Posts Categorized: Technology

Rebels on the edges

At the end of the nineteenth century, mechanization changed the economy, the workforce, and society. Many countries, especially the United States and Great Britain, shifted from an agricultural to an industrial economy. Human muscle was replaced by machines. Farm workers left their fields and migrated to the factories. Today we are a witnessing a similar… Read more »

Top Tools for Learning

Jane Hart compiles a list every year of what people find to be their best web tools for learning. Voting closes on 27 September. Here are my top tools this year, with last year’s position shown in brackets. 9 (new): Wikimedia Commons is a great source for copyright free images to use in presentations. 8… Read more »

A mobile workforce needs better on-site conversations

The future of workplace learning is social, cooperative and especially mobile. One approach for this type of workforce is to support their mobility with something like a ‘genius bar’, instead of having to request a support ticket from IT or get an appointment with HR. There is a growing array of enterprise software tools to support… Read more »

All things to all people

It was reported that only 2% of social sharing happens on Google Plus (G+). I too, do not share much on G+. I recently posted on G+ that it did not fit in with my professional use of social media, even though discussions are often fun, interesting, and informative. That G+ post I made now… Read more »

Network Era Fluency

Today, it’s all about networks, something you were most likely not taught about in school. This means that most of our education is useless in understanding the world as it currently exists. Yes, useless. If you were raised during the past several decades you probably understand tribes and institutions. You likely heard a lot about… Read more »

my Net

Ten years ago I started out on my own. I took a bit of a gamble – no job, two school-age children, no clients. I was an optimist. I live in the middle of nowhere as far as the business world is concerned, and without the internet I would not be able to do my… Read more »

stop talking about jobs

Andy McAfee reports in HBR that United Technologies is laying off workers, even though its stock is at an all time high and sales have increased by 35%. I simply want to point out that if this example is part of any larger trend, then we cannot rely on economic growth to fix our current… Read more »

Open as in commons, not garden

Once again, it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. I have been a proponent of the open web and open source software for the past decade and more. This site was Creative Commons licensed when CC was in its infancy. I have talked several times about the importance of owning your data…. Read more »

From ideas to ideology

Charles Green wrote a few years ago that management is still fighting the industrial revolution: Ideas lead technology. Technology leads organizations. Organizations lead institutions. Then ideology brings up the rear, lagging all the rest—that’s when things really get set in concrete. So basically, ideas are enabled by new technology around which new organizations are created…. Read more »

Cooperating in the open

I’ve been thinking about collaboration and cooperation a lot lately. I see PKM as mostly comprising cooperative behaviours, as well as being self-serving (in the good sense). With cooperation, there is often no direct feedback on behaviour. Feedback emerges from the network through time. The image below is based on a previous post on tools… Read more »