Sat.Jan 21, 2012 - Fri.Jan 27, 2012

PR’s problems, 20 years later

Doc Searls

The magazine Upside has been erased. Some bits of it still persist on the Internet Archive , but nothing before 1996. Among the many things therefore no longer in circulation is a piece I wrote in late 1991 that ran in the January 1992 issue of Upside , exactly twenty years ago this month. I put it up here , back in the mid-90s, where it has remained all but invisible. So I thought it would be fun to surface it now on the blog, on the 20th anniversary of its original publication.

Learning with people, not technology

Jay Cross

This morning I revisited the delightful story of how people learn to do their jobs at New Seasons Market , a chain of nine natural food stores in Portland, Oregon. New Seasons exemplifies taking a non-training alternative to workplace learning.

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“I can’t teach at Stanford again”

George Siemens

Open online courses really mess things up. The force educators/funders/learners to question the value point of traditional education. Over the past four years, many different open online courses have been offered – some through formal universities (U of Manitoba – Stephen Downes and I, BYU – David Wiley, U of Regina – Alec Couros, Stanford – Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, U of Illinois -Ray Schroeder).

Steer Clear of Organizational Leadership Turbulence

Dan Pontefract

Originally published to the January, 2012 Edition of T+D Magazine. Reprinted here with permission. by Dan Pontefract. Frequent airplane passengers are likely to have read the following message prior to watching an in-flight movie: “the following film has been modified from its original version.

Confused or Strong Beliefs?

Harold Jarche

Tweet Much of my work is in helping organizations prepare for increasingly creative and complex work because this is where the business value is, whether in offering differentiated services in a competitive market or in advancing scientific R&D.

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Do you need to be managed?

Harold Jarche

Tweet These days it’s more productive to think of organizations as organisms. Managers become stewards of the living. Their role is to energize people, empower teams, foster continuous improvement, develop competence, leverage collective knowledge, coach workers, encourage collaboration, remove barriers to progress, and get rid of obsolete practices. Living systems thrive on values that go far beyond the machine era’s dogged pursuit of efficiency through control. Living systems are networks.

Introducing the Social Learning Centre

Jane Hart

I’d like to introduce you to my latest venture, which I’ve been working on over the last few weeks with a number of early users: the Social Learning Centre. The Social Learning Centre is the place where learning professionals can find out more about the use of social media for learning, as well as exchange thoughts and ideas with their peers and leading practitioners and thought leaders around the world. Become … Read the rest. Social learning


Charles Jennings

This is the third and final of three posts adapted from articles I’ve written for Inside Learning Technologies & Skills magazine. It was published and distributed in the magazine for the Learning Technologies Conference and Exhibition in London 25-26 January 2012. It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,” says the White Queen to Alice. In the previous two

What Comes First, Content Creation or Curation?

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Carissa Marie. This is definitely not a chicken and egg question! A debate in content marketing circles is whether or not you should simply focus on creating original content and forget content curation.

Thoughts on public education

Harold Jarche

Tweet Everything I know, I did not learn in kindergarten. I didn’t go to kindergarten. Perhaps that was good, as that was the year that my father died, and I still did not speak much English anyway. It could have made for a stressful year.

Why It's Hard to Listen to Two People Talking at One Time

Eide Neurolearning

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon show us why it's hard for us to listen to two people talking at one time. In addition to listening to the individual messages, we have to use bilateral brain pathways to resolve conflicts in what we heard (or what we think we heard) and piece together information.

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Looking for crowdsourcing workshop/ event partners: Europe, North America, Asia

Ross Dawson

A book can be a very good way to distill and present useful information and guidance. We have done our best to make Getting Results From Crowds as pragmatic and practical as possible in helping organizations to use crowds to grow business and new possibilities.

What Does Facebook’s New Timeline Apps Mean for Nonprofits?

Beth Kanter

Source: via Beth on Pinterest. Remember last September when Facebook announced all those changes to individual profiles, including the timeline? One of the changes was that your friends and fans can do more than “Like” or “Comment” on Facebook.

Can Normal Companies Provide Good Jobs? Yes.

Andy McAfee

In Race Against the Machine , Erik Brynjolfsson and I highlight that median household income in America has actually declined in recent years, even as total US GDP has risen a great deal. Our explanation for this phenomenon is that the average worker is being left behind in our economy, due to technology, trade, and other factors. We are hardly the first to point out that a lot of workers, even those with full-time jobs, aren’t keeping up.

Rose tinting

Dave Snowden

Today I met up with our current guest blogger Iwan Jenkins at the Anchor Inn and following a good lunch we both went to the final pool game of Heineken Cup in Cardiff.

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2025 in 2012

Doc Searls

Marcel Bullinga is a Dutch futurist and author of Welcome to the Future Cloud. Today I got pointed on Twitter to a Q&A with Bullinga by Aaron Saenz at SingularityHub. Interesting stuff. An excerpt: SH: Welcome to the Future Cloud seems to be very supportive of intellectual property (IP) rights and digital rights managements (DRM). Are IP and DRM necessary to the development of a healthy future? MB: Yes and no. The trend is twofold.

Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

Beth Kanter

Photo by Aussiegal.

States banning municipal wifi.

David Weinberger

States are being pushed to pass legislation to prevent cities from offering municipal wifi, in order to preserve the current providers’ de facto monopolies.

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Advice to Teachers on Online Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here are the answers to your questions: The EdgeX website says this on your page"This to me is a society where knowledge and learning are public goods,freely created and shared, not hoarded or withheld in order to extract wealthor influence. This is what I aspire toward, this is what I work toward." Whileonline learning would be less expensive and hence make learning accessible tomany Indians, are there concerns that learning becomes very one sided with noreal (as opposed to virtual) interaction?

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Consumerization in 2012: Cloud and mobile blurs into other people's IT

Dion Hinchcliffe

We are not far from a tipping point in IT where the majority of business solutions come from workers and the lines of business via the cloud and newer mobile platforms. While this is a sea change in the way we look at software and data ownership and management, it’s clearly under way. What will happen to the traditional IT department as consumerization takes place and what should organizations do to get ready

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The Information Diet: Not Just A Book, A Movement For Conscious Consumption of Information

Beth Kanter

I’ve been curating resources and teaching workshops on the topic of information coping skills for a couple of years.

Why The New Yorker's Claim That Brainstorming "Doesn't Work" Is An Overstatement And Possibly Wrong

Bob Sutton

The current version of The New Yorker has a wonderful article by Jonah Lehrer called "Groupthink" (you can see the abstract here ). 

[2b2k] An exabyte of genomics data

David Weinberger

From a post by Derrick Harris at GigaOm: A fully sequenced human genome results in about 100GB of raw data, although DNAnexus Founder and CEO Andreas Sundquist told me that volume increases to about 1TB by the time the genome has been analyzed. He also says we’re on pace to have 1 million genomes sequenced within the next two years. If that holds true, there will be approximately 1 million terabytes (or 1,000 petabytes, or 1 exabyte) of genome data floating around by 2014.

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Will tablets diverge?

Clark Quinn

After my post trying to characterize the differences between tablets and mobile, Amit Garg similarly posted that tablets are different. He concludes that “a conscious decision should be made when designing tablet learning (t-learning) solutions”, and goes further to suggest that converting elearning or mlearning directly may not make the most sense. I agree. As I’ve suggested, I think the tablet’s not the same as a mobile phone.

Information, Money and Related Subjects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Money, it is conventional to argue, is a medium of exchange, which has the advantage of eliminating inefficiencies of barter; a unit of account which facilitates valuation and calculation; and a store of value which allows economic transactions to be conducted over long periods as well as geographical distances,” writes Harvard historian Niall Ferguson in The Ascent of Money: a Financial History of the World. For a long time, money was embodied in precious metals like gold and silver.

More Evidence That Sleep Deprivation Turns Employees Into Assholes (Due to Loss of Self-Control)

Bob Sutton

Those of you who have followed this blog, and especially, Good Boss, Bad Boss will know that a pile of evidence already shows that sleep deprivation turns people grumpy, insensitive, and dulls their cognitive abilities -- in other words it turns them into dumb assholes.      An interesting newish paper adds to the pile of evidence.

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Surf’s up! Look north

Doc Searls

According to this… … the Aurora is on. The Kp Index has hit 5, and a geomagnetic storm is on. Here’s today’s SpaceWeather on the matter. Follow the links there. Bear in mind that the aurora are curtains of light up to a thousand miles high.

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[2b2k] 13 ways the Net is making us smarter

David Weinberger

HuffingtonPost has done a very nice job turning a piece I wrote for them (“13 ways the Net is making us smarter”) into a photo-illustrated slide show


Red or Blue?

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week. “If If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed. Paulo Freire” – via @surreallyno. “Learning is the human activity which least needs manipulation by others.

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A treasure hunt for the mysteries of mind and brain

Mind Hacks

I’ve published a couple of free ebooks recently: Explore your blind spot shows you how to reveal the gap we all have in our visual experience of the world, and discusses what it means about consciousness that this gap is kept hidden from us most of the time. Control Your Dreams , co-written with Cathryn Bardsley and illustrated beautifully by Harriet Cameron, tells you how to have lucid dreams, those dreams where you realise you are dreaming and can take control over reality.

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Sharing Failure

Clark Quinn

I’ve earlier talked about the importance of failure in learning, and now it’s revealed that Apple’s leadership development program plays that up in a big way. There are risks in sharing, and rewards. And ways to do it better and worse. In an article in Macrumors (obviously, an Apple info site), they detail part of Adam Lashinsky’s new Inside Apple book that reports on Apple executive development program.

Open business: Sharing our group priorities for 2012 – Why not?

Ross Dawson

A year ago I shared a visualization of our AHT Group Business Model. Following that, I am now sharing our group 2012 Priorities. This comes from the principle of Open Business you can see in the 7 Enablers for our strategy. Our intention is to share more about the drivers of our business.

Is there balm in Giliad?

Dave Snowden

I've always argued that that Margaret Attwood's The Handmaid's Tale should be added to the cannon of key dystopian novels. Traditionally there are three: Brave New World , 1984 and Darkness at Noon. Of which I think the Koestler is the most powerful , although the least known.

Internet Time Alliance Insights: the presentation

Jane Hart

My colleague Harold Jarche has created the following presentation which brings together some thoughts (in the form of short quotes) about workplace transformation from each the 5 Principals of the Internet Time Alliance (ITA). ITA Insights 2012. When Mark Britz tweeted about this slideset, he said.