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L2A Links for April 15th

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L2A Links for February 28th

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L2A Links for December 15th

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L2A Links for November 23rd

  • The ‘wisdom of crowds’ loses steam | The Open Road – CNET News – Matt Asay shares a collection of evidence that the "crowdsourcing" revolution may be settling into traditional models. From the article: "Despite countless articles extolling the virtues and seeming omnipotence of "community" over the past several years, the technology industry seems to be settling back into old habits: Command and control."
  • The Science of Success – The Atlantic (December 2009) – A fascinating article on the "Orchid Child Hypothesis" that impacts evolution, nature v. nurture (or should we say nature + nurture), and parenting. From the article: "Most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like the orchid: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spectacularly if given greenhouse care. So holds a provocative new theory of genetics, which asserts that the very genes that give us the most trouble as a species, causing behaviors that are self-destructive and antisocial, also underlie humankind’s phenomenal adaptability and evolutionary success. With a bad environment and poor parenting, orchid children can end up depressed, drug-addicted, or in jail—but with the right environment and good parenting, they can grow up to be society’s most creative, successful, and happy people."

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L2A Links for September 1st

  • Enterprise 2.0: Skip the Pilot – Michael Idinopulos raises a very interesting point that for collaborative software to succeed you have to have a large pool of users, contrary to to “small pilot” wisdom of most new implementations. A very viable option, especially given the low capital needs to implement open-source solutions.
  • Stanford study: Media multitaskers pay mental price – Multitasking kills! OK – maybe not that extreme. But this research has important implications for Learning 2.0. As our environment is changing to constantly bombard us with information, the most important skill to develop is being able to filter out garbage – clarify the signal from the noise. If this research holds up, multitasking is a serious impediment to being able to filter out irrelevancy. Much of Learning 2.0 will need to focus not on content and application, but on context: how content is collected, critiqued, and validated before being used.

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L2A Links for August 26th

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L2A Links for March 1st

  • Progressing Through Change – Introduction – Great (if I do say so myself) online tool you can use for free to see how you or your team are progressing through the changes your organization is facing. Chock full of tips to help you or your team work through change successfully.
  • The Unsociable, Radically-Individualist Soul of Social Media – Another thoughtful (and lengthy – I wish I could commit to typing like Venk does!) post from Venkatesh Rao explores the psychology of people who are successful in "social" media.

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Learn to Adapt Links for December 15th through December 17th

  • Set in Our Ways: Why Change Is So Hard: Scientific American – A great article from Scientific American on the biology/psychology of why people are naturally resistant to change. Interestingly, it claims people are more tolerant of change during their 20s and then again after 60.
  • Pew Internet: Future of the Internet – Pew Internet research releases the results of its survey on the future of the Internet. Much as expected, with the exception of one finding that surprised me: "The transparency of people and organizations will increase, but that will not necessarily yield more personal integrity, social tolerance, or forgiveness." I think we may see more tolerance overall as everyone moves to "wearing a transparent kimono."

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Learn to Adapt Links for August 22nd

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