2014

Timeline of Emerging Science and Technology: A visual framework

Ross Dawson

My colleague and friend Richard Watson and I have created a number of visual frameworks together, including Trend Blend 2007+ based on the London tube map, which has spawned many imitators over the years.

Enterprise 2.0, Finally?

Andy McAfee

Facebook’s recent announcement that it’s readying a version of its social software for workplaces got me thinking about Enterprise 2.0, a topic I used to think a great deal about.

Snow on the Water

Doc Searls

I’ve been intrigued b y Fotopedia since it showed up in ’09, especially since I do a shitload of travel photography. But I never posted anything there, because I was afraid it would die. And now, says here , it will. In seven days.

SAFe: the infantilism of management

Dave Snowden

I gave the opening keynote at the Agile conference in Brno today. A good audience in that they paid attention and were thoughtful.

Class 286

The ABC’s of Collaboration

Dan Pontefract

(Editor’s Note: scroll down for graphical versions).

Learning is Behaviour Change: why is it often so hard to help it happen?

Charles Jennings

A fascinating article recently published on the Fast Company blog should be required reading for all learning and talent professionals as well as for leaders and managers.

Change 280

What will universities monetize in the future?

George Siemens

Universities do more than teach. Research is one of the most important activities of higher education. From the lens of students and society, however, the teaching and learning process and what it costs, is the primary focus.

More Trending

Friends with Agendas (FWA)

Martijn Linssen

From Morguefile. Why don’t companies “get” social? Why do consultants have such a hard time helping clients to leverage social networks and tools for business value? Perhaps it is because in ‘doing social,’ (rather than being social), you become the FWA.

Working Out Loud with Google Plus – Part Deux

Luis Suarez

One of the themes around both Social and Open Business I have grown rather fond of over the course of the last 2 to 3 years is that one of Working Out Loud (Other related topics would be as well narrating your work or observable work , a.k.a. owork ).

ASTD no more

Jay Cross

The American Society for Training and Development has ceased to exist. Now it’s the Association for Talent Development. I have mixed feelings about this. Tony Bingham announces name change in Washington, May 6, 2014.

The age of self-creation: why ethics must be central to how we create the future

Ross Dawson

One of my flurry of media appearances over New Year was on the Sunrise show, talking about what to expect in 2014. Click on the image to see a video of my interview.

Trends 284

The Clearest Trend in the American Workforce Is Not an Encouraging One

Andy McAfee

It’s been a while since I posted data on US employment trends, so here’s a chart created with FRED’s snazzy new graphing interface.

Trends 285

Earth to Mozilla: Come back home

Doc Searls

In her blog post explaining the Brendan Eich resignation , Mitchell Baker , Chair of the Mozilla Foundation , writes, “We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.”

Jive 282

Small countries, big ideas

Dave Snowden

For the last year with Bangor University and the Welsh Audit Office I've been working on our Small Countries Big Ideas initiative. The basic idea is to create a series of properly researched programmes using SenseMaker® in the areas of health, social services and development.

Holacracy Is Not The Answer To Your Employee Disengagement Issues

Dan Pontefract

If you’re located in parts of North America where it’s been too cold to even blink your eyes lately, you may not have seen the news. Holacracy is the new black. Holacracy?

Issues 284

Embedding Learning in Work: The Benefits and Challenges

Charles Jennings

I now have a Canadian Father

George Siemens

Over two years ago, I complained about the cruel and frustrating rejection of my dad’s Canadian citizenship. It has been a long process.

Facebook provides more this-like-that instead of this-oh-that! (Or relevancy, interestingingness, and serendipity)

David Weinberger

Facebook has announced that it’s going to start adding to your newsfeed stories that you don’t know about but that are on the same topic as ones you follow.

Waking up.

Martijn Linssen

I think we are waking up. From my limited perch, it appears sudden clarity is emerging in businesses. The past months I have been privileged to work with clients who get it. The rebels deep within their walls are being heeded, funded, and presented with the intractable questions.

The Humanity of the Web: Reflections of a Social Computing Evangelist

Luis Suarez

A 21st Century Global Declaration of Independence

John Hagel

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for individuals to dissolve the institutional bands which have connected them with another , and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Why children (and adults) need to be on social media or get left behind

Ross Dawson

Yesterday the West Australian newspaper began a five-part series on children and social media, beginning with a feature article introducing the topic. The article’s title, Get online or ‘be left behind’ quotes an interview with me.

Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.

Andy McAfee

My MIT colleague David Autor delivered a wonderful paper at the recent Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium about American job and wage patterns in recent decades, and their link to the computerization of the economy.

Sell the news, give away the olds

Doc Searls

We decided this year to zero-base all our subscriptions to print publications. The reasoning: since most pubs give the best deals to new or slow-to-return readers, wait to see how far down they push the price, and in the meantime see if we actually miss them.

News 271

Thinking simply, in context

Dave Snowden

One of the common social media comments post a Cognitive Edge course (especially when I run it) is that people'r brains hurt; it's normally a compliment. As I said yesterday on the final day of this week's London programme the issue is to think differently, then its all pretty simple.

Let’s Stop Penalizing the Dreamers

Dan Pontefract

I had a wonderful, powerful get-together the other day with a friend of mine. Like me, he’s a dreamer. It was a chat long overdue. We hadn’t shared a latte for well over twelve months.

Learning in the Collaboration Age

Charles Jennings

We may not have noticed it at the time, but the world of learning changed in 1990.

Multiple pathways: Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs

George Siemens

I’m running a MOOC on edX in fall on Data Analytics & Learning (registration will be open soon). As part of this process, we organized a designjam recently bringing together 20 or so folks to think through the design process. I’ll post separately on this event.

Municipal nets, municipal electric power, and learning from history

David Weinberger

The debate over whether municipalities should be allowed to provide Internet access has been heating up. Twenty states ban it. Tom Wheeler, the chair of the FCC, has said he wants to “ preempt ” those laws. Congress is maneuvering to extend the ban nationwide.

The Expertise Strikes Back

Martijn Linssen

Tom Nichols writes of the death of expertise in a recent, well-received blog.

The Soothing Effect of Blogging

Luis Suarez

It’s hard to believe, even for myself, how the last time I wrote a blog post over here was a bit over two months ago. However, it doesn’t even feel totally awkward, as it used to be in the past, whenever I embarked on a longish blogging hiatus of sorts. Not even embarrassing anymore.

The Disruption Debate - What's Missing?

John Hagel

I admit that I’m mystified by Jill Lepore’s article in the New Yorker attacking Clayton Christensen and his theory of disruptive innovation. Not only does it have a meanness that isn’t warranted, but it leaves the reader with an unanswered question: if Clay's theories are not helpful (and I still believe they are), how do we explain the cascading disruptions that are playing out in markets and industries around the world?

Trends 211

15 theses about the future of the Internet and how we can shape it positively

Ross Dawson

PewResearch Internet Project has just released a report on Digital Life in 2025 based on expert interviews.

Trends 281

The New Millennium’s Downward Ramp of Jobs

Andy McAfee

Recent research continues to shed light on the big trends in the US labor market. Unfortunately, many if not most of them are bad news.

Skills 285

Time for digital emancipation

Doc Searls

Civilization is a draft. Provisional. Scaffolded. Under construction. For example: That’s Thomas Jefferson ‘s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Please not more of the same (1 of 3)

Dave Snowden

Last month Paul Tudor alerted me to a 2012 McKindsey report Delivering large-scale IT projects on time, on budget, and on value. I pulled it out yesterday as I wanted to read it for my opening keynote at the Global Scrum Gathering in Berlin next week.

Can Humanism Replace Capitalism?

Dan Pontefract

Can humanism replace capitalism? Can capitalism be fought back by a new sense of purpose? Not in my lifetime. It’s sad. Really, it is. Can humanism — the concept of value, meaning and purpose — be interwoven in parallel with capitalism? That *may* have a fighting chance.