Sat.Apr 07, 2012 - Fri.Apr 13, 2012

Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

An IBM Global CEO Study conducted in 2010 concluded that complexity was the primary challenge emerging out of its conversations with 1,500 CEOs and senior government officials. CEOs told us they operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. Many shared the view that incremental changes are no longer sufficient in a world that is operating in fundamentally different ways.” .

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When the Learner is the Teacher, Do We Need Instructional Designers?


It’s a new world out there for the Instructional Designer. It’s an entirely different canvas, with new colors on the pallet. It’s no longer about producing 3-ring binders, or monolithic eLearning. It’s about harnessing the new ways of learning that are enabled by a new breed of technology, and a cultural shifts in how we use it. When designing for mLearning, we need to put ourselves in the shoes of the user who is walking around with a very powerful tablet and/or smart phone.

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Loose Hierarchies, Strong Networks

Harold Jarche

When I wrote that the only knowledge that can be managed is our own , I wanted to highlight that command & control methods do not work well in this network era that is replacing the industrial/information era.

Entrepreneurship becomes global: the top 25 startups hubs in the world

Ross Dawson

The Startup Genome project setup a year ago to gather comparative data on startups around the world. Its Startup Compass allows entrepreneurs to compare statistics on their companies with others in their locality and around the world. A post on Techcrunch provides a great summary of some of the data gathered in the almost 12 months since the launch of the project. I was particularly interested in the rankings of startup cities around the world, reproduced below.

Engineering Life Work Integration

Luis Suarez

I am sure that this may have just happened to everyone out there and on a rather regular basis, too! Specially, if you are a blogger!

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How to move people with two irrational questions

Dan Pink

Unless you’re a hermit in a cave somewhere (and if so, how are you reading this blog?), you’re probably in a position to influence someone in your circle – children, a significant other, your co-workers, your boss – several times a day. Lately I’ve been digging into this broad question of how of we move people and I consulted a fascinating book I’d read several months ago titled Instant Influence: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything – Fast! Buy it at Amazon , , or IndieBound ).

City flow

Mind Hacks

Slate has a wonderful article on the science of city walking that examines how pedestrians behave when moving through the city and how our behaviour is being captured to model the flow of people through the urban landscape.

The Mysterium Tremendum Leader

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: They are the weak, the bullies, the ruthless. They become and personify the finger that points at a scapegoat, gleefully abdicating any responsibility for erroneous outcomes or missed targets.

Le Crowdsourcing en France: une opportunité de créer le futur

Ross Dawson

Je suis enchanté de faire une présentation à Paris 3 mai avec Boostzone Institute. Dominique Turcq de l’institut et moi avons discuté depuis longtemps de notre intérêt commun qui est le futur du travail et des organisations. Je vais parler du “Crowdsourcing”. Mon nouveau livre Getting Results From Crowds vient de paraître, et en mai-juin je fais des keynote et des ateliers sur le sujet à Sydney, Amsterdam, Cologne, Londres, Bruxelles, New York et San Francisco , entre autres.

Data Nerd Alert: Social Networking Benchmark Report 2012

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: This is a banner week for data nerds! Blackbaud, NTEN and Common Knowledge just released the fourth annual 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report. Frank Barry shares this guest post summarizing results.

Sound trip

Mind Hacks

Addressing Social Networking Gripes with Shared Value

Luis Suarez

The Mysterium Tremendum Leader

Dan Pontefract

They are the weak, the bullies, the ruthless. They become and personify the finger that points at a scapegoat, gleefully abdicating any responsibility for erroneous outcomes or missed targets. They ascend to positions of power through matador like precision.

No reputation measures is the critical flaw in the JOBS crowdfunding bill

Ross Dawson

The JOBS crowdfunding Act is a great step forward, but the potential of the entire scheme is undermined by the lack of reputation measures. This is my first opportunity to write about the historic passing on Thursday of the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act that allows equity crowdfunding in the US. I have covered the early moves towards equity crowdfunding in the US that resulted in this bill and included a chapter on the topic in Getting Results From Crowds.

Artificial Legs in Thailand

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Harvard Business Review blogs, wherein it is stated, "Doctors in India and Rwanda do not know anything more about the science of eye care or cardiac surgery or treating HIV/AIDS patients. But they do know how to deliver quality care at lower cost. By comparison, there is something highly inefficient about the health care delivery in the U.S. — and much to learn from poor countries." If I want my house cleaned in Canada, it will cost me $100. The same work in Thailand will cost $10.

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Final Exam: Design the Ideal Organization. Use Course Concepts to Defend Your Answer

Bob Sutton

That is the final exam question that I've been using for about a decade in my graduate class "Organizational Behavior:An Evidence-Based Approach" in our Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford.    Students get 3000 words to answer the question.    I put in on the course outline so they can see it the first day of class. 

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Apple and Philippe Starck? I Don’t See It.

Andy McAfee

According to , Philippe Starck said in a french radio interview that he’s working with Apple on a “revolutionary” new product to be unveiled within a year. The speculation is that they’re collaborating on TVs, since Starck has designed them before.

Competition! Win free pass to Sydney workshops on how to grow your business using crowdsourcing

Ross Dawson

We are kicking off our global series of crowdsourcing workshops on Monday 16 April in Sydney , with a morning workshop on Getting Results From Crowds and an afternoon workshop on Crowd Business Models. In the following weeks I will be running crowdsourcing workshops in Cologne , London , Paris , Brussels , and New York , followed later in the year by San Francisco and other leading cities.

Mirroring society

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week. “Her life is like a Twitter stream – awash with the fleeting and the trivial. ~ @gapingvoid” “The Internet mirrors society.

Digital Differences – a Pew survey

David Weinberger

Highlighted results from a new Pew Internet poll (taken directly from their pr email): One in five American adults does not use the internet. Senior citizens, those who prefer to take our interviews in Spanish rather than English, adults with less than a high school education, and those living in households earning less than $30,000 per year are the least likely adults to have internet access.

Reflections from 12NTC Panel on Data Visualization

Beth Kanter

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Personal Knowledge Management Online Workshop

Jane Hart

Online Workshop runs 23 April – 4 May 2012. Hosted by Jane Hart and facilitated by Harold Jarche at the Social Learning Centre.

CSTD Montreal Symposium

Harold Jarche

I will speaking this week in Montréal at CSTD ‘s Symposium. Please note there are two Harolds as keynote presenters! My topic is The Future of the Training Department. Here’s the set up. Most training activity for the past century assumed that you could prepare people for the future by training them in what had worked in the past. Yesterday’s best practices were the appropriate prescription for today’s problems.

[2b2k] Editorials and echo chambers

David Weinberger

From a New Yorker article (April 9, 2012) by Adam Gopnick on Camus: Good editorial writing has less to do with winning an argument, since the other side is mostely not listening, than with telling the guys on your side how they ought to sound when they’re arguing…Not “Say this!” ” but “Sound this way!” ” is what the great editorialists teach


Attention Nonprofit Data Nerds: The 2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study Is Here

Beth Kanter

Part of the M+R Infographic for Benchmark Study.

Hallucinating fairy tales

Mind Hacks

Two cases of hallucinated fairy tales from the medical literature.


Reserve your seat for my next webinar: In conversation with Mark Britz @britz

Jane Hart

My next guest in my In conversation with … webinar series is Mark Britz. Here’s more information about the webinar and how you can reserve your seat as well as leave your questions for Mark in advance of the webinar itself.…. Social learning goes open source

David Weinberger

Reflections from NTC Plenary Panel on Innovation

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Julia Smith. I had the honored of moderating a free wheeling plenary discussion on Day #3 of NTC on “ Innovation and Nonprofits.” ” The panelists included Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Meg Garlinghouse, Greg Balwin, and Brian Reich.

Signposts for the Week Ending April 13

Adaptive Path

AUDI builds a studio and hires a composer to help its silent electric cars generate noise dynamically. The original pitch video for The Muppet Show. Weird and wonderful. Marketplace footage of how an iPad is made. Congrats to former Adaptive Path practitioner Alexa and the team at Foodspotting for being nominated for a Webby Award ! Remember that Netflix algorithm competition with a million dollar prize a few years ago? Here's why they never implemented the winning entry.

Reimagined Learning: Activities elaborated

Clark Quinn

I’ve been reflecting on the new learning model I proposed earlier , and want to share some elaborations with you. In this case, I want to elaborate on the notion of activities, and some associated properties.

[2b2k] The power of extreme diversity

David Weinberger

Brian Millar has a brief article in FastCompany about his company’s strategy of consulting “extreme customers” to get insight into existing products and ideas for new ones. He writes, “You can learn a lot about mobile phones by talking to a power user. You can learn even more by talking to somebody who’s deliberately never bought one.” ” And.

Packard Foundation OE Launches Their Strategy Refresh Site

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography.

Textbook example of emotionally intelligent signage

Dan Pink

Back in the old days, when an international team of Ph.D. social scientists and veteran graphic designers first conceived the idea of emotionally intelligent signage in a series of secret all-night meetings in my garage*, the term had a particular meaning.