Sat.Dec 01, 2012 - Fri.Dec 07, 2012

I Wrote a 90,000 Word Book Entirely in Evernote

Dan Pontefract

Take that Microsoft Word. Sorry Scrivener and Pages. When I started the quest of writing my first book — aside from the instant classic I wrote as a 9 year-old that detailed with intricate depth the entire universe of Star Wars droids — I debated how to actually write it.

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Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Big Data is one of the hottest topics out there. Big data is a foundational element in IT’s quartet of Next Big Things : Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud. But, as the real world keeps reminding us, it is possible to make bad predictions and decisions even if you use tons of big data to make them. The 9/11 attacks showed how even highly sophisticated intelligence agencies can fail to pick out highly relevant signals amidst the mountains of data being analyzed.

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A Power of Pull Milestone

John Hagel

Today marks a milestone in The Power of Pull – the release of the paperback edition of the book. It's an opportunity to step back and reflect on the impact that the book has had and explore where there might opportunities to have even great impact. The challenge of timing. The book that I wrote with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison has had significant influence despite the timing of its initial release. 

Creating a better world through apps: the power of mobile in catalyzing networks for good

Ross Dawson

I was recently invited to attend the presentations and awards for the Vodafone App Aid competition and to interview Guy Kawasaki, who was one of the event’s judges. App Aid selected 10 charities who saw the need for a mobile app.

The biggest picture

Doc Searls

I want to plug something I am very much looking forward to, and encourage you strongly to attend. It’s called The Overview Effect , and it’s the premiere of a film by that title. Here are the details: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Askwith Lecture Hall. Longfellow Hall. 13 Appian Way. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. The world-premiere of the short documentary film Overview , directed by Guy Reid, edited by Steve Kennedy and photographed by Christoph Ferstad.

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Are things different? Taleb on the future

David Weinberger

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of The Black Swan (a book about modeling that is unlikely to star Natalie Portman) has a new book out — Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder — that has been excerpted by Salon in an article titled “ The future will not be cool.” ” I haven’t read the new book. so what follows is based purely on this 2,000-word excerpt. Taleb makes a point that challenges some pretty deep assumptions.

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Future Perfect

Harold Jarche

What is a “peer progressive”? Steven Johnson, in Future Perfect , describes a person who is neither right-wing nor left-wing, ignoring the labels of 20th century politics, and one who embraces the power of networks for the betterment of society.

Fashions fade, style is eternal

Mind Hacks

A fascinating study has just mapped which brain areas are most popular among scientists and which are most likely to get you published in the highest impact journals.

The Future of Mobile?

Clark Quinn

In the webinar I did the day before yesterday, one of the questions I was asked was what I thought the future of mobile would be. My first response was that mobile wasn’t going away, and that we’d see more converged devices. I also opined that five years ago I couldn’t have predicted where we are now, and consequently it might be hard to think that far forward. There was also a question of whether I thought the laptop was dead, and I kind of did.

Senge, Learning Organizations and asking a question.

Mark Oehlert

A few days ago I tweeted a question about why Peter Senge never seemed to be mentioned in learning circles along with folks like Bloom, Gagne, and Kirkpatrick. : #crowdbooster told me that I was RT'd 7 times on that tweet and reached a potential audience of about 18,000 people.

Friday’s Dutch Treat

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via social media during the past week.

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Relax ladies, I’m a scientist

Mind Hacks

A while ago I wrote a column in The Psychologist on why psychologists don’t do participant observation research – a type of data gathering where you immerse yourself in the activities of those you want to study.

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Pick of the Month: November 2012

Jane Hart

One of the big themes last month has been about change in the workplace learning profession, and in fact the direction that L&D might take in the future.

Does Your Nonprofit Need Some Data Therapy?

Beth Kanter

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Tab Rocker – a Chrome utility to return to previous tab

David Weinberger

I get lost in my browser tabs all the time. The place I most often want to go is back to the tab I was just in. On Firefox, there are a few utilities that let me do that. My nephew Joel Weinberger has written one that does that and nothing but that for Chrome. You can grab it (free, of course) here. The source code is on github.).

The grief problem

Mind Hacks

I’ve got an article in The Observer about the sad history of how psychologists have misunderstood grief and why it turns out to be much more individual than traditional theories have suggested.

FiOS is in my street. Can I have some?

Doc Searls

We have a new apartment in Manhattan. Washington Heights. Verizon FiOS is here. FiOS trucks roam the streets. They set up little tables in front of apartments where FiOS is now available, to sign customers up. My wife talked to a guy at one of those recently, and he told us Verizon would bring FiOS to any apartment building where a majority of tenants welcomed it, provided the fiber is in the street.

Renew The Heart & Soul of your Non-Profit for a Chance To Win $10,000

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Last year John Haydon reached out about a special project he was working on for the CTK Foundation that was providing some resources and financial support for nonprofits.


The Most Wrong Argument about Video Games and Art

Mark Oehlert

I've seen some other arguments about why video games are not "art" but this column from Jonathan Jones is just stupid. There have been lots of comments on the Guardian's own site and on Kotaku and I'm sure, in countless other places and I might not add anything ground-breaking to the discussion but I just had to get a few ideas down here. .

54% of blog posts contain pure facts

Martijn Linssen

A post by Dion Hinchcliffe on "social business maturity" made me laugh and cry at the same time. It's one of those misleading semi-analytical semi-research posts that will be joyfully accepted by most people as solid truth. However, it ain't. If it's anything solid, it's solid suggestimation.

Two Keys to Strengthening Families

Nine Shift

Here's the second part to my dialogue with a 'new friend' about families and gay rights. He wrote last week, "To me, there are issues of greater importance and significance to the future of education and the economy, namely the strength and stability of our nation's families.

Some Reflections about Social Data in the Cloud from the Social Innovation Summit 2012

Beth Kanter

For the past two days, I’ve been attending (and also a speaker ) at The Social Innovation Summit , a private, invitation-only forum that explores the frontiers of social innovation.

Dave Brubeck, RIP

David Weinberger


On the insignificance of (Re)tweets to a post

Martijn Linssen

In a discussion about blindly ReTweeting yesterday, I remembered that I once did a short analysis on auto-tweets. An auto-tweet is a schedule you set up against an RSS-feed or any other trigger, which tweets the URL with a title, some of the post itself, a fixed word or hashtag, etc.

Why It Is Important to Understand Gay Rights

Nine Shift

This week I had a good email exchange on the topic of families and gay rights. The big Nine Shift presentation in Washington DC before 300 people was quite an honor. Thanks to everyone who attended. And to those who respectfully have a different point of view.

GiveMN 2012 Giving Day by the Numbers

Beth Kanter

Note From Beth: I’m a huge fan of Giving Days because they raise the awareness, engagement, and donations to nonprofits and being generous. Last week, we watched as a national day of giving and awareness campaign for “Giving Tuesday” unfold and spur spikes in donations.

Hollywood and Web

David Weinberger

The video from the November 19 Berkman discussion of the intersection of Hollywood and the Web is now up.

Why TwentyFeet is Total Twash

Martijn Linssen

Yet another Twitter analytic tool has made it into the spotlights: Twentyfeet Like most if not all other tools that try to measure Twitter stats (Klout, Tweetlevel), it horribly fails.

Fiscal Cliff Biggest Lie of the Year

Nine Shift

The Fiscal Cliff, borne out of a concern over the national debt, gets our nod as the biggest lie of the year. Both Democrats and Republicans say the national debt is the biggest issue facing America today, and they are wrong. . The biggest issue is building an infrastructure for the 21st century.

Update from Europe

Jay Cross

Foreign environments exhilarate me. I just got back from Online Educa Berlin and a series of private conversations in Europe. Insights are overflowing my ability to record them and I’m having a ball. Online Educa always leaves a special afterglow.

For your convenience…

David Weinberger

No it’s not. From our local Shaw’s grocery store


Tips for using software

Euen Semple

Make the effort to learn it - not by reading the manual but by tinkering. Watch kids - they keep pressing buttons until they get what they want. Always assume it is you who are being stupid rather than the software. If it doesn't work for you it's not personal - move on and find a better app

Gay Rights: "I Voted for Mrs. Baldwin"

Nine Shift

Gay rights have come a long way in just 15 years. My 84 year old neighbor illustrates it. I was talking with my neighbor Ursula Peterson, a very smart woman who teaches me a lot. Last month she told me, "I voted for Mrs. Baldwin." .

Vale David Jonassen

Clark Quinn

David Jonassen passed away on Sunday. He had not only a big impact on the field of computers for learning, but also on learning itself. And he was a truly nice person. I had early on been a fan of his work, his writing on computers as cognitive tools was insightful. He resisted the notion of teaching computing, and instead saw computers as mind tools, enablers of thinking. He was widely and rightly regarded as an influential innovator for this work.