humanity in beta

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

Stephen Downes“Consciousness is, in other words, a community phenomenon, and not merely an individual phenomenon.”

The (not so) secret life of a networked and networking scholar, by @14prinsp

“Yes, I know Facebook uses my clicks and ‘likes’ to profile me. Yes I know the space is increasingly becoming creepy. I am increasingly guarded on what I share. I continuously look over my shoulder to see who is watching. I installed ad-blocking software, use Ghostery and my search engine is DuckDuckGo. I check my privacy settings almost on a daily basis. And yes, I know it will not undo the surveillance and the collection of my data.

But for now, I am playing with friends in the park, discovering, sharing, growing and learning. Yes, I am increasingly aware of those watching. But for now, Twitter and Facebook are my oxygen that allows me to breathe. For now…?”

Why the empathetic leader is the best leader, by @LollyDaskal

“Empathy gives insight. It’s important to remember that the story we tell in our minds is different from the story playing in the minds of others. It is only through listening intently to others that you can begin to understand these differences. When you listen you learn, and when you learn you gain insight. There is a story behind every person, a reason why they are the way they are. Empathy allows you to think before you judge and make assumptions.”

Why Digital Transformation is Overhyped, by @nielspflaeging

“Fortunately, and contrary to machines, human beings are capable of acting within both domains: the Blue [complicated] and the Red [complex]. They can deal with both the complicated and the complex. Why? Because humans are capable of dealing with surprise – something that machines are not. This becomes apparent from a crucial ability that people have, but that no machine has: the ability to have ideas. Ideas are the stuff that matters in complexity: They are needed to solve any problem with a dose of Red.”

“Humanity is our ultimate competitive advantage” by @gapingvoid via @helenbevan


One of the objectives of a community of practice is to enable better conversations – @michelleockers

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