Sat.May 14, 2011 - Fri.May 20, 2011

The Evolution of the Knowledge Web Worker

Luis Suarez

“ A knowledge worker is someone who gets to decide what he or she does each morning “, by Thomas A. Stewart, (Journalist & Author) is probably one of my all time favourite quotes that my good friend David Gurteen keeps sharing every so often in a couple of places.

Go West, Middle-Aged Man

Steven Berlin Johnson

At some point this winter, mostly likely as I was climbing over the three feet of snow that stayed piled on our sidewalk from late December to February, it occurred to me that I had spent twenty-one years in New York City--exactly half my life.

Trending Sources

Why not link to sources?

Doc Searls

A few minutes ago I saw Stephen Hawking trending on Twitter , clicked on the link, and found myself on the Twitter Search page, where the two top tweets from news organizations were these: HuffPo’s link goes to a brief story with no links to any sources.

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A story about Connected: The Film and why you must see it

Ross Dawson

I saw Connected: The Film by Tiffany Shlain last night at its Australian premiere, organized by Annalie Killian. The first thing I have to say is that the film is absolutely fantastic.

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How to Use Employee Engagement to Boost Your Business

Luis Suarez

Curating good, relevant content that matters to you is just such a wonderful thing!

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Life In A Perpetual Learning State

Luis Suarez

There are plenty of rather inspiring short video clips out there that help define some of the transformational changes we are all going through, and / or being affected by, in multiple ways whether at work, or in our personal lives.

Ridiculous research findings on informal learning

Jay Cross

An analyst reports that her company’s research finds that only 30% of U.S. companies spent money on informal learning tools or services last year. Of those, big companies spent $16,000 on average; little ones spent $5600. What an astounding finding!

Why Don’t You Have an Internal YouTube Video Sharing Service?

Dan Pontefract

A few facts about YouTube: 24 hours of content is uploaded every minute. YouTube has more than 490 million unique users worldwide per month. There are over 92 billion page views each month. Users spend roughly 2.9 billion hours on YouTube in a month.

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Why People Leave Organizations

Kevin Wheeler

Whether the economy is strong or weak, no matter the time of year, and no matter how much they are paid, many of our best employees decide to leave. The question we all grapple with is why? Why do people stay at a company or leave? What motivates such behavior and how can employers motivate people to stay longer? What is a “good” rate of turnover and how do we know who to entice to stay and who to let go?

Scoop: Corporate directors understand change and embrace governance for transformation

Ross Dawson

I gave my keynote on How Technology is Transforming Business for Australian Institute of Company Directors this morning here in Beijing. Based on the responses of the 500+ company directors in the audience, they absolutely understand the need for change.

The Textbook Bubble

Jay Cross

How long are textbook publishers going to get away with exorbitant prices? Or sham add-on services? IMHO, it’s time to short the text publishers’ stocks. Via: Online Schools. Besides, the future of education is mobile. iPads. Kindles. Smart phones.

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Future Approaches in UX: 10 FAUX Methods to Rock Your World 

Adaptive Path

Gamification , mental models , bodystorming , sketchboarding , Lean UX , service design. In an industry changing as quickly as UX design it's sometimes hard to stay on top of all the latest terms and trends.

Social learning for collaborative work

Harold Jarche

10 mobile questions

Clark Quinn

As part of an initiative for ASTD’s upcoming International Conference and Exposition , I was filmed as I responded to 10 questions around mobile (if you’re there, hope to hear how it goes) from Tony Bingham (he came in via conference call). Here is what I wrote up as thoughts before the filming (and then answered spontaneously, but mindful of what I’d written). How do you define mobile learning?

Ethan on serendipity and cosmopolitanism

David Weinberger

Ethan Zuckerman blogs the brilliant and delightful “extended dance mix&# of his talk on serendipity at CHI 2011. He begins by wondering why people migrate to cities, even when those cities have been vastly unappealing, as per the stink of London in the mid 19th century. “You came to the city to become a cosmopolitan, a citizen of the world.&#

Organisational Naivety

Euen Semple

This may seem like a contradictory post given my continued belief that social tools will revolutionise the workplace but I do get frustrated at a common naivety about what this will take. There are many aspects of organisational life and the work of managers that is tough, really tough. Grappling with the human condition in hand to hand fighting is the lot of many a middle manager and there are some things that are painful and difficult to do - no matter how much you blog or tweet about them.

Managing in a networked world

Harold Jarche

Tweet In 2009, Anthony Poncier wrote a good post (in French) that covered the eight challenges of management in the virtual era; loosely translated as: Being concurrently nomadic and collaborative. Renewing the workplace social contract. Creating new modes of leadership. Creating value, not just revenue. The production of collective knowledge. Managing with both IQ and EQ (emotional quotient). A diverse community rather than a disciplined unity. Learning about the reality of the virtual.

Alternate Pedagogies and Experiences

Clark Quinn

In writing about mobile for higher education, other than meeting learner administrative and information needs, I obviously focused more on the formal learning roles mobile devices could facilitate. And one of the things that has been of interest to me is looking differently at pedagogies.

The New Entrepreneurship: Back to the Roots of the American Dream

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the US unemployment rate continues to hover around 9%. Gallup’s measurements are somewhat higher at 9.2%. When you add to the unemployment rate the percentage of Americans working part time but wanting full time work, you get an underemployment rate of 19.1%. The current period of high unemployment is the longest since the Great Depression. There have been a number of ups and downs in the economy over the past sixty years.

Ask DJ Spooky: A UX Week Interview Set Up

Adaptive Path

You love Paul Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid). Or, maybe you just don't know you love him yet. But, trust me, you do. Your love for him is in you. Waiting to find its way out.

Network Learning PKM Workshop Notes

Harold Jarche

Tweet The Network Learning workshop will be held in Toronto on 27 May 2011. It is focused on mastering social media for networked learning, and is based on my work with PKM (personal knowledge management) since 2005.

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eLearning Guild Mobile Learning Research Report now available

Clark Quinn

I’ve had my head down on a couple of projects, but I can now announce one of them: the eLearning Guild’s Mobile Learning Research Report is now available. This is a timely release to help set the context for their upcoming mLearnCon mlearning conference. (And,

[dpla] Europeana

David Weinberger

About fifteen of us are meeting with Europeana in their headquarters in The Haag. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned , people. Harry Verwayen (business development director) gives us some background.

Ask DJ Spooky: A UX Week Interview Set Up

Adaptive Path

You love Paul Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid). Or, maybe you just don't know you love him yet. But, trust me, you do. Your love for him is in you. Waiting to find its way out.

Jobs? We ain’t got no jobs

Harold Jarche

Tweet If contract work seems like the only option, then start networking with co-workers and competitors. Band together as a guild or association and help each other out. Think of it as a freelancers union and look into group health care, joint marketing and shared administration.

Reflections of the Evolution of Capitalism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Cold War was an era of military, political and economic conflicts between the communist world led by the Soviet Union , and the Western world , led by the US. The two sides were also engaged in fierce debates about the merits of their key political and economic philosophies: the communism and one-party states of the countries in the Soviet camp, versus the democracies, capitalism and market economies of the West.

Grief, mental illness and psychiatry’s sad refrain

Mind Hacks

Scientific American covers a coming shake-up in how grief is defined in relation to mental illness as the forthcoming DSM-5 diagnostic manual aims to radically redefine how mourning is treated by mental health professionals.

Wisconsin Boycotts Working

Nine Shift

No data, just the view from the ground. The boycotts in Wisconsin are working. Here's my anecdotal non-evidence: 1. Lots and lots of Miller and Leinie sales on right now. If they were not working, why would the Wisconsin Grocers Assn. put up such a fuss earlier this month, making headlines and whining to the press. Even if only a few thousand of us were boycotting, that would add up. Just one person boycotting a grocery store transfers over $1,000 from one store to another. . . .

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Jobs, networks and economics

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week. QUOTES: @sandymaxey – “Hierarchical networks appear incestuous, perpetuate mindless incrementalism, reinforce stagnant thinking. Need inclusivity for disruption.&#. Carl Sagan: “It is suicidal to create a society dependent on science and technology in which hardly anybody knows anything about science and technology.” via @MarionChapsal. — via @loyalelectron - Wow.

Beyond Talent

Clark Quinn

A post I wrote for the ATC conference: As I prepare to talk to the Australasian Talent Conference I’ve naturally been thinking about the intersection of that field and what I do. As I recently blogged , I think there’s an overlap between OD and the work of trying to facilitate organizational performance through technology. I think Talent Management similarly has an overlap.

An anatomy of The Anatomy of Melacholy

Mind Hacks

BBC Radio 4′s In Our Time tackled one of the most important books in the history of psychology, psychiatry and literature – Robert Burton’s classic 17th Century text The Anatomy of Melancholy.

Emotionally intelligent signage comes to Broadway (and other.

Dan Pink

The Big Apple is hauling out the Big Skeleton. The NY Times City Room blog reported last week that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Transportation Department seems

Crowdsourcing among an awesome speaker line-up at Australian Business Congress

Ross Dawson

The Australian Chambers Business Congress on 1-2 June is shaping up to be one of the top business conferences of the year in Australia, with an awesome speaker line-up. The Congress is organized by the Australian Chamber Alliance, a consortium of all the major business chambers across Australia. Speakers include Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Porter, Steve Wozniak, Tony Abbott, Anna Bligh plus an array of some of most interesting people in business in Australia and worldwide.

How much more productive are teleworkers?

Nine Shift

We say teleworkers are 25% more productive than office workers. Here's studies compiled by SuiteCommute with other similar calculations. Home-based workers from Best Buy, JD Edwards, and American Express are 20% to 40% more productive than employees who travel to work. Lister and Harnish). Studies show a 15 percent increase in productivity among remote employees, and demonstrate that remote employees achieve results in fewer hours and often of higher quality. Business Lexington, 2009).