"The Internet is a serendipity creation machine"

Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week:

Benoit Mandelbrot died this week:

Why Mandelbrot matters “the market is not rational at all”:

“A few fund managers have experimented with these concepts [of price dependence, whatever that is, and volatility]. They often call it chaos theory – though strictly speaking that is marketing language riding on the coat-tails of a popular scientific trend. In reality, the mathematics is still young, the research barely begun, and reliable applications still distant.”

“Fractal joke! RT @Ihnatko: RIP Benoit Mandelbrot. Thank God he wasn’t murdered. It would’ve taken the cops forever to draw the chalk outline” via @stevenbjohnson

“The Internet is a serendipity creation machine.” @johnrobb

“Air sandwich = empty space between top of organization and the doers at the bottom.” @jaycross

“Old paradigm: analysis, strategy only. New: those PLUS storytellng, improvisation, movement/embodiment & visual thinking.” @CreatvEmergence

“I’ve had 7 managers in 5 years. None of them know what I do. The only thing they’ve ever done is try to get me to train someone else.” @NatashaChart

@hrheingold: “Great slideshow by @corinnew on building a personal learning network

PLN’s are deliberately formed networks of people and resources capable of guiding our independent learning goals and professional development needs.

Bilingualism Good for the Brain : Discovery News via @jalam1001

Bialystock has shown that bilinguals do better at tests that require multitasking, including ones that simulated driving and talking on a phone.

“Make no mistake: Everybody is worse,” Bialystock said, “but the bilinguals were less worse.”

“My rant on the futility of Q and A, with a nod to @hjarche” by @johnniemoore

Here’s my beef. The presentation itself sets up a status game in which the speaker and chairperson start and usually stay high and the audience is low. Here are the various ways this gets manifested. For starters, the speakers are usually at the front of the room and often on a raised platform. Before a word is said, they’re already in high status. Then the chairperson offers a flattering introduction; if we’re lucky they merely flatter the speaker but a lot of them have found ways to flatter themselves by implication. The speaker gets a microphone and the licence to talk pretty much unconstrained. If there’s a time limit, it’s rarely enforced …

Latest Learnlet: Serendipitous revisiting by @Quinnovator

So the point is that you have to keep putting ideas out there, again and again, to find the right time for them to take hold.  Not like advertising, but like offerings.  It’s not planned, it’s just at the idea strikes, but I reckon that’s a better heuristic than a more calculated algorithm. At least, if you are trying to inspire positive change, and I confess that I am.

New Era of Workplace Learning – “social learning is something you do” by @C4LPT

The term “social learning” therefore has a much wider meaning than simply “social training” – where the focus is on the creation, delivery and management of formal learning. “Social workflow learning” (as we might call it) is about workers sharing information and knowledge with others in networks and communities as well as adopting a new collaborative approach to working – in order to DO their jobs effectively.

One Response to “"The Internet is a serendipity creation machine"”

  1. Hans de Zwart

    I wonder whether @johnrobb had read my blogpost on Serendipity in which I also tak about the Internet as a Serendipity Machine (and actually go on a quest to create serendipity with the net), or whether his tweet is an example of morphic resonance / the Internet as an echo chamber (pick your choice, 😉 ).


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