Sat.Feb 25, 2012 - Fri.Mar 02, 2012

Edging toward the fully licensed world

Doc Searls

I own a lot of books and music CDs — enough to fill many shelves. Here’s just one: They are relatively uncomplicated possessions. There are no limits (other than mine) on who can read my books, or what else I can do with them, shy of abusing fairly obvious copyright laws.

A Data Scientist You’ve Never Heard of Is Now the Master of Your Domain

Andy McAfee

You’d imagine that Allstate is pretty good by now at predicting which kinds of cars are most likely to get into accidents, wouldn’t you? After all, this is kind of what they do for a living, and they’ve got over 80 years of experience doing it.

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Social Networking and Going Back to Basics

Luis Suarez

Apple blocking books that link to Amazon

David Weinberger

Seth Godin reports that the Apple store is refusing to carry his new book: I just found out that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) is rejecting my new manifesto Stop Stealing Dreams and won’t carry it in their store because inside the manifesto are links to buy the books I mention in the bibliography.

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Is management on the table?

Harold Jarche

Tweet As you soon as you try to address a problem, it gets more complicated, because that’s what conventional management does; I wrote last week in Managing collaboration , and Paul Chepolis commented: I couldn’t agree more.

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What a MOOC Does - #Change11

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Clark Quinn is asking where the further developments in MOOCs will come from, suggesting "he courses really require effective self-learners", and I see today that Tony Bates continues this line of questioning: To what extent do MOOCs really change the nature of the game, and to what extent are they more an extension and development of what has gone before – and hence should aim to incorporate previous best practices? Or will that destroy them?

New ideas: Building the organizations of tomorrow

Ross Dawson

I recently spoke at an event organised by Building the Organisation of Tomorrow , a group created by alumni of University of Technology Sydney’s Master of Business in IT Management program. The format was very stimulating, with three 15 minute presentations, each followed by 15 minutes Q&A and then a ‘disruptive event’, including some awesome satirical musical performances and a planted heckler in the audience. Below are notes from the three speakers.

Workforce Development Services: A new framework of training and learning support

Jane Hart

In my last blog post, From Social Learning to Workforce Collaboration , I talked about how I have been helping organisations support workforce collaboration.

[2b2k] Mr. Bezos’ Neighborhood

David Weinberger

Valids Krebs put together a map of the “people who bought this also bought that” neighborhood at Amazon for Too Big to Know: Click to enlarge. It’s interesting to me to see the direct links to works on the same topic (e.g.,

Knowledge, Learning and Community

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Contribution to #Change11 online course , February 27. The intent of these short contributions to the #Change11 course is to allow guest speakers to summarize their sum contribution to the field of online learning and new educational technology. Though I have recently become better known because of my contributions to connectivism and to the concept of the massive open online course, these are reflective of a wider philosophy that has characterized my work as a whole much more generally.

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Working Smarter in Social Business

Jay Cross

If you’re not plugged in and running fast at work, you’re falling behind. Continuous improvement. Business people face more and more novel situations every day. You have to be learning continuously to deal with the onslaught of unfamiliar, complex problems.

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My top 10 favourite resources from February

Jane Hart

In February I added links to over 100 resources in my 2012 Reading List , but these are my 10 favourite. I have listed them in chronological order of their publication – together with a quote from each, which will give you an indication of why I found it of interest.

Scientific management yields Scientific schooling

Harold Jarche

Tweet Work is learning, and learning is the work – that’s what’s currently on this site’s masthead.

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A vision writ large: The future, personality, and hubris

Ross Dawson

I have just seen the video of Peter Weyland’s speech at TED 2023, shown below. It is a superb piece, bringing together ideas, performance, and production to create a powerful impression in a few minutes. I had to do some research to find what the speech is actually promoting.

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Facebook Brand Pages: How To Be Ready

Beth Kanter

Source: Mari Smith.

The best learning of my life

George Siemens

I’m currently involved in three open online courses: Change , CCK12 , and LAK12. Altogether, I’ve facilitated about a dozen of these courses, with about 15,000 participants being involved in various ways. Some participants, such as in the current CCK12 iteration, take the courses for credit. The vast majority do so for other reasons (and I’m not sure what those are – personal interest? desire to connect with others? general curiosity?). Participation varies significantly.

Online community ethics

Harold Jarche

Tweet Are you on Facebook? Who isn’t these days? Here’s a question about using Facebook as an extension of work or classroom learning.

and for the morons

Dave Snowden

A timely warning from Dilbert today, which should serve as a warning to us all. Like all good cartoons it is a little extreme but it makes the point. There are good and bad aspects to the growth of narrative and one of the bad aspects is the continual attack by some of its practitioners on analytic thinking.

How A Small Nonprofit Effectively Used Facebook Ads

Beth Kanter

Will technology harm or help young people’s brains? A highly nuanced debate

Ross Dawson

Pew Internet & American Life Project’s latest study on the future of the internet examines how young people will be affected by technology. The study selected 1,021 “experts” and asked them to choose between one of the following statements, with no other choices, with these results: Some 55% agreed with the statement: In 2020 the brains of multitasking teens and young adults are “wired” differently from those over age 35 and overall it yields helpful results.

Organizations Don’t Tweet – Review

Harold Jarche

Tweet Managers’ authority is being replaced by the need to influence, so how will they manage in the future? How do you manage online environments and encourage them to be a productive use of people’s time?

If You Have Never Failed …

Luis Suarez

Now that I am back to my regular blogging schedule, I guess we wouldn’t have it complete without sharing across a relatively short blog entry with an Inspiring Video Clip of the Week , don’t you think?

Tips and Cheat Sheets To Help Your Nonprofit Plan and Implement FB Brand Page Changes

Beth Kanter

Facebook made it official today on the Today Show no less. The long anticipated changes to Facebook brand pages – switching to the timeline format – is now available to all brand pages.

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Politics, Women and the Talmud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of months a story out of Israel caught my attention. It concerned an incident that, while extreme, illustrates the tensions between groups with very strong religious beliefs and the larger, much less religious society that does not embrace these views. As we know, such discussions are now taking place in the US as part of the 2012 Presidential Campaign. But I prefer to comment on the situation in Israel because it concerns my own religion, - Judaism.

“Problems tend to be interdisciplinary”

Harold Jarche

Tweet “If problems are one focal point for collaboration, tools can be another. An example: systems needed to deal with the gigantic data sets generated in finance, astronomy and oceanography.

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Crowdsourcing infographic: Choosing between fixed fees and hourly rates

Ross Dawson

[This post first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website]. One of the most important issues in using service marketplaces is choosing between fixed fees and hourly rates. Click on the image for full-size pdf. Originally all the service marketplaces used fixed fees.

Why Do We Keep Insisting On Killing Productivity?

Luis Suarez

As you may have noticed already, the last post that I put together over here in this blog was a bit over three weeks ago, so, once again, it looks like that quiet period is now over and it’s a good time again to resume my regular blogging activities.

The OEO Logo and CC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

UNESCO recently launched a new OER logo. On 25/02/2012 9:19 PM, Cable Green wrote: UNESCO – please change the license from CC BY ND… to either CC BY … or CC BY SA… so we can all use it. I really wonder whether this narrow interpretation is accurate and in the best interests of CC licensing generally.

A job is not the same as meaningful work

Harold Jarche

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How To Put Social Fundraising On Steroids: Community Giving Days

Beth Kanter

How To Marry Social Media with Fundraising. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. Social fundraising is when your nonprofit integrates tried and true fundraising techniques with social media to inspire your supporters to raise money from their networks on your behalf.

Would getting rid of cash make our lives easier and better?

Dan Pink

On Sunday night I did something that, when you stop and think about it for a moment, was weird. Accompanied by SaulonSports , I drove to Ray’s Hell Burger to pick up dinner for ourselves and our fellow Pinks. We asked for five burgers.

Did drug money keep the banks high and dry?

Mind Hacks

A little known but striking comment from the then executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on how illegal drug money was the only thing that kept the banks afloat during the 2008 crash. Vienna-based UNODC [United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime] Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said in an interview released by Austrian weekly Profil that drug money often became the only available capital when the crisis spiralled out of control last year.

An innovative workshop on radical management

Steve Denning

In these three days ( March 19-21 in Washington DC ), you will discover how to use radical management to thrive in the 21 st Century creative economy and the world of continuous innovation. Have you ever wondered…. If you’re a business leader …. have you ever wondered how your firm could not get beyond merely satisfy ing your customers and clients, but delight them? And not just once or twice, but consistently day after day, year after year?

Enterprise 2.0 success: Yum! Brands

Dion Hinchcliffe

Overcome the organizational challenges to geographic distribution is one of the primary use cases for enterprise social software. Part 5 in our ten part series on Enterprise 2.0 success stories explores how global fast food leader Yum! brands rolled out social networking to virtually all of their corporate back office workers