The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. I ncreasing productivity is thus more crucial than ever to promote economic growth. From 1987 to 2004 US labor productivity grew at a 2.1% The Difficulty of Measuring Productivity.

Facebook + WhatsApp means it’s time to double down on new investments

Doc Searls

Over on the ProjectVRM blog I make a long-form case for why Facebook buying WhatsApp for $19 billion dollars in cash and stock is a Good Thing. Each will have its own open source operating systems (e.g. Stop right now and read Four Numbers That Explain Why Facebook Acquired WhatsApp , a post by Sequoia Capital , WhatsApp’s main VC. ” Then look at what Fred Wilson says about online advertising as a source of pollution. (He

What’s wrong with bots is they’re not ours

Doc Searls

The time was April 2016, and the place was Facebook’s F8 conference. In Market intelligence that flows both ways , I describe one such approach, based on open source code, that doesn’t require locating your soul inside a giant personal data extraction business.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Facebbok apps now work on other sites.what is the hard part to figure out here?

Mark Oehlert

A few weeks ago, a story came out about how Facebook will allow apps built for Facebook to work on other Web sites. Am I missing all the products in the learning/training industry that are coming out in this regard? The awesome open source project?

Two-Speed IT Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article argues that born digital Internet companies, - e.g., Amazon, Google, Facebook, - are setting the standards in the quest to understand and optimize the customer experience , challenging traditional companies to keep up. Digital Product Management .

Open as in commons, not garden

Harold Jarche

I have been a proponent of the open web and open source software for the past decade and more. I deleted my Facebook account over a year ago, having no more time for this enormous walled garden, and I deleted my LinkedIn account and started to rebuild it last year.

Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output based on the market value of all the goods and services the country produces. GDP is essentially a measure of production.

A new way to work

Harold Jarche

For example, the open source model has shown that software can be developed faster and cheaper (and many would say better) without a corporate, hierarchical structure.

Learning as Artifact Creation

George Siemens

Yet, change is happening, often under the radar of enthusiasts because it’s harder to sell a technology product or draw clicks to a website when being nuanced and contextual. The gates were opened and everyone was a content creator and everything was subject to user creation. Eventually we were blessed with the ugly stepchildren of this movement (Twitter, Facebook) that enabled flow of creative artifacts but in themselves where not primarily generative technologies.

Elgg: it’s a community effort

Harold Jarche

This brought me to reflect, once again, how important an open source framework is as we move more of our computing to the cloud. While Ning may be free, it is not open source, and the company can make changes at will, just like Facebook, Google or Twitter may do. It is also simple to export from WordPress.com SaaS to your own open source hosted version, which is why I strongly advise clients to use WordPress for blogging.

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GDPR will pop the adtech bubble

Doc Searls

According to a source, one research study on this type of opt-out mechanism led to opt-out rates of more than 70%. One big upside for IAB Europe is that its Framework contains open source code and an SDK. Facebook, on the other hand, does stake its life on tracking people. (I

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Drupal & Hosted Drupal Newspapers Running on Drupal This is a demo site showcasing newspapers running on Drupal, a popular open source content management system. Modules for facebook like and Disqus comments. PressSmart Suite of products for newspapers, including ePortal and emobile. Open Source Props Open source software available from Sourceforge ; PHP and MySQL; not updated since 2008.

Futurist conversations: Ross Dawson and Gerd Leonhard on Open vs Closed Systems

Ross Dawson

Continuing our series of conversations between friend and fellow futurist Gerd Leonhard and myself, here are some discursive thoughts on open versus closed systems. Open systems are faster, more viral, have more innovation, and are more fun to work in.

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[berkman] Dries Buytaert

David Weinberger

It currently has 750 people working on products and services for Drupal. Drupal was (and is) Open Source, a concept that most people didn’t understand. There’s research that shows that many people think that Facebook is the Internet. “How can we save the open Web?,” What do we mean by the open or closed Web? ” E.g., After Dries moved from Belgium to the US, Facebook and etc. ” Will the Web be open or closed?

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Bullet Journaling for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth Kanter

I have found this productivity very useful in my own work and Ma’ayan was kind enough to write up this guest post for nonprofit professionals. . BuJo was designed by Ryder Carroll, a digital product designer.

Best of informal learning since September 1, 2010…

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

How Facebook and Twitter Are Replacing Blogging - Forbes.com: News , November 4, 2010. Facebook Testing New ‘Mention’ Feature On News Feeds - Forbes.com: News , November 8, 2010. Open Source eLearning Tools - eLearning Technology , October 13, 2010. A Graphic Guide to Facebook Portraits - Fast Company , October 5, 2010. Six Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity - HarvardBusiness.org , September 7, 2010. Informal Learning Flow.

Why Copyright?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Reasons: Advocacy - people organizing themselves online - facebook groups - twitter campaigns, etc - examples Government 2.0 - 2001 copyright consutation - 600 responses was huge - today - British - "Ask the PM" - other forms of interacting with public - government blogs, government Facebook accounts Our Digital Future - Iron Sky - amateur production - alternativ funding - Flickr and other content uploading - Facebook - Culture - eg.

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On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

It was released as open-source software in 2009. “An open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform featuring smart contract (scripting) functionality, which facilitates online contractual agreements.

Plans

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Online: I'm generally happy to give talks online, especially if the conferences are free or inexpensive and open, and especially if they're organized by students or non-profit groups. For example, I am participating in a committee to explore how NRC could move toward open science (yay) and as always I review funding proposals on a regular basis for IRAP and (sometimes) other funding agencies. Web and Social Media I quit Facebook 2.5

TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 3

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Discussion of Microsoft vis-a-vis Facebook, whether people use Sharepoint, its relation to open source, etc.) Docs.com for Facebook - we wanted to explore 'what happens when work software moves out into other areas'. We worked with Facebook, they gave us access to their APIs. It was interesting to see how people in Facebook use docs. Obama's open government initiative memo - order to make government more transparent, participatory and collaborative.

Opening new common ground

Doc Searls

Meaning that’s generally how long any new world-changing development effort spends in the quiet shadows before it breaks out into the open and starts taking off. (If I’ve also seen VRM from the start as fundamentally an open source effort, not a commercial one.

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cities and the future of work

Harold Jarche

The market form, the third form of organization to take hold, enables people to excel at openly competitive, free, and fair economic exchanges. Athens: simplicity, civic engagement, open competition not for personal glory. Facebook makes this very easy.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Community 2.0

John Hagel

Well, a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of delivering the opening keynote presentation at the Community 2.0 marketing vs. customer support vs. product development)?

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The revolution brewing in the world of work: Q&A with Rod Collins

Steve Denning

For the last 150 years, the work of large organizations has been about mass production and making centralization effective. This is the remarkable power behind open source platforms.

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Making Software, Making Money

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And not so far as when he says that open source does not work. I hate to be the one to state the obvious, but: the fact that open source didn't work for Dave Tosh doesn't mean that open source doesn't work. He writes, Having worked on a true open source project for more than three years I am now more convinced than ever that the open source model does not work. LiveJournal, which has been around for ages (and open source, too).

TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 7

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Firefox, another really successful open source project. Open sources is a success, we all know that, it's nothing new. But how does open source software development work? Almost every open source project uses peer review. What I mean is taking the social networks like Facebook and Twitter. What github does is allow your entire open source development is open? It started with open source.

[berkman] Elliot Maxwell on Openness

David Weinberger

Elliot Maxwell is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk called “Openness: How increasing accessibility and responsiveness can transform processes and systems.&# He sees openness as a lens for understanding processes and systems. Openness is a continuum, Elliot says. For example, open source software benefits from openness, but because decisions are made by assigned individuals, it is not itself fully open. Openness is in part an attitude, he says.

Thoughts on privacy

Doc Searls

White opens with this sentence: “On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy.” Some of us have pretty much abandoned e-mail altogether … for Facebook. There is already an open source code base and a language for “ personal clouds ” and “pclouds” for everything you can name in the Internet of Things. In Here Is New York , E.B.

[liveblog] CV Harquail on generative business

David Weinberger

If you’re a systems thinker, you think about generativity as the source of emergence. A hundred people showed up because it was advertised on the Buffer Facebook page, and because people wanted to meet “the Buffer guys.” Generative practices come from: Open Source. Generative practices with products include building products that help others, or that are generate when used. Also, consider enabling co-creating by opening up some APIs.

What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

We rely on colleagues and social networks to separate the signal from the noise; their advice makes our experiential learning productive. McKinsey & Company reports that implementing social business creates: Improved business performance (profit, productivity, margins, etc).

Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These were designed originally by organizations such as the Open University, in Britain, and Canada''s Athabasca University. Open Education Resources Alongside the development of educational technologies is an equally important movement to support open educational resources. This movement predates the development of the world wide web in 1994, as seen for example in the Gutenberg Project, an open access archive of public domain works of classic literature.

The Future of Workplace Communications - Live notes from Future Forum webcast

Ross Dawson

It can take 18-24 months to make new hires productive. We don't have the tools to measure remote productivity. Video will accelerate productivity. We are making sure we play nicely with open source. We use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to recruit. PHIL : You have to have a firm view on how tools will impact productivity. These partners are getting clients all over the world - technology begins to open up new markets.

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Social (hiccup) CRM tools

Martijn Linssen

Improved product, better advertising, great WOM How can you please the Social Customer? The Lithium platform offers a number of connections to the social web (Facebook, Twitter), CRM systems, web analytics, and more. Business or Pleasure? -

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Doc Searls Weblog · Too much face(book) time

Doc Searls

I believe the Net is an open place. And that’s why I’m already tired of Facebook. Facebook’s mail, for example, is a substitute. If there’s a way I could get Facebook mail with my IMAP or POP client, I’d rather do that.

The social media I use

Nancy White

Eudora is no longer a paid product, now Open Source. I haven’t opened up IE in months. Moodle, while pretty visually ugly, is easy to set up and is fabulously open source, as is Drupal. Drupal - powerful open source content management system.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Open Educational Resources Matures 4. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. Production of content into eLearning is becoming much more of a commodity.

Earth to Mozilla: Come back home

Doc Searls

That last item — an extensive bill of particulars — featured this sidebar: The link goes to An Open Letter to the Mozilla Corporation. In July, Justin Scott , then a Product Manager at Mozilla Labs , vetted A User Personalization Proposal for Firefox.

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Gladwells Cellular Church

John Hagel

I blogged earlier about distributed creation and production in such diverse domains as music (remix), extreme sports and even illegal drugs, not to mention open source software and electronics devices.

Connective Knowledge and Open Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The practical implementation of connectivism is the massive open online course, or MOOC. The CCK08 course and all the other courses we have developed since have been based on open educational resources (OERs). From your web & blog, we found you were a passionate advocate of OER, can you share with us your first experience about open online educational resource? I knew about open educational resources before anyone knew what the term meant.

Giant Christmas Eve Used Tab Closing Sale

Doc Searls

Twitter and Facebook aren’t working (or do, as junk food). Evolution Going Great, Reports Trilobite | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source. Product Categories Collectibles – Fybush Media. About the program | Open Technology Fund. adblock plus open source code – Google Search. Information Fiduciary: Solution to Facebook digital gerrymandering | New Republic. Here ya go, all free. (If

Live blogging Studio 20?s Open Studio at NYU

Doc Searls

Open Studio was the name of the event. Branch and Facebook were fails. PDP 1) Platform 2) Open Source Tools 3) Photo/Video/Audio Editing software 4) Data Visualizations. Much higher than industry average open rates. Headed toward lots of pay products.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Complacency and Web 2.0

John Hagel

APIs (Application Programming Interfaces, for my less techie readers) – especially open, standardized APIs – have been a key building block of Web 2.0, Before you start eating the young that are nourished by your APIs, you might want to be sure there are no other food sources to sustain you.

Giant Snow Fail Link Sale

Doc Searls

” Same goes for open tabs. Radio Open Source: Kick Off Year Two by Open Source Media — Kickstarter. Products-as-Platforms Is Not a Marketing Gimmick – HBR. New E-Toilet To Revolutionize Online S g | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source. “Long live the open Internet”: Cluetrain authors offer an updated guide to the Web | BetaBoston. Opening Minds to the Spheres Among Us | Linux Journal.