Sat.Mar 17, 2012 - Fri.Mar 23, 2012

10 things to remember about social learning (and the use of social media for learning)

Jane Hart

Yesterday I listened into the #lscon Twitter stream for Learning Solutions conference in Orlando, Florida. There was some discussion about social learning, so I tweeted a few thoughts myself. I’ve been asked to repeat them in a blog post here, so here are some of my tweets plus a few more points.

Why Social Business Keeps Failing to Deliver

Luis Suarez

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[2b2k] 13 reasons why the Britannica failed on paper

David Weinberger

In the straight-up match between paper and Web, the Encyclopedia Britannica lost. This was as close to a sure thing as we get outside of the realm of macro physics and Meryl Streep movies. The EB couldn’t cover enough: 65,000 topics compared to the almost 4M in the English version of Wikipedia. Topics had to be consistently shrunk or discarded to make room for new information.

The PKM value-add

Harold Jarche

Tweet Cristina Milos recently tweeted that; “ Curating is different from aggregating information. That is why I am not a fan of Paperli or Scoopit.”

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A new framework for supporting learning and performance in the social workplace

Jane Hart

Here is an updated version (V3) of the WSD Framework with more charts and descriptions, and now available as a PDF to download under a Creative Commons Licence.

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6 Use Cases for Enterprise Micro-Blogging

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: As I’ve said before , micro-blogging inside an organization could be coined the ‘ liquid knowledge network ‘ There is so much to like about it.

Education as Platform: The MOOC Experience and what we can do to make it better

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Presented to EdgeX2012 , Delhi, India, March 12, 2012. My name is Stephen Downes, I'm from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. New Brunswick is a small province on the eastern side of Canada, near the Atlantic Ocean. The entire province has about 800,000 people in it. The city where I live has about 140,000 people in it. So my experience of the world is a bit different from yours.

5 things to tweet and 5 things NOT to tweet

Ross Dawson

Earlier this week I spoke at a financial advisor retreat in the stunning Margaret River region of Western Australia, a region of wide-open beauty that is the source of many extraordinary wines. I gave two keynotes at the event on subsequent days, on How to Lock-in Your Clients , and Success in a Connected World , which drew on my connected world visual framework. I will write more later on the quite specific topic of Success in a Connected World for Financial Advisors.

Productivity and Employment (and Technology): In the Jaws of the Snake

Andy McAfee

Smart guy Jared Bernstein came to MIT yesterday and gave a talk to the seminar Erik Brynjolfsson and I are organizing on how technology is affecting the economy.

Why Jeremy Lin will be fine

Doc Searls

The Knicks just beat the Pacers, 102 to 88, in Indiana. Jeremy Lin had 19 points, 7 rebound, 6 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. He only had two turnovers, which has been his one problem stat. But that problem will end, because Jeremy Lin is a learner. That’s the second reason why he won’t be relegated to the bench from when he came only six weeks ago. The first reason is that he’s clearly way better than the average NBA point guard, and better than many other starters.


VisiCalc: The first killer app’s unveiling

David Weinberger

VisiCalc was the first killer app. It became the reason people bought a personal computer. You can read a paper presented in 1979 by one of its creators, Bob Frankston, in which he explains what it does and why it’s better than learning BASIC.

Building an alliance

Harold Jarche

Tweet A study of international alliances found that two-thirds of the alliances between equally matched partners were successful but where there was a significant imbalance of power almost 60% of alliances failed.

Reading Metaphors and Individual Differences in the Brain

Eide Neurolearning

Researchers at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon found that reading and comprehending metaphors had very different patterns of brain activation depending on whether statements were provided in context.

3 tips for TED speakers (and other talkers)

Dan Pink

Okay, so yeah. TED is amazing. It’s a culture-shaping, era-defining, not entirely uncontroversial extravapalooza that has earned the mind share, eyeballs, and admiration of tens of millions of global citizens. I had a chance to do a TED Talk a few years ago.

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Local libraries are the 99%

David Weinberger

Yeah yeah, not everyone uses them. But they could. Libraries are a statement of a community’s commitment to the 99

Working on Internet Time

Harold Jarche

Tweet An artisan is a skilled manual worker in a particular craft, using specialized processes, tools and machinery. Artisans were the dominant producers of goods before the Industrial Revolution.

Hollow Visions, Bullshit, Lies and Leadership Vs. Management

Bob Sutton

Fast Company has been reprinting excerpts from the new chapter in the Good Boss, Bad Boss paperback.    The fifth  and current piece 'Why "Big Picture Only" Bosses Are The Worst' deals with a theme I have raised both here and at HBR before: My argument is that, although the distinction between "management" and  "leadership" is probably accurate, the implicit or explicit status differences attached to these terms are destructive. 

Buried words

Mind Hacks

I’ve just found a fantastic video that explains the speech-impairing disorder aphasia to children of all ages. Its called ‘The Treasure Hunt’ and was created by speech pathologist Shiree Heath and it went on to win first place in the Society for Neuroscience’s video competition.

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Work Live Integration – 23 and 1/2 Hours

Luis Suarez

Grappling with Knowledge

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week. Image: Mimi and Eunice. ValaAfshar – “ Stop chasing best practices, instead chase the best people.

Diego Rodriguez: This is What Leadership Should Look Like at IDEO

Bob Sutton

As long-time readers of this blog know, I am a big admirer (and long time friend) of Diego Rodriguez.    Diego is a partner at IDEO and runs the flagship Palo Alto office, and he writes the always provocative blog Metacool.      Diego's IDEO colleague, Tatyana Mamut , stopped by Stanford last week to serve as judge for the final project in our course on scaling-up excellence (they were wonderful, but that is another story). 

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What About the Future?

Jay Cross

Fixating on the short term is foolish in the long run. The future’s all we’ve got. Most CLOs I talk with are so busy taking care of today’s business that they spend little time preparing for the future. We all know in our hearts that fixating on the short term is foolish in the long run.

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Neurotoxic e-waste recycling

Mind Hacks

The Lancet has an extensive news piece on how the recycling of old electronics in developing countries may be a serious neurological risk owing to the high levels of neurotoxic chemicals in modern electronics.

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Thoughts on perpetual Beta

Harold Jarche

Tweet I’ve been putting together a series of thoughts on slides to share my perspectives on work and learning in the network era. I’ve called these presentations visual calling cards. The words on these slides come from the posts I’ve written here over several years.

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Social Media Explained With Donuts: From Geek.Com

Bob Sutton

It helped me!    I found it here.     Web/Tech


Thriving in the Net-Work Era

Jay Cross

Tomorrow I’m on a panel session on New Rules for the Enterprise 2020 at the Enterprise Learning! Summit in Alexandria, Virginia. I’m drawing a blank. 2020 is sooooo far away. Time for some quick-and-dirty research to get the brain in gear. I asked my Internet Time Alliance colleagues.

600 ways to say thank you

Dan Pink

Earlier this month, we hosted Harvey Mackay on Office Hours. Last week, I received a thank-you note that was memorable — and in its own Godinesque way, remarkable. You can read all five pages here , but the image below should give you the gist.


Sideways Leadership of Social Media

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: According to ComScore , we are spending more and more time glued to a screen reading and collaborating on the Internet.

Creativity: Another Reason that Having a Drink -- or Two -- at Work Isn't All Bad

Bob Sutton

Last April, I had fun writing a guest column for Cnn.Com arguing that having an occasional drink with your colleagues while you are at work isn't all bad: In addition to its objective physiological effects, anthropologists have long noted that its presence serves as a signal in many societies that a "time-out" has begun, that people are released, at least to a degree, from their usual responsibilities and roles.

To What End?

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo By PetroleumJelliffe. Note from Beth: I’m hosting a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who are attending the GeoFunders National Conference taking place this week in Seattle. The GEO community is united by a common drive to challenge the norm in pursuit of better results.

Hot Spots: Benchmarking Global City Competitiveness

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A new report, Hot Spots: Benchmarking global city competitiveness , was just released by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Hot Spots is the result of a comprehensive study that analyzed the competitiveness of 120 of the world’s major cities. The study evaluated their performance along eight distinct categories, from which it developed an overall Competitiveness Index for each city. The study was commissioned by Citigroup as part of its Citi for Cities initiative.

Friday Fun: Get Back to Work

Dan Pontefract

I’m amazed to see how far collaboration has come in the organization. It amazes me even more how much further it has to go. I recall a conversation I once had in a public gym which went something like this. Hey Dan, how is that ‘ collaboration’ thing going?”. Pretty well, I think.”.

Another Special Day

Luis Suarez

Happy Saint Patricks Day !!, for those folks who may be celebrating it anyway… Today surely is a special day for a whole bunch of people all over the world. Well, for me, too!

The Internet Gets Charitable

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Mburpee. Note from Beth: I hosted a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who attended the GeoFunders National Conference that took place last week in Seattle. The GEO community is united by a common drive to challenge the norm in pursuit of better results.