August, 2017

Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I wrote about the current state of blockchain.

Crafting Corporate Narratives: Zoom Out, Zoom In

John Hagel

I’ve been writing a lot about the significant missed opportunity to craft a compelling corporate narrative here and here. Done right, this corporate narrative can mobilize a large number of third parties to provide growing leverage, learning and loyalty for the company offering the narrative. While this is appealing to many executives, they stumble over the process of crafting a compelling narrative.

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3 E’s of Learning: why Engagement

Clark Quinn

When you’re creating learning experiences, you want to worry about the outcomes, but there’s more to it than that. I think there are 3 major components for learning as a practical matter, and I lump these under the E’s: Effectiveness, Efficiency, & Engagement.

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gRSShopper in a Box

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

My pre-conference workshop for Online Educa Berlin has been announced and this seems as good an occasion as any to summarize what I've been up to lately.

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2017

Dion Hinchcliffe

It was a rebuilding year in a sense, as emerging tech for the enterprise steadily proceeded but didn't result in as many new targets to track as last year. Yet it's also abundantly clear the largest digital shifts by far are still ahead of us. Here's how 2017 is breaking down

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L&D Tuneup

Clark Quinn

In my youth, owing to my father’s tutelage and my desire for wheels, I learned how to work on cars. While not the master he was, I could rebuild a carburetor, gap points and sparkplugs, as well as adjust the timing. In short, I could do a tuneup on the car.

7 Ways to Avoid Fundraising Burnout

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Sam Livingston. Note from Beth: This week I’ve been in Finland at the invitation of the US Embassy to do trainings. On August 14th, I’m doing a FREE webinar with Soapbox Engage on how to raise more money and not burnout.

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An Example of Analysis

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is a response to an email query, and I offer it here as an analysis of how I would look at, read, and respond to a typical email exchange. 99% of the time I don't say anything, but for everything I read, this is the sort of thought process that runs through my mind. Just so you know. :) - Hello Mr. Downes, Really enjoy your website on fallacies.


Dan Pontefract

Some summer holiday thinking of mine. Leaders gain the respect of employees when they: 1) Listen with attentiveness. 2) Empathize without prejudice. 3) Act fairly, Dan's Related Posts: A Few Easy Steps For Entrepreneurs To Take To Enact A Higher Purpose In 5 Minutes Louis C.K.

Machine learning cocktails

David Weinberger

Inspired by fabulously wrong paint colors that Janelle Shane’s generated by running existing paint names through a machine learning system, and then by an hilarious experiment in dog breed names by my friend Matthew Battles , I decided to run some data through a beginner’s machine learning algorithm by karpathy. I fed a list of cocktail names in as data to an unaltered copy of karpathy’s code.

beta conversation 2017-08-14

Harold Jarche

I will be hosting the next Beta Conversation on Monday, 14 August at 21:00 UTC [17:00 EDT]. This is 07:00 on 15 August in eastern Australia. The subject will be Personal Knowledge Mastery ( PKM ) and leadership.

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Simulations versus games

Clark Quinn

At the recent Realities 360 conference, I saw some confusion about the difference between a simulation and a game. And while I made some important distinctions in my book on the topic, I realize that it’s possible that it’s time to revisit them. So here I’m talking about some conceptual discriminations that I think are important. Simulations. As I’ve mentioned, simulations are models of the world. They capture certain relationships we believe to be true about the world.

How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Beth Kanter

Reflection is a critical step in assessing individual and team performance at your nonprofit. A reflective process, whether it is a structured process for individuals or groups, can give us insights about what worked and what could be improved.

Knowledge, Education, and the Role of Teachers

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responses to questions in advance of my presentation in Warsaw later this month. From your perspective, how do you see changes the modern society undergoes, especially in the field of education? I come from the interesting perspective of having been born and raised in a completely paper-based world and being able to watch it transform within a generation to an almost completely electronic world.

The passive usefulness of public photography

Doc Searls

While I’m recovering more slowly than I’d like from some minor eye surgery, reading is too much of a chore; but searching for stuff isn’t.

Learning in the Collaboration Age

Charles Jennings

(Repost and update from August 2014) Many may not have noticed it at the time, but the world of learning changed in 1990.

Not giving up on people

Euen Semple

There are people I know who hold racist and sexist views. I have tried discussing with them, arguing with them, expressing everything from frustration to disgust at their worst extremes, and in the end I sometimes have to walk away from them. But I go back. I can’t give up. I have to find a way to reach out, to not judge, to feel compassion for whatever deep seated fear or hurt has led them to feel so angry about other people.

Ethics and AI

Clark Quinn

I had the opportunity to attend a special event pondering the ethical issues that surround Artificial Intelligence (AI). Hosted by the Institute for the Future , we gathered in groups beforehand to generate questions that were used in a subsequent session. Vint Cerf, co-developer of the TCP/IP protocol that enabled the internet, currently at Google, responded to the questions. Quite the heady experience! The questions were quite varied. Our group looked at Values and Responsibilities.

Paying Attention to Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture Pays Off

Beth Kanter

Recently, I was invited to participate in a staff “Lunch and Learn,” by Connor Diemand-Yauman , CEO of Philanthropy University , about building a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace and capacity building.

Messy meaning

David Weinberger

Steve Thomas [twitter: @stevelibrarian] of the Circulating Ideas podcast interviews me about the messiness of meaning, library innovation, and educating against fake news. You can listen to it here. The post Messy meaning appeared first on Joho the Blog

L&D needs a tuneup, Why training fails, ‘Digital transformation’ is a misnomer, and more …

Jane Hart

News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 6-12 August 2017. Social learning

Should we stop saying ‘commit’ suicide?

Mind Hacks

There is a movement in mental health to avoid the phrase ‘commit suicide’ It is claimed that the word ‘commit’ refers to a crime and this increases the stigma for what’s often an act of desperation that deserves compassion, rather than condemnation.

Airbrushed reality?

Euen Semple

I love scrolling through people's photos on Instagram, enjoying the fabulous landscapes, happy faces, and interesting looking food. Doing so this morning I found myself thinking of those who sneer at what is often dismissed as airbrushed reality. The judgemental tone with which they deride what they see as a tendency to only show the good bits of our lives on social media. My own experience is different. The people I follow do tend to talk about the ups and downs of life.

Realities 360 Reflections

Clark Quinn

So, one of the two things I did last week was attend the eLearning Guild ‘s Realities 36o conference. Ostensibly about Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), it ended up being much more about VR. Which isn’t a bad thing, it’s probably as much a comment on the state of the industry as anything. However, there were some interesting learnings for me, and I thought I’d share them. First, I had a very strong visceral exposure to VR.

Step-by-Step Guide: Nonprofit Walking Meetings

Beth Kanter

Earlier this week, I was honored to do a webinar for Soapbox Engage about self-care and bringing a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

Cymbeline: Shakespeare’s worst play (Or: Lordy, I hope there’s a tape)

David Weinberger

The hosts of the BardCast podcast consider Cymbeline to probably be Shakespeare’s worst play. Not enough happens in the first two acts, the plot is kuh-razy, it’s a mishmash of styles and cultures, and it over-explains itself time and time again. That podcast is far from alone in thinking that it’s the Bard’s worst, although, as BardCast says, even the Bard’s worst is better than just about anything.

Analytics Training Isn’t Enough, Skill, re-skill and re-skill again, Hone Your Data B t Detector, and more

Jane Hart

MWL Newsletter No 25: News and articles about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 30 July – 5 August 2017. Social learning

Innovative Work Spaces

Clark Quinn

I recently read that Apple’s new office plan is receiving bad press. This surprises me, given that Apple usually has their handle on the latest in ideas. Yet, upon investigation, it’s clear that they appear to not be particularly innovative in their approach to work spaces.

Where the thread goes, nobody knows.

Euen Semple

It fascinates me the way comments threads on posts twist and turn in ways that I didn’t anticipate. I try to write in as clear a way as I can, and it’s not as if there is a right and wrong way to interpret what I’ve said, and yet there are reactions that come out of the blue and even sometimes disagree with something I didn’t think I had said!


Civil discourse

Euen Semple

It has been fascinating watching the “debate” about Google sacking an employee who made disparaging comments about women coders and the fuss about the BBC allowing Nigel Lawson air time to deny climate change. Many are saying that Google shouldn’t sack someone for expressing their views and as many are saying that the BBC shouldn’t have given Lawson air time. Lots of strongly expressed “shouldn’t”.

Helping or hindering?

Euen Semple

Helping or hindering? Yesterday I took part in a conference call with folks in the US on the topic of scarcity. For one participant that triggered thoughts about how to help those at the bottom of the economic pile.

Righteous Indignation

Euen Semple

It feels good doesn’t it? That moment when someone has wronged you in a way that makes you feel entitled to let rip. The bastards.” “How How could they?” That is so unfair.” They deserve…” Carte blanche to really have a go, to release all that pent up testosterone, to be seen to be someone who stands up for themselves. But isn’t it funny when you watch someone else reacting like this? Doesn’t it appear childish?


Euen Semple

I have never been very good at should. You should finish your dinner”, “You should go to church”, and the overall gotcha ”You should be a good boy”. Our heads are filed from an early stage with these shoulds yet paradoxically they actually make it harder to do the right thing. Filling our heads with other people’s voices makes it more difficult to hear our own.


The good old days

Euen Semple

I’ve just been listening to dana boyd being interviewed by Krista Tippett on the ever excellent On Being. She recounts a couple of life changing conversations she had on BBS and Usenet - as she said “before we learned to be scared of other people”. This brought back my own experiences on those early platforms where it somehow seemed easier to “meet” people from totally different backgrounds and learn from them. Sadly this seems to have become harder since someone called it social media