Posts Categorized: SocialLearning

Social learning for business

Here’s an elevator pitch, in 10 sentences, for social learning, which is what really makes social business work. The increasing complexity of our work is a result of our global interconnectedness. Today, simple work is being automated (e.g. bank tellers). Complicated work (e.g. accounting) is getting outsourced. Complex and creative work is what gives companies… Read more »

Exchanging knowledge in Ottawa & Montreal

I have two scheduled engagements with The Conference Board of Canada in February. On 3/4 Feb I will be presenting a framework for social learning in the enterprise in Ottawa with the Canadian Council for Learning and Development as well as the Knowledge Strategy Exchange Networks. Later in the month on 16/17 Feb I will… Read more »

Interdependence: a sense of purpose

As we do more of our work in networks, workplace learning becomes an interdependent activity. Social and collaborative learning support the development of emergent practices needed for more complex work. Esko Kilpi looks at different work tasks with the same framework as the above figure: independent, dependent or interdependent. The Internet-based firm sees work as networked… Read more »

A curved path to social learning

When I was introduced to Charles Jennings’ C-Curve for learning & development (L&D) I wrote about it in the transition to networked accountability. Charles’ C-Curve is a model in practice, based on his experience as CLO of Reuters. I see a parallel between this migration of the L&D department and the social order necessary to… Read more »

The New Social Learning – Review

Let me say just two words about The New Social Learning by Marcia Conner & Tony Bingham – buy it. OK, that’s for people who want it short and sweet. Let me add a bit of explanation. This book covers not only the why of social media for learning but also the how, with plenty… Read more »

A framework for the social enterprise

I have put together two of the major articles on social learning in the enterprise that were posted here this year. A framework for social learning drew on my collaboration with colleagues at the Internet Time Alliance and the evolving social organization was co-authored by Thierry deBaillon. Please feel free to share this 18 page… Read more »

Open Innovation

The most interesting presentation at last week’s ACCTCanada Directors Forum was, in my opinion, on open innovation by Angus Livingstone, UILO at UBC. Much of the discussion by other presenters focused on patents and other control mechanisms, while Angus showed the shifting paradigms that we are experiencing in university knowledge transfer. He explained that the… Read more »

The Evolving Social Organization

Co-author: Thierry deBaillon – @tdebaillon Simplicity and the Enterprise Most companies start simple, with a few people gathering together around an idea. For small companies, decision-making, task assignments and direct interaction with clients are rather straightforward.  With growth, the simplicity ends. As every entrepreneur knows, the initial growth of a company is often synonymous with… Read more »