Sat.Jan 28, 2012 - Fri.Feb 03, 2012

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The evolution of design to amplify flow

John Hagel

If we want to understand the importance of flows in our world, the new book Design in Nature released this week by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane is a must-read. It will literally change how you view the world – everything from snowflakes to volcanos. As with most great books, this one is impossible to summarize in a brief blog, but I will try to offer enough of a glimpse to tease you into buying and reading the book. This book illustrates the power of living on the edge.

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Social Learning: what actually is it?

Jane Hart

Following my last post Social Learning: Are you starting from the right place , I was asked to explain what “social learning” actually is in an organizational context.

Do you want to live forever?

Ross Dawson

For any student of potential disruptive technological advances, life extension inevitably looms as one that could completely change the condition of humanity.

Everything You Need to Know About Social Business and Enterprise 2.0 in Three Short Reports

Andy McAfee

That headline is, of course, a pathetic lie. But the reports are still quite good. Throughout the second half of 2011, I worked with AIIM (the professional organization for information management and collaboration pros) on a task force to understand the state of Enterprise 2.0 / social business / call-it-what-you-will.

Community lessons

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some lessons I’ve learned about online learning communities that are developed in support of training and education: A loose-knit online learning community can scale to many participants and remain effective. Only a small percentage, ~ 10%, of members, will be active.

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Enabling Innovation – Book

Harold Jarche

Tweet I had the pleasure of writing an article for the book, Enabling Innovation: Innovative Capability – German and International Views as a follow-up to some work I did with the EU’s International Monitoring Organisation.

Komen Kan Kiss My Mammagram, PinActivism, and Newsjacking for a Cause

Beth Kanter

Source: via Beth on Pinterest. On Tuesday, the Susan G. Komen Foundation , a leading breast cancer charity, pulled hundreds of thousands of dollars in breast cancer screening funds from Planned Parenthood.

52% of Americans did mobile phone research while in stores over the holiday season

Ross Dawson

The cross-over between physical and online retail is not just for innovators and techies. It is the way people shop. In a 30 day period spanning Christmas, 52% of Americans who have mobile phones (and who cares about the rest?

Enterprise 2.0 Success: Alcatel-Lucent

Dion Hinchcliffe

The 80,000-worker telecommunications giant began adopting social media inside the organization as far back as 2008. But Alcatel isn’t stopping at basic social collaboration

Textbooks are dead. Or Should Be.


I know it’s a bold statement but just for a minute here, humor me and think about a world without physical textbooks, where teachers assign, distribute, receive assignments and grade on a tablet computer. Where students can receive and complete assignments, and follow their grades on their tablet. Learning on a tablet means no paper, no heavy backpacks, instantaneous feedback, financial savings and the ability for customization to each student.

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Just for the record.

Euen Semple

Banning social sites at work is for wimps - real managers have conversations with their time wasters about wasting time


The TED of all Learning Conferences #LWF12

Dan Pontefract

On the dates of 25 January through 26 January, 2012, I had the opportunity to participate for the first time in the Learning Without Frontiers “ Future of Learning Conference and Festival ” held at Olympia in London, England.

Realizing social business: Enterprise 2.0 success stories

Dion Hinchcliffe

Social business is proving to be a strategic win inside the enterprise firewall. Dion Hinchcliffe highlights some success stories from the trenches

What’s hip in learning in France

Jay Cross

Today I attended two learning events in Paris, in the morning the iLearning Forum hosted by Sally Ann Moore and this afternoon Expo-Langues , the conference where Peter Isackson and I will be speaking tomorrow morning.


Clark Quinn

As a followup to my last post , I was thinking how you would use the different modes of mobile (the Four C’s ): Content, Compute, Communicate, & Capture, to support the different layers of learning.

Social networked learning in complex information environments

George Siemens

In mid-January I spent a wonderful day at American University learning about (and presenting on) the changing educational landscape, technology, and the practices and activities of learners. The slides from my presentation are below: Social Networked Learning

The many and varied risk factors in Facebook’s IPO

Ross Dawson

My favorite part of reading S-1 IPO filings is always the risk factors. They are seemingly endless, as the company tries to cover its ass for all the things that might conceivably go wrong. But they are often very insightful in pointing to the real issues facing the company.

Why the Sharp Distinction Between "Individual" and "Group" Brainstorming is False in Real Teams

Bob Sutton

I wrote a post earlier in the week about how the claim in The New Yorker that brainstorming "doesn't work" is an oversimplification.    I gave various reasons:  Most of this research is done with novices rather than skilled brainstormers, only looks at one measure (quantity), and ignores how brainstorming is done and the impact it has in real organizations. 

Social business success: CEMEX

Dion Hinchcliffe

Can an entrenched and highly traditional business culture handle a rapid adoption of internal social media? CEMEX, a $13.5 billion building materials supplier, shows how it’s done

What Can Nonprofits Learn from Robin Good, the Best Content Curator on the Planet?

Beth Kanter

Content Curation for Nonprofits. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. Here are my slides and curated resources materials for a talk called “ What Can Nonprofits Learn from Robin Good, the Best Content Curator on the Planet?

The future of radio will be a personal mosaic of global and local audio

Ross Dawson

On Tuesday I was interviewed as part of a 30 minute panel discussion on ABC Queensland on the future of radio. The podcast of the program is here. It was a wide ranging discussion, and we covered a lot of territory. At the conclusion of the program, when we were each asked to give our vision for the future of radio, I described what I see radio becoming.

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Friday’s finds in February

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week. JaneBozarth – “Setting up only private internal social media platforms is like having phones that won’t call outside the building.”

Layers of learning

Clark Quinn

As I think about slow learning and Sage at the Side , I want to think about a continuum of tech-enablement. I want to include performance support, formal learning, and meta-learning. One way to think about it is layering on support across the learning event.

UX Intensive All New for 2012

Adaptive Path

UX Intensive, our popular, globe-trotting, four-day workshop series is all new this year! 

Designed as a skills builder for practitioners, UX Intensive delivers the best tools and learnings from our practice in a workshop setting.

Google + for Nonprofits: Invest Time or Not? Nonprofit Starter Steps

Beth Kanter

Alex Abelin: Google + for Nonprofits. View more presentations from Social Media for Nonprofits. Does Google + have the potential to be a valuable platform for nonprofits or is it just another shiny object to distract nonprofits? Should your nonprofit do more than simply set up a presence on Google + and not invest any more time? What is a productive way to experiment and learn to the answers to these questions without wasting time?

The headache (and opportunity) of managing your company’s online reputation

Ross Dawson

In a world of instantaneous information flows, managing company reputation is ever more fraught. An interesting article in Techworld titled How to manage your online reputation goes into the issue, describing how pharma firm GlaxoSmithKline had one of its trademarks hijacked by a dodgy company. The piece goes on: “Reputations are more visible – and more vulnerable – than ever before,” says futurist Ross Dawson, who cites reputation as one of the key themes for 2012.

Reviewing elearning examples

Clark Quinn

I recently wrote about elearning garbage , and in case I doubted my assessment, today’s task made my dilemma quite clear. I was asked to be one of the judges for an elearning contest. Seven courses were identified as ‘finalists’, and my task was the review each and assign points in several categories. Only one was worthy of release, and only one other even made a passing grade. This is a problem. Let me get the good news out of the way first.

An 8 Year-Old Does Social Learning

Dan Pontefract

For those that know me well, I’m a proud papa to three young goats aged 8, 6 and 4. My beloved is also in the education ranks (we met in Montreal through our B.Ed program at McGill University) so our goats have little choice in the matter of an all-education smorgasbord upbringing.

Passwords on gRSShopper

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Last night with all the indignation of the morally righteous someone wrote to me and demanded that I do exactly what they say or they would blog about how awful gRSShopper was to the world. Let me beat him to the punch: gRSShopper is awful. I have never denied it, or claimed anything else. In fact, the most recent version is a 0.3 pre-release release. His particular concern was that he had heard passwords were being stored as plain text.

[2b2k] Big data, big apps

David Weinberger

From Gigaom, five apps that could change Big Data

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MSF Lessons Learned

Harold Jarche

Tweet Medecins Sans Frontiers [MSF], or Doctors Without Borders, is marking its 40th anniversary with a collection of stories exposing what it’s like to confront those difficult decisions.

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Guest Post: Infusing “Social” into Social Justice Organizations

Beth Kanter

Infusing Social Into Social Justice Organizations – Guest Post by Daniel Jae-Won Lee, Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation. Time Magazine provocatively named “The Protester” as its 2011 “Person of the Year” for its riveting influence on last year’s social and political events.

ABC TV: Facebook’s IPO, Apple’s cash pile, and RIM’s woes

Ross Dawson

I was interviewed last night on ABC’s The Business in a broad-ranging discussion about Facebook’s IPO, Apple’s cash pile, and Research In Motion’s future. Click on the image to watch the interview on the ABC website.

On Humanising Titans Through Perseverance and Resilience

Luis Suarez