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It’s not about knowledge transfer

Harold Jarche

In 2009 I listened to Peter Senge’s keynote address at the CSTD national conference. His research findings showed that the average life expectancy of large companies is about 30 years, but some are over 200 years old, and the key driver for their longevity is organizational learning.

Video of TheNextWeb keynote on The Future of Crowds

Ross Dawson

TheNextWeb produced a good quality video of my keynote at TheNextWeb Conference 2012 , shown below. It doesn’t show all of my full motion graphics presentation, though it frequently cuts to show segments of the visuals through my keynote.

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Don’t Underestimate the Value of Your Community Managers

Luis Suarez

5 Reasons Why Traditional Employment is in Trouble

Kevin Wheeler

According to the U.S. Labor Department, 2.1 million people resigned their jobs in February, the most in any month since the start of the Great Recession. This is startling given that the economy is not strong and that millions are out of work. The natural inclination would seem to me to be to hunker down and hang on to the job you have, no matter how bad it is. That is what happened in previous recessions.

Boundaries are for learning

Harold Jarche

Opportunity lies at the edge of systems. Real value creation happens at the edge of organizations. That’s also where we find learning opportunities.

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Harold Jarche

One of the consultant’s dilemmas is that you have to stay ahead of the curve to remain relevant. Yesterday’s problem doesn’t need to be solved – there’s probably an app for that already. This is why “perpetual Beta” informs all of my work.

Off to a good start

Doc Searls

Today is the official release date for The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge , my new book from Harvard Business Review Press. It’s been available from Amazon for the last couple of weeks , and is already doing well.

Pick of the Month: April 2012

Jane Hart

Here is my pick of the resources that I shared on Twitter and in my Pick of the Day in April. Note, for easy reference, all the resources in my daily Picks are collated monthly on my 2012 Reading List.

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[2b2k] Pyramid-shaped publishing model results in cheating on science?

David Weinberger

Carl Zimmer has a fascinating article in the NYTimes, which is worth 1/10th of your NYT allotment. Thank you for ironically illustrating the problem with trying to maintain knowledge as a scarce resource, NYT!). Carl reports on what may be a growing phenomenon (or perhaps, as the article suggests, the bugs of the old system may just now be more apparent) of scientists fudging results in order to get published in the top journals.

Take off those rose coloured glasses

Harold Jarche

Training is only 5% of organizational learning , but for a long time this small slice has been the primary focus of most Learning & Development (L&D) departments. The other 95% was just taken care of by the informal networks in the organization.

What and who are we?

Doc Searls

Out in the marketplace — that place where we do business as buyers and sellers — what and who are we, as individuals?

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Best articles on Working Smarter, April 2012

Jay Cross

GEORGE SIEMENS. APRIL 19, 2012. Remaking education in the image of our desires. The current generation of students will witness the remaking of our education system. Education faces enormous pressure. It’s much, much bigger. MORE >> DAVID WEINBERGER. APRIL 24, 2012.

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Online Workshops in May and June at the Social Learning Centre

Jane Hart

In May and June, Harold Jarche and I will be running another series of our popular public online workshops at the Social Learning Centre.

How blogging changed my life for the better

Harold Jarche

I guess I could be described as a hardcore blogger, as I’ve been writing here for over eight years. So I’m going to respond to Hugh MacLeod’s question about the importance of blogging to me.

Book week

Doc Searls

The Intention Economy came out on Tuesday, and coverage has been spreading. Meanwhile, while I’ve been busy at IIW , where VRM mojo has been major. Notes from the many VRM sessions at #IIW14 will appear on this page soon. Meanwhile here are some excerpts pieces that ran this week. From Selling You: Not Just on Facebook , by Haydn Shaughnessy in Forbes —.

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Three Reasons Kids Need Digital Literacy and Citizenship Education

Beth Kanter

Photo by WhiteAfrican. Note from Beth: By the time you read this post, I’ll be in the air enroute to Rwanda for a training project. As a parent of wired kids, I think teaching digital literacy is very important for parents to do.

3D GameLab Could Be The Future of Learning

Dan Pontefract

There is something fascinating going on at Boise State University and specifically the Department of Educational Technology. Let me introduce you to 3D GameLab , arguably an actual example demonstrating the evolution of today’s antiquated learning management system.

PKM live with Euan Semple

Harold Jarche

Seb Paquet describes the social web as enabling “ridiculously easy group-forming”, and that’s what we did. During our PKM Workshop this week, we discussed the books we would recommend to others.

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The MIT of Entrepreneurship Studies

Andy McAfee

… is actually a new course being offered to MIT students this summer.

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Attention Data Nerds: Nonprofits Miss Out on the Power of LinkedIn: Learn How to Tap It

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: By the time you are reading, I’ll probably have been on a jet plane for far longer than I want to be and maybe have landed in Rwanda. Once I recover from the journey, expect read reports about the Networked NGO in Rwanda and use of social media to support Women’s Rights organizations. If you’re motivated to go deeper on LinkedIn after reading this summary, you will want to check out my curated list of nonprofit and LinkedIn resources here.

3D GameLab Could Be The Future of Learning

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: There is something fascinating going on at Boise State University and specifically the Department of Educational Technology.

Manual, not automatic, for sense-making

Harold Jarche

I started Friday’s Finds three years ago , in an attempt to make my finds on Twitter more explicit. I had been using Twitter actively for over a year at this time and realized that I was not making much sense of it.

Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I participated in a roundtable breakfast on Protecting Financial Markets in the Age of the Cloud. The roundtable gathered together a group, - consisting primarily of financial experts, with a sprinkle of technologists like me, - to explore how to best regulate financial markets in our fast changing, highly interconnected, complex, digital world. .

Are You Being Left Behind as Technology Ushers In a Whole New Approach to Philanthropy? #CoFLA

Beth Kanter

Note From Beth: Just before I left for Rwanda, I caught some interesting discussion threads about organizational adoption of networked ways of working on Twitter coming from the #COFLA hashtag as a result of the Council on Foundations gathering in Florida.

New Research: Thinking About Your Mortality Makes You A Better Person

Bob Sutton

A pointer to this from Australian Chris Berry came in my email this morning.    Here is what Ken Vail and his co-authors found: Contemplating death doesn't necessarily lead to morose despondency, fear, aggression or other negative behaviors, as previous research has suggested.

Neurological knitwear

Mind Hacks

One of the disappointing things about the upcoming US presidential elections is that none of the potential candidates has promised the people a made-to-order knitted brain hat. Fear not though, as citizens can now order their own.

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Travel Tip #12 — Never get sick again. again

Dan Pink

It’s been awhile. But here — in response to astonishingly meager demand — is a new Travel Tip. (To To be fully prepared, it’ll help to have seen this one.). PREVIOUS TIPS: Tip #1 — Never get sick again. Tip #2 — The magic of earplugs. Tip #3 — Four road food rules of thumb.

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How blog­ging chan­ged my life for the bet­ter

Harold Jarche

I guess I could be described as a hardcore blogger, as I’ve been writing here for over eight years. So I’m going to respond to Hugh MacLeod’s question about the importance of blogging to me.

The ‘Occupy IT’ Movement of Organizations

Dan Pontefract

In 2003, when Nicholas Carr penned the piece “ IT Doesn’t Matte r “, an overlooked definition of what he referred to as ‘infrastructural technologies ‘ may now be, in 2012, unintentionally defining the relationship between IT and the organization.

The delightful science of laughter

Mind Hacks

Neuroscientist Sophie Scott gave a fantastic talk on the science of laughter for a recent TEDx event that you can now watch online.

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Talk With Me About All Things Digital on May 3 at 2 pm EDT

Andy McAfee

A little while back I sat down with Martha Mangelsdorf , the editorial director of MIT Sloan Management Review , to talk about digital business. We covered the Cloud ; Big Data ; Enterprise 2.0 ; technology, skills, and jobs ; and lots else.

Informal Learning is Business

Jay Cross

This is the second in a series of posts about how business can profit from informal learning. We’re recapping the book before getting into the current scene. What makes informal learning effective. Informal learning is effective because it’s personal. The individual calls the shots. The learner is responsible. It’s real. We learn in context, with others, as we live and work. Recognizing this fact is the first step to crafting an effective learning strategy.

Book: The Network Weaver Handbook

Beth Kanter

My friend and colleague, June Holley , has written a much anticipated book, The Network Weaver Handbook. If you are interested in building networks or working as Networked Nonprofit, you need this book right now!

BBC Future column: Does the internet rewire your brain?

Mind Hacks

My column for BBC Future from a few days ago. The original is here. Mindhacks.com readers will have heard most of this before, thanks to Vaughan’s coverage of the Baroness and her fellow travellers. Being online does change your brain, but so does making a cup of tea. A better question to ask is what parts of the brain are regular internet users using. This modern age has brought with it a new set of worries.