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.

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: The product-to-service.

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Saturday, 21 August 2010 The product-to-service financial ratio Yesterday I saw a tweet by Frank Scavo : Chatting with a vendor about implementation cost to software license cost ratios. Because the product is more expensive. " Business or Pleasure? -

The Prosperity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the mid 1990s, Nordhaus looked at the evolution of the price of light over the past two centuries in Do Real-Output and Real-Wage Measures Capture Reality? By this measure, the true price of light has plummeted by considerably more than a hundredfold since the early 1800s.

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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. If the price is zero, then “zero times any quantity is still zero.

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IT was then undergoing a similar transformation, as cloud service providers were starting to offer IT-as-a-Service with near unlimited scalability at very attractive prices, based on a flexible pay-as-you-go delivery model.

The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the advent of the steam engine in the late 18th century, technology advances have been radically improving the productivity of business, enabling companies to significantly lower their prices while providing higher quality products and services.

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. Major Commercial PageSuite Commercial software, pricing not available, demo not functioning. PressSmart Suite of products for newspapers, including ePortal and emobile. I've contacted them for a demo and pricing.

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IT was then undergoing a similar transformation, as cloud service providers were starting to offer IT-as-a-Service with near unlimited scalability at very attractive prices, based on a flexible pay-as-you-go delivery model. The strategy, which is spreading despite added costs and headaches, in part reflects a shifting view of the cloud from a more efficient, cost-cutting tool, to a source of business innovation and new revenue, chief information officers and industry analysts say.”.

The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Beyond the productivity improvements of the past several decades, digital technologies are now beginning to disrupt and fundamentally transform the FS industry.

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[berkman] Piracy in developing countries

David Weinberger

Three areas of research: Pricing: The persistence of high and relatively uniform media prices in the developing world; the industry wants to protect the value of their goods in Western markets rather than worrying about making it available in the developing world. Uniform and high prices plus poverty is pretty much the recipe for piracy. Joe shows a table of prices of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida in six countries. The legal price ranges from $8.50

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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.

Risks to Gartner’s smartphone forecasts: will Microsoft beat Apple, Nokia execute, and Samsung fail?

Ross Dawson

Apple COO Tim Cook recently said that Apple products should not be “just for the rich&# and they are “not ceding any market&#. We are at the point in technology and supply chain development at which an iPhone-style product can be delivered at a low price point.

LMS Solution for Simple Partner Compliance Training

Tony Karrer

But it’s almost like my background with and knowledge of all the different LMS products (see LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers , Low Cost Learning Management Systems , Rapid Learning Management Systems and Open Source Learning Management Systems ) feels like it’s hurting me in this task. Pricing is very attractive on some of these.

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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How to Get the Greatest ROI from eLearning

TOPYX LMS

Whether it’s an investment in oneself, a business, another person, or a product, a quality return is always desired. The price of an LMS is a huge consideration in determining the overall cost of the initial investment into eLearning.In

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Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution. I''m one of the people that had a significant hand in designing the original concept of the Massive Open Online Course.

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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 github does is allow your entire open source development is open? Started out in the formal model, now a very dynamic open source project. It started with open source.

Live blogging Studio 20?s Open Studio at NYU

Doc Searls

Open Studio was the name of the event. PDP 1) Platform 2) Open Source Tools 3) Photo/Video/Audio Editing software 4) Data Visualizations. Much higher than industry average open rates. Key: production process that takes multiple platform into account simultaneously.

The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Presented to the Best Practices in Upgrading Online,Calgary, via Adobe Connect, March 29, 2011 The very first thing I want to do is to counter thedisclaimer that frightened me as this session opened, it was very loud, andsaid all kinds of things about how this was all private and cannot be shared.You can share this presentation all you want. I do want to talk about the role of open educationalresources in personal learning. What does it mean to say thatour network is open?

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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Internet Time Alliance: what’s in a name?

Jay Cross

In layman’s terms, “Internet Time” involves efficiencies inherent to digital transactions that are produced by the virtual reality of one product, one product type, or one service provided to consumers from one virtual cash register residing on one server. It’s akin to marveling at the prices on an antique menu: steak for 25 cents and beer for a nickel! When someone asked where the name Internet Time Alliance came from, this is what I told them.

OER Business Models - A Debate

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A whole suite of products beyond the textbook. Lisa Petrides - IKSME Our mission is about maximizing all of these open access tools that enable breakthroughs in teaching and learning. The business model is based on helping faculty make the transition from commercial to open textbooks. All the content is CC-licensed content, and the platform is open source as well. It''s very much of a Linux model - the content itself should forever be free and open.

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ePublishing business models

David Weinberger

The opening session is on business models for supporting the webification of the educational system. While there are many wonderful things about crowd-sourcing, he says, “I’m in favor of expertise. E.g., that humans are responsible for climate change is not in doubt, should not be presented as if it were in doubt, and should not be crowd-sourced, he says. They will continue selling products. I’m at an education conference put on by CET in Tel Aviv.

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Napster, Udacity, and the Academy

Clay Shirky

Higher education is now being disrupted; our MP3 is the massive open online course (or MOOC), and our Napster is Udacity, the education startup. A massive open online class is usually a series of video lectures with associated written materials and self-scoring tests, open to anyone. This is not true of the production of food, or clothing, or transportation, all of which have seen massive increases in value created per hour of labor. Open systems are open.

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[berkman] Clay Shirky on the future of news

David Weinberger

The new market is efficient and so the price of advertising plummets. “We may be seeing advertising priced at its real value for the first time in history.&# Social/peer production where people get together and do it. #3 Open source. “I believe that newspapers are irreplaceable in their production of accountability journalism.&# Instead, she had hundreds of people crowd-sourcing data, and then gave it to a writer.

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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.

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Here’s the series: Text-to-Speech Overview and NLP Quality , Digital Signal Processor and Text-to-Speech , Using Text-to-Speech in an eLearning Course , Text-to-Speech eLearning Tools - Integrated Products , Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning , and Using Punctuation and Mark-Up Language to Increase Text-to-Speech Quality. Aggregation and Social Filtering Provide High Value eLearning Learning has somewhat become my singular source of great eLearning content.

A Labor Day Manifesto for a New World

John Hagel

They also include customers who are not satisfied to take products as given to them, but see the opportunity to make so much more with the products they find. But, in the process, we paid an enormous price. We were taught to treat our work as a price to be paid to accumulate the material resources required to enjoy the rest of our lives.   We speak on behalf of the creatives who are passionate about their work.

Social (hiccup) CRM tools

Martijn Linssen

Improved product, better advertising, great WOM How can you please the Social Customer? Jive When I visited Jives products page and their solutions page, all I got in Firefox was a blank page. Business or Pleasure? -

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[berkman] Juliet Schor on sustainability and the Web

David Weinberger

In the 1970s, a group of MIT modelers (associated with James Forester) showed that if industrial production continued to increase, the system would collapse right about now. A stiff price on carbon would help tremendously, but is unlikely, Juliet says. As an economic model, plenitude is about: A move to closed loop/clean production and consumption systems. Eco-knowledge: open source transmission and ecological skill diffusion.

Global Science Excellence in Canada

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

An innovative private sector is critical to translate Canada’s high-quality knowledge production into marketable products that bring productivity gains and deliver commercial solutions to various industries." And the Forest Products Association of Canada argues "greater federal support in research and development would help maximize engagement in the forest sector’s innovation agenda." Consider openness, for example. In other words, the data should be Open."

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Retailers and Customers

John Hagel

The first wave of outsourcing can be understood as the systematic carving out of the infrastructure management businesses from companies, but we’re just on the cusp of a second wave that will unbundle product innovation and commercialization businesses from customer relationship businesses.

We Learn

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

"If we are not careful," warns Michael Feldstein , "open education may actually end up reinforcing economic divides." He explains, "It's easy for those of us in the open education movement to see our work in opposition to proprietary technology companies, proprietary textbook companies, and the gatekeepers in the university system. The use of a learning resource, through adaptation and repurposing, becomes the production of another resource."

The OER Debate, In Full

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Day One Debate introduction Moderator Wayne Mackintosh The concept of Open Education Resources (OER) is firmly based on the educational value of sharing knowledge. A key issue in the open education arena is whether OER should favour commercial use. DayTwo Pro Opening statement David Wiley The question of this debate, “Should OER favour commercial use?”, On June 8, 1999 I released the Open Publication License. Reusable Media, Social Software and Openness in Education.

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We're going to talk about the factors that led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course and Connectivism and the new phenomena in learning today. But, a few preliminaries before I start the talk, because it's all about open education. :) This presentation is available now at that website. One of the things we learned was the tension that exists between open online resources and commercial resources. It came, over time, to be called Open Educational Resources.

[tech@state][2b2k] Real-time awareness

David Weinberger

It’s a real-time news gathering operation happening in an open source newsroom. They are part of an open newsroom. They are potential sources and fact-checkers.” He shows a chart of the stock price of a Chinese pharma that makes a product that’s believed to have antiviral properties. And there are many more sources of info, from tweets that are fast but tend to have more noise, and slower but more validated sources.

[berkman] Doc Searls

David Weinberger

VRM is an open source project (although there are some commercial projects underway also). So, what happens when customers get real power? - “Customers get their own pricing guns&# [ i.e., the "guns" that print out price labels ]. - “The intention economy&# will get real because it’s based on what customers really want, as opposed to the attention economy that’s based on guesses. - “The advertising bubble will burst.&#

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Business, Innovation and Survival

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It might be the first to figure out how to bring to market a sophisticated product or service. Some of them will do so through a direct attack, trying to imitate what you do with some differentiating attribute, such as lower prices, higher quality or better customer service.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Business, Innovation and Survival

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It might be the first to figure out how to bring to market a sophisticated product or service. Some of them will do so through a direct attack, trying to imitate what you do with some differentiating attribute, such as lower prices, higher quality or better customer service.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Hybrid Models of Capitalism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Instead, he continued to manufacture and warehouse tabulating machines until the New Deal and especially the Social Security Act of 1935 - which became the biggest accounting operation of all time - suddenly created the demand for IBMs products.

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What Not To Build

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As a result, a large part of my work involves being exposed to new and interesting technologies, whether they are the latest military simulators, academic papers delivered at scientific conferences, or product proposals being promoted by aspiring developers. Don't ask me what companies are developing what products, how industry stocks are performing, or where all the 'smart money' is going. Nobody will be fooled well, except maybe purchasers of fad educational products.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Off Topic: Lets look at this at this as a chance to learn about oil

Mark Oehlert

the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) were opened to drilling this year, 2008 - the first oil would be seen in 2018 (10 years) and peak production would not occur until 2027. As it relates to changing the price of a barrel of oil.the best case scenario would occur in 2027 when that cost would come down by $1.44.

CN1376 AcadMOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

8:04 pm Stephen Downes MOOC = ''Massive Open Online Course'', cMOOC = ''connectivist MOOC'', xMOOC = ''eXtended MOOC'' 8:04 pm WILLIAM A. And they''re open. says the site is not open to new registrations. ??? 9:07 pm Stephen Downes OK, archive is openly posted here: [link

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