finding perpetual beta

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The aim of finding perpetual beta is to dig deeper into the issues. This is a continuing exploration of how society, technology, work, and education are changing. It questions the status quo of organizational structures and hierarchies. In addition, there is an expanded section on personal knowledge mastery (PKM), a foundational discipline for working in the network era and a creative economy.

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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

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Table of Contents

  • Our Global Village
  • Introduction

Part 1: The Network Era [high-level view]

  • The Work Shift
  • The Shrinking Middle Class
  • From Hierarchies to Networks
  • Human Networks
  • Networked Workplaces
  • Three Major Changes
  • Organizations and Learning
  • New Skills
  • New Work Tools
  • Beyond Hierarchies

Part 2: Personal Knowledge Mastery [practical applications]

  • PKM Revisited
  • Seek > Sense > Share
  • Seek
  • Sense
  • Share
  • PKM Tips
  • Learning is the Work
  • PKM and the Future of Work

Production & graphics by Chris Mackay.

16 Responses to “finding perpetual beta”

  1. mario

    In big companies the issue is that Hierarchical Orgs have to live aside to self-managing networks: the long term goal is to work on “and” solutions and not on “or” ones. No way we can avoid “charts” in big companies, but what is inside units and the way they are managed, is the place where searching for self managed networks. We have to develop flexible views of organisational strategies, according to all the other strategical issues and time frames.

  2. Nigel Young

    Nice – love the idea of never actually reaching ‘perfection’ as it’s a false state – I like the theory #evolve but very similar in lots of ways (although I might struggle to make a whole book 🙂


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