Launch of Newspaper Extinction Timeline for every country in the world
OCTOBER 31, 2010
Back in August I predicted that newspapers in their current form will be irrelevant in Australia in 2022. That received significant international attention including from The Australian , The Guardian , Editor & Publisher (which called me the 'Wizard of Aussie') and many others.
Where Good Ideas Come From
Steven Berlin Johnson
JUNE 7, 2010
On Friday, I got the galley copies of my new book, to be published in early October. It’s called Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History Of Innovation. I’ve been working on this one for almost five years now, though in some ways the idea for it is almost a decade old.
Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles
MARCH 24, 2010
In a recent conversation, I was asked what I thought about twitter as a learning tool. Over the course of the past few years I’ve moved from saying “I don’t get it” – to feeling like it’s a good addition to my Learning Tool Set. But I also think that there’s a lot more help now around how to make effective use of Twitter as a learning tool. I thought it would be worthwhile to pull together these resources.
Network Learning: Working Smarter
OCTOBER 22, 2010
Tweet “In the period ahead of us, more important than advances in computer design will be the advances we can make in our understanding of human information processing – of thinking, problem solving, and decision making…” ~ Herbert Simon, Economics Nobel-prize winner (1968).
The Big Shift: Challenge and Opportunity for Women
DECEMBER 14, 2010
How are women affected by the longer-term changes that are transforming our business environment? This issue is rarely explored. Since I am on the edge anyway, I thought I would venture into this potentially sensitive topic. Last week I had an opportunity to address a gathering of TEDxWomen in the Bay area. This offered the opportunity I needed to frame a perspective that had been been evolving regarding the gender implications of the Big Shift.
Chief Learning Officer Job Description: Change Needed
APRIL 25, 2010
Learnerprise is the combination of Enterprise 2.0 and Learning 2.0 concepts. The use of emergent social software platforms as well as formal and informal competence exchange processes, between companies, partners and employees, to improve both productivity and business results.
Curiosity and the Creative Drive
DECEMBER 20, 2010
"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do." - Walt Disney From Psychology Today , " Decades before Evan Schaeffer started practicing law, he developed an interest so all-consuming it verged on obsession: snakes.
OCTOBER 11, 2010
Metaphor , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. In his book Smart Things , Mike Kuniavsky suggests metaphor as a tool for thinking through ubicomp designs and interactions.
Map of the Decade, ExaTrends of the Decade, and the Zeitgeist for 2011
DECEMBER 13, 2010
It is traditional at the turn of the year to look forward at what is to come. We have crystallized our thinking on the year ahead and the decade of the 2010s in a new 3-page visual landscape. You can download the pdf of the framework by clicking on any of the images.
The Glass Box And The Commonplace Book
Steven Berlin Johnson
APRIL 23, 2010
The following is a transcript of the Hearst New Media lecture I gave last night at Columbia University, subtitled "Two Paths For The Future of Text." Thanks to everyone who came out, and to the Journalism school for the invitation.
Top 35 Articles on eLearning Strategy
NOVEMBER 1, 2010
I’ve been recently working on lots of eLearning strategy consulting engagements and one of my colleagues asked me to provide a set of resources around this topic. I went back and looked at what I had written before on eLearning Strategy and saw that I had said at the time: I've spent several hours this morning trying to find good resources on eLearning Strategy development and particularly looking for examples to use in this post. I've really been striking out.
APRIL 14, 2010
PARC offers a glossary of quite useful sense-making terms. Sense-making is what the second part of the Seek-Sense-Share PKM model is about.
Passion and Flow
JUNE 1, 2010
As I dive deeper into passion, I’m frequently asked: “isn’t this just another term for Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi’s concept of “flow?” Indulge me with a brief detour before I answer this question more directly. Leaving rules behind - exploring the edge in extreme sports. Since the 1980s, a feud has raged between skiers and snowboarders, resulting in apartheid on slopes all over the world.
Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Klout. Nail. Coffin. Who cares?
NOVEMBER 25, 2010
[Showing true and visible Influence, "The swirl at the wingtip traces the aircraft's wake vortex, which exerts a powerful influence on the flow field behind the plane"] This is my last post on @Klout - period
The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: BOOK REVIEW: The New.
DECEMBER 19, 2010
BOOK REVIEW: The New Capitalist Manifesto, a brilliant new book by Umair Haque
The Pernicious Effects of Advertising and Marketing Agencies Trying To Deliver User Experience Design
NOVEMBER 18, 2010
This is a glorious time for folks who work on designing for user experience. In the past couple of months, I’ve spoken at or attended conferences dedicated to mobile, converged digital media, and “the next web, and again and again you hear from executives the importance of great user experiences. In many ways, this is validating — at Adaptive Path we’ve been dedicated to demonstrating the value and importance of user experience for nearly 10 years.
What's Wrong With Creative Commons
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
NOVEMBER 15, 2010
I think that this is the most significant statement from the discussion paper : “a recently completed research project, the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) project ( www.aca2k.org ), found that access to learning materials in the eight African study countries is chiefly obtained by way of copyright infringement.” It brings to mind the years I spent sharing an office with a fellow PhD candidate at the University of Alberta. Guangwei was from China – Shanghai, to be specific.
Who Needs Training, Again?
DECEMBER 28, 2010
At some point in time I am sure we’ve all found ourselves with an answer staring us in the face, but we just haven’t managed to see it yet. Spending money, time and effort providing face-to-face training or eLearning courses for workers in an attempt to equip them to use new processes and systems as they’re rolled out across our organisations is one of these cases. Most of us know there are
Blocking a Common Sugar Molecule May Be Key to Preventing Scar Formation
DECEMBER 12, 2010
Most people have one somewhere: a nasty scar from an old injury. It typically causes no serious harm, but can be unsightly. Scar-reducing creams and other dermatological procedures can help, but no one has known how to prevent scarring in the first place. Now scientists have discovered that the key to scar-free wound healing could involve blocking the action of a common sugar. More]. Health,More Science,Everyday Science,Biology
Our 6 favorite infographics of 2010
DECEMBER 20, 2010
I'll try to fit in a few summary posts from the year before I head off for holidays. To kick off here are our favorite infographics that we've launched this year, in chronological order. Click on the images for the original posts. Quite a few of these got a lot of attention! Crowdsourcing Landscape.
The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky
APRIL 1, 2010
I gave a talk last year to a group of TV executives gathered for an annual conference. From the Q&A after, it was clear that for them, the question wasn't whether the internet was going to alter their business, but about the mode
Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources
OCTOBER 25, 2010
I received an inquiry about resources that would help instructors who are about to move into teaching online courses. It made me immediately think back to my first experience with an online session. It was the first ever public session for Placeware - a virtual meeting software company that was much later acquired by Microsoft and became Microsoft Live Meeting. Because it was their first ever public session and my first ever online session neither of us knew what we were doing.
Compliance of an industry
MAY 13, 2010
compliance – acting according to established and accepted standards. Mandated training is a standard response by industry regulators when dealing with human performance issues. This is “compliance training.
Passion Versus Obsession
MARCH 2, 2010
When I was a little boy, I was obsessed with chemistry. I had a chemistry lab in my home and I could not wait to retreat to my little lab and conduct the most amazing experiments, exploring all kinds of permutations of chemical mixtures. When I was not in my lab, I was devouring chemistry textbooks. People said I was passionate about chemistry, but they were wrong – I was obsessed. I was using chemistry as an escape from a very difficult childhood.
Generations, Social and Enterprise: adopt vs adapt
JULY 26, 2010
[Never mind the Dutch text please, it's the only picture I could find apt enough] Today I read the words adopt, social and enterprise and tweeted: You can't adopt Social to the Enterprise, you have to adapt the Enterprise to SocialThat
The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: My New Year's Resolutions
DECEMBER 22, 2010
An invitation to all who are interested in re-inventing the Fortune 500 and the education and health sectors, so that all our organizations become curators of the human spirit rather than its destroyer
Kill Your Darlings
JULY 1, 2010
My blog died. I tried in vein to save it. Friends kindly came to its rescue, and for a while, it seemed like my little blog just…might…make it. I watched fire slowly creep back back into its eyes and, oh, how I began to hope! But, alas, in the end, neither my friends, network, nor myself could save it. WhatMovesYou.tumblr.com just didn’t have the strength to survive on its own, and I had to accept the sad, sad truth: some ideas really should die.
Open Education and Market Forces
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 12, 2010
Posted to the UNESCO OER Discussion list, in response to the following exchange between Steve Foerster and Franco: Foerster: Education is an important service, Franco: Education is a service? It is a huge mistake to consider education as a market commodity: Education is a human right. Foerster: These aren't incompatible positions. One describes the level of importance it has. The other explains how it can be provided most effectively.
Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises
JUNE 18, 2010
I read a piece written by Kate Graham of e2train on Thursday and it started me thinking about the ‘real learning versus managed learning’ debate. I found I disagreed with Kate’s view on a number of points, and stand on the other side of the fence from her argument for a number of reasons.
Slow Processing Speed.Video Game Therapy?
NOVEMBER 15, 2010
"I used to take these maths tests which were supposed to be done in one period and it took me not just that period but the next one which was a play period and sometimes the one beyond that before I finished the test.
Top 10 posts of the year on social media
DECEMBER 22, 2010
Continuing my sequence of top posts from this year, today I have selected the 10 most popular and interesting posts on social media I've written this year. We are fast learning how to create "enhanced serendipity".
A Rant About Women ? Clay Shirky
JANUARY 15, 2010
So I get email from a good former student, applying for a job and asking for a recommendation. Sure, I say, Tell me what you think I should say. I then get a draft letter back in which the student has described their work and
eLearning Conferences 2011
NOVEMBER 11, 2010
Clayton Wright has done his amazing list of conferences again this year and has asked me to post again. Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. This list is focused mostly on the first half of the year: January to June 2011.
Learning is (still) conversation
FEBRUARY 2, 2010
The folks at Scotland’s GoodPractice for leaders & managers have a white paper on How Managers Learn , with some interesting, but not surprising, results.