actionable insights on learning, working, and thriving in a network society
New — Perpetual Beta 2020 published August 2020
I wrote the original perpetual beta series as four standalone digital volumes between 2014 and 2016. The changing nature of work, and our evolving perspectives on learning and knowledge were the core themes. I wrote Seeking Perpetual Beta first, in order to create a coherent narrative after ten years of blogging.
Subsequent volumes focused on leadership, personal knowledge mastery, and working models. The next volume, Life in Perpetual Beta, combined the best of the first four books in 2017, with a new edition in December 2018. A revised version comprises the first eleven chapters of the latest e-book — Perpetual Beta 2020.
The following chapters are based on observations and ideas generated through 2019 and 2020. They build on the first eleven chapters, from a 2020 perspective. The first part of this new e-book provides examples of how to work and learn smarter in a network society, the second part examines what our new normal may look like and why we should start working on ways to build a more positive future now.
So here are over 160 pages encapsulating 16 years of sensemaking, writing, and interacting with an international audience, in a searchable non-DRM format, to continue the quest to understand what our common humanity should strive for to address our global challenges.
The 21st century — and many things we have been expecting for the near future — suddenly hit us with a vengeance in 2020. Now we need to connect, adapt, and find our new normal. Perpetual Beta 2020 is a new beginning.
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Reader comments from previous editions
“the best $$ you’ll ever spend on yourself” —Susan Scrupski
“One of the best purchases you’ll do this year!” —Luis Suarez
“masterful synthesis of 10 years of blogging about networks” —Jon Husband
“Harold knows just how to harness the power of equal, open collaboration in the networked economy.” —Ian Chew
“I’ve just finished Part 1 of Finding Perpetual Beta. It’s so well-written – clear, easy to understand without any need for prior exposure to the topic, and simply compelling.” —Michelle Ockers
“Once again, I am flabbergasted by the intensity and the profoundness of Harold’s writing and thinking.” —François Lavallée
“If you’re interested in organizational growth, knowledge management, technology and change management, I highly recommend that you obtain, read, mark up and share it.” — Ben Carmel
“Full of detail, research & new ideas.” —Charles Jennings