Posts By: Harold Jarche

constant outrage

Many of us are getting depressed and pessimistic about  the state of society, whether it be the big one — climate change — or the many smaller problems facing us — populism, extremism, anti-science movements, xenophobia, etc. One of the biggest frustrations is that the various camps just do not talk to each other with… Read more »

beyond government and markets

The key to our transformation toward a network society is citizen sensemaking. The thinking that got us into our current state of affairs will not get us out. Hierarchical leadership, even in democratic governments, is inadequate for the complexity of a networked society. Our governments seem to be completely unprepared to regulate surveillance capitalism, let… Read more »

self-perception of knowledge

Sensemaking does not have to be a complicated affair. I have recently had several conversations with people who have simplified their sensemaking processes — using fewer tools and streamlining processes — quite often accepting the fact they won’t capture everything. I have described personal knowledge mastery made simple to show that you can start without… Read more »

unintended consequences

“Welcome to Magic School. Here is your schedule.” “Thanks! But…” “Yes?” “This is just ‘Ethics’ and ‘Human rights’ and things like that.” “Correct, that’s the first year curriculum.” “Do we have to learn all this?” “Of course! What do you think this is, software engineering?” —@MicroSFF — Some unintended consequences of automobiles are pollution, gridlock,… Read more »

applied imagination

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. @RitaJKing — “I advocate for calling AI applied imagination instead of artificial intelligence. We need to start thinking.” @LynnBoyden — “Why is there no place in any car for me to put my purse?”… Read more »

learning as disservice

It is time to revive an insightful comment by a friend and inspiration, David Jonassen — as his Wikipedia entry says, Dave wrote about “learning with media, not from it”. “Every amateur epistemologist knows that knowledge cannot be managed. Education has always assumed that knowledge can be transferred and that we can carefully control the… Read more »

we don’t need another hero

People in leadership positions are very busy — too busy it seems. “CEOs attend an endless stream of meetings, each of which can be totally different from the one before and the one that follows. Their sheer number and variety is a defining feature of the top job. On average, the leaders in our study… Read more »

toward a network society

Our current triform society is based on families/communities, a public sector, and a private market sector. But this form, dominated by Markets is unable to deal with the complexities we face globally — climate change, pollution, populism/fanaticism, nuclear war, etc. A quadriform society would be primarily guided by the Network form of organizing. We are… Read more »

we all need an inner circle

Work has always been about who you know, more than what you know. That’s why the rich and powerful send their children to elite schools. It’s not about the education but rather the connections. We still fool ourselves that a capitalist economy is a meritocracy — which any marginalized group can attest is false. However,… Read more »

methods for mastery

I recently came across two methods to implement aspects of personal knowledge mastery. The first, by Angelika Mittelmann, uses my Seek > Sense > Share framework to create a ‘fitness circuit’ which includes warm-up, starting, and sustaining exercises. These are quite detailed but are good for people looking for inspiration to start the PKM discipline…. Read more »