Sat.Mar 24, 2012 - Fri.Mar 30, 2012

Why the new iPad screen is the future of display

Doc Searls

While everybody else is stuck in 1080p — aka “ full HD ” — Apple is thinking and developing on a bigger canvas than that — starting with the new iPad ‘s 2048 x 1536 screen.

The Sharing Economy

Luis Suarez

In the recent past you may well remember a couple of blog posts that I put together over here around the subject of the Circular Economy , right?,

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Google Brain: Inductive Thinking and Curiosity

Eide Neurolearning

In a Scientific American blog post Deep thought is dead, Long live deep thought , a bioinformatics analyst broods on the question, ‘Where are these jobs that will require such rapid “searching, browsing, assessing quality, and synthesizing the vast quantities of information?"

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A workscape perspective

Harold Jarche

Tweet There are few best practices for the network era workplace, but definitely many next practices to be developed. A good place to start is with an integrative performance framework that puts formal training and education where they belong: focused on the appropriate 5%.

This kids, is why hallucinogenics and the internet don’t mix

George Siemens

I had to do a quick double take on this article (first, to determine if it was April 1, anywhere in the world): Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source. This is what I imagine the experience would be like if one dropped hallucinogenics and browsed the web – a feeling of incredulity and weird confusion that can only come from time and reality being featured in a will it blend video. I’m not surprised that Blackboard is interested in openness.

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Kew Gardens adopts Web principles for real-world wayfinding

David Weinberger

In a paper Natasha Waterson and Mike Saunders describe how Kew Botanical Gardens in England are adopting mobile technology to help visitors become “delightfully lost.” ” From the abstract: In October 2010, Kew Gardens commissioned an in-depth study of visitors’ motivations and information needs around its 300-acre site, with the express aim that it should guide the development of new mobile apps.

Reflections on the Evolving Role of the CIO

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Much has been written about the future role of the Chief Information Officer in the last few years. Many opinions have been put forward. All pretty much agree that fundamental changes, already underway, will take place over the next few years in how the IT function is organized and managed. Some feel that the CIO role is likely to significantly diminish, with its various responsibilities distributed across the business or subsumed within the CFO organization.

eLearning for Kids

Jay Cross

eLearning for Kids. Khan Academy is popping up everywhere! Sal Khan’s videos have helped millions of students learn algebra, biology, finance, and more. Singlehandedly, Sal Khan has done more to shake up the traditional notion of schooling than anyone since Horace Mann.

Shifting control

Harold Jarche

Tweet In The Learning Workplace , Anne Marie McEwan describes “f our profiles of learning workplaces according to structure, global reach, knowledge type, workstyle and social complexity”: Traditional, Emergent, Networked & Hyper-networked.

On the challenges of studying suicide

Mind Hacks

Nature has an important article on why virtually no-one is trying to develop treatments to prevent suicide because research with such high-risk patients is almost impossible to get approved.

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Is the cloud hastening the demise of the LMS?


LEARNING REACHES TO THE CLOUD. The IMS Global Learning Consortium has announced the release latest version of the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability Specification – Version 1.1. This specification provides a way for courses running in IMS-conformant Learning Management systems to securely access remote content, tools and services, and receive back user’s results. This is a big change, and a welcome one.

That Something Else Better

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I saw this thing from John T. Spencer consisting of the first two columns below, 'Management' and 'Leadership' respectively, and while I get that 'Leadership' is supposed to be something better and to be aspired to, it left me short. So I think there's a need to characterize another attitude, one that is neither 'Management' or 'Leadership', which gets to the core of a more ideal state.

Hierarchies losing and networks gaining

Harold Jarche

Tweet. MarietjeD66 [Member of European Parliament (D66/ALDE Group)] RT @ carlbildt [Foreign Minister of Sweden since 2006] Tried to sort out 21st century statecraft at # bf7 [ Brussels Forum ]. Hierarchies losing and networks gaining in a world of hyperconnectivity. complexity

Inside The Ailing Brain

Mind Hacks

The Ailing Brain is a fantastic documentary series on the brain and its disorders that’s freely available online. It has been produced in Spanish but the first part is now on YouTube with English subtitles.

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An invitation to Sydney (and global) crowdsourcing workshops

Ross Dawson

I hope you can make it! Sydney will be the site of the launch of a global series of crowdsourcing workshops over coming months in Sydney, Amsterdam, Cologne, London, Paris, Brussels, New York, San Francisco and other cities. I am very excited about the workshops, the material we’ll cover, and what we’ll learn during the workshops to help create the forthcoming Second Edition of Getting Results From Crowds. Below is the announcement of the Sydney workshops.

What you see animates into what you get

David Weinberger

I spent too much time yesterday debugging a table in the Wikipedia markup language (on a different Wikimedia wiki). This would have come in handy

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Sharing beyond the classroom and cubicle

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week. Brain Rule #2 : “ There is no greater anti-brain environment than the classroom and cubicle. John Medina” via @chriscognito.

The hidden history of lobotomy’s non-inventor

Mind Hacks

A fascinating snippet on the notorious supposed inventor of the frontal lobotomy, Egas Moniz , from an article in the Polish Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery : Egas Moniz: a genius, unlucky looser or a Nobel Committee error? Neurol Neurochir Pol. 2012;46(1):96-103. Lass P, S?awek

A Method For Determining If A Boss Is Self-Aware (And Listens Well)

Bob Sutton

I was talking with a journalist from Men's Health today about how bosses can become more aware of how they act and are seen by the people they lead, and how so many bosses (like most human-beings) can be clueless of how they come across to others. 

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Developing iWitness

Adaptive Path

iWitness , our project to create a tool to aggregate social media by time and place, is now well underway, and we're looking forward to sharing some of our thinking about the design of the tool with you in the coming weeks.

5 Use Cases for Badges in the Enterprise

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Yes, I do believe badging has a place inside the enterprise.

Wishful resilience

Mind Hacks

The New York Times has an extended article that uncritically dicusses a $125 million US Military programme currently designed to increase resilience against mental illness.

the feral creative mind

Harold Jarche


My Pick of the Day is back!

Jane Hart

For many years I published a daily post featuring a new tool or article on Jane’s Pick of the Day blog. With the rise of Twitter I eventually stopped doing it on a regular basis.

2 signs to help you make a choice

Dan Pink

Our mail bag of emotionally intelligent signage this month shows the many ways businesses are deploying signs to influence people’s choices. Here are two examples that take very different approaches.

A bipolar expedition

Mind Hacks

In 2008, The Lancet published an amazing article on the ‘psychological effects of polar expeditions’ that contains a potted history of artic madness.


Let's Get Our Meta On! Conversations about Conversations and a Soylent Green mention!

Mark Oehlert

. FAIR WARNING: The video embedded here is safe for work but does contain a good bit of me talking. Please proceed with caution! My view of technology is greatly informed by a concern for the humans at the user end of it. What does it do for you? How does it make your day better?

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Unlocking the Potential of Peer Learning

Beth Kanter

Themes of the day: Consumerization of IT, Crowdsourcing for small business, Crowdsourcing in PR

Ross Dawson

These are frantically busy days, which is squeezing my ability to blog and capture some of the fascinating stuff flying by. In coming months I think I’ll try to do more ‘mini-blogging’, just capturing quick thoughts and impressions rather than writing up every interesting speaking engagement or media appearance I do. Yesterday I gave three presentations, and I’d love to write (at least) a full blog post about what we covered for each one.

Bring the love

Mind Hacks

The world of art, neuroscience and, er… competitive affection, collide in a delightful film about a love competition held in an fMRI scanner. The piece is by film-maker Brent Hoff who seems to be making a series of films based on the idea of emotion competitions.

Where’s Your Electronic Learning Record?

Jay Cross

Everyone should be so lucky as to find a medical doctor as good as mine. I have every confidence in his advice. He calls me after hours to report a test result that’s out of line. He makes house calls. He’s personable and funny. He’s a master at playing the tabla.

5 Use Cases for Badges in the Enterprise

Dan Pontefract

Yes, I do believe badging has a place inside the enterprise.

[misc] Thesaurus of metaphors

David Weinberger

Or maybe it’s a dictionary. Or an encyclopedia. In any case, The Mind is a Metaphor you can look up metaphors by keyword and facet the results by date, genre, nationality, gender, etc. Note that these are facets of the speaker, not of the metaphor


The seers and oracles

Mind Hacks

An evocative passage from the 1976 book Hallucinogens and Shamanism about the use of the hallucinogenic Psilocybe mexicana mushroom by the Mazatec people of Mexico. The Mazatecs say that the mushrooms speak.