Posts Categorized: Work

Democratic Workplaces

The WordBlu most democratic workplace list is out for this year, with several Canadian companies on it: 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Axiom News La Siembra TakingITGlobal As my “not-yet-published” bio for our Cafe society reads, I’m rather interested in democracy: Harold likes to analyze situations, sense patterns, and make sense of them. He enjoys acting as “adviser of… 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 »

Reaching interesting markets

In anticipation of the AIM Conference in May, Steve at Business New Brunswick asks: Here is another offer for you to consider: We would like to find local success stories of companies using the Internet to export, or just using it in a unique way or to reach interesting markets. Do you fall into this… Read more »

Busting down the barriers

My post on wirearchy has an interesting conversation going in the comments. What I’m noticing as well is that the barriers to more flexible and open business models are breaking down all over the place. I’ve met with three local companies this week and have offered some free advice (FWIW). One is focused on HR,… Read more »

A new organisational lens

In 1999, Jon Husband coined a new term, wirearchy: a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority based on information, knowledge, trust and credibility, enabled by interconnected people and technology As I bump against corporations in my work of implementing networked learning, collaboration or business, I am beginning to realise that Jon’s organising principle is… Read more »

Reputation and Transparency

I’ve referred to my blogging as a permanent presence on the Web and have encouraged would-be bloggers to first get a permanent domain name. My site is where anyone can find out most things about me, such as what I think, who I’ve worked for or how to contact me on various platforms. Michele Martin… Read more »

End of an era

The debate on the elimination of early French immersion will continue, but the NB Liberal government has drawn a line in the sand and is moving ahead with its one-size-fits-all approach to fix its industrial school system. Immersion was the grand experiment that began 32 years ago in order to put fact to the policy… Read more »

Learning at Work

Note: This is part of a Working/Learning blog carnival hosted at Dave’s Whiteboard This post repeats some themes that regular readers have seen over the past few years, but I’m finding that there is still a great need for individuals to take control of their knowledge-creation and sharing and many are overwhelmed by the Web…. Read more »

From cottage industry to international certification

It’s a few years from now and you’re sitting in your office in an old Victorian building in your new position as Dean of Students. You thought that this would be the perfect job in a small university town with an easy walk to work, great colleagues and eager new students each year. However, you… 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 »