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Wired: Military Training Is Just a Game

Wired: Military Training Is Just a Game

"Increasingly, the Pentagon is joining forces with the video-game industry to train and recruit soldiers."

Full Spectrum Warrior... a $45 million endeavor
Game for the CIA... several million dollars

Gurteen: Innovation in Networks

Gurteen: Innovation in Networks

David points to two articles that highlight the role place and networks play in innovation, taking Silicon Valley as an example. But if you want to know how and why innovation in networks happen in the Valley, I recommend John Seely Brown's article, Mysteries of the Region.

Denham Grey: Thinking of Knowledge

Denham Grey: Thinking of knowledge

Denham lists the different knowledge "epistemologies" -- knowledge as object; knowledge as process; knowledge as relationship; and knowledge as interpretation. This listing brings to light the danger in the simplistic linking of e-learning to KM. Referring to "learning objects" as "knowledge objects" does not equate to practicing KM.

Mark Bernstein: Hypertext 2.0

Mark Bernstein: Hypertext 2.0

"Bloggers interested in education really need to read Hypertext 2.0 by George P. Landow. He did a fine job of addressing concerns about "digital paper" and its potential strengths and weaknesses; many of the questions raised in the Blogging Education panel are answered there..."

Fast Company: Out of the Box

Fast Company: Out of the Box

This FC article was for members-only sometime ago. Looks like FC have changed their minds about the subscription model. Anyway, this article is yet another one that looks at how IDEO innovates. It's not surprising that IDEO regards "empathy" as the top innovation attribute. The article also describes how a IDEO team uses its Method Cards in a brainstorming session.

CIO: Knowledge worker productivity: your questions answered

CIO: Knowledge worker productivity: your questions answered

"My own hypothesis is that the best way to segment knowledge workers would be by the roles they perform within the organization. I would guess that determining whether you're a "field sales analyst" or a "midlevel marketing manager" would drive the type of work you do and how it could be done more productively and effectively. Of course, that will be difficult and perhaps expensive. Most organizations don't even know how many roles they have. I suspect the only role-based segments that might make sense are those in which there are many workers in a single segment, or in which better productivity or performance is mission-critical."

AOK: Star Dialogues

AOK: Star Dialogues

I've been hooked to this site for weeks now. Enjoying some real thought provoking discussions. I especially like the Star Dialogues section. Every month AOK invites a well-known KM professional as a guest moderator to engage in conversations with AOK members. Some of these conversations remind me of Tim Sebastian's HardTALK show. Take the one with David Snowden. Here, Dave, just like Tim Sebastian's guests, was cornered on his use of complex language to describe his version of KM!

The last conversation was with Victor Newman, author of The Knowledge Activist's Handbook. Here Victor defends his Super Knowledge Declaration -- the deliberate management of knowledge to deliver specific outcomes.

GUUUI: Balancing visual and structural complexity in interaction design

GUUUI: Balancing visual and structural complexity in interaction design

"People will complain about a visually complex page at the sight of it. But they will also complain if the information they need isn't immediately available to them when they start using the site."
[thanks infodesign]

Inc: A Perfect Brainstorm

Inc: A Perfect Brainstorm

"Paulus's first piece of advice will strike most as surprising, if not heretical: The group is not God. Group brainstorming, used day in and day out by countless business owners, really doesn't work that well, according to Paulus. You're almost always better off directing your employees to brainstorm individually... On the other hand, there's no doubt that group brainstorming is an important exercise in team-building. The trick is to capture the efficiencies of an individual while making the most of the bonhomie and synergy of a group brainstorm."

Information Week: Growing With Knowledge Management

Information Week: Growing With Knowledge Management

"Small and midsize businesses should begin developing a knowledge-management solution by introducing collaborative systems that help employees take advantage of one another's expertise. At a minimum, a knowledge-management solution for small and midsize businesses should incorporate collaboration, content-management, and search technologies. For medium-sized or more technologically savvy businesses, an advanced knowledge-management solution that uses both tacit and explicit knowledge boils down to six core areas: entry points, collaboration, document management, taxonomy and workflow, search, and expertise location."

ECC: Learning Objects Competition

ECC: Learning Objects Competition

The E-learning Competency Center (ECC) of Singapore is organizing a LO competition to spread the awareness of standard based LO in Singapore. Some 80 LOs are vying for the top prize of S$2000.

Boxes and Arrows: Talking with Virginia Postrel

Boxes and Arrows: Talking with Virginia Postrel

"Designers say

HBS Working Knowledge: Why Managing Innovation is Like Theater

HBS Working Knowledge: Why Managing Innovation is Like Theater

"In the 21st century, it's a simple fact that you often don't know where you're going when you start a journey. A manager who needs to be handed a clear set of objectives or a process specification is only half a manager (and not the most important half). To know where you're going by the time you start, that's an amazing luxury and you probably can't afford it. Anyway, if you think you know where you're going, you're probably wrong. The need to innovate, to make midcourse corrections, and to adapt to changing conditions are the main features of a growing part of daily work."

Denham Grey: Corporate memory - the hard way

Denham Grey: Corporate memory - the hard way

"Many dollars have been invested, many organizations have egg on their collective faces, many repositories lie unused, shunned by novices and experts alike and yet there are more KM projects starting each day with the same vision / mission and yet another dream. Perhaps we think portals or automatic profiling or collaborative systems or social software will do it this time!"

Thinking Shift: Viral Knowledge: can you “tip” a community of practice?

Thinking Shift: Viral Knowledge: can you "tip" a community of practice?

"This paper will examine communities of practice (CoPs) from a complexity perspective using the internationally best-selling book TheTipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell as a framework for discussion."

Wired: Till Death Do Us Part

Wired: Till Death Do Us Part

"Laleh and Ladan Bijani wanted separate lives. Doctors wanted to make history. The inside story of what went wrong...The angiogram that was supposed to reveal the Bijanis' vascular structure did not pick up a vein that spanned the base of the twins' skulls. Only after nearly 30 hours of surgery did doctors discover the vein, which had become a major drainage pathway. When surgeons severed the vein, they were unable to stop the bleeding. Within three hours, both patients were dead."

A case where blind dependence on flaky technology leads to disastrous consequences. For those interested in getting into the details, BBC's Tim Sebastian HARDtalks Keith Goh, the surgeon in charge of the operation, this Sunday. If you can't catch the live show, you can view the recorded version at the HARDtalk home page early next week.

Learning Objects: Contexts and Connections

TELR: Learning Objects: Contexts and Connections

Nice collection of articles on learning objects.
[thanks Stephen's Web]

Louis Rosenfeld: Enterprise IA Roadmap

Louis Rosenfeld: Enterprise IA Roadmap

"My goal is to show that there are certain aspects of a site's architecture that are worth tackling right away for quick wins, others that you'll get around to later, and others that you might never reach in a distributed, highly politicized enterprise environment..."
I like his roadmap for Guerilla EIA which focuses on "content from experts" (using k-logs) and "content from teams and communities" (using wikis).

Wired: Toward a Weblogging Empire

Wired: Toward a Weblogging Empire

"The former editor of the Silicon Alley Reporter, the once high-flying chronicle of Manhattan's high-tech mania, plans this week to launch a new venture, Weblogsinc, that intends to make a go of publishing business-to-business blogs...He expects the topics to fall under four main categories: media, finance, technology and life sciences."

elearningpost: 5 Questions with Gerry McGovern

elearningpost: 5 Questions with Gerry McGovern

I had the opportunity to query Gerry McGovern, widely acknowledged web content guru, on some knowledge management and e-learning issues that were bothering me. Here is the short Q&A session I had with him.

NY Times: Cameras Watching Students, Especially in Biloxi

NY Times: Cameras Watching Students, Especially in Biloxi

"Fearful of violence, particularly in light of the nation's experience with schoolhouse shootings, educators across the country are rushing to install ceiling-mounted cameras in hallways, libraries and cafeterias. But no other district has gone as far as this Gulf Coast community, which, flush with casino revenue, has hung the cameras not only in corridors and other common areas but also in all of its 500 classrooms."

Vanguard Conferences: Knowledge Management Comes of Age

Vanguard Conferences: Knowledge Management Comes of Age

This conference link comes from David Weinberger (he's got some nice comments under [Vanguard] headings). Went and checked the conference site and found some presentation papers online. Probing further, I found another set of papers relating to a previous conference on Interaction and Design. Enjoy!

HBS Working Knowledge: PowerPoint, Robomanagers and You: The Growing Intimacy of Technology

HBS Working Knowledge: PowerPoint, Robomanagers and You: The Growing Intimacy of Technology

Sherry Turkle: "But as a thinking technology for elementary school children, it [PowerPoint] has limitations. It doesn't encourage students to begin a conversation--rather, it encourages them to make points... The PowerPoint aesthetic of bullet points does not easily encourage the give-and-take of ideas, some of them messy and unformed. The opportunity here is to acknowledge that PowerPoint, like so many other computational technologies, is not just a tool but an evocative object that affects our habits of mind. We need to meet the challenge of using computers to develop the kinds of mind tools that will support the most appropriate and stimulating conversations possible in elementary and middle schools. But the simple importation of a technology perfectly designed for the sociology of the boardroom does not meet that challenge."

IDEO: Method Cards

IDEO: Method Cards

"IDEO Method Cards show 51 of the methods we use to inspire great design and keep people at the center of our design process. Each card describes one method and includes a brief story about how and when to use it. The cards are divided into four categories Learn, Look, Ask, and Try making it easy to reference, browse, sort, and share the cards."

Denham Grey: Mapping knowledge

Denham Grey: Mapping knowledge

Denham Grey is sparking some interesting conversations at his blog, knowledge-at-work. The Knowledge Mapping piece strikes a chord with my own beliefs about "immersion"...

To appreciate knowledge gaps, you need to understand the personal networks and work context - This is impossible to get via a survey - it requires immersion

I recently took part in a sharing session at the E-learning Competency Center in Singapore. I tried to emphasize the need for Instructional Designers (I think 'Learning Designers' is a more fitting title) to do more "elicitation" during the analysis phase -- meaning that we should spend more time doing some first-hand information gathering and analysis rather than just repurposing raw PowerPoints and Word documents (second-hand material). I drew upon work done by David Snowden and Gary Klein on the difference between 'complex' and 'complicated' phenomena -- complicated acts can be analyzed piecemeal but complex acts like learning have to be experienced holistically.
Click here to view a recorded webcast of my presentation. (The second part of my presentation is about linking visual journalism to instructional design).

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