “social signals” such as posts by people within your Google+ Circles, has on search results.

Metrics for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements

Beth Kanter

Investing in movements or networks for social change is a strategy that some funders are using. But, how do you measure the results?

The importance of penis panics to cultural psychiatry

Mind Hacks

The Boston Globe has an excellent article about supposedly culture specific mental illnesses and how they are an ongoing puzzle for psychiatry’s diagnostic manual. These conditions are called culture-bound syndromes in the DSM but they’ve always had a bit of ‘looking at the natives’ feel about them as many syndromes that are unknown in many non-Western cultures (anorexia, for example) aren’t listed as ‘culture bound’ in any way.

Books do furnish a room

Dave Snowden

The title of this post is drawn from the tenth novel, and the first of the fourth movement of Anthony Powell masterpiece A Dance to the Music of Time. Its the one with Erridge's funeral and Pamela Widerpool's disposal of Trapnel's manuscript in the canal.

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The olympic spirit

Euen Semple

The olympic games communications team have rightly been being criticised for imposing constraints on the use of social media by volunteers for the duration of the games. This is naïve on so many levels. It is a missed opportunity. Allowing volunteers to be part of communication about the event could have generated so much genuine involvement and enthusiasm. Any official use of the tools is likely to be stilted and ineffective in comparison.

Level of ‘levels’

Clark Quinn

I was defending Kirkpatrick’s levels the other day, and after being excoriated by my ITA colleagues, I realized there was not only a discrepancy between principle and practice, but between my interpretation and as it’s espoused. Perhaps I’ve been too generous. The general idea is that there are several levels at which you can evaluate interventions: whether the recipient considered the intervention appropriate or not.

Knowledge and Recognition

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to x28, ' Lower Levels of Connectivism ' First, it is probably more accurate to speak of 'domains' of connectivity rather than layers. The use of 'layers' suggests some sort of ordering (from, eg., small to large) that isn't really a defining characteristic. Using 'domains' allows us to recognize that *any* network, appropriately constituted, can be a learning and knowing system.

Taking People With You By David Novak: Great Read and Most.

Bob Sutton

Most books by sitting CEOs seem like they are pure fluff pieces, or worse, pure vanity projects. As such, when I was contacted by a Penguin publicist about having a chat with David Novak, CEO of YUM! Brands about his