Where Good Ideas Come From

Steven Berlin Johnson

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

Tony Karrer

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.

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The Big Shift: Challenge and Opportunity for Women

John Hagel

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. 

The Social Organisation Manifesto

Martijn Linssen

Triggered by a conversation on Twitter between Christopher Carfi and David Armano, the former of who is joining the latter at Edelman, I was led to a blog post of Jon Lebkowsky which finally led me to David's post on the Social Business

Launch of Newspaper Extinction Timeline for every country in the world

Ross Dawson

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.

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Chief Learning Officer Job Description: Change Needed

Dan Pontefract

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

Eide Neurolearning

"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.


Dave Gray

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.

The Glass Box And The Commonplace Book

Steven Berlin Johnson

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

Tony Karrer

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.

Passion and Flow

John Hagel

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.

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Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Klout. Nail. Coffin. Who cares?

Martijn Linssen

[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

Map of the Decade, ExaTrends of the Decade, and the Zeitgeist for 2011

Ross Dawson

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 Leader's Guide to Radical Management: BOOK REVIEW: The New.

Steve Denning

BOOK REVIEW: The New Capitalist Manifesto, a brilliant new book by Umair Haque

Who Needs Training, Again?

Charles Jennings

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

The strange-face-in-the-mirror illusion

Mind Hacks

An intriguing article has just been published in the journal Perception about a never-before-described visual illusion where your own reflection in the mirror seems to become distorted and shifts identity. To trigger the illusion you need to stare at your own reflection in a dimly lit room.

Sense-making glossary

Harold Jarche

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.

‘Social Business’ is Past Retirement Age

Andy McAfee

When I was a first year doctoral student at Harvard Business School in 1994-5, we took a fascinating yearlong course called “Basic Readings in Administrative Theory&# (OK, it was probably only fascinating if you were a geek). It involved reading close to a book a day, and touched on most of the major areas of business scholarship, including strategy, innovation, and org structure. The single biggest group of books and articles we read, though, had to do with business as a social system.

Blocking a Common Sugar Molecule May Be Key to Preventing Scar Formation

Dave Snowden

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

The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

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

Tony Karrer

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.

Passion Versus Obsession

John Hagel

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

Martijn Linssen

[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

Slow Processing Speed.Video Game Therapy?

Eide Neurolearning

"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.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: My New Year's Resolutions

Steve Denning

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

Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises

Charles Jennings

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.

No category of digital content has attracted payments from more than 33% of American Net users

David Weinberger

Pew Internet reports that 65% of American Net users (75% of the people they contacted) have paid for online, digital content. And there’s no category of goods in which more than one third of the respondents have ever paid for content. The content could include articles, music, software, or anything else in digital form. Here are the results for the fifteen different types of content Pew asked about: 33% of internet users have paid for digital music online. 33% have paid for software.

Compliance of an industry

Harold Jarche

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&#.

Control Technology Choice, Not Technology Use

Andy McAfee

I talked a couple days ago with the CIO of a huge global organization. Like a lot of his peers these days, he was pretty interested in Enterprise 2.0 , and was digging in on figuring out what it meant for his company and putting a plan together. For me, the most interesting part of the conversation came as I gave him one of my standard pieces of advice: exercise tight control over technology choice, and as little as possible over technology use.

The Internet doesn’t do this

Doc Searls

The above, in order (1,2,3) is what I went through this morning when I searched for “emancipay&# on Twitter. Not knocking Twitter here. I am knocking the fact that we haven’t come up with the open Internet-based (rather than silo-based) way of microblogging.

A Rant About Women ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

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

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eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

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: crwr77@gmail.com. This list is focused mostly on the first half of the year: January to June 2011.

My Personal Passion Trajectory

John Hagel

As I've become more engaged on the topic of passion, I've been thinking about the inevitable question: what is my passion?    How would I characterize it? How has it evolved over time? As I reflected on these questions, I developed some real insight about the essence of my passion, so I thought I would share it in case it might help others to explore and understand their passion. Construction Projects.

Why I think @Klout is Krap

Martijn Linssen

After my last post it wasn't hard to come up with this devious title. At the defrag conference, Philip Hotchkiss from Klout took the stage, resulting in a few tweets about the perceived value and accuracy of Klout