2017

A sheep in wolves clothing

Dave Snowden

Nothing pleases people more than to go on thinking what they have always thought, and at the same time imagine that they are thinking something new and daring: it combines the advantage of security and the delight of adventure.

Robocalypse Now? Technology, Productivity and Employment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Is the Robocalypse upon us?, asked MIT economist David Autor in his presentation at a recent Forum of European central bankers. His presentation was based on a paper co-written with Utrecht University economist Anna Salomons. “Is productivity growth inimical to employment?,”

An Engaged Culture Improves Performance, Not The Other Way Around

Dan Pontefract

A vice-president approached me one day after I finished delivering a keynote. The talk was focused on organizational culture. He was friendly, but rather cocky. The first.

The Knowledge and Learning Transfer Problem

Charles Jennings

During a meeting at Cambridge University around 30 years ago I was thoroughly chastised by a Cambridge academic. I’d used the phrase ‘learning delivery’ when describing computer-supported collaborative learning ( CSCL ) approaches.

Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2018

John Hagel

This 2018, take some time out to refresh and recharge. For me, that often means stealing a few quiet moments with my book, hiding out…er…I mean, hanging out on my couch, or comfortably wedged into a window seat listening to an audiobook on a long flight.

our future is networked and feminine

Harold Jarche

TIMN is an explanatory model of how human societies have organized: first in Tribes, later with Institutions added (T+I), and in our current society where Markets dominate (T+I+M).

The CluePlane Manifesto

David Weinberger

( An unauthorized, unapproved homage to The Cluetrain Manifesto ). A powerful global reaccommodation has begun. Corporations are rediscovering themselves in their muscular masculinity. For we are the makers, the takers, and above all else, we are the winners.

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10 Myths about Modern Workplace Learning

Jane Hart

Inspired by TeachThought’s 22 myths in modern academic learning, here are 10 misconceptions about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL). More to come in another post. 1 – MWL simply means modernising training. It is much more than modern training.

Learning Management Systems (LMS) - Never Ending Conversation

Tony Karrer

Two articles are trending right next to each other on eLearning Learning this week: Over the past few years, I've been involved in many LMS Selection Processes. It's good to see articles that are focusing more on getting more out of their LMS without switching to a different provider.

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Learning Analytics Courses

George Siemens

After about a year of planning, we can finally announce the following courses on edX focusing on learning analytics. The intent of these courses is to eventually lead into a MicroMasters and then advance placement in an in-development Masters of Science in Learning Analytics at UTA. Each course runs about three weeks and we’ve tried to settle on prominent analytics tools for educational data so the experience is one where skills can immediately be applied.

Systems thinking & complexity

Dave Snowden

A recent post by Sonja caused some reaction in social media and I promised to write something to clarify my position the subject. Now I should say up front that a lot of this is finding labels for things that are different, not the denigration of other methods and tools.

Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“In primitive economies, people traded mostly with members of their village and community,” wrote David Brooks in a June, 2014 NY Times OpEd, - The Evolution of Trust. “Trust was face to face.

Why I Will Never Use Uber Ever Again

Dan Pontefract

As early as 2014 I had heard the rumblings of male chauvinism at Uber headquarters. There were even whispers of misogyny. But the world seemed to be smitten.

70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose

Charles Jennings

This is a re-post of an article by Cal Wick of Fort Hill. The original is on the 70-20 Blog site. There are a few observations from me at the bottom. first published August 2016). Calhoun Wick Cal is deeply experienced and knowledgeable in the area of workplace learning.

Mastering the Learning Pyramid

John Hagel

Our media and conversations are consumed by concerns over the spread of AI and what it will mean for jobs.

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cities and the future of work

Harold Jarche

Note: This post is based on several earlier ones.

[liveblog][PAIR] Rebecca Fiebrink on how machines can create new things

David Weinberger

At the PAIR symposium , Rebecca Fiebrink of Goldsmiths University of London asks how machines can create new things. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly.

The real problem is Decoy News (and decoy content of all kinds)—and the platforms can’t fix it

Doc Searls

The term “ fake news ” was a casual phrase until it became clear to news media that a flood of it had been deployed during last year’s presidential election in the U.S.

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4 Exciting Recruiting Trends In 2018 [Infographic]

Jane Hart

In terms of recruiting trends, 2017 was the year of AI and automation technologies , unconscious bias and workplace diversity, and candidate experience in recruiting. With the continually improving economy and unemployment at a 16-year old low, what will the new year bring?

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Before the Course

Clark Quinn

It appears that, too often, people are building courses when they don’t need to (or, more importantly, shouldn’t ).

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Learning as Artifact Creation

George Siemens

Digitization is deceptive in that the deep impact isn’t readily observable. Remember when MOOCs were going to transform higher education? Or when personalized learning was going to do away with instructors? Going back about a century ago, audio, then video, was also going to disrupt education. All of these trends have been window dressing – a facade more reflective of the interests of those who advocate for them rather than a substantive departure from established norms.

Integration and an alarmist implication

Dave Snowden

Presenting similar material to very different audiences last week gave me the opportunity develop some ideas and make some new connections.

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM conducted the largest study to date on the state of adoption of blockchain. The study interviewed almost 3,000 C-Suite executives from over 80 countries and 20 industries to learn about their company’s blockchain plans.

My Augusta Horribilis

Dan Pontefract

I received a Facebook message today from a friend. The first few lines read as follows: “Hi Dan, I’m not seeing much of the ‘real’ Dan's Related Posts: Please Don’t Let There Be Anonymity After Death Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work? I Detached on Holiday.

Learning in the Collaboration Age

Charles Jennings

(Repost and update from August 2014) Many may not have noticed it at the time, but the world of learning changed in 1990.

The Hidden Dimension of the Learning Pyramid

John Hagel

My learning pyramid has been challenged! My recent post on the learning pyramid received some great coverage, but a number of you reached out to challenge me: is it really a pyramid or just a triangle?

Sensemaking and the power of the humanities

Harold Jarche

What is Sensemaking? Christian Madsbjerg, in Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm , describes sensemaking as an interaction with fellow humans in the real world. Sensemaking is practical wisdom grounded in the humanities.

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[bkc] Hate speech on Facebook

David Weinberger

I’m at a Very Special Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Tuesday luncheon featuring Monika Bickert , Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management in conversation with Jonathan Zittrain. Monika is in charge of what types of content can be shared on FB, how advertisers and developer interact with the site, and FB’s response to terrorist content.

How True Advertising Can Save Journalism From Drowning in a Sea of Content

Doc Searls

Journalism is in a world of hurt because it has been marginalized by a new business model that requires maximizing “content” instead. That model is calle d adtech. We can see adtech’s effects in The New York Times ’ In New Jersey, Only a Few Media Watchdogs Are Left , by David Chen.

A Blueprint for supporting Modern Professional Learning: Part 2 Overview

Jane Hart

The digital transformation of learning: Social, informal, self-service, and enjoyable

Dion Hinchcliffe

Technology has long been used to improve how we learn, but today's digital advances, particularly with social media, have taken learning in powerful new -- and for some -- entirely unexpected directions

New Project: Digitizing Higher Education

George Siemens

In fall, I’ll be running a course on edX with a few colleagues on Digitizing Higher Education. This course is part of a larger initiative that I’ll be rolling out later this month focused on helping universities transition into digital systems: University Networks. Here’s the pitch: Higher education faces tremendous change pressure and the resulting structures that are now being formed will alter the role of universities in society for the next several generations.

connections not things

Dave Snowden

Following last weeks highly successful Cynefin Retreat we had a Cognitive Edge management meeting at my home in Wiltshire.

AI and Public Policy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Rotman Management Magazine Interview

Dan Pontefract

I was recently interviewed by Rotman Management Magazine and the very talented Editor-in-Chief, Karen Christensen.

Heading towards high performance

Charles Jennings

This article was initially published on the Totara website on 4th January 2017. Welcome to the first instalment of our new Disruption Debate series, where we speak to leading industry experts to discover more about disruption in the L&D industry.

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The Future of the Gig Economy

John Hagel

The “gig economy” has become an ever-expanding meme, clocking over 500,000 citations on Google. It’s also become an interesting barometer of sentiment. Some people, especially techies, love the concept and can’t wait until the gig economy frees everyone from working as employees for large, bureaucratic organizations. Others, especially “progressives,” worry that this is the latest form of labor exploitation that will surely consume all of us, driving us into the pits of poverty.

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