Sat.Feb 04, 2012 - Fri.Feb 10, 2012

Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning

George Siemens

Earlier this week, I delivered a presentation to TEDxEdmonton on why openness and learning analytics are critical for rethinking the future of education. The theme of the event was on open source culture and whether the promises of open source have been oversold.

What we talk about when we talk about sketching.

Adaptive Path

I want to take a moment to have a deeper, more reflective conversation about the role that sketching plays in my professional work, and how it has evolved it over time.

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Which countries have the most Twitter users per capita?

Ross Dawson

Recently web monitoring firm Semiocast published a list of the top 20 countries in number of Twitter accounts. Not surprisingly US was top with 107 million users, with Brazil coming in second at 33 million and Japan next at just under 30 million.

The Social Learning Revolution

Jane Hart

“A revolution is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.” ” (Wikipedia).

I Think I May Have Just Experienced The Future…

Luis Suarez

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What we talk about when we talk about sketching.

Adaptive Path

I want to take a moment to have a deeper, more reflective conversation about the role that sketching plays in my professional work, and how it has evolved it over time.

Social Learning: Key resources from January

Jane Hart

Here is my pick of 10 articles about social learning since my last posting just before Christmas. I have listed them below in chronological order, and also added a short quote from each of them to give you a flavour of what each is about.

When learning is the work …

Harold Jarche

Tweet What if your organization got rid of the Learning & Development function? What would the average manager or department head do? What would workers do? I’ve been thinking about this for a while.

Disruptive Educational Research Conference in India

Jay Cross

Next month at this time, I’ll be boarding a plane for Delhi. In the sixties I dreamed of visiting India but never made it. Finally fulfilling the dream has me totally jazzed. I’ll be taking part in EdgeX , an event that covers two important themes for education – Learning X.O (the

this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side.

Dave Snowden

David Griffiths indulged in a little head banging this morning , and give he is in the same state of nervous anticipation for the same reason as I , no blame can be attached.

Udacity & Coursera. Is It Really Education Reform?

Dan Pontefract

The name Sebastian Thrun may not mean much to you, but it should. And if it doesn’t now … it probably will at some point. Last year, Professor Thrun of Stanford University and his colleague Professor Norvig opened up an otherwise closed AI university course to the world. Instead of 200 students (tuition paying Stanford pupils) they ended up with what is arguably the world’s largest MOOC when they opened up enrolment to citizens of Earth.

Places and People that Use The No Asshole Rule

Bob Sutton

  A reporter asked me a couple years back, “ The No Asshole Rule is fun to talk about, but does anyone ever actually use it?”    It turns out that there is also a lot good news out here, lots of great leaders and many civilized places that people can work.

A decade of life in perpetual Beta

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the things I’ve learned over the past decade about learning, working and life in perpetual Beta. Perpetual beta. View more presentations from Harold Jarche. Informal Learning NetworkedLearning

7 principles of intervention in complex systems

Dave Snowden

I may buy this T-Shirt as its a great slogan. As it happens I was working on intervention strategy in Washington a week ago. We have completed a SenseMaker® project to understand employee attitudes and then spent one day with the senior management team.

The Five Stages of A Social Media PR Disaster

Beth Kanter

Source: via Beth on Pinterest.

New! 2012+ Trends Map

Ross Dawson

Richard Watson of and I have collaborated extensively over the years, including on numerous client projects. Richard is very well-known for his Trend Blend annual series of maps ( here are the 2007-2010 trend maps ).

How kind are social networks?

David Weinberger

Fascinating report by Pew Internet on the emotional climate adults find on social networking sites. From a summary of the report circulated by Pew: 85% of SNS-using adults say that their experience on the sites is that people are mostly kind, compared with 5% who say people they observe on the sites are mostly unkind and another 5% who say their answer depends on the situation.

Ghost Writing – Good or Bad?

Luis Suarez

What are News Discovery Tools? Why Use Them?

Beth Kanter

Last month, I had the pleasure of doing a session on Content Curation called “ What Can Nonprofits Learn from the Best Content Curator on the Planet: Robin Good?

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Designing the killer experience

Clark Quinn

I haven’t been put in the place of having ultimate responsibility for driving a complete user experience for over a decade, though I’ve been involved in advising on a lot on many such. But I continue my decades long fascination with design, to the extent that it’s a whole category for my posts! An article on how Apple’s iPhone was designed caused me to reflect. On one such project, I asked early on: “who owns the vision?”

[2b2k] The corruption of impact

David Weinberger

According to a survey publishsed in Science [ abstract ][ Slashdot ] scientists are routinely pressured to include superfluous references in their papers in order to boost the Impact Factor of the journal publishing their paper. The Impact Factor is (roughly) a measure of the importance/influence of a journal, based on a two year average of how often its papers are cited. Careeers are made by publishing in high Impact Factor journals.

Thinking together

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week. SebPaquet – “If the computer is a tool for thinking, then the internet is a tool for thinking together.”

More Evidence that Exposure to Economic Theory Breeds Greed

Bob Sutton

I have written here and elsewhere -- including in academic journals with Fabrizio Ferraro and Jeff Pfeffer -- about research and theory suggesting that, when people are exposed to economic theory and assumptions, they tend to become more selfish. 

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Dressing psychologists as wizards in court

Mind Hacks

From we hear that in 1995, New Mexico state senator Duncan Scott introduced a legislative ammendment providing that. When a psychologist or psychiatrist testifies during a defendant’s competency hearing, the psychologist or psychiatrist shall wear a cone-shaped hat that is not less than two feet tall. The surface of the hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts.

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How to go viral at Kickstarter

David Weinberger

Julianne Chatelain investigates why Rich Berlew’s Kickstarter project became one of the top ten of all time, and the #1 in the creative category. She provides a concise, insightful look at why user experience counts for a lot, even when you’re supposedly just making a business proposal: give me $57,750 and I’ll reprint one of my “ Order of the Stick ” web-comic compilations. Berlew received $400,000 in the first 12 days

The initial design influences everything else

Harold Jarche

Tweet If you pit a good performer against a bad system, the system will win almost every time. This quote from Rummler & Brache in Improving Performance , sums up many of the symptoms of hierarchical systems, whether they be schools, businesses or even prisons.

How Generosity Day Is Building A Movement

Beth Kanter

Generosity Day is an effort to rebrand Valentine’s Day – and make it about love, connection, and well generosity.

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Social business success: Burberry

Dion Hinchcliffe

In their social business effort, the luxury goods designer was clearly thinking big: A true digital company must use digital channels through and through for all interaction

Power politics in the age of Google

David Weinberger

[live-blogged yesterday] I’ve come in 30 minutes late (Sorry! I had it marked wrong on my schedule) to a panel at the Kennedy School about politics and the Net. The panel is outstanding: Susan Crawford , Micah Sifry , Nicco Mele , Alexis Ohanian [reddit] and Elaine Kamarck , moderated by Alex Jones. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly.

Chip Conley's Emotional Equations: A Leadership Self-help Book You Will Love (Even If You Hate Self-help Books)

Bob Sutton

Chip Conley is an astoundingly talented human-being, and for me, the very model of a CEO who built an organization that strikes a  balance between performance and humanity, or as IDEO's David Kelley puts it, between love and money.

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What does monitoring your brand on social media channels really mean?

Beth Kanter

Source: via Lucy on Pinterest. “Listening” or tracking what people are saying about your brand or issue has always been hailed at the first most important step in building your social media or network strategy.

New keynote speaker video

Ross Dawson

For a keynote speaker having a good showcase video is critical. Potential clients want to get an idea of your style and presence before booking you, and usually a video is the only way to provide that. I have just finished producing a new keynote speaker video.

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[2b2k] The Federally-funded research should be open Act

David Weinberger

The Federal Research Public Access Act has been reintroduced in the U.S. House. It would require federally-funded research to be made public within six months of publication (with security exceptions, natch). More here. Go FRPAA! (Ok, Ok, not the catchiest slogan ever

goCognitive 2.0

Mind Hacks

We’ve reported before on the Univeristy of Idaho’s goCognitive project. It’s a enticing collection of videos and demonstrations, including many guest spots by the glitterati of cognitive neuroscience. The site has more free video content in cognitive neuroscience than before – and it is more easily accessible as well. Check it out. Inside the Brain Linkage

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