Sat.Aug 20, 2011 - Fri.Aug 26, 2011

It’s not about the content

Jay Cross

This morning the designers of a very pricey executive development program asked my opinion of their approach to developing, aggregating, and distributing content. Things had to be tip-top quality, for the program’s tuition will be $60,000 a year.

Writing For Designers: Be Like Papa

Adaptive Path

"All our words from loose using have lost their edge.". Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon. As this year is the fiftieth anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's death, I've been thinking about his writing and what I could learn from it. I’m not Hemingway.

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Steve Jobs’s Legacy: The Best Answers to the Most Important Question

Andy McAfee

Remember all the predictions from members of the technorati that the iPad would fail ? It didn’t have a file system, or a camera, or a USB port, or lots of other things apparently critical to the success of a tablet computer. It didn’t do enough. It was a toy, suitable only for kids or passive, bovine consumers. It’s sold over 25 million units. It’s safe to say that Steve Jobs was right and his detractors wrong.

Research: The acceleration of Australian banks’ use of social media

Ross Dawson

Financial services is one of the most industries in which the use of social media is the most relevant, not least because customer service is a critical differentiator between highly commoditized offerings.

Google Plus and The Enterprise – What’s The Deal?

Luis Suarez

(I was hoping to be able to share this blog post while I was on vacation with my family in León, mainland Spain, but apparently lack of reliable (NOT!!)

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Vacation Is A State Of Mind

Luis Suarez

Indeed, while everyone tries to go and aim for that Work / Life Balance or, as of late, Work / Life Integration, I am starting to be more and move convinced by the day that there isn’t such a balance nor such integration after all.

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The implications of the new broader, flatter distribution of music taste

Ross Dawson

The distribution of music taste and consumption has shifted dramatically over the decade years, and will continue to evolve significantly in coming years.

Google Books contract with the British Library

David Weinberger

Thanks to the persistence of Javier Ruiz of the British Open Rights Group , you can now read [ pdf ] the contract between the British Library and Google Books. Google has shrouded its book digitization contracts in non-disclosures wrapped in lead sheathing that is then buried in collapsed portions of the Wieliczka salt mines. It took a Freedom of Information Act request by Javier to get access, and Google restricts further re-distribution.

Obama’s circular firing squad

Doc Searls

I normally avoid talking politics here, but it’s hard to stay quiet while partisans on the left help with the demolition project that partisans on the right started the moment Barack Obama arrived in the White House. One example: Hillary Told You So in The Daily Beast.

Some notes on Bureaucracy

Harold Jarche

Tweet In 2005 , I wrote - Seth Godin’s quotable Bureaucracy = Death raises a number of issues on why preventive actions are seldom taken by bureaucratic organisations. Seth talks about the effects of bureaucracy on marketing, but it also results in inertia in healthcare, education, et al. I doubt that his idea of a Chief No Officer would be embraced by many companies or institutions.

Keynote: Creating the future of retail shopping precincts: The Power of Community and Uniqueness

Ross Dawson

Tomorrow morning I will give the keynote at Mainstreet Australia conference on the topic of Creating the Future of Business. My slides are below. The usual caveat applies – the slides are designed to accompany my presentation and not to stand alone.

The unframed Net

David Weinberger

It’s clear that we don’t know how to explain the Internet. Is it a medium? Is it a culture, a subworld, or a parallel world? Is it a communication system? We bounce around, and we disagree. Nevertheless, I am not as worried about our lacking the right framing for the Net as are some of my friends and colleagues. For one thing, the same refusal to be pinned down characterizes everything.

Strong piano at high fruitiness

Mind Hacks

A wonderful graph which shows how strongly the sounds of the piano, strings, woodwind and brass instruments are associated with fruity smells, across smells of low, medium and high fruitiness.

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How to understand regret ? and 2 ways to avoid it | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Sometimes when I'm stuck on a course of action, I use two techniques to help me decide. One is what I call the 90-year-old me Test. I imagine I'm 90 and

Qantas Business Radio: why crowdsourcing will drive the future of organizations

Ross Dawson

This month’s Qantas Business Radio has a technology focus, including interviews with Nick Leeder , Managing Director of Google Australia, Simon Hackett , Managing Director of Internode, Peter Williams , CEO of Deloitte Digital, Charis Palmer , Editor of Technology Spectator, Ian Hogg , CEO of FremantleMedia Australia, as well as myself.

Susan Hildreth on libraries in the digital age

David Weinberger

At the Library Innovation Lab blog, there’s a podcast interview I did a couple of weeks ago with Susan Hildreth , director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services , a federal agency that supports libraries and museums. She is quite frank about the future of libraries as works gets digitized, suggesting that physical copies of books might be archived in regional offsite repositories. For someone with the embossed U.S.

The 20th Anniversary of Linux

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In mid-August I traveled to Vancouver to attend LinuxCon , the industry’s premier Linux conference. The conference is organized by the Linux Foundation , which is the nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Linux, which made the conference particularly special. Most of the keynotes reflected on the impact of Linux on the computer industry and on society in general.

Lead, follow or get out of the way

Harold Jarche

Tweet A while back, it was only those nasty dictatorships that shut down communications, but now “enlightened&# democracies like the USA and the UK are doing the same. However, it’s not really about social media, as they’re just the current manifestation of the Internet.

Why Steve Jobs’ resignation is a (relative) non-event as Apple becomes a living company

Ross Dawson

I was just interviewed by ABC TV for tonight’s 7pm news about Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO of Apple. My initial reaction is that is as close to a non-event as it could be. . It was absolutely major news when Jobs announced his first medical leave for a life-threatening disease. It underlined that he would not be at Apple for ever, and might not return to Apple from his leave. He in fact returned twice, and now on his third medical leave he has said his role as CEO is over.

Kick-starting a corporate social network

Jay Cross

Internal microblogging is a great way for an organization to kick-start social networking. My pal Aaron Silvers shares his experience with microblogging going viral at W. Grainger in this video. Fairy tales do come true; it could happen to you. Just Jay

Job Creation and America's Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This past June, the McKinsey Global Institute published one of the most comprehensive reports I have seen on the high unemployment and jobless recovery the US has been going through for the past few years - An Economy that Works: Job Creation and America’s Future.

Social media and its impact on workplace learning OR how the Smart Worker works and learns

Jane Hart

Social media is affecting all our lives – it has disrupted countries and it is unsettling organisations.

Immersion or collaboration?

Clark Quinn

In something I’ve just been involved in, I realized I had a question. I’m a fan of scenarios (read: serious games), to the point that I’ve written a book about how to design them! I’m also a fan of social learning, and consequently argue for the benefits of collaborative assignments. They both have the opportunity for powerful outcomes. The question, naturally, is which makes sense when?

Information fertiliser

Euen Semple

Thought you might enjoy this paragraph from the chapter in my book exhorting people to resist tidying up their information: Finding the good stuff is one of the functions of bloggers. Information rag and bone men who curate the weak signal and the long tail. Seeing patterns in the small, the marginal, the messy. This is where those with nerdy curiosity and a good eye can find real value in what others have discarded or not noticed.

Monday Video: 4 Perspectives on CoP Evaluation

Nancy White

I often have a “deer in the headlight&# look when someone asks me about evaluating communities of practice. I think that is because I have some stereotype in my head about evaluation. But in fact, when I let my common sense kick in, I know of and use many evaluation approaches.

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Exposing that which lies below the surface

Harold Jarche

Tweet Ken Carroll calls for leaders to be the miners: You have to dig if you want to find the greatest possibilities within yourself and others. They are not – repeat, not – obvious. But even simple discoveries can be transformative. They can change individuals and organizations.

Mind the SME (and process)

Clark Quinn

At the recent Distance Teaching & Learning Conference I keynoted at, I met up with Jon Aleckson who, among other things, provided me a copy of his new book MindMeld. As the subtitle tells you, the book is about “micro collaboration between elearning designers and instructor experts&#. To put it another way, the book is primarily about how to work successfully with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Bsed upon Jon’s Ph.D.

Remembering Hurricane Bob

Doc Searls

Got an interesting email from sister Jan, retired Commander with the U.S. Navy, who was stationed in Newport when Hurricane Bob hit in 1991. With her permission, here it is: It was almost exactly 20 years ago that I rode out the direct hit Bob made on Newport. As I recall, Bob had flirted with the entire East Coast, waving at Miami to Cape May while eluding the weathermen who wanted the story in their backyard. When it turned ENE away from NJ and the I-95 corridor the story died out.

The Dyslexic Advantage is Out! - Dyslexic Inventor James Russell

Eide Neurolearning

It's here! Our book, The Dyslexic Advantage is out!

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Organization Design

Jay Cross

One person’s constant is another person’s variable. Those of us who work in the field of learning are accustomed to dealing with managers who think that learning’s solely a matter of herding people into a room to listen to an authority spout content.


Clark Quinn

What’s In It For Learners? In organizations, we talk about addressing WIIFM (What’s In It For Me). As a key component of motivation, we want to connect to individuals viscerally. With my focus on engagement in learning, I’ve felt it’s important to address the conative (anxiety, motivation, etc) of learners as well.

What Would You Do If Your Doctor Relied on a Book Like This.

Bob Sutton

As regular readers of this blog will know, I am a strong advocate of evidence-based management. Yes, there are times when sound evidence isn't available, can't be generated fast enough to make a pressing decision

Social Media and the Smart Worker

Jane Hart

Social media is affecting all our lives – it has disrupted countries and it is unsettling organisations.

Car Week 2011

Jay Cross

In 1950, a car show was started to accompany the Pebble Beach Road Race. It has since morphed into the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance , a gathering of a couple of hundred beautiful automobiles on the final green of the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Here’s the history.