Sat.Apr 21, 2012 - Fri.Apr 27, 2012

Keynote at TheNextWeb: The future is motion graphic presentations

Ross Dawson

I am giving keynotes this Wednesday at TheNextWeb CxO Summit and on Friday at TheNextWeb Conference.

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[2b2k][everythingismisc]“Big data for books”: Harvard puts metadata for 12M library items into the public domain

David Weinberger

(Here’s a version of the text of a submission I just made to BoingBong through their “Submitterator”). Harvard University has today put into the public domain (CC0) full bibliographic information about virtually all the 12M works in its 73 libraries. This is (I believe) the largest and most comprehensive such contribution. The metadata, in the standard MARC21 format, is available for bulk download from Harvard.

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Overthinking and Creativity - Think Like Child

Eide Neurolearning

From Life Hacker , look at the puzzle to the left. How long does it take you to solve? Preschoolers solve in 5-10 min, whereas programmers take an hour.

PKM is our part of the social learning contract

Jane Hart

Yesterday, Harold Jarche shared the image on the right, in his post To learn, we must do. For me this is spot on.

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Collaboration Workflow 101

Dan Pontefract

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Collaboration Workflow 101

Dan Pontefract

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To learn, we must do

Harold Jarche

As I was preparing to start our online PKM workshop last night, I came across one of the best articles that I have read in a long while that reflects the value of what the PKM framework supports. Anne Adrian, in My own serendipitous opportunities , talks about her experiences in online sense-making.

You Are Not Perfect! Live With It

Luis Suarez

I really like Inc. I mean, I really heart it. I discovered it by pure chance a few weeks back and I am now completely hooked up to it, mostly not only because of the top quality articles, publications, videos, etc.

What a Broken Back Taught Me About UX in Healthcare

Adaptive Path

As the daughter of an Emergency Room doctor and nurse who wanted me to follow their lead into medicine, I had a somewhat unusual childhood. I experienced my first human dissection at age eleven and treated a simulated cerebral aneurysm before I could drive.

A new symbol for epilepsy in Chinese

Mind Hacks

The Chinese character for epilepsy has been changed to avoid the inaccuracies and stigma associated with the previous label which suggested links to madness and, more unusually, animals.

Why Andrew Keen is fundamentally wrong about crowds

Ross Dawson

Internet dystopian Andrew Keen , author most recently of Digital Vertigo, has just spoken at TheNextWeb Summit and Conference. . He and his arguments are intensely annoying because his case is blindly and obtusely one-sided, though it is useful to have his voice to provide a counterpoint to digital utopianism. . Part of his argument is that we are giving away too much of our identity and personal data.

Adjusting to Life in a Hyperconnected World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the spring of 1997, during a presentation in Paris on IBM’s new e-business strategy , the CIO of a major European retail chain mentioned that his company had just spent a lot of money remodeling their stores. He was wondering if they had done the right thing, given all this new economy talk.

The semi-transparent Prisoner’s Dilemma

David Weinberger

A British game show that I never heard offers a version of the Prisoner’s Dilemma. As the host explains at the beginning, if both contestants agree to split the pot, they split it. If one chooses to split and the other to steal, the stealer gets the whole thing.


Where the Jobs Aren’t for New Grads

Andy McAfee

I was reading an otherwise really good story about education and employment at Yahoo! news when I came across the following sentence: Most job openings are in professions such as retail sales, fast food and truck driving, jobs which aren’t easily replaced by computers. Actually, they are, or soon will be. We might need human burger-flippers for a while yet, but technology is already eating deeply into retail jobs (see this post , this one , and this article from the LA Times).

Variety and diversity

Harold Jarche

Esko Kilpi made a series of tweets today that I wanted to collect in a single post: Unlike mechanical systems, human systems thrive on variety and diversity. An exact replication of behavior in nature would be disastrous and seen as neurotic in social life.

How Ghostwatch haunted psychiatry

Mind Hacks

In 1992, the BBC broadcast Ghostwatch , one of the most controversial shows in television history and one that has had a curious and unexpected effect on the course of psychiatry. The programme was introduced as a live report into a haunted house but in reality, it was fiction.

[2b2] Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 50 years later

David Weinberger

The Chronicle of Higher Ed asked me to write a perspective on Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions since this is the 50th year since it was published. It’s now posted


Instructional Design Orthodoxy


I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. Back then, the metaphor was a deck of cards and each card was a 640×480 screen’s worth of content. Due to the technical constraints it became a law that “pages must not scroll”.

The Rise of MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responses to interview questions posed by Kevin Charles Redmon, Independent Journalist and Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism 1. Are MOOCs an idea that were floating around the halls of universities for some time now, or was the first one in 2008 really a watershed moment? Many of the ideas that go into a MOOC were around before CCK08 but that course marks the first time the format came together.

The lie detector paradox

Mind Hacks

I’ve got an article in today’s Observer about the unreliability of ‘lie detectors’ but why people still tend to spill the beans when wired up to them.

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Are You Like Donald Trump? Take the Narcissistic Personality Quiz and Find Out!

Bob Sutton

I sent out a tweet the other day about a study showing that men who score high on a narcissism test appear to experience more stress than those who score low (but not narcissistic women).    Stress was measured by "cortisol levels,"   a hormone that  "signals the level of activation of the body’s key stress response system, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis."  "  You can see a report about study here. 

Do you have 4 minutes to help me learn what people do all day at work?

Dan Pink

To write my previous books, I relied on tons of interviews, lots of traditional library and online research, and one kick-ass genie. For the next book, I’m adding a new technique: Quantitative survey research.

Models, flows and exposure

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week. wwjimd: Resilience = Not having all of your eggs in one basket. Abundance = having enough eggs.” – via @SebPaquet.

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Don’t tase my lobe

Mind Hacks

A case report in Forensic Science International describes a man who had a taser dart penetate his skull and damage his frontal lobes after getting in a drunken confrontation with police.

UX Intensive Amsterdam 2012: Interaction Design Day Snapshot

Adaptive Path

After two days of fast-paced learning and making at our UX Intensive in Amsterdam, our attendees jumped into the deep end of Interaction Design.

Social business around the world

Dion Hinchcliffe

We often think of social business as primarily a Western phenemenon, my trip last week across Asia and Eastern Europe shows that it’s truly global, and sometimes quite different when it comes to platforms, business models, and expectations


The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor

Luis Suarez

Positive Psychology. Goodness! How cool, and how timely, is that concept?

BBC Future column: Personal superstitions

Mind Hacks

I’m writing a fortnightly column for BBC Future , about everyday brain quirks (as I’ve mentioned previously ). My marvellous editor has told me I can repost the columns here, with a three day delay. There’s a bit of a backlog, including Why can smells unlock memories? , Why you’re bad at names and good at faces , and Why we need to sleep? , but you’ll have to visit the site for them. The column from a month ago was on personal superstitions.

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UX Intensive Amsterdam 2012: Research Day Snapshot

Adaptive Path

Continuing our coverage of UX Intensive Amsterdam, day two featured Design Research (see Day 1: Design Strategy here ) taught by Paula Wellings.

Politicians and Persuasion: When to Use Abstract Versus Specific Messages

Bob Sutton

As I was reading research this morning for our scaling project, I came across a series of studies that has implications for both politicians and -- perhaps organizational leaders who wish to persuade others to like and support them. 

[2b2k] Astounding two-minute video edit from NASA’s Cassini and Voyager missions – Only if you love Saturn, Jupiter, and, you know, the Universe

David Weinberger

Outer Space from Sander van den Berg on Vimeo

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Snakes on a brain

Mind Hacks

The latest Journal of Neuroscience features a study on the neuroscience behind Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s famouse Rotating Snakes illusion and to celebrate they’re made a ‘Rotating Brain’ illusion for the front cover.

Attention Data Nerds: The Future is Now: Mobile Strategies for Social Impact

Beth Kanter

Guest Post: The Future is Now: Mobile Strategies for Social Impact. By Laura Efurd, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, ZeroDivide. – @lefurd, @zerodivideorg. A Pew report released just last week declared that “the rise of mobile is changing the story” about the digital divide.

Not Convergence but Confluence.what the heck some Consilience too

Mark Oehlert

I'm sensing something in the tabs. There is a shift in the flow of the infostream. Eddies of data are harboring tadpoles of nascent thoughts. I'm also listening to the Writer's Almanac every morning. Is it showing?