Posts Categorized: Books

Toward a Read-Write Society

With the election over and Bill C-61 dying with the last Parliament, the government is once again looking at making changes to copyright law. In A Copyright Call to Arms published in the Globe and Mail this week, the authors call for consultation from all sides of this complex issue: Ministers Clement and Moore have… Read more »

Academic Upstarts

The latest book from Clay Christensen and his team, authors of The Innovator’s Dilemma and others, is Disrupting Class, where they examine education. Tom Haskins reviews the book and provides his own perspectives in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and finally his own assessment on the value of college diplomas. Tom thinks that the… Read more »

Finding the Sweet Spot – Review

The first comment on the cover says: “This one is a keeper. Buy three. One for you, one for someone you care about, and one for a friend who really and truly needs it.” Seth Godin I was given a copy of Dave Pollard’s Finding the Sweet Spot by a friend and read it on… Read more »

Non-consumers in education

Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn say that Computer-Based Learning Could Transform Public Education within a Decade through “Disruptive Innovation”. This is based on Christensen’s models of disruption from his Innovators series of books, which I’ve discussed in Entrants and Incumbents. The authors use the model of innovation that shows certain advantages for entrants, namely motivations… Read more »

Your valued opinion on work and life in the 21st Century

One of my favourite blogs is Nine Shift and the book of the same title is still worth reading, even after being in publication since 2003. Bill & Julie have recently been asking several questions that warrant comments, so I’m linking to them here: What you are doing in response to expensive gas. If you… Read more »

Little Brother

I picked up Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother for my son this weekend and read it myself on the plane home. I don’t read much fiction but I really enjoyed this one, which I feel is a much better story than Eastern Standard Tribe, the only other book of his I’ve read. I really couldn’t put… Read more »

Is Johnny Bunko Right?

I recently picked up Dan Pink’s latest book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need, that tells the story about a young man working in the corporate rat race who is befriended by Diana, a magical advisor with six lessons for Johnny to uncover. Because it’s a graphical, Manga-style book… Read more »

Community of Practice Handbook – Company Command

Company Command is the most practical community of practice (CoP) implementation guide that I’ve read so far. It traces the story of the development of an online community designed to share knowledge between US Army company commanders, past and present. If you can get over the military jargon (and even some acronyms that I, an… Read more »

Ridiculously easy group-forming

The title of this post comes from a quote by Seb Paquet in the book Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky. This book is situated somewhere between the simplicity of Wikinomics and the complexity of The Wealth of Networks, which makes it a welcome addition to the field of social networks. Shirky’s analysis is excellent… Read more »

One hundred years later

One hundred years ago was an age of print, when most of our information and knowledge came via books and newspapers. I was reminded of the changes that we’ve seen in information distribution with the release of Before Green Gables on the 100th anniversary of Anne of Green Gables. Budge Wilson was commissioned by Penguin… Read more »