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Harold Jarche points us to a recently released study on corporate responses to the recession/depression we're currently in: This morning the CLC (Corporate Leadership Council) released the results of a survey that asked CEOs which areas were to suffer the most in response to the crisis. L&D [learning & development] came out on top at 38%. So this means, globally, that a third of organisations surveyed will stop investing in... Read more →

Course Community Building with Ning

Building Community with Ning View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: netork maricopatech) Alisa Cooper of South Mountain Community Colleges has produced a great narrated presentation on how she uses Ning to build community in her courses. She's also using podcasts, live streaming video and And check out her Voicethread on using Ning, which she said she started using because she thought the usual online offerings were "a... Read more →

Creating Tribes

Seth Godin on Tribes View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: book tribes) Yesterday I read Seth Godin's newest book, Tribes. It was a quick read--a few hours--but with a lot of food for thought, particularly for creating communities of practice. Some key points: A tribe is a self-selected group of people, often with a leader, usually with a purpose, always with a way of connecting and identifying with... Read more →

Change Doesn't Come with a Permission Slip

"The American Revolution was not financed with matching grants from the crown," --David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and Fear. "Great change doesn't come with official endorsement. . . Change occurs at the edges, without permission." --Patti Digh, Life is Verb One thing I've noticed about organizational life is that job uncertainty tends to breed a culture where we seek permission for everything we do. The problem with this course... Read more →

Start Something

In times of great upheaval and negativity, there's a tendency to conserve. It's a natural human tendency to withdraw and "hunker down" when the outside world feels like it's on the attack. We're pulled into thinking small, focused on saving what we have rather than on thinking big and using downturns as an opportunity to make things happen But this is a mistake. When we move into scarcity mode, we... Read more →

Avoiding "SpeedFit" Syndrome

This video cracks me up. It's a product video for a treadmill that "walks/runs" the streets while you're treading on it. Because apparently it's too hard to just walk or run ON the street. Instead, we need a tool that does the same thing as walking or running, but is heavy, clunky, hard to turn and makes you look like an idiot. This is what we do sometimes when we... Read more →

Pixar University on Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age

Great video--some money thoughts: If you're looking for innovators, people who are going to create things that have never been created before or solve problems that haven't been solved, you can't look at their resumes and find evidence that they've accomplished what you want them to accomplish. It hasn't been done, so it's not going to be on their resumes. When you work collaboratively, you take someone's work and say... Read more →

Deconstructing the Work Literacy Learning Event

The Work Literacy online learning event is over and Harold Jarche has posted some of what he learned from our facilitation of the course. Time for me to share some of my thoughts. . Using Ning for the Course Our first big decision was what platform to use. We ended up going with Ning because it integrated several different tools (blogs, forums, video and photo-sharing, social networking profiles, groups) at... Read more →

What Type Are You?

Via Stephen Downes comes the Typealyzer, which analyzes your blog to identify your Myers-Briggs Type. I came out an INTJ (like Stephen), which is sort of accurate. I've tested as an INFP, but I'm in the middle on my final two preferences, so the INTJ result isn't totally surprising. This does sound like my blog writing though: The long-range thinking and individualistic type. They are especially good at looking at... Read more →

How Do You Create a Culture of Sharing?

Yesterday I shared a couple of videos on real-life, online communities of practice. In comments, LaDonna Coy asks an excellent question: I really appreciate this post. I've been looking for some good examples of communities of practice and here's two that are spot on. Thank you. I'm particularly taken by the sharing culture concept that Dave talks about and Rio Tinto does in practice. In my line of work we'd... Read more →