Monthly Archives: March 2013

No cookie cutters for complexity

Five years ago I noted that big consultancies were jumping on the Web 2.0 bandwagon but more nimble upstarts (like me) could now significantly engage in a conversation with our markets using our own tools, like blogs, with which we have developed a certain advanced level of expertise. Jon Husband had written a good observation on… Read more »

Only open systems are effective for knowledge sharing

Seth Godin makes a very good point about trusting the select few to curate information, whether they be leaders, managers, certified professionals, researchers, or any other group of experts. We have no idea in advance who the great contributors are going to be. We know that there’s a huge cohort of people struggling outside the… Read more »

The knowledge sharing paradox

An effective suite of enterprise social tools can help organizations share knowledge, collaborate, and cooperate – connecting the work being done with the identification of new opportunities and ideas. In an age when everything is getting connected, it only makes sense to have platforms in place that enable faster feedback loops inside the organization in… Read more »

Friday’s Finds #189

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via social media during the past fortnight. My Friday’s Finds are a collection of what I have found of interest but have not blogged about. I have been curating these collections for several years, this one is the 189th. “If I were unemployed, I would spend… Read more »

Military Training and Simulation

I’m attending the training and simulation conference, hosted by the Atlantic Aerospace & Defence Industry Alliance in Halifax this week and spent the day getting caught up on what is happening in the Canadian Armed Forces, an organization I left in 1998. I learned about the current Army training review that is fundamentally changing the… Read more »

From hierarchies to wirearchies

Work in the network era needs to be both cooperative and collaborative, meaning that organizations have to support both types of activities. This may not be an easy transition for companies based almost uniquely on command and control leadership. But in this emerging network era, cooperative innovation trumps collaborative innovation, writes Stowe Boyd. My experience is… Read more »

Open as in commons, not garden

Once again, it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. I have been a proponent of the open web and open source software for the past decade and more. This site was Creative Commons licensed when CC was in its infancy. I have talked several times about the importance of owning your data…. Read more »

The right tool for the right job

The field of Human Performance Technology (HPT) is systemic and systematic, but not very human. For that we also need to support informal andt social learning. However, HPT, especially performance analysis can be a useful tool, if used selectively and appropriately. HPT does not work well for tasks that require high degrees of tacit knowledge and… Read more »

Work is already a game

I came across a statement saying how it would be a good thing to ‘gamify social learning‘, or words to that effect. I’d like to unpack that short statement. What does ‘gamify’ really mean? It could mean that people can be more engaged while playing games and therefore could learn while playing. Star Trek fans… Read more »

Keep democracy in education

Modern Education was the Result of a Shotgun Wedding I liken our dominant educational structure as the offspring of a shotgun wedding between industrialists who needed literate workers to operate their machinery, and progressives who wanted to lift up the common person from poverty and drudgery. It wasn’t an easy marriage, and the children are… Read more »