Posts By: Harold Jarche

we need simulation!

The background to this story, explaining the difficulties I had in trying to establish a methodology to select simulation in the support of training programs is here — L&D Outside the Box. That story started in 1994 and ended in 2013. I do not know what has transpired since then, but I do hope that… Read more »

leave standard methods to the machines

Any situation at work can first be looked at from the perspective of — is this a known problem or not? If it’s known, then the answer can be looked up or the correct person found to deal with it. Known problems require access to the right information to solve them. This information can be… Read more »

good friday finds 2021

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “The day life got better was the day I stopped arguing with people who don’t read.” —@MrErnestOwens “COVID Haiku: Coffee in morning. Then a bunch of stuff happens. Red wine in evening.” —@JohnCHavens “Really,… Read more »

you are a commodity and don’t know it

In platforms and the precariat I asked —If you are not one of the recognized best in your field, can you make a living online or are you just part of some platform’s long tail, valuable only to aggregators and their advertising revenues? As a content creator are you providing the fodder that lets Spotify,… Read more »

Budge Wilson 1927-2021

I rarely write personal posts here but I want to collect some of what has been shared online by the extended community following the death of acclaimed writer, Budge Wilson, on 19 March 2021. We will miss her. Nova Scotia Best known as a children’s author, she wrote more than 30 books for all ages…. Read more »

people, not algorithms

Can an algorithm defeat an algorithm? One group of European researchers think it can be done. I have my doubts “The approach involves assigning numerical values to both social media content and users. The values represent a position on an ideological spectrum, for example far left or far right. These numbers are used to calculate… Read more »

science and witchcraft

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “The spread of germs is the price we pay for the spread of ideas.” —Nicholas Christakis 1990s Hackers: “I’m building a free operating system to run the internet”. 2020s Hackers: “I’m building a casino… Read more »

human engagement counters misinformation

A recent study conducted by Facebook suggests that when it comes to vaccine doubts and misinformation, “a small group appears to play a big role in pushing the skepticism”. Some of the early findings are notable: Just 10 out of the 638 population segments contained 50 percent of all vaccine hesitancy content on the platform…. Read more »

platforms and the precariat

Is it possible to be a musician today and earn a middle class income? The music industry is fundamentally broken up into three separate arms: recorded music, music licensing and live music. Where recorded music — physical album sales — was once the bread-and-butter for musicians, first the advent of piracy platforms like Napster, and… Read more »

ordinary creativity

Karen Caldwell calls personal knowledge mastery — ordinary creativity (3.5 minute video). I think this is a great analogy as PKM is something that anyone can practice and improve. Karen asks what does ordinary creativity mean for you as a “social learner, digital author, prosumer, digital audience, and consumer”. She identifies ways to present information such… Read more »