Sat.Nov 17, 2012 - Fri.Nov 23, 2012

Emerging new roles for learning and performance professionals

Jane Hart

Over the last week or so I have been posting about how (I think) the workplace learning landscape is changing. For me, the biggest shift is not going to be about moving from creating instructional, formal courses to producing informational (or performance support) resources.

Ranking and comparing the world’s top 20 startup hubs

Ross Dawson

Earlier this year I wrote about the top 25 startup hubs in the world as ranked by the Startup Genome project. As I noted at the time, it was based on skewed data from the sample used, but was probably the best available.

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Announcing the Front Cover of Flat Army

Dan Pontefract

I’m excited to show you for the first time the front cover of the book. More details to come shortly. book flat army


Social business for organizational survival

Harold Jarche

The potential of social business is organizational survival, because enterprises must be able to share knowledge quicker than before. As everyone and everything gets connected to the Net, feedback loops, both positive and negative, accelerate.

Formula for happiness

Jay Cross

I spent Monday and Tuesday getting inspired at the Future of Talent Retreat. This is my eight year in row. Every returning alumnus said they inevitably depart with new ways of looking at the world. Kevin Wheeler pulls insights out of the group that we didn’t know were there.

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Advice for the UNESCO OER Mapping Project

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Email written as advice to the UNESCO OER mapping initiative. This is beginning to read and sound very much like the debates around learning object metadata of the 1990s. I know that approaches such as LRMI represent an improvement in that elements are aligned with data types. But that said, knowledge of the history would be useful, and I do recommend to people making suggestions to look at IMS and IEEE LOM as well as LRMI.

Maybe we’re the only hope for Apple maps

Doc Searls

Take a look at these screenshots of maps on my iPhone 4, running iOS 6: On the left, , made mobile. On the right, Apple’s new Maps app, which comes with iOS 6. the location in both cases is Harvard Square, not far from where I am right now.

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An open letter to Rep. Joe Kennedy on seizing the copyright initiative

David Weinberger

Dear Joe, Congratulations on your victory! I’m proud to have you as our new Congressperson from the 12th district here in Brookline and environs. Barney Frank has left you some big shoes to fill, and I’m looking forward to watching you lace up. Barney did a great job representing our local interests. But our district, and our Commonwealth, has always looked beyond what’s good for us locals. We’ve always had an eye out for the larger common good.

Become your own upstart

Harold Jarche

Upstarts & Incumbents. In Clayton Christensen’s book, Seeing What’s Next the authors discuss how new business entrants (upstarts) can target non-core customers of industry incumbents.

The brain in numbers, colours and wow

Mind Hacks

An amazing picture by Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham from PhD Comics. Click for the full size image just published at the Scientific American site. Definitely worth seeing in its hi-res glory. Link to full size image (via @ CeliaHodent ). Inside the Brain


Virtual Worlds in an Organization are not a Time Waster (and other beefs)

Dan Pontefract

A few months ago, I wrote a piece called, “ Five Uses for Virtual Worlds in the Workplace ” which — rather obviously — explored ways in which virtual worlds can increase engagement, productivity and culture inside an organization.

Keynote slides: Creating Massively Successful Networked Organizations

Ross Dawson

I have just completed the day two opening keynote at Connected Enterprise 2012 , following Brian Solis ‘s day one keynote. Here are my slides for the keynote. As always, the slides are designed to accompany my presentation, not to stand alone, so are provided for the audience at the event and any others who may find them useful nonetheless. Building Massively Successful Networked Organizations from Ross Dawsn.

Kurt Vonnegut, Joe Heller, and a Great Thanksgiving Message

Bob Sutton

It is Thanksgiving morning here in California and I was thinking of all the good things in my life I have to be thankful for, just as I know that so many of you are thinking today. 

Where is your mind?

Mind Hacks

My BBC Future column from a few days ago. The original is here. I’m donating the fee from this article to Wikipedia. Read the column and it should be obvious why. Perhaps you should too: We like to think our intelligence is self-made; it happens inside our heads, the product of our inner thoughts alone. But the rise of Google, Wikipedia and other online tools has made many people question the impact of these technologies on our brains.

‘Give 10? Every Day: An Inspiring Story of Giving Back

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: My colleague, John Weeks, is an expat nonprofit techie living and working in Cambodia. We first connected back in 2004 when I started my first blog on Cambodia and was covering the Cambodian Blogosphere for Global Voices.

Design to elucidate complexity: derivatives and the meta-economy

Ross Dawson

I just came across the excellent visual presentation at the bottom of this post by information designer Gong Szeto on Design as Derivative: Weapons of Mass Disruption. Source : Gong Szeto.

Anybody want to see a 2-minute video preview of my new book?

Dan Pink

BTW, if you pre-order the book ( Amazon , , IndieBound ), please hang on to your receipt. Next week, we’ll be announcing an awesome package of giveaways for folks who order before the December 31 publication date. Sales To Sell is Human

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Sex taboos: a brief and incomplete tour

Mind Hacks

Cultures around the world have restrictions or prohibitions on when sex is allowed which turn out to be quite amazing in their diversity.

The power of the unassuming web

Euen Semple

There is so much bluster and marketing push around the whole social thing. But it is just the web, the internet, gradually creeping into our lives and into our work lives. Modest aspirations, modest claims. That's the way to make social happen. Let it creep at its own pace. Be interested in its twists and turns. Let it find its level and pace - but don't force it. It's like water, stronger than rock. It takes time and it is similarly modest and unassuming


An open open mobile OS

David Weinberger

This isn’t news. I’m just slow. But in July, Mozilla announced it will launch its new mobile operating system in Brazil. The plan, apparently, is to focus first on emerging markets. The Mozilla mobile OS is going to be completely open , based on HTML 5. This means you won’t have to develop for a framework specific to a platform (iPhone or Android, e.g.). Because it’s Mozilla, it will be open open. Remember, Mozilla are the folks that bring us Firefox.).

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I’m Doing Giving Tuesday Not Black Friday: One Week To Go!

Beth Kanter

The Story of Stuff Project made this video to inspire more people to choose family over frenzy the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday. I’m spending the day with family in Atlantic City, NJ.

The relative consuming disease

Mind Hacks

The Global Mail has an amazing story about how the last treks to find cases of kuru – a cannabalism-related brain disease – have been completed.

When the BBC lost the plot

Euen Semple

Reading this section of Maureen Gaffney's excellent book Flourishing I was reminded of Jon Birt's leadership at the BBC and the moment when the organisation forgot this important point. To flourish, people need to make a connection between the practical things they are doing and some deeper value that motivates them. So too with organizations.

Read before you share - otherwise it's gossip

Martijn Linssen

The Marketoonist on Attila the Manager

Bob Sutton

I got a note from a manager about this cartoon and story at the Marketoonist, which is drawn and written by Tim Fishburne -- he talks about T he No A **e Rule and the problem of brillant jerks.

The road to ‘war on terror’ torture

Mind Hacks

An obscure paper called The Spokesman Review has an excellent article charting the role of psychologists in developing America’s ‘war on terror’ enhanced interrogation programme – widely condemned as torture.

On appealing year end appeals & being pitch-erific

Beth Kanter

I’ve got your content right here

Clark Quinn

I was engaging in a mobile strategy session with a small not-for-profit the other day, and naturally it became an overall technology strategy session, as you really can’t do mobile strategy without considering social media strategy, learning technology strategy, even enterprise technology strategy. Mobile is a platform for all of the above, and you.

An Evidence-Based Temper Tantrum Topples The Local A **e

Bob Sutton

About 15 years ago, UC Berkeley's Barry Staw. and I had a running conversation about the conditions under which. showing anger, even having a temper tantrum, is strategic versus. something that undermines a person's reputation and influence, and for. leaders, the performance of their teams and organizations.    In fact, Barry eventually collected some amazing in-the-locker room half-time.

Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Checks and balances is one of the most important principles for making decisions and getting things done in a highly complex organization. While we primarily associate checks and balances with the US system of government, I believe that it equally applies to any other complex organizational system.

Letter from the mental states of America

Mind Hacks

Alistair Cooke presented the longest running radio show in history. The BBC’s Letter from America was a weekly report , where Cooke reflected on life and news in the United States. It ran for just shy of 58 years.

Transparency isn’t a choice

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via social media during the past week. skap5 – “ Be afraid institutions, be very afraid. Self organized networks are getting better at the purposeful part.

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5+ garages to service your car? Sure

Martijn Linssen

[Image by Expressive ] After a very lively conversation with Holger Müller I decided on "posting it up" - Twitter is fine for conversations but sometimes the 140-char limit just doesn't cut it. We discussed Integration, within enterprises.

Is Open Access only for rich countries?

David Weinberger

From an email: …an online discussion on Open Access (OA) from the perspective of the developing world. Funded by DFID, through the Mobilising Knowledge for Development (MK4D) programme in the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University, and managed through the African Commons project in South Africa and the Centre for Internet and Society in India, the discussion will be hosted on UNESCO’s WSIS Open Access Community Forum.