Sat.Dec 08, 2012 - Fri.Dec 14, 2012

The Great Decoupling of the US Economy

Andy McAfee

If you were in charge of the economy, you’d probably care that it could produce a lot, that it had high productivity, that it provided lots of jobs, and that these jobs offered decent pay on average.

cooperative competencies

Harold Jarche

Last month I wrote a post that included a presentation on enterprise social dimensions. It was based on three different perspectives I had come across.

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Part 3 of 3: Personalized Learning


This is the 3rd in a series of 3 pertaining to how personalized learning can be applied to education and training. In the first I explored the application of personalization in K12, and in the second how personalization can be applied to high-skill knowledge workers. In this post, I explore how personalization is already enabling service workers in the retail industry learn job skills at a fraction of the cost of traditionally-developed training.

Why microblogging has moved to the heart of enterprise social initiatives

Ross Dawson

I recently wrote Why conversational skills are needed to create a high-performance, engaged, networked organization , reflecting on an executive roundtable discussion I lead as part of the 21st anniversary celebrations of the Graduate School of Business of the University of New England.

A rant about IT and losing our grip on reality.

Euen Semple

<rant> Foursquare just gave me extra points for having checked in at airports continuously for the last eleven weeks. This is a dubious distinction. In that time I have been to Riga, Amsterdam, most major cities in Australia, Hong Kong, Washington and Dubai. As a result I have gradually lost my grip of reality. My circadian rhythms are no longer disrupted by jet lag as they have no idea any more what they are meant to be.

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“is dead” isn’t dead, but needs to die

Doc Searls

All these living things have been declared dead… Anonymous travel. Apple (in 2005). Blogging (by Francine Hardaway herself , no less). Common courtesy. Driving. Google (in 2006). Google+. Internal medicine. Journalism (in BuzzFeed, next to “The 30 Most Important Cats of 2012″). Marketing. Microsoft ( Paul Graham , in 2007). Search. Social Networking. Social media. Starbucks (in 2008). Thinking (with various adjectives, especially “design…”).

Join our Learning Hangout Tuesday at 1:30 pm Pacific/4:30 Eastern/9:30 Greenwich

Jay Cross

Tuesday, December 18. 1:30 Pacific. Google Un-Hangout. . Please join our conversation about anything related to learning in organizations. If you’re new to Hangouts: Join Google+. (If If this is your first time, allow 15 minutes to get set up.). Join our Learning Community.

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The inside is the outside: The Möbius strip and Klein bottle as metaphors for the future of organizations

Ross Dawson

In a number of my recent keynotes, including at Connected Enterprise and the CIO Summit , I have discussed the blurring of the inside and outside as a critical facet of the future of organizations. The Möbius strip is a simple strip of paper folded once and pasted so that it has only one side.

organizational relevance

Harold Jarche

Peter Evans-Greenwood has had some good articles lately. This is from his latest, is your organisation irrelevant?

Interlocutors of 2012 (the goats are better for it)

Dan Pontefract

Do you recall what an interlocutor is? I wrote about it at the beginning of 2012 and here we are, the last post of mine for the year, and I’m back yapping about it again. Were you an interlocutor in 2012?

8 Books for Nonprofits To Read and Book Giveaway

Beth Kanter

Every year around this time, I write a post about some books that should be valuable to those who work in the nonprofit and social good sector.

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Join our Learning Hangout Tuesday at 1:30 pm Pacific/4:30 Eastern/9:30 Greenwich

Jay Cross

Join Google+. (If If this is your first time, allow 15 minutes to get set up.). Join our Learning Community. At the appointed hour, I’ll open the Hangout. A Hangout accommodates ten people in a video conference. First come, first served. Have your video cam and audio ready to go.

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The Science of Information-based Predictions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For months, just like a good portion of the country, I followed closely our 2012 presidential campaign. Up to the very end, many pollsters and political pundits were saying that the election was too close to call.

Remembering Peter Sklar, placeblogging pioneer

Doc Searls

This is a hard one to write. Peter Sklar, the founder, editor and chief-everything of Edhat, has died. Peter was the Steve Jobs of place-blogging. Like Steve, he was an original genius and nobody’s fool. He could be prickly and sarcastic, and he did things his way. He also had a vision of local journalism that was equally serious and felicitous. What made Edhat so wonderful, from the start, was his light touch.

Why Building Resilient Networks Matter

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: I’ve wrote about the importance of building resilience in networks given the complex and connected environment we live in today. So, when Pat Brandes from the Barr Foundation sent me this thought piece on building resilience of networks, it resonated on many different levels.

hyper-connected pattern seeking

Harold Jarche

Here is more confirmation that work is learning, and learning is the work. From a recent post by the BBC : Crucial in surviving all of these unpredictable variables is the use of network design tools – software suites that can simulate what happens at the point of disaster.

Finally, alternatives to prominent MOOCs

George Siemens

Tony Hirst shared a new initiative via OU UK: UK universities embrace the free, open, online future of higher education powered by The Open University. From a Times HE release : Futurelearn will carry courses from 12 UK institutions (see list), which will be available to students across the world free of charge.

The 24 rule for new ideas

Dan Pink

In his recent New York Times interview with Adam Bryant , venture capitalist Tony Tjan , CEO of CueBall , offers an amazingly simple and sensible approach for responding to new ideas. As he puts it: “When someone gives you an idea, try to wait just 24 seconds before criticizing it.


Giving my computers a break

Jay Cross

Ten years ago next month, Clifford Nass and Byron Reeves published The Media Equation : How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places.

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Compounding Intelligence

Clark Quinn

It is increasingly evident that as we unpack how we get the best results from thinking, we don’t do it alone. Moreover, the elements that contribute emphasize diversity. Two synergistic events highlight this. First, my colleague Harold Jarche has an interesting post riffing off of Stephen Johnson’s new book, Future Perfect. In looking at patterns that promote more effective decision making, an experiment is cited.

[eim][2b2k] The DSM — never entirely correct

David Weinberger

The American Psychiatric Association has approved its new manual of diagnoses — Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — after five years of controversy [ nytimes ]. For example, it has removed Aspberger’s as a diagnosis, lumping it in with autism, but it has split out hoarding from the more general category of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Lumping and splitting are the two most basic activities of cataloguers and indexers.

A Fundraising Cliff? What does the data say?

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Su Lin. Note from Beth: Here’s a guest post from my colleague Steve MacLaughlin that is a great example of “ data informed fundraising.” ” A Fundraising Cliff? What does the data say? A Guest Post by Steve MacLaughlin.

BBC Column: political genes

Mind Hacks

Here’s my BBC Future column from last week. The original is here. The story here isn’t just about politics, although that’s an important example of capture by genetic reductionists. The real moral is about how the things that we measure are built into our brains by evolution: usually they aren’t written in directly, but as emergent outcomes. There’s growing evidence to suggest that our political views can be inherited.

Emotionally intelligent bubble wrap

Dan Pink

From NPR’s Robert Krulwich comes the tale of how a bus stop in Milan is making the wait for public transportation more bearable. The answer: Bubble wrap — cut into different sized sheets based on how long you expect to wait.


Senator Colbert? Meet Beppe Grillo

David Weinberger

Those of us who are not-so-secretly hoping that Stephen Colbert might actually run for Senate should take a look at Beppe Grillo ‘s career in Italy.

VolunteerMatch: How Real-Time Data Visualization and Learning Improves Impact

Beth Kanter

Last week, I had the pleasure of doing a Brown Bag Lunch Book Talk for Measuring the Networked Nonprofit hosted by VolunteerMatch at their offices.

A smoother flow

Mind Hacks

BBC Radio 1Xtra has just broadcast a fantastic programme about the rapper Scorzayzee who disappeared from the UK scene after, as it turned out, experiencing psychosis and being diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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Supporting EdTech Journalists

George Siemens

There are many active contributors to conversations about educational technology, elearning, online learning, whatever learning. Some folks do it while gainfully employed ( Stephen Downes , Alec Couros ), others have made it part of their consultancy work ( Jay Cross , Harold Jarche ), and some ( edsurge ) who are VC funded.

Friday’s Finds 183

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via social media during the past week. Leadership: To survive a shock to the system, become an unplanned organization - by @rbgayle. We see this again and again throughout history, as well as in our most entrepreneurial companies: the person who is best suited for dealing with one sort of shock (war, raising capital) is seldom the best for dealing with another shock (peace, shareholders, etc.)

Wisdom About Networks From Encore Network

Beth Kanter

Part 3 of 3: Personalization for Service Sector Learning


Post Type: Blog post. This is the 3rd in a series of 3 pertaining to how personalized learning can be applied to education and training. In the first I explored the application of personalization in K12, and in the second how personalization can be applied to high-skill knowledge workers.

#6 Students Put Demands on Higher Education

Nine Shift

This year we saw students put more demands on higher education, furthering the obvious: that the higher education system is broke. For the first time, online instructors reported students wanting more and more multimedia in online courses.

Twelve more shopping days until Christmas

Jay Cross

There’s still time to buy a copy of Informal Learning before Christmas. I know, I know. My wife and I still chuckle over a Christmas episode of the Bob Newhart show where Bob gives Emily a thoroughly utilitarian gift, a blenderizer.

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[2b2k] Echo chamber examples wanted

David Weinberger

What do you think are the best examples of Web-based echo chambers? These are the examples you’d point to if you wanted someone to see what an echo chamber is. By “echo chamber” I mean a Web site where people with the same beliefs and values hang out, egg each other on, and do not for a moment seriously consider other points of view. If they link to other points of view, it’s to make fun of them.