Sat.Feb 11, 2012 - Fri.Feb 17, 2012

Collaboration and community skills are the new workplace skills

Jane Hart

OK, these skills are not actually “new” – they’ve always been present – but perhaps they have not always been as visible as they should have been, as Oscar Berg explains in The collaboration pyramid (or iceberg).

“you simply can’t train people to be social!”

Harold Jarche

Tweet Over the past year I have been working on change initiatives to improve collaboration and knowledge-sharing with two large companies, one of them a multinational. In each case, implementation has boiled down to two components: individual skills & organizational support.

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E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

( version française ) In recent years I have been working on two major concepts:first, the connectivist theory of online learning, which views learning as anetwork process; and second, the massive open online course, or MOOC, which isan instantiation of that process. These, however, represent only the mostrecent of what can be seen as a series of 'generations' of e-learning.

I Unfriended You On Facebook. Are We Still Friends?

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Facebook. Love it, loathe it, like it, lambaste it … whatever your fancy, almost one billion of us are attached to it one way or another.

For personal data, use value beats sale value

Doc Searls

Should you manage your personal data just so you can sell it to marketers? And just because somebody’s already buying it anyway, why not?) Those are the barely-challenged assumptions in Start-Ups Seek to Help Users Put a Price on Their Personal Data , by Joshua Brustein in The New York Times. He writes, People have been willing to give away their data while the companies make money.

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The Jeremy Lin story

Doc Searls

Last night I listened to sports radio from ESPN, WFAN in New York, KNBR in San Francisco, and WEEI in Boston, as well as to KOVO here in Provo, Utah (where I’m hanging this week). One of the talkers put it best, saying something like this: “Let’s face it. There is no other story right now. Jeremy Lin is all we can talk about, because he’s too damned interesting.” ” Tonight the saga continued.

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Understanding what you do

Harold Jarche

Tweet I came across this most thought-proving post by Seb Paquet on Google Plus , that looks at how new ideas and especially new business models can be understood.

7 compelling reasons to become self-employed

Ross Dawson

I recently noticed that a blog post I did back in 2008 on the joys of self-employment has been getting some solid traffic lately. In the post I ran through the history of how I came to work for myself, and gave 7 reasons that matter to me for why I infinitely prefer to work for myself rather than someone else. Part of working for myself is building companies that go far beyond me, but the motivations of doing MY thing rather than being employed by someone else are the same.

Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta

George Siemens

I’ve never really actively “looked for work” In my late teens, my brother and I started a series of restaurants (we owned and operated seven in total). The hospitality field is very hard, however, on families and relationships as it consumes an enormous amount of time. Eventually, for a variety of reasons, I left the industry and started working in training and development and returned to University of Manitoba as a student.

Information is the opposite of information

David Weinberger

The ordinary language use of “information” in some ways is the opposite of the technical sense given the term by Claude Shannon — the sense that kicked off the Information Age. Shannon’s information is a measure of surprise: the more unexpected is the next letter a user lays down in Scrabble, the more information it conveys.

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A mans errors are the portals of discovery

Dave Snowden

As part of the preparation for CalmAlpha this week I've been reviewing some of the general principles of complexity in human systems. I few days ago I expressed some concerns about adoption of language without really thinking about the implications, and picked up one "ouch" today as a result.

How To Use Facebook Metrics To Give Your Audience the Content They Want Most

Beth Kanter

Source: Uploaded by user via Beth on Pinterest. This post covers some simple techniques to give your fans the content they want most and inspire more engagement. Many times we’re on the hunt for the tips of what to do and when we find them, we just implement them.

Enterprise 2.0 success: BASF

Dion Hinchcliffe

Industrial giant BASF wanted to bring its employees together and drive better business performance, but needed to ensure it was heading in the right direction and that uptake would ultimately succeed. Here’s the story of how they achieved rapid viral growth of their Enterprise 2.0 platform last year

[2b2k] BibSoup is in beta

David Weinberger

Congratulations to the Open Knowledge Foundation on the launch of BibSoup , a site where anyone can upload and share a bibliography. It’s a great idea, and an awesome addition to the developing knowledge ecosystem


Social media in 1940

Harold Jarche

Tweet. Image via US Library of Congress. SocialLearning Technology

Eight brief points about “merit pay” for teachers

Dan Pink

In today’s Washington Post is another story about “merit pay” for teachers. But this one, by national education correspondent Lyndsey Layton , spends some space on my own thoughts on the topic. For those new to the issue, or coming to the Pink Blog from Tweets about the article, let me summarize my views as succinctly as I can: 1. Some rewards backfire.

Case study: Using project management for effective crowdsourcing

Ross Dawson

[This post first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website]. One of the most important implications of organizations shifting to crowdsourcing and crowd work is the need for effective project management structures. We cover Project Management in Chapter 14 of Getting Results From Crowds. The chapter opens with an excellent case study of how Nick McMenemy uses crowd platforms to drive his startup Virdium.

It was NOPA to SOPA, but now stop ACTA from becoming a FACTA

David Weinberger

To quote Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing: “Stop ACTA & TPP: Tell your country’s officials: NEVER use secretive trade agreements to meddle with the Internet. Our freedoms depend on it!” ” ACTA (Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is a global trade agreement that’s like SOPA except that it’s secret and does not require legislative approval.

Global Mobile Awards

Nancy White

In less than two weeks, mobile leaders worldwide will be gathering in Barcelona for the GSMA Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile exhibition. An important part of this conference is the 17th annual Global Mobile Awards.

Social media budget line item?

Clark Quinn

Where does social media fit in the organization? In talking with a social media entrepreneur over beers the other day, he mentioned that one of his barriers in dealing with organizations was that they didn’t have a budget line for social media software. That may sound trivial, but it’s actually a real issue in terms of freeing up the organization. In one instance, it had been the R&D organization that undertook the cost.

Relevance Trumps ROI

Jay Cross

Excerpts from an article by CLO’s Deanna Hartley : Determining Relevance: Tangible vs. Intangible .

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Jurassic Parked

David Weinberger

Here’s John Williams’ theme from Jurassic Park slowed down a thousand percent, but kept at the same pitch. It’s really sort of awesome: Jurassic Park Theme (1000% Slower) by birdfeeder. I found this at , who found it at Gawker , who found it at Reddit. So, it may not be breaking news, but it’s still pretty damn awesome

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Breaking Down Love’s Checklist

Martijn Linssen

I was confronted today by a checklist posted by a friend – 10 questions that “should be asked before your wedding day.”

Social Media Measurement and Learning Analytics: How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways

Beth Kanter

I Love Social Media Measurement. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.

Singularity University

Jay Cross

Salim Ismael, founding executive director of Singularity University , joined a few dozen of us for lunch in Berkeley yesterday to discuss “Seeing the Next Disruptive Technology.”. Singularity University is neither a university nor about singularity.

The Recalibration of Play

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Am I worried about the proliferation of digital devices in our homes and schools? Not really.

Web fame

David Weinberger is running a post of mine on fame on the Web


Larry Page, My Wife's Lament, and Reading on Books vs. Screens

Bob Sutton

A couple weeks back, my wife Marina and I were talking about the Kindle we share. She made an interesting observation: Although she loves the convenience of the thing and enjoys reading books on it, she doesn't remember what she reads on it nearly as well as a regular book.    I thought that was pretty insightful -- it rang true to me.  

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“Wasting Time”

Jay Cross

DeskTime, a firm that automates time sheets, posted an absurd infographic yesterday. This snip made me chuckle: Most people I know think using the net makes them more productive. “Socializing with co-workers” is the primary way they learn things.

Should you drink bottled water? (And other questions for Charles Fishman)

Dan Pink

Last year, my pal Charles Fishman wrote a really smart book about a really big subject: Water. To research his topic , which is both monumental and barely noticed, he journeyed from Las Vegas to New Delhi to Burlington, Vermont, to rural Australia to report on the state of H2O.

Group sync

Mind Hacks

The New Yorker has a fantastic article on how creativity and innovation spring from group structure and social interaction. The piece is framed as tackling the ‘brainstorming myth’ – as the well-known idea generation method has been comprehensively but unknowingly debunked many times – but the article is really much wider and explores what sort of social interactions lead to creativity and progress.

E-Learning: Générations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

( English version ) Ces dernières années, j'ai travaillé sur deux grandsconcepts: d'abord, la théorie de l'apprentissage en ligne connectivist, quiconsidère l'apprentissage comme un processus de réseau et, deuxièmement, lemassif cours ouverts en ligne, ou MOOC, qui est une instanciation de ceprocessus. Ceux-ci, cependant, ne représentent que la plus récente de ce quipeut être vu comme une série de «générations» de e-learning.

Hacked: A Descent into the Malware Inferno

Jay Cross

Summary: I was hacked last Saturday night. My nine sites went down. Three days later, everything’s back in order but it was no fun. I hope it never happens to you, but just in case, I’ll document the blow-by-blow below. In the end, an online service called Sucuri put things back in order.

Designing Civic Engagement for the 21st Century

Adaptive Path

There have been some exciting conversations in the past six months around how people engage civically. With the rise and uncertain outcomes of Occupy Wall Street, people are questioning the effectiveness of the traditional means of expressing political voice and instigating change. This notion got my colleague PJ Onori and I thinking about what civic participation and expression could look like as the 21st century progresses. Our conclusion: take it digital, naturally.