Social systems need diversity

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week.

@ffunch – “What we call “thinking” is mostly an illusion and a pretense. We really don’t. You pay attention to something and relevant thoughts appear.”

@IntrepidTeacher – “Best advice I was ever given. “Let your network filter you. You just worry about sharing the things that you find valuable.”

@GapingVoid – “In my (not uninformed) experience, the idle rich possess few lessons worth passing on to the next generation.”

@psaffo – “Figuring out what will replace the job is the great challenge of the next 30 years.” via @TimOReilly

Seth Roberts: What do students want? (PDF)

Formal education resembles agriculture. Agriculture greatly reduced the diversity of the human diet. Before agriculture, a person might have eaten 80 different foods each week; after agriculture began, far fewer. Agriculture caused a big decline in health because its fundamental assumption – it is okay to eat a small number of foods – is false or at least very hard to reconcile with nutritional requirements. Likewise, formal education (classrooms, lectures, textbooks, etc.) surely reduced the diversity of what was learned, how it was taught, and how learning was measured.

Is it so hard to see that one economy is dying and a new one emerging? by @DaveGray

I see massive layoffs in some sectors while tech companies have such a hard time finding engineers that they have to import them from other parts of the world, and pay them huge signing bonuses and salaries. Is it so hard to see that one economy is dying and a new one emerging? Is it so difficult to see that our education system is badly broken? Why aren’t we teaching kids the skills they will need to be successful in the economy that’s coming into being in front of our eyes?

Social Business is About Learning, Not Marketing or Technology – via @britopian

So what’s my point?  That social business at its core is about learning and evolving.  It’s about paying attention to your online communities, your markets, your people, internally and externally.  It’s about collecting data that tells you more about your business, your customers, your stakeholders, your products, your industry, your environment.  It’s about using technology and improving processes internally and externally so you can LISTEN MORE and LISTEN BETTER.  We all talk about “listening” on social media as a low-level, social media 101 skill – but it’s at the core of everything.  And, of course, the point of listening is to figure out the rest.  To learn and grow and evolve with your market.  Bake listening into the way you work – truly bake it in – and you’ll be well on the path to becoming a social business.

Paul Kearns, Evidence-based HR: “training departments re-badged themselves as learning departments & pretended they could bring about learning”

capitalism is no longer in bed with democracy” – Day I: Keynote of Charles Handy at the 3rd Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna – [A Must Watch Video]

4 Responses to “Social systems need diversity”

  1. Richard Terry

    Thanks for sharing the Charles Handy link Harold – what a remarkable speaker he is. Had the great privilege to hear him speak and meet him in London recently – very grounded in his ideas about learning and working, and the broader social and political implications. His view of the working / learning nexus is interesting: a cycle of “Question–>Answer–>Test–>Reflect–>Question”. The question is always generated by our attempts to solve the complex problems / predicaments we face.

  2. Harold Jarche

    It was a very succinct post explaining what’s of real importance in a networked society, Maddie. Social media for marketing are just the tip of iceberg as you also note. There is great potential to change how we organize and work together. It’s why, for me, the notion that work is learning & learning is the work, is so important. Listening is a key part of learning, especially active listening.

    I’m glad I came across your work 🙂


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