Sat.Mar 03, 2012 - Fri.Mar 09, 2012

Making collaborative work work

Harold Jarche

Tweet Everyone talks about collaboration in the workplace today but what does it really mean? How do you get from here to there? Every snake oil salesman is selling social something: enterprise social; social learning; social CRM; etc. For me boils down to three principles.

Learning Without Training

Jay Cross

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The death rattles of AM, then FM

Doc Searls

Check the Arbitron radio listening ratings for Washington DC. You have to go waaaay down the list before you find a single AM station that isn’t also simulcast on FM. But then, if you go to the bottom of the list, you’ll also find a clump of Internet streams of local radio stations.

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MOOCs for the win!

George Siemens

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are getting attention on various blogs and news sites. I’ll try and synthesize the conversation over the last few weeks and describe the role of MOOCs in education. The Conversation so far… Clark Quinn kicked of the current conversation in MOOC Reflections where he explores the distinctions between the current generation of Coursera/Standford open online courses and the connectivist model that Stephen Downes, Dave Cormier, and I have offered.

[2b2k] No, now that you mention it, we’re not overloaded with information

David Weinberger

On a podcast today, Mitch Joel asked me something I don’t think anyone else has: Are we experiencing information overload? Everyone else assumes that we are. Including me. I found myself answering no, we are not. There is of course a reasonable and valid reason to say that we are. But I think there’s also an important way in which we are not. So, here goes: There are more things to see in the world than any one human could ever see. Some of those sights are awe-inspiring.

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[2b2k] Information overload? Not so much. (Part 2)

David Weinberger

Yesterday I tried to explain my sense that we’re not really suffering from information overload, while of course acknowledging that there is vastly more information out there than anyone could ever hope to master. Then a comment from Alex Richter helped me clarify my thinking. We certainly do at times feel overwhelmed.

Children and Adults Use Different Networks to Solve Problems

Eide Neurolearning

When doing arithmetic problems, Stanford researchers found that children use different brain regions to solve problems. Children's decreased activity in the frontal lobes (executive function) was to be expected, but another striking finding was how important the right anterior insula was for children capturing attention, balancing working memory resources, and taking action to solve problems. Perhaps salience networks are more important in general for children's problem solving.

Checklist: transforming corporate learning

Jay Cross

If you don’t get this, it will get you. Experience has taught us that making over a training department into a business learning function requires these activities: Sell the vision of learning as a value-creating component of social business. articulate the vision and value of Working Smarter to executive management. explain how to integrate learning & development into the fabric of the business. position learning and development as on-going processes in the workplace.

Connected Learning: What have they done with Alec, Will, Vicki?

George Siemens

If I was Alec Couros, Will Richardson, Vicki Davis, Steve Hargadon, or any of the thousands of K-12 educators that have been pushing for networked/connected learning for years (in Will’s case, more than a decade), I’d be fairly irritated to have been written out of the vision of connected learning that is now emerging from DML.

Earth to Cable: You don’t control us.

Doc Searls

Just got stopped in my tracks by this passage in Plans for ‘TV Everywhere’ Bog Down in Tangled Pacts , in The Wall Street Journal : Nearly three years after Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp. kicked off a drive to make cable programming available online for cable subscribers, the idea of TV Everywhere remains mired in technical holdups, slow deal-making and disputes over who will control TV customers in the future. Say what? Control? Excuse me, but no.

5 Disruptive Trends That Will Alter Your Mobile Strategy


I attended a webinar two week’s ago featuring Stacey Harris of Brandon Hall Group and Mark Hellinger of Xyleme. The topic of conversation was this idea of going mobile with your learning; a hot topic in the learning space no doubt. They touched on the concept that learning expectations have shifted with all of the new technology, which has caused change among those who are initially developing the content.

The Back Channel and the Rule of Threes

Jay Cross

It’s a law of nature. There are always three things. Trust me on this. Think of an event — a workshop, a class, a meeting, or a presentation. Something always comes before and there’s always an aftermath. All too often, we neglect the Beginning and Next phases.

Is Manifesto the right word for our times?

Ross Dawson

It strikes me that in these these confused and confusing times we should lay down clear thoughts about what we believe in. I am mustering my thoughts across a number domains to express what I think is important. However one of the questions is what to call these statements.

101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide

Beth Kanter

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Distributed research needs collaborative researchers

Harold Jarche

Tweet “What Sanofi is doing is reducing its own internal research capacity,” he said. The days when we locked all of our scientists up in a building and put them on a nice tree-lined campus are done. We will do less of our own research. We’re not going to get out of research.

February’s Top 50 Posts on Working Smarter

Jay Cross

Best of Working Smarter Daily. February 1-29, 2012. Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines.

Destructive criticism

Euen Semple

"Destructive criticism is the biggest single enemy of human potential. It is worse than cancer or heart disease. While those diseases can ultimately lead to the deterioration and death of an individual, destructive criticism kills the soul of the person but leaves the body walking around." - Brian Tracy


How To Create A Terrific Facebook Cover Image If You Don’t Have Resources To Hire A Designer

Beth Kanter

The inexorable rise of work markets

Ross Dawson

The role and prominence of online markets for work have soared dramatically over the last few years, but this is just the beginning. I have been following the rise of online markets for work since Elance was founded in 1999, writing about them in my 2002 book Living Networks and dedicating a large chunk of Getting Results From Crowds to how to effectively manage work markets.

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Tweet Kings & Pretty Things (aka Micro-Blogging Habits)

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Are you a tweet king or a pretty thing? The crux of that argument is whether you believe micro-blogging is an active behavior or whether you treat it as passive oversight.

“Serendipity is too important to be left to chance”

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week.

Message It: How to Make the Most of Your New Facebook Page

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: I’ve been working with John Haydon over the past week to get my Facebook Page ready to go (and it’s gonna rock can’t wait to show it off!). As part of the process, I’ve been looking at what other nonprofits have done to get ideas.

The Power of Habit: Quick Review

Bob Sutton

The Power of Habit has been sitting on my desk for a couple months, as the publisher sent me an advance copy.    I didn't start reading it until today -- although I was most impressed by this recent piece in The New York Times based on the book.    What a compelling read! 

Reimagining Learning

Clark Quinn

On the way to the recent Up To All Of Us un conference (#utaou), I hadn’t planned an agenda. However, I was growing through the diagrams that I’d created on my iPad, and discovered one that I’d frankly forgotten.

iWitness Aims to Aggregate News By Time and Place

Adaptive Path

Let's face it: The great promise of citizen media has not really been fulfilled. News organizations have struggled to find ways to supplement their coverage of news events with contributions from citizens. And finding citizen media related to a news event is currently difficult at best. Keyword searches and hashtags provide partial solutions, but still do not differentiate between first-person accounts and other kinds of content.

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KONY, Networked Nonprofits, and Transparency

Beth Kanter

The Rise of a Culture of Contempt and the Demise of UCLA Men's Basketball

Bob Sutton

Work Matters reader and fellow blogger, Chris Yeh , sent me a link to a Sport's Illustrated story about the discouraging downfall of the UCLA basketball program.    And I don't mean the drop off in performance at UCLA in the past few years, I mean the loss of its soul and the rise of a culture of contempt -- with rampant lousy leadership, bad role models, asshole poisoning.    Chris summed it all up well: It’s terrible. 

Availability in Europe for keynotes/ workshops/ consulting late April to late May

Ross Dawson

I will spending a month in Europe from late April to late May, with a busy but not yet full schedule, so I’m open to offers on possible work in that period. My trip kicks off with a keynote on The Future of Crowds at TheNextWeb Conference April 25-27 – more on that soon. I was originally planning to do some events in London and Paris shortly before then, but some potential engagements in Shanghai and Singapore mean I will probably arrive in Europe not long before TheNextWeb.

Catching the krokodil

Mind Hacks

Over the last few months somewhat sensational media reports have appeared discussing a cheap Russian heroin-like drug nicknamed ‘krokodil’ due to it causing scaly lesions at the site of injection. It has been variously headlined as a ‘designer drug’ or ‘the drug that eats junkies’ but until now it has not been discussed in the scientific literature.

Flexing our muscles

Euen Semple

It is really interesting to watch first the Internet population's ability to turn back SOPA through the strength of a collective response, and now to watch both the phenomenon of KONY2012 and, more interestingly, it's backlash. Part of me loves the way ideas can spread so effectively and so quickly on the Internet, and part of me is worried by it. In "real life" we have all sorts of social and practical constraints on our righteous indignation. On the web we don't have such constraints.


Great Piece on Narcissistic CEOs in The New York Times

Bob Sutton

Steve Davidoff has a well-researched piece on the antics and impact of narcissistic CEOs in The New York Times.    The allegations of deeply selfish and unlawful actions by chief executive of Delphi Financial, Robert Rosenkranz, appear to have motivated the piece.

Blogging and Personal Feelings

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In November of 2008, Andrew Sullivan published an excellent article in The Atlantic , - Why I Blog , - in which he discussed the unique characteristics of a blog by reminding us what a web log shares in common with its namesake, the ship log. “In In journeys at sea that took place before radio or radar or satellites or sonar, these [ship] logs were an indispensable source for recording what actually happened.

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Friday Fun: You Don’t Have an Office?

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Reporter: Mr. Pontefract, I understand you recently crossed the decade mark of not having an office. Is this true? dp: Is bald the new black? Reporter: Ok, ummm. Why haven’t you used an office over the past 10 years?

Wounded Warriors Need Your Help!

Mark Oehlert

We have been at war for over a decade. Afghanistan. Multiple deployments. Our men and women of the armed forces have been stressed to greater degrees than any other generation of American fighting forces.