Sat.May 05, 2012 - Fri.May 11, 2012

Social Business – Where Bosses and Managers Become Servant Leaders

Luis Suarez

In the past we have talked a couple of times about the undeniable impact that social networking (for business) is having in traditional management and thought leadership by helping reshape and redefine some of their various long time existing conceptions.

Take us to The Rivers

Doc Searls

News rivers were a brilliant idea in the first place. Perhaps, now that at least one high-profile publisher has embraced them, the rest might follow. But first, some history, in the best chronological order I can muster —.

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Is it time for a C-level social media executive?

Dion Hinchcliffe

As social media becomes more strategic to the way organizations operate, does this mean it’s time to move the function to the C-suite? Does centralizing make sense, or should responsibility for it be spread across the business

Etiquette for sharing

Harold Jarche

Many people like to share things online. Twitter is full of links to other websites. For a long time you needed to use URL shorteners to ensure you stayed within Twitter’s 140 character limit. There are now many to choose from, including open source and full-service analytics.

How regularly are you “learning” in the workplace?

Jane Hart

Learning in the workplace is not just about taking courses or other training workshops to acquire new skills and knowledge, but is also about. keeping up to date with what is happening outside the organisation – in your industry or profession.

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Real Insights about Artificial Intelligence

Andy McAfee

Tsé Bit?a?í

Doc Searls

That’s the Navajo name for what everybody else calls Shiprock. It’s a rock spire that rises out of the desert southeast of Four Corners in the far northwestern corner of New Mexico. Elevation at the peak is 7,177 feet, with a prominence of 1,583 feet.

Enterprise 2.0 Success: News Corp

Dion Hinchcliffe

Even though the media industry is being profoundly impacted by the rise of new forms of digital and social media, that doesn’t mean they can’t use these technologies effectively. As we continue our series on large-scale social business success stories, we examine what News Corp. has accomplished with its internal social network, OurNews

Do you want fries with that?

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week. birgittaj – “ Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.

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Experts and Empowerment

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We all, as David Wiley writes , want to empower learners. While we read a great deal these days about education as job training and workforce readiness, what we really want to be able to do is to enable each person to make his or her way in the world, to pursue their own good in their own way. This, to me, involves reducing and eventually eliminating their need to depend on experts.

Can you launch a startup with just 100 bucks?

Dan Pink

Later this month, Facebook is planning a ninety billion dollar IPO. Let’s write out that number so we glimpse its enormity: $90,000,000,000. Chris Guilliebeau thinks Facebook is cool. But he urges the rest of us to concentrate on a smaller number: a hundred bucks.

As addictive as cupcakes

Mind Hacks

If I read the phrase “as addictive as cocaine” one more time I’m going to hit the bottle. Anything that is either overused, pleasurable or has become vaguely associated with the dopamine system is compared to cocaine.

The performance appraisal treadmill

Harold Jarche

In The Paradox of Performance Pay , Allan Hawke shows how it has clearly led to decreases in organizational performance.

The edX, Udacity and Coursera Showdown

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: The higher education online learning gloves are now officially off.

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8 crowd insights from 8 crowdsourcing workshops

Ross Dawson

[This post first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website ]. Over the last two weeks I have delivered 8 keynotes or workshops on crowdsourcing across Western Europe. Most of them have been highly interactive sessions, bringing out new ideas or highlighting common issues or concerns. Part of the intent has been to gather input from many participants on what to cover in. There is much to share.

A look inside digital humanity

Mind Hacks

BBC Radio 4 has just started an excellent series called The Digital Human that looks at how we use technology and how it affects our relationship to the social world. It’s written and presented by psychologist Aleks Krotoski and the first two episodes are already online.

The Web changes business

Harold Jarche

So you think the Web won’t change the business you’re in? Do you believe that education, training, and instructional design organizations will carry on with business-as-usual, as people keep paying for traditional courses ?

The edX, Udacity and Coursera Showdown

Dan Pontefract

The higher education online learning gloves are now officially off. Let’s first recap the dizzying pace of change, announcements and launches that have occurred since the Fall of 2011 between Udacity, Coursera, MITx and the latest free-learning darling, edX.

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Department of Corrections

Doc Searls

One nice thing about blogging is that you get to correct what you write. Tonight I put up a long post that I had second, third, fourth and fifth and additional thoughts about, and finally decided to kill. I do that a lot, actually. Just not usually with stuff I’ve already put up. But I did it this time. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have another go at the same subject. Meanwhile I’ll grab some much-needed sleep

Fast falls the even tide

Dave Snowden

When we put CalmAlpha together back in January I was somewhat shamed by Joseph Pelrine talking about his use of ABIDE, something that I developed as a pairing for ASHEN the best part of a decade ago, but then left it to go into decline. Others, Viv Read for example, argued that it should be brought back into the mainstream but it wasn't until a month or so that I started to realise why I was blocked on it, and how to use it. But I get ahead of myself, I should explain what.

The college in transition

Harold Jarche

I really enjoyed my visit to Algonquin College in Ottawa today. I met many motivated educational change agents who are looking at how they can improve their learning environment, with and without technology.

“FLOPS are not Intelligence” The Type Error of the Singularity

Andy McAfee

In my last post, which recapped a fascinating lunch I had with a bunch of economists and AI researchers at MIT, I wrote. Computers are getting bigger and faster, but not ‘smarter’ in any human sense of the word.

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Department of Corrections

Doc Searls

<pissed> After spending two years working on a book, trying to make as clear as possible something that is still new, has no precedent, and will change the world if it actually plays out — one might be forgiven for getting cranky when people who haven’t read the book say wrong things about it — or about what you’ve been doing and saying for the last twenty years or more. Or about a 300-word piece in a magazine. Such is the case for me right now. I’m in a cranky mood.

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Reserve your seat for my webinar with Jay Cross

Jane Hart

My next guest in my In conversation with … webinar series is Jay Cross. Here’s more information about the webinar and how you can reserve your seat as well as leave your own questions for Jay in advance of the webinar itself. Topic : Social Business takes Social Learning .

Awesome James Bridle

David Weinberger

I am the lucky fellow who got to have dinner with James Bridle last night. I am a big fan of his brilliance and humor. And of James himself, of course. I ran into him at the NEXT conference I was at in Berlin. His in fact was the only session I managed to get to. (My My schedule got very busy all of a sudden.) And his talk was, well, brilliant. And funny. Two points stick out in particular. First, he talked about “code/spaces,” a notion from a book by Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin.

Testing the foundations of teen tech panics

Mind Hacks

ABC Radio National’s technology and society programme Future Tense has a good discussion of how much evidence supports popular fears about young people and technology.

It’s Not Filter Failure, But Thought For Food

Luis Suarez

Ever since Clay Shirky first used the quote “ It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure ” at the Web 2.0

Reflections on My Fifty Year Involvement with Computers

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On May 5, I had the honor of giving the commencement address at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. Dean David Hall gave me very good advice on what makes for a good commencement speech: make it personal, tell us about yourself including your background, and keep it short. He also suggested that I share with the new graduates any key lessons I have learned during my long career. .

[everythingismisc] Scaling Japan

David Weinberger

MetaFilter popped up a three-year-old post from Derek Sivers about how streeet addresses work in Japan. The system does a background-foreground duck-rabbit Gestalt flip on Western addressing schemes. I’d already heard about it — book-larnin’ because I’ve never been to Japan — but the post got me thinking about how things scale up. What we would identify by street address, the Japanese identify by house number within a block name.

Sex survey a let down in bed

Mind Hacks

A ‘saucy sex survey’ has been doing the rounds in the media that claims to be one of the largest studies on the sex lives of UK citizens. Unfortunately, it seems to be a bit of a let down in bed.

Paperless Field Guide

Euen Semple

Paperless Field Guide was my first experience of reading an interactive book created with iBook Author and what a great experience it was.

Signposts for the Week Ending May 11

Adaptive Path

The UK has come up with design principles for their government services. Progress is afoot. DIY kits to build web-connected things. Neato: responsive wireframes. A tool to pump out models digitally. Information is food. Welcome to the era of design. Fun cross-platform interaction, the concept. And the real deal. Can continuous improvement be hazardous to your organization's health? Cue sad trombone. A sad lesson in collaborative innovation.

ABIDE - overview of process

Dave Snowden

Picking up on yesterdays post on ABIDE. As I suspected forcing myself to teach the idea produced some innovation and resolution of problems. Thinking back nearly everything original I have developed (including the various Cynefin representations) have been achieved on my feet in front of an audience. Some people are visual thinkers, some written, I think I reflect the oral tradition I come from, the interaction with an audience opens up new channels of thinking.

How the British missed a trip

Mind Hacks

The first ever medical report on the effects of magic mushrooms is featured in an article in Current Biology. The excerpt is from a 1799 report entitled ‘On A Poisonous Species of Agaric’ from an issue of The London Medical and Physical Journal.