Sat.Oct 29, 2011 - Fri.Nov 04, 2011

The Metasociety

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to An Open Letter to #OccupyWallStreet When the OWS people say 'we' they do not mean it in the sense of 'we who are camped out' but rather 'we' as in 'we who are not among the financial elite'.

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It’s the network …

Harold Jarche

Tweet I presented on Managing in a Networked World at DevLearn 2011 today in Las Vegas. How do you manage a workforce that is both nomadic and collaborative?

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Are we addicted to the notification of notifications?

Dan Pontefract

Picture this for a minute. You’re facilitating a face-to-face meeting with about six people. You’re presenting a couple of topics on the overhead projector that describe next year’s objectives.

Unleashing the Next Age of Prosperity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I met with Carlota Perez in New York. I first met Carlota , - a friend so I will refer to her by first name, - around the time of the publication of her 2002 book: Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages. In her book, as well as her many articles and lectures , she frames the turbulent times we are going through into a clear, historical perspective. Let me briefly summarize her views. .

Koulopoulos Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

The afternoon keynote at DevLearn was an energizing and insightful visitation of innovation and the future by Thom Koulopolous. social strategy

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Bill Sullivan, CEO of Agilent Technologies is a Chief Engagement Officer

Dan Pontefract

In my quest to highlight CEO’s that are truly game changers, believers & practitioners of the thoughts and concepts written in this space, I came across Bill Sullivan of Agilent Technologies. What a gem!

Michio Kaku Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Michio Kaku keynoted the DevLearn keynote today. With his signature phrase,”in the future…”, he covered new techs and made tentative connections to learning. technology

Third Industrial Revolution – Review

Harold Jarche

Tweet The future should be networked writes Jeremy Rifkin in The Third Industrial Revolution. He sees the next industrial age, one bridging industrialism to continental collaboration as the most feasible post-carbon future.

Siri and the dawn of the era of intelligent agents

Ross Dawson

I have recently done a number of interviews on the implications of Apple’s voice assistant Siri. To me, it’s looking very much like Apple has once again brought a technology to market precisely when it is sufficiently mature to impress. Voice control and ‘intelligent assistants’ are far from new, but haven’t been widely used to date simply because they haven’t been good enough.

Draft: What’s new about social media?

David Weinberger

I’m on a panel about “What’s Next in Social Media?” ” at the National Archives tonight , moderated by Alex Howard, the Government 2.0 Correspondent for O’Reilly Media, and with fellow panelists Sarah Bernard, Deputy Director, White House Office of Digital Strategy; Pamela S. Wright, Chief Digital Access Strategist at the National Archives. It’s at 7pm, with a “social media fair” beginning at 5:30pm.

Sage at the Side

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago, I wrote an article (PDF) talking about how we might go beyond our current ‘apart’ learning experiences.

Jim Collins on 3 ways to avoid demotivating people at work | Daniel.

Dan Pink

Jim Collins -- the author of the legendary Good to Great and co-author of the new and equally compelling Great by Choice-- has an insightful 3-minute Big Think

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Revisiting the Newspaper Extinction Timeline on its first anniversary

Ross Dawson

The Newspaper Extinction Timeline below was launched one year ago today. It received plenty of attention, getting published in newspapers and other mainstream media in over 30 countries , and being seen well over a million times. Click on image to download full framework.

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Key social learning resources: Part 9 #sociallearning

Jane Hart

A nice selection of posts about social learning and social media for learning this week.

Thoughtful filtering

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the ideas and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week, just to show that what happens in Vegas, gets posted to the Web. Steve Rosenbaum: We need thoughtful filters with humans replacing algorithms so it becomes more about ideas than data – via @Smartinx.

Twenty years of fMRI

Mind Hacks

Functional magnetic resonance imaging, better known as fMRI , is 20 years old this week. October’s NeuroPod marks the celebrations by looking back at the brain scanning technology, it’s successes, and its troublesome teenage years. The imaging technique was first announced in a 1991 study published in Science that announced how a standard MRI scanner could be used to used to track where oxygenated and deoxygenated blood flowed in the brain.

Proposal for a new crowdfunding model: Betting to win

Ross Dawson

The other day I caught up for a coffee with Ryan Wardell , the founder of Project Powerup , a crowdfunding site focused on startups. Project Startup uses the classic crowdfunding model used by Kickstarter , Indie GoGo , Sellaband and other crowdfunding platforms for funding creative projects, in which funders are rewarded by receiving products, services, preferential treatment, and feeling good, but no equity.

The hotel with no metadata

David Weinberger

I’m staying at a “boutique” hotel in NYC that is so trendy that it has not only dressed its beautiful young staff in black, it has removed as much metadata as it can. There’s no sign outside. There are no pointers to the elevators on the room floors. The hotel floors in the elevator are poorly designated, so that two in our party ended up on a service floor, wandering looking for a way back into the public space of the hotel.

Why #Occupy will fail

George Siemens

Anytime individuals get together to reclaim social justice and fairness or to empower themselves in the light of gross inequalities, I’m heartened and encouraged. I’ve been following the #Occupy movement with tremendous interest. The inequalities in society are increasing. The small % control the majority. The movement is now 6 weeks old, and with that small amount of maturity, comes new models of organization and structure.

I am yours for 2 coppers

Mind Hacks

I’ve just found a wonderful 1973 study on the psychoanalysis of graffiti that discusses how unconscious desires might be expressed through public scrawlings. It has a completely charming table that compares graffiti from A.D. 79 Pompeii with 1960′s Los Angeles to demonstrate the similarity of themes across the centuries.

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Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

*QRapplets* I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner. Though to be honest, I don't know whether they will work - but I see no reason why they shouldn't. Here's the idea: - QR codes are used, among other things, to encode URLs. Using a QR code reader, you photograph the image, and then are taken to the encoded URL. - Web browsers typically take HTTP addresses as input URLs. But as power-users have long known, you can execute Javascript applets with URLs as well.


Empirical copyright

David Weinberger

If we believe (as did our Constitutional founders) that the purpose of copyright is to provide a sufficient incentive for the creation of works that would then enter the public domain at the earliest possible moment — because that’s how works have lasting value — then why can’t we figure out the proper length of copyright with a little science? What is the curve of sales for most books? How many years do books sell more than a handful of copies?

See you at #DevLearn

Jane Hart

I’m just about to start packing to fly to Las Vegas tomorrow for DevLearn 2011, where. I’m going to be hosting the Management Xchange stage on 2nd and 3rd November: “The Management Xchange offers practical approaches for addressing the key issues involved in successful eLearning management. The Xchange showcases well-known learning experts, learning and training managers, … Read the rest. Social learning

Three Tips To Improve Social Media Results

Beth Kanter

Infographic by RAD Campaign - click to see full graphic. Note from Beth: In this post, Craig offers a few tips on using social media for nonprofits.

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Techmeme: The power of the headline

Ross Dawson

I first wrote about Techmeme over 5 years ago. Today Techmeme remains the reference point for what’s hot in technology news. Bloggers and publishers strive to appear on its pages, not just because of the traffic it drives, but also because the people who visit Techmeme are among the most influential in the business. Founder Gabe Rivera has just shared some insights into how particular articles are selected as the lead article on Techmeme for a particular breaking story.

The Firefox difference

David Weinberger

Sebastian Anthony points to a distinguishing philosophy of Firefox that was not clear to me until I read it. The title is “Firefox is the cloud’s biggest enemy,” which he in the comments admits is not entirely apt. Rather, Firefox wants you to own and control your data; it uses the cloud, but encrypts your data when it does. This is a strong differentiation from Google Chrome and Microsoft IE

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4 diverse emotionally intelligent signs | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Each week PinkBlog readers send us lots of examples of emotionally intelligent signage they've spotted in their communities. Here are four recent submissions

Sense-making in a hostage situation

Dave Snowden

I've been meaning to share this story for a bit. For some years now the Cynefin framework has been taught at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey and they also produced a wonderful alternative version of the children's party story. They recently sent me a story by Captain Richard Alexander of the Tulsa Police Department. It is a very pragmatic reflection and a good example of the legitimate use of Cynefin as a categorisation framework in operational use.

The secrets of BigCommerce’s success

Ross Dawson

In the Kochie’s Business Builders program that I hosted on Sunday, I interviewed Matt Barrie of , and Eddie Machaalani and Mitch Harper of BigCommerce , both fantastic Australian online business success stories.

[2b2k] Interview with Kevin Kelly on What Libraries Want

David Weinberger

Dan Jones just posted my Library Lab Podcast conversation with Kevin Kelly , of whom I’m a great admirer

Invasion of the disembody snatchers

Mind Hacks

The latest edition of The Psychologist has a fantastic article on the psychology of horror, taking in everything from the popularity of cultural themes like zombies and vampires to research into the enjoyment of slasher films. It’s a really comprehensive look at the both the psychological concept, the feeling of horror, and where its origins may lie in our evolutionary and cultural past, as well as numerous studies on how we react to fear and horror, both in real life and in entertainment.

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Trick or Tweet? Seven Twitter Tools To Help You Measure, Learn, and Improve

Beth Kanter

Last week, I celebrated my 5th birthday of joining Twitter! As far as I can tell, the first arrivals on Twitter from the NpTech sector were Ruby Sinreich and Brian Reich who signed up two weeks before me. So, in honor our collective Twitter birthdays in October and Halloween, I thought I’d share a few Twitter tools for tracking and learning that are real treats and a few that make your work flow on Twitter efficient for documenting events.

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KBB: Interview on the essentials of online business

Ross Dawson

Kochie’s Business Builders program on Channel 7, which focuses on helping growing businesses improve their performance, has just started its fifth series. This series they have dedicated a complete program to an “online bootcamp” The program starts with an interview with me, after which I go on to interview two of Australia’s top online businesses: and BigCommerce on their secrets of success. The program has been excerpted in online videos.

October 2011 in Review

Jane Hart

I’ve added over 50 links to interesting articles and resources in my Reading List in October. As I’ve mentioned lots of them in my continuing series of postings on Key Social Learning Resources, here I want to pick out just five more. 1 and 2.