Posts By: Harold Jarche

creativity needs just enough social connections

During this pandemic and various lockdowns  there have been many discussions about the need for physical contact and how it supports creativity. The writer and scientist, Isaac Asimov, reflected on — How do people get new ideas? — after a short stint at an MIT spinoff company in 1959. New ideas are not often received… Read more »

sensemaking’s secret weapon

“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better.” —Etienne Wenger “Communities of practice emerge in the social space between project teams and knowledge networks.” —Verna Allee It is not the size of our… Read more »

“data are never neutral”

On the last Friday of each month I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.” —@taylorswift13 in Innovation Lessons from Taylor Swift by @skap5… Read more »

the fifth wave

One way I keep up with this pandemic is from 13 experts who share their insights on Twitter — my pandemic list. As we enter a fifth wave of the novel coronavirus, let me share some of these insights from the list and elsewhere. Droplets “The question of whether SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted by droplets or… Read more »

adapting to the network era

The TIMN model developed by David Ronfeldt states that people have only organized in three basic forms — Tribes, Institutions, Markets — and that a fourth form appears to be developing in societies — Networks. I have suggested that new forms appear and are adopted when the dominant form of communication changes. Institutions developed with… Read more »

the house always wins

Terry Yu discusses the perils of creating online content and distributing it via consumer social media platforms. Here are the highlights of Yu’s Twitter thread discussing survey data from 150 ‘creators’. 90% are burnt out 71% are considering leaving social media 51% say it is taxing to make a living on social media The main… Read more »


Several times over the past year I have been asked to conduct online masterclasses to help organizations with their internal change initiatives, such as digital transformation, distributed work, or online community building. These sessions are usually two to three hours and have from 20 to 60 participants. Each one is focused on the needs of… Read more »

active transportation

This is a presentation I am giving to Sackville Town Council. Thank you for allowing me to address council this evening. I would like to discuss active transportation in our town. I am not an expert in this field but I have cycled over 125,000 kilometres since moving here in 1998 and much of that… Read more »

network literacy

On the last Friday of each month I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “The biggest butterfly effect is how a horny college student wanting to rate girls caused the collapse of global democracy.” —@santiagomayer_ “Levels of scientific literacy among non-scientists doesn’t seem… Read more »

algorithmic amplification

What is the impact of constant misinformation on consumer social media? Dave Troy discusses the effects in a long Twitter thread: “Disinformation is the operational end of a process designed to break down society and radicalize it into cultish forms. This process leads people away from truth. We can’t address this process by distributing truth;… Read more »