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Let’s use the ‘No Track’ button we already have

Doc Searls

( Cross-posted from the ProjectVRM blog.). For as long as we’ve had economies, demand and supply have been attracted to each other like a pair of magnets. Ideally, they should match up evenly and produce good outcomes.

Social Media is not Social Learning

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: There, I said it. Social media is not social learning. Let’s start our analysis with a few definitions first.

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Pull Platforms for Performance

John Hagel

We live in a world of mounting performance pressure. Our Shift Index reveals that return on assets for all public companies in the US has eroded by 75% since 1965. Companies clearly are failing to respond effectively to these mounting pressures. If we hope to turn this around, we need to step back and take a systematic look at the performance levers that drive these results and question the approaches of the past. What drives company performance? It’s actually quite simple.

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Design Interrupted: Design-time Versus Meeting-time

Adaptive Path

Ever see sleep histograms like the one pictured below? There are levels of sleep, and the deeper you go, the better the sleep you're getting. But it takes time for you to get to the sweet spot of REM sleep and achieve quality sleep. And if the neighbor's dog barks (or, in my household, your toddler yells "mama!") and you wake up, the whole process has to start over. The same, it seems, goes for design.

Savor the irony

Doc Searls

Now comes news (via Peter Kafka in All Things D and Jason Boog in Galleycat ) that robot-written “stories” are turning up on the pages of Forbes and other publications. The robots are made by Narrative Science , which (says its About page) “started life as a joint research project at Northwestern University Schools of Engineering and Journalism.”

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The BLS Thinks These Jobs Will Grow a Lot. I Think They’re Wrong.

Andy McAfee

In a post at The Atlantic , Jordan Weissmann draws a couple interesting graphs using data from the BLS’s recently-released projections of job growth to 2020.

From Social Learning to Workforce Collaboration

Jane Hart

Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that I’ve changed this blog’s title from “Learning in the Social Workplace” to “Workforce Collaboration” Why? Well, to try and avoid the “learning” word or at least the term “social learning”! Let me explain. Despite the fact that numerous studies have shown that most workplace learning takes place outside training - the term “learning” is for many people still synonymous with training.

Workforce collaboration in the network era

Harold Jarche

Tweet Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy, and networks subvert standardization. In the industrial era we saw the rise of specialized departments and specialized jobs. Any job could be generically designed and then filled by the most suitable applicant.

The 14 ExaTrends of the Decade

Ross Dawson

We released our Map of the ExaTrends of the Decade a while ago now. However the decade is still young, and all of these ExaTrends (which is a MegaTrend cubed) have a long way yet to play out. We have created a set of slides to make the 14 ExaTrends easier to read and understand.

How to say No. especially to things you want to do

Dan Pink

Last night, I had a breakthrough: I realized that personal productivity is the new dieting. Like all evening epiphanies, this one is subject to future revision, refinement, and rejection.). Here’s what I mean. A century ago, America didn’t have much of a weight loss industry.

Social Media: An Interview

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked to contribute my responses to interview questions on social media for a new journal called The Future of Learning and of course I was happy to send some thoughts along. When did you start getting interested in the potential of social media in education and why? It all depends on what you call social media. For me the turning point came in 1986 at the University of Calgary, and specifically, in John A. Baker's graduate Philosophy of Mind class.

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Why is learning and the sharing of information so important?

Harold Jarche

Tweet The Globe & Mail: The diplomacy of knowledge. Learning together is an important part of living together. While many of our greatest challenges arise through the interplay of complex problems, so, too, do our greatest advances often occur at the intersections between disciplines.

Are You Content Creation Impaired? Here’s Some Tips and Resources

Beth Kanter

Source: Copyblogger.

How to predict a student’s SAT score: Look at the parents’ tax return

Dan Pink

This weekend, triggered by a few readers who disagreed with my assertion that socioeconomic status is a huge driver of educational attainment and performance , I decided to respond the way any nerd would in my situation: I made a chart.

Whose Your Brian Reid?

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Being an interlocutor doesn’t take much. Being present in someone’s life despite geographical distance is as easy as you mentally make it. Let me introduce you to Brian Reid. ( @number1brian ).

Enterprise Learning Summit, DC, March 20-21

Jay Cross

The Enterprise Learning! Summit DC focuses on how executives can build smarter organizations. Over the 2 day conference, executive can access 66 experts, across 16 sessions and 20 sponsors.

Debate: The Ethics of Crowdsourcing

Ross Dawson

For many who come across the idea of crowdsourcing in its many forms, their first thoughts are about the ethical issues. As such, in writing Getting Results From Crowds , it was important to address the ethical domain rather than ignoring or glossing it.

The state of social collaboration

Jane Hart

“Why social collaboration? Based on proximity, people are not likely to collaborate very often if they are more than 50 feet apart” Thomas Allen, 1977. Here’s an image Courtesy of Central Desktop Click the image for the large version. Social learning

An uncivil practice

Dave Snowden

My last day in Singapore on this trip, although I will be back at the end of March. It's been a busy week both with client projects and Cognitive Edge business.

The mind is a guess

Mind Hacks

My recent Beyond Boundaries column for the latest issue of The Psychologist explores how the idea of the ‘mind’ as a single distinct concept is an assumption that many cultures don’t share. I’d like to talk about people who don’t have minds.

Strategic Doing is designed for open, loosely coupled networks

Harold Jarche

Tweet Comparing Strategic Planning and Strategic Doing. “In Strategic Doing, metrics play a different role. We use metrics to facilitate learning. Whereas strategic planning is a deductive process of thought and action, Strategic Doing using inductive reasoning. We learn as we do.

The "thingification" of social media

Euen Semple

Last week I took part in several events at Social Media Week London. It is an amazing event and kudos to Sam Michel and his team at Chinwag for helping make it happen.

Gamestorming for service design

Dave Gray

As part of the kickoff for the Global Service Jam, I was asked to offer some tips on how service designers could use gamestorming. So I put together a few thoughts in this short video

Joho: Culture is an echo chamber

David Weinberger

After a couple of years, I’ve actually published another issue of my old ‘zine. Why so long between issues? Basically, blogging ate my zine. Here’s the table of contents. The main article is, unsurprisingly, the first one: Culture is an echo chamber : We all hate echo chambers in which a bunch of yahoos convince one another that they’re right. But, our fear of echo chambers can blind us to their important social role.

Betterness: Review

Harold Jarche

Tweet Umair Haque’s Betterness: Economics for Humans is a quick read and a very cheap book at $2.69 for a Kindle version. It’s worth much more than that.

The No Asshole Rule in One Company: A Simple Decision-Tree

Bob Sutton

I recently posted an updated version  of People and Places that Use The No Asshole Rule. 

Wisdom 2.0: Balance in A Hyper Connected World

Beth Kanter

Twitter Photo by Jennifer Barr @rjenbarr. Yesterday, I spent most of the day offline at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference where I gave my full attention to the presentations and conversation. The Wisdom 2.0

Great Debate: Social enterprise - Fact or fiction? Live next Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 2pm ET

Dion Hinchcliffe

Dennis Howlett and I finally get our ‘cage match’ on social business. We will debate whether or not the social enterprise is fact or fiction next Tuesday at 2pm ET. We’ll both bring our best arguments and when the dust settles, we’ll all collectively be smarter on this topic du jour


Moments of the self

Mind Hacks

A study just published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences gives a wonderful example of the little recognised complexity of epileptic seizures. The article describes three cases of people who take their clothes off during seizures and discusses the potential legal consequences of engaging in such behaviour when it was caused by epilepsy. However ‘Case 1′ has so many other aspects to it, it really highlights the diversity of epilepsy.

Announcement of Crowdsourcing Week: Singapore April 2013

Ross Dawson

Crowdsourcing is moving to the center not just of discussion, but of business and society. That is becoming increasingly evident through the events being run as well as in what companies are doing. Moving beyond the increasing proliferation of conferences and workshops on crowdsourcing (for which I am partly responsible), we are now seeing a full week devoted to the topic, in Singapore in April 2013.

Greetings and Bathrooms: One CEO's Metrics for Retail Stores

Bob Sutton

Yesterday, we had the CEO of a large retail chain as a visitor in the Stanford class we Huggy Rao and I are teaching on scaling-up excellence.    I will refrain from using his name as this a class, not a speech to the public.    But he said something  interesting in response to a question about the challenge of "descaling bad behavior." 

Friday Fun: Bendable Screens

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Bendable screens. You think I’m kidding? NanoLumens now produces a product called ‘ NanoFlex Wrap ‘ Think of a monitor or screen that can contort, bend or conform across a surface area that isn’t flat.

[2b2k] The Surprisingly Free interview

David Weinberger

Surprisingly Free has posted its podcast interview with me, by Jerry Brito. Unsurprisingly, it’s free


Reserve your place for the webinar: Jane Hart in conversation with Jane Bozarth

Jane Hart

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM GMT | 1.30-2.30 PM ET | 10.30-11.30 AM PT. Reserve your seat for the webinar now – there are 100 places available - After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. System Requirements. PC-based attendees. Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server. Macintosh®-based attendees. Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer.