Although I have always tried to reach out individually to students, whether through their preferred learning style, topics which related to their social environment and interests, or with activities they enjoyed in class, never has there been a point in time when the emphasis of learning was so learner-centred as now. With the increasing implementation of mobile tech, learning is revolving around the student: with their iPads, they can work calmly through their iBooks or create their own book with materials which they choose and are relevant to both themselves and their course work. [...]
Fritjof Capra, in his book ‘The Hidden Connections’ applies aspects of complexity theory, particularly the analysis of networks, to global capitalism and the state of the world; and eloquently argues the case that social systems such as organisations and networks are not just like living systems – they are living systems. The concept and theory of living systems (technically known as autopoiesis) was introduced in 1972 by Chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela.
This is a complete version of a ‘long-blog’ written by Al Kennedy on behalf of ‘The Nature of Business’ blog and BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation www.businessinspired...
Robin Good: Digging back into my article archives I have just run into a special gem, dating back to 2006.
Thanks to the curious and entrepreneurial spirit of Marshall Kirkpatrick, in this short audio interview (6':21"), I get to explain what was my vision then (six years ago) for what we now call "news curation".
Missing any better term for something that had no previous history of practice, at the time I had labelled "newsmaster" the news-curator professional, and "newsradar" the final output (a finely-tuned thematic news channel bringing you the best from many different sources).
Update: Right after I had posted this short story, I went to check a bit how my old friend Marshall Kirkpatrick, author of the above interview, was doing, and headed to his blog... and what I discovered left me startled and enthusiastic at the same time. Read it by yourself: http://marshallk.com/were-entering-a-golden-age-of-news-geekery
Bryan Stevenson's TED talk, via interactioninstitute.org
...I find deep resonance with the messages that “identity is powerful” and that we need to balance our enthusiasm for design, technology, and creativity with an embrace of suffering and injustice. And how about the invitation to see everyone as more than the worst thing that they have done? Do yourself a favor and watch this important and inspiring talk. Thank you, Mr. Stevenson.
Longer interview with Open Source Ecology founder Marcin Jakubowski that shows the (not always obvious) possible bridge function #transition of the OSE vision - a belief in technology AND reconnecting. (julia)
"Founder of Open Source Ecology Marcin Jakubowksi is creating open blueprints for the building blocks of civilization, starting with the Global Village Construction Set. This set of 50 low-cost machines will allow anyone to build all the infrastructure a community needs – including, at Factor E Farm, one of his own."
There's a new kind of socio-inspired technology coming up, now. Society has many wonderful self-organization mechanisms that we can learn from, such as trust, reputation, culture. If we can learn how to implement that in our technological system, that is worth a lot of money; billions of dollars, actually. We think this is the next step after bio-inspired technology.
PROFESSOR DIRK HELBING is Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, at ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and the Scientific Coordinator of the FuturICT Flagship Proposal.
Those where the days when we used the term Science Fiction.... (Julia)
In the basement of the Northwest Science Building here at Harvard University, a locked door is marked with a pink and yellow sign: "Caution: Radioactive Material." Inside researchers buzz around wearing dour expressions and plastic gloves. Among them is Kenneth Hayworth. He's tall and gaunt, dressed in dark-blue jeans, a blue polo shirt, and gray running shoes. He looks like someone who sleeps little and eats less.
Hayworth has spent much of the past few years in a windowless room carving brains into very thin slices. He is by all accounts a curious man, known for casually saying things like, "The human race is on a beeline to mind uploading: We will preserve a brain, slice it up, simulate it on a computer, and hook it up to a robot body." He wants that brain to be his brain. He wants his 100 billion neurons and more than 100 trillion synapses to be encased in a block of transparent, amber-colored resin—before he dies of natural causes.
"How do you survive and thrive in this fiercely competitive economy? You need a whole new entrepreneurial mindset and skill set. Drawing on the best of Silicon Valley, The Start-Up of You helps you accelerate your career and take control of your future–no matter your profession."
As Tony Hsieh of Zappos would say, your culture is your brand.
You can spend a lot of money in advertising and posturing about who you are, or you can demonstrate it through your behavior.
Behaviors (as well as shared attitudes, values and goals) form your culture. Your culture informs/defines your brand.
.....core values you’re committed to to form the foundations of your culture?
Zappos culture, for example, is based on these 10 core values:
1) Deliver WOW Through Service 2) Embrace and Drive Change 3) Create Fun and A Little Weirdness 4) Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded 5) Pursue Growth and Learning 6) Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication 7) Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit 8) Do More With Less 9) Be Passionate and Determined 10) Be Humble
A similar list can be found in the core values of Agile Boston:
* Serve Others * Be Purposeful * Create Results * Create Relationships * Increase Learning * Communicate Honestly * Create Fun * Be Focused * Be Committed * Be Courageous
I’ve found this kind of intentional culture design to be truly transformative, and actually enjoyable. It creates psychological safety to know what’s actually valued by a community, so you can lovingly ‘call bullshit’ on others when they’re out of alignment with those values, and quickly correct situations that lead to unnecessary drama.
* How to Develop Your Community
This goes hand in hand with developing brand and culture.
I’m going to again reference the things covered the other day in the Memes, Manifestos and Movements post, specifically the insights about cultural/community development put forth by Dave Logan and Eric Raymond.
Dave’s advice was:
* Listen to the conversations around you * Speak in terms of collective values * Actively triad
Eric’s advice included:
* Name things * Find the Deepest Yearning * Use Cultural Capital * Develop Mission Awareness
In both instances, the keys to weaving together and activating a network/community had to do with strong communication and leadership.
One of the things that came up in the interview discussion was how to better make the community visible to itself and foster collaboration within it.
Here are a few ideas in response to the original questions:
1. Raise awareness of organization’s presence in the world
Build relationships with people and groups in alignment with your mission and values.
What your organization cares about or represents already exists in the world. People are already doing it, or talking about it. Find them. Give them props. Be excited that you’ve found each other! They are your tribe, and will help you spread the word.
Partner with projects and events that reinforce and support your stated objectives.
Collaborating and teaming with other groups within the network demonstrates an actual commitment to collaboration and teamwork. Show your awareness of who’s out there already making things happen, and honor them by finding ways to support their efforts, share resources, and not waste time duplicating work.
Celebrate wins with the whole ecosystem.
I’m reminded of Kevin Kelly’s post about Brian Eno’s concept of “scenius,” which is defined as ‘the intelligence and the intuition of a whole cultural scene.’ It talks about the ‘network effects of success’ as being part of the operating principles of a scenius. “When a record is broken, a hit happens, or breakthrough erupts, the success is claimed by the entire scene. This empower the scene to further success.” If your organization is trying to position itself within an ecosystem, share news of your own successes while also participating in the successes of the kindred spirits in your network.
2. Make goals and objectives clear to the public
Help others locate themselves in relationship to your story.
Have a clear vision, mission and values on your About page. Be explicit about what you want and what steps are currently underway to actualize those things. Give examples of accomplishments, and how you measured success. Show how the efforts being undertaken from other independent entities within your ecosystem are by default also supporting your own goals.
3. Make it easy for aligned partners and projects to engage
Design structure for interactions.
Provide some clear entry points and tiers for engagement. (To donate, click here. To promote or share with your networks, do this. To participate in a project, see what help is needed here. To submit a project, follow these submission guidelines. To join the conversations, go there. To let us know about your community, introduce yourself here. etc)
Provide some standards and guidelines for what quality and excellence looks like. (If you’re fostering dialogue, set the ground rules for engagement so there’s a bias towards sharing, learning and growth. If you’re looking to promote collaboration across projects or communities, help define the protocols of communication and documentation that promote interoperability.)
Have the question “How can I help you?” at the top of mind and heart when engaging with others in the network.
4. Weave smaller communities together into a larger global ecosystem
Uncover the bigger picture story, and tell it.
Talk to the people in these communities, and look for common patterns in the beliefs, values, language, and practices within them. Connect the dots and help shape the narrative, find common ground, and discover the vision that everyone is already sharing.
Tell people what’s in it for them.
I’m a believer in enlightened self-interest, the idea that we can act in a way that serves both ourselves and others at the same time. I see this as similar to a non-zero-sum game, the concept that we can have outcomes that don’t require one player to lose in order for the other to win. (In fact, it’s theorized that as networks and society becomes more complex and interdependent, we realize this strategy actually makes more sense in enabling everyone to get what they want.)
People are already pursuing their own goals. They may be unaware of the other players, unsure of why coordinating with those other players might actually make their own goals easier to reach, or how to do it. Help tell that story.
How do we form learning cultures in times of accelerating change? What tools and practices can self-organizing structures implement to become more agile and adaptive? I just received a copy of a ne...
Venessa Miemis is well known for brilliantly summarizing transition-relevant books and conepts. Here she goes again, with her friend Dan Mezick's book "The Culture Game"'s core learning practices, adding her own experience plus valuable resources, which she mostly highlighted and summarized before. (julia)
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( tweet by @CDEgger: Finding this really helpful: Seeing 3 distinct roles in creativity- artist, editor, agent )
Do you have a chorus of voices chiming in whenever you have to make a big decision? How to get your inner selves to work together.
...There are three voices within every creator:
The Inner Artist
The Inner Editor
The Inner Agent
To have a successful career, we must all learn how to deploy each of them at particular times, and keep them from stepping on each other's toes.
I would argue that most of the problems in our creative lives stem from bringing the wrong part of ourselves to the task at hand. Most of us under-utilize at least one of the three roles and over-use one of the other roles.
A thriving creative career requires consciously shifting between the three voices, utilizing each at the right time...
The Open University of the UK has just published a free report (38 pages, open layout) on the emerging innovative online pedagogies of today. The report gives a great, brief overview of what is currently happening and especially the pedagogical viewpoint adds some insights.
The report is linked to a blog so everyone can add comments per topic.
Short synopsis of the report (from the report itself):
This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. The first report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education. To produce it, a group of academics at the Institute of Educational Technology in The Open University proposed a long list of new educational terms, theories, and practices. We then pared these down to ten that have the potential to provoke major shifts in educational practice, particularly in postschool education. We have not deliberately excluded school education, but that is not our area of expertise.
New pedagogy for e-booksInnovative ways of teaching and learning with next-generation e-books
Publisher-led short courses: Publishers producing commercial short courses for leisure and professional development
Assessment for learning: Assessment that supports the learning process through diagnostic feedback
Badges to accredit learning: Open framework for gaining recognition of skills and achievements
MOOCs - Massive open online courses
Rebirth of academic publishing: New forms of open scholarly publishing
Seamless learning: Connecting learning across settings, technologies and activities
Learning analytics: Data-driven analysis of learning activities and environments
Personal inquiry learning: Learning through collaborative inquiry and active investigation
Rhizomatic learning: Knowledge constructed by self-aware communities adapting to environmental conditions
"Sustainability: a global introduction" examines the global forces that will determine our sustainable future. We'll look at such questions as: What are the biggest threats - is it loss of biodiversity, climate change, or population growth?
Is "peak oil" real, and can renewable sources bridge the energy gap?Where are we headed - do demographics, economics, science and policy point towards a prosperous future?
The course is completely free, and delivered online. There will be a mixture of readings, short lectures, quizzes, collaborative projects and discussions. All participants who successfully complete the required activities (and tests!) will earn a completion badge.
This course is the first ever "MOOC" (Massive Open Online Course) on sustainability, and is being supported by the School of Earth, Society and Environment, the Office of Online and Continuing Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and by the University of Illinois.
In recent years, a diverse coalition of actors has pushed the creation and diffusion of open data programmes around the world. Governments, international organizations, businesses, academics, media,...