Posts By: Harold Jarche

tetrads for sense-making

I use Marshall and Eric McLuhan’s laws of media to ask better questions about how technology affects those who use it. In the following presentation I have put together a number of tetrads, or hypotheses on the possible impact of social media, the internet, and other technologies. In summary, the laws of media state that… Read more »

online privacy and security

As the internet becomes an essential part of lives — enabling us to access government services, connect with friends, and earn a living — there are frustratingly few ways to maintain privacy or security online. Companies that control a large part of the web traffic — Google, Facebook, Amazon — can pretty much do whatever… Read more »

TGIF

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “The given is not given unless it is taken, and taking is an act of interpretation. Always.” —@dweinberger “The most important skill to learn is how to distinguish between confident people, and people who… Read more »

the geography of genius

“Creativity is a relationship, one that unfolds at the intersection of person and place.” Thus concludes Eric Weiner in The Geography of the Genius, an enjoyable historic and modern romp through Athens, Hangzhou, Florence, Edinburgh, Calcutta, Vienna, and finally Silicon Valley. This book provides no easy answers or simple recipes but gives much insight told… Read more »

beta conversation 2017-04-05

I will be hosting the next Beta Conversation on Wednesday, April 5th at 15:00 UTC. The subject will be understanding the effects of technology. It will focus on examining pervasive and emerging technologies from the perspective of Marshall McLuhan’s media tetrad as well as other perspectives (see image at bottom).

TGIM #1

Thank Goodness It’s Monday. Now that’s something we freelancers appreciate 🙂 As part of the wonder of Monday, I am starting a series of posts, similar to Friday’s Finds, but posted on the best day of the week: Monday. I have no intention of making this a regular feature but from time to time on… Read more »

digital literacy for the arts

Last week I attended the Arts in a Digital World Summit in Montréal. The event launched the four-year funding program of $88.5 million aimed at amplifying “the quality, scale and sharing of Canadian art through digital technology”. One aspect of this fund that gives me confidence is the desire to fund many small projects of… Read more »

networked knowledge creates value

As we enter the network era, the dominant technology is the internet and working knowledge is distributed through professional communities. Compare this to the last 75 years where the company was connected to a factory and knowledge was delivered from business schools. Tangible goods, best practices, and standardization are being replaced by intangible assets, emergent… Read more »

power, control, literacy

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. @Kasparov63: “To play the victim despite holding power, one needs dangerous enemies. If they don’t exist, they must be created or their threat inflated.” @kevin2kelly: “Humans are experts at inefficiency. All art, discovery, innovation,… Read more »

networked knowledge triad

There are three structures that exist in all organizations, with three different sources of power, and three types of leadership required for each structure. This is the thesis that Niels Pflaeging puts forth in Organizational Physics. Formal Structure – Hierarchy – Compliance Leadership Informal Structure – Influence – Social Leadership Value Creation Structure – Reputation… Read more »