2013

The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the publication of its first report in 2009, I’ve closely followed the Shift Index initiative of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.

Social Learning Handbook 2014

Jane Hart

It’s now 3 years since I published the Social Learning Handbook – and a lot has changed, so I am now working on a new version.

Big Data Reveal Three Surprising Facts About Chinese Censorship

Andy McAfee

I went to a stellar presentation last week by Gary King , a political scientist at Harvard and director of the school’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science.

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Latest global comparison of household Internet speeds

Ross Dawson

The speed at which we can access the internet is important. Very important. I’ve written before on the evidence that internet bandwidth is a key driver of economic growth and online participation , and there is plenty of other research to point to its role in social value creation.

The TED of all Leadership Management Conferences – A Review of the Drucker Forum 2013

Dan Pontefract

Once in a while, you get inspired by events in your life that seem to be a precursor to real societal change. A hopeful change. A needed change. An evolutionary change.

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Building a Culture of Continuous Learning

Charles Jennings

Most people get it. Classes, courses and curricula – structured learning events – don’t provide all the tools in the toolkit. They’re bit-players in a much larger world of organisational learning and performance.

Losing Aaron Swartz

Doc Searls

Aaron Swartz died yesterday, a suicide at 26. Though we weren’t close buddies, I always felt a kinship with Aaron, in part because we were living demographic bookends. At many of the events we both attended, at least early on, he was the youngest person there, and I was the oldest.

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[2b2k] Back when not every question had an answer

David Weinberger

Let me remind you young whippersnappers what looking for knowledge was like before the Internet (or “hiphop” as I believe you call it). Cast your mind back to 1982, when your Mommy and Daddy weren’t even gleams in each other’s eyes.

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation

Dave Snowden

I promised yesterday to clarify some aspects of Cynefin. This was triggered by Roger's Linked In post and some of the response (reported yesterday) but it is not a specific response. Rather see it as a summary of multiple responses both articulated or otherwise over the last few years.

How We Got To Now

Steven Berlin Johnson

Every now and then in life you find yourself in a situation where you have to pause for a second and ask yourself: what unlikely sequence of events has led me to this point?

The Era of Cognitive Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Tools have played a central role in human evolution since our ancestors first developed hand axes and similar such stone tools a few million years ago.

My daily PKM routine (practices and toolset)

Jane Hart

Harold Jarche is a leading authority on Personal Knowledge Management, which he describes as a set of processes, individually constructed, to help each of us make sense of our world, and work more effectively.

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In Memoriam: Chris Argyris

Andy McAfee

“When a sage dies all are his kin and should mourn the passing.” ” – The Talmud. One day in about 2007, Chris Argyris walked into my office at Harvard Business School, where I was teaching at the time.

As more jobs are automated, how many of us will still have productive work?

Ross Dawson

There has been a lot of press the last few days about a paper The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation? published by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology.

Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work?

Dan Pontefract

Late last year I was at a dinner with a Board I won’t mention by name. There were roughly 50 people at the event. Tables were pre-assigned and I found myself sitting across from a chap in his mid-50′s whose professional job was an accountant. He worked at a rather large firm as a partner.

Workplace Learning: Adding, Embedding & Extracting

Charles Jennings

High performing individuals, teams and organisations focus on exploiting development opportunities in the workplace because that’s where most of the learning happens.

Is it too late to save the Net from the carriers?

Doc Searls

In Big Cable’s Sauron-Like Plan for One Infrastructure to Rule Us All , Susan Crawford ( @SCrawford ) paints a bleak picture of what awaits us after television (aka cable) finishes eating the Internet. But that’s just in our homes.

IBM’s Client Experience Jam Is Now History

Luis Suarez

You may have noticed how over the course of the last few days, things have been a bit too quiet over here in this blog and for a good reason.

MOOCs: How did we get here?

George Siemens

I’m at the Open Education conference in Park City, Utah. The conference is now in its impressive 10th year. I did a presentation following Andrew Ng (Coursera). Slides and video are below.

Cutting through a weave destroys it

Dave Snowden

Last Thursday night saw a Rugby dinner sponsored by KPMG and the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. It's a good Curry do with conversation (on our table at least) based on some knowledge of the sport.

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

Years ago a start-up commissioned me to write a white paper that would help put them on the map. I wrote the paper that follows. It’s probably the most popular thing I’ve ever written. The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book.

Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

History can be a useful guide to the future, especially when trying to predict the impact of disruptive changes on human organizations and cultures. I was reminded of this dictum when recently attending a very interesting workshop, Payment Technologies: Past Present and Future.

The Next Generation of Workplace Learning Practices in the Age of Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration

Jane Hart

The Virtuous Cycle of Existing Theory and Big Data

Andy McAfee

In recent decades a ton of research has led to the conclusion that while some aspects of our personalities change over time, others are remarkably stable.

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Why your networks and collaboration are at the heart of the value you create

Ross Dawson

I was recently interviewed for an extended article Networked Business: The wealth in your connections written by Nick Saalfeld for the Microsoft Talking Business series. Here are some excerpts from the article, which provide a neat summary of some of my thinking on the space.

Is Facebook a Narcissistic Walled Garden?

Dan Pontefract

I performed an anonymous experiment over the summer of 2013. I left Facebook.

70:20:10 - A Framework for High Performance Development Practices

Charles Jennings

Over the past few years the 70:20:10 model for development has captured the imagination of organisations across the world. Some organisations apply 70:20:10 principles to targeted and specific development solutions.

TV 3.0

Doc Searls

We’re not watching any less TV. In fact, we’re watching more of it, on more different kinds of screens. Does this mean that TV absorbs the Net, or vice versa? Or neither? That’s what I’m exploring here. TV 1.0: The Antenna Age.

The Arbejdsglaede of Employee Engagement

Luis Suarez

If you have been reading this blog for a little while now, you would probably remember how concepts like Employee Engagement make me cringe a little bit.

Responding to the fragmentation of higher education

George Siemens

In early February, I had the pleasure of delivering a presentation to University of Victoria on the state of higher education and challenges of fragmentation. Thanks for Valerie Irvine and Jillianne Code from TIE Lab and the Faculty of Education for hosting me. Video and slides are embedded below.

Fun fact – Impressionist edition

David Weinberger

According to Ross King’s excellent The Judgment of Paris , there was a day in the summer of 1874 when Manet showed up at Monet’s home and painted The Manet Family in their Garden at Argenteuil , a scene of Manet’s wife and daughter, and him puttering around in the garden.

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Menlo Park Syndrome

Martijn Linssen

Psychologists refer to something called the capture-bonding psychological trait, something Wikipedia claims may ‘lie behind battered-wife syndrome, military basic training, fraternity hazing,’ and so forth. That reference to basic training is illuminating.

The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Ronald Coase , the eminent British economist and University of Chicago professor emeritus, passed away on September 2 at the age of 102. Professor Coase was one of the best known economists of the past 80 years. He lived a long and extraordinarily productive life until the very end.

5 principles for a successful formal online social learning experience – and it’s not about the tools

Jane Hart

There has been a lot of talk about the use of social media tools in formal workplace learning; and I am regularly asked to review initiatives of this kind.

How to Talk to Your Keynote Speaker

Andy McAfee

I do a lot of speaking at conferences these days. A common format is a 45 minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes of questions from the audience, followed by a break. With this flow, it’s natural for the speaker to come offstage and talk to people during the break.

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The immense role of national and ethnic diaspora in driving global innovation

Ross Dawson

For over a decade I have been working with various facets of the idea of Global Innovation Networks: connections around the world that facilitate new endeavors. Innovation always stems from diverse connections between ideas and people.

Favourite Books of 2013 That I Read

Dan Pontefract

I like to read. As it turns out I like to eat Pecan Pie as well, but that’s not why you’re here. In a previous post this week I outlined a compendium of articles and write-ups from 2013 that I thought were truly brain candy for a cerebral Canadian like me.

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