Leadership by Example
SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
Here are two examples. Now that process takes about six weeks. He was enormously frightened but did make the kill correctly, appropriately through the process of ‘modelling’ Now Mary modelled how to dress for years. Education and training are shaping technologies.
Automation Technologies and the Future of Work
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
Last year, McKinsey launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work. “Can we look forward to vast improvements in productivity, freedom from boring work, and improved quality of life?,”
Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
Few topics are as important, - and as challenging to anticipate, - than the future of work given our justifiable fears of rising technological unemployment. One such discussion took place this past September at the The World Summit on Technological Unemployment in New York.
Innovation is not a repeatable process
OCTOBER 23, 2012
Can innovation be promoted through better processes? I have not been able to find any regular correllation between well adopted innovation processes and actual innovation outcomes, and I’ve been looking pretty hard. I want every knowledge worker to discover his or her own processes.
Technology, Marketing and Storytelling
FEBRUARY 24, 2015
Digital technologies, - mobile, cloud, social, Internet of Things, big data and analytics, AI… - are transforming just about every aspect of business. In addition, technology is now amplifying the impact of storytelling on the customer experience.
A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?
JULY 2, 2014
Examples abound, including core competencies , paradigm shift , and synergy. . At Citigroup, where I consulted from March, 2008 through June of this year, I was strategic advisor for innovation and technology. Otherwise serious concepts sometimes end up as overused buzzwords.
Harnessing the True Potential of Internet of Things Technology
MAY 4, 2016
Despite all the hype, businesses are still significantly under-estimating the business impact of Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Now, I'll use IoT technologies to illustrate how just one of many technologies will enable the evolution of business models. Like all digital technologies, the price/performance of IoT technologies is evolving at an exponential rate. Current applications for this technology. What are some examples?
Education Technology Strategies - Day One
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Most classrooms still dominated by teachers teaching answers and students remembering them We can change the technology but if we haven''t changed the goal we really haven''t accomplished anything.
Design the process, not the outcome
FEBRUARY 7, 2013
Once that change happens, it cannot be reversed and there are many examples in nature. We don't design the outcome, we design the processes of interaction and monitor for emergence.
Education Technology Strategies - Day Two
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
So the Achieving Excellents has four major objectives: - achieving excellence - ensuring equity - promoting well-being - competence We''ve also been partnering with the Council of Directors of Educations (CODE - ''superintendants'') - this boosts what we know about technology and enabling innovations. Some things will be directive - we continue to work on math, for example. This is a great example of experiential learning. So, we see this huge growth in technology.
A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
Last week I discussed a recent Pew Research report on the impact of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies on the future of jobs. Everyday examples include speaking a language, riding a bike, driving a car, and easily recognizing many different objects and animals. . “We
Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes
AUGUST 30, 2013
We are so focused on getting things done, checking it off the to do list and the forward momentum that it requires, that we miss an important opportunity to hit the pause button, reflect, and improve process.
Technology and the Future of Media
AUGUST 18, 2015
Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape. Three major processes are part of the media value chain: .
People, Organization, Technology?
MARCH 5, 2013
Headed for my personal trash bin: ‘People, Process, Technology.’ From a practical perspective, the more we learn about successful open government examples and social business experiments – the evidence became clearer. The enemy: Process.
Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy
NOVEMBER 17, 2011
The focus for this year’s conference was Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy. I was invited to attend the conference, and participate in the opening plenary panel on D igital Technologies and the Future of Governance. The panel was moderated by Beth Noveck , Professor of Law at the New York Law School , who until recently served in the White House as Deputy Chief Technology Officer and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative.
Foradian Technologies Interview
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
I specialized on online learning, media and collaborative technologies. Since 2001 at NRC I have worked on learning object standards and repositories, content recommender systems, collaborative content authoring technology, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). I often compare the learning process to be similar to developing physical fitness through exercise. How technology help in improving the teaching practices? Questions 1.
Technology, Media and Culture - the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?
JUNE 4, 2014
USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) was founded in 2010 to study the transformational impact of technology on culture and on the media industries. How can you best understand the impact of disruptive technologies on something as deeply human as culture?
Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 15, 2013
A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Technology''s role. turns a perfect event into time- and space- independent mode - make optimal use of current technology for recording, storage, distribution, etc - provide added value: replay, searching, browsing, etc.
Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends
NOVEMBER 15, 2013
In the last few weeks, there have been a few good research studies and web sites relaunched that cover technology, data, funding, and trends. Here’s a roundup. Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better. Technology for Good Report.
[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Part of the importance of this is that students at the Kennedy School are agitating for a much strong technology component to their education on the grounds that these days policy makers need to be deeply cognizant of the possibilities technology offers, and of the culture of our new technology development environment. Tomorrow there is an afternoon of discussions sponsored by the student-led Technology for Change group. Todd Park, White House Technology Advisory.
Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List
MARCH 5, 2014
At this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, I’m thrilled to be doing a panel on nonprofit technology training and it has a bit of a star wars theme, “ Learn You Will.” The examples are work place learning, but useful to anyone who is doing training.
Are You Being Left Behind as Technology Ushers In a Whole New Approach to Philanthropy? #CoFLA
MAY 4, 2012
Are You Being Left Behind as Technology Ushers In a Whole New Approach to Philanthropy? How do foundations address power, technology, and audience differently in the 21st century? Leadership that Values the Role of Technology is Key to Success.
Bridging the World’s Knowledge Divide: Technology + Competition, Skills and Institutions
OCTOBER 20, 2015
This year’s event was focused on the impact of digital technologies on economic development in emerging and developing countries. It was organized around six different sessions , each of which explored the links between technology and development through a different lens. .
Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World
AUGUST 29, 2016
From time immemorial, our identity systems have been based on face-to-face interactions and on physical documents and processes. Let’s illustrate how an identity system works using passports as an example.
The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History
JULY 26, 2016
People have long worried about the impact of technology on society, be it railroads, electricity, and cars in the Industrial Age, or the Internet , mobile devices and smart connected products now permeating just about all aspect of our lives.
The Mobilisation Journal: A Way To Spread Learning About Social Change Movements Innovative Use of Technology
APRIL 10, 2014
” What happens in the lab is that they test campaign ideas that make use of new technologies such as mobile phones, tablets, social media, email, and others, network approaches, and others. But, more importantly, the lab documents and shares what has been learned with Greenpeace’s affiliates and leaders around the world. Innovation Incubation :: piloting new ways of working, from practices to technologies.
APRIL 4, 2011
I’ve been wrestling with a thought lately – if organizations are complex systems, and complex systems are continuously self-organizing, then why do we believe formal processes make these complex systems more efficient?
IT Doesn’t Matter. Business processes do
APRIL 9, 2013
Consultants Howard Smith and Peter Fingar shot back a month later with a paperback retort entitled IT Doesn’t Matter – Business Processes Do. In 120 pages, Smith and Fingar skewer Carr, show why IT will matter more than ever, and explain how business process management creates riches.
Everyday Technology: Innovative Ways To Do More With Less
APRIL 23, 2012
Note from Beth: Innovation was the buzzword at the Nonprofit Technology Conference! Everyday Technology: Innovative Ways To Do More With Less, Guest Post by Laura Quinn and Chris Bernard. Flickr Photo by Nielio.
What’s the Value of Blockchain?
APRIL 17, 2017
Such real-world use cases are particularly important when introducing a new, complex set of technologies in the marketplace. They’re the best way of getting on the learning curve for the new technologies as well as of explaining the kinds of problems they help us address.
The Datafication of Business and Society
JUNE 9, 2015
Its ensuing digital products have been generating all that data and its drastically lower technology costs have made it possible to store and analyze those oceans of information.
Open Innovation 2.0
MARCH 27, 2017
Their scientists and engineers came up with a variety of technology breakthroughs and inventions, including the transistor, the laser, the UNIX operating system, the personal computer, DRAM, disk drives, relational data bases and many more. Process - Innovation is a team sport.
The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing
DECEMBER 12, 2016
Mainframes and PCs were the defining technologies of the centralized model and client-server models respectively. The Internet is the defining technology of the cloud computing model. A prominent example of this shift is the embrace of cloud-based IT services.”.
The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning
JANUARY 31, 2017
Using more and more data to improve a service for users and more accurately target ads for merchants is a clear benefit, for example. This is evident in the articles we see daily in the technology and business press, as well as the growing number of AI startups and acquisitions.
Other PKM processes
JULY 21, 2009
It seems that Stephen Downes isn’t enamoured with my PKM process : My first thought was, do I do it this way? “categorizing’, for example, is something I do only if my head is in a vise and I have no alternative – and even then, I use scripts to do it for me.
The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Global competition forced companies to become more agile and efficient by unbundling functions and re-engineering processes. . Governments in the emerging world welcomed the jobs, exports and technology that global firms brought. From 1990 to 2010, for example, 1.2
Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology
JANUARY 26, 2016
Humans, bacteria, advanced microprocessors, modern airplanes, global enterprises, urban environments and national economies are all examples of complex systems exhibiting these massive, heterogeneous, intricate characteristics.
Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience
OCTOBER 27, 2015
Leading-edge companies are leveraging design thinking to translate technological advances into compelling customer experiences in order to seize market share from more traditional competitors. Design has long played a major role in product innovation.
turmoil and transition
JUNE 30, 2015
PayPal is an example of facilitating small financial transactions between parties in different countries because the banks were terrible at it. Later, as manufacturing moved offshore or became automated, those without work might find jobs in information processing in the knowledge economy.
leave the hierarchies to the algorithms
APRIL 17, 2017
Dumb organizations see the process as inviable. For example, decision tree algorithms, which would be suitable for a mortgage application. ConnectedEnterprise Learning TechnologyWhat happens when you connect unthinking computer programs with a culture of obedience and compliance?