June, 2018

Finding Human Space

Evolving Web

The world is filled with different people. Wonderful people. Interesting people. I have sat on hilltops in Capetown, drinking wine and eating kudu carpaccio. I’ve felt the random rush of people, all moving on different missions, in Shinjuku.

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cRaggy 2018: design, feedback & reflections

Learning Alliances

This blog post describes the cRaggy event at the June 2, 2018 Cascadia R Conf , its design, the logic behind its design, feedback from participants and reflections on how such an event might be better in the future.

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What is Working? A Question of Discovery

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the questions to ask when evaluating a current work activity or process (at whatever level you engage with that – e.g., business model, system) is what is working? What is going well?

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(Microlearning) tool of the month: Guidiance

Joitske Hulsebosch

Microlearning is a trend in online learning, so the tool of the month is a microlearning tool: Guidiance. Microlearning originated from the idea of learning on the fly, via your mobile.

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Skills for ‘Being’ in a Digital Age

Jenny Connected

I have been puzzling over George Siemens ’ idea that learners need to develop ‘being skills’ if they are to cope with what it means to be human in a digital age. George discusses this with Neil Selwyn in an interview recorded for Monash University, Australia, Faculty of Education. George does qualify, right at the beginning of the interview, that his question ‘What does it mean to be human in a Digital Age?’ is posed from a learning in knowledge development angle.

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Sightedness: The Lesson

Michael Sampson - Currents

The lesson from the party hall and what people from different vocations see on entering is that people are quick to see what they’ve been trained to see, and are slow (and sometimes unable) to see that which they haven’t got the training to see.

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The skillset of a blended trainer or facilitator: technology is overrated

Joitske Hulsebosch

This week I co-organized the #Trainingtrends2018 session in Utrecht (the Netherlands) with some 90 participants. It was fun. Amazing that we are already working on blended designs for 10 years and for some this a really new area. I think the change is relatively slow because it is shift in mindset.

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Useless Advice

How to Save the World

I am watching a pair of violet-green swallows trying to get to their nest, which happens to be in the powder room vent of my house. Swallows have nested there every summer I’ve been here, though it means a sudden sharp flying turn up into the narrow vent in the deck ceiling.

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Joint Use in Online Spaces

Full Circle Associates

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On uniqueness lost - Anthony Bourdain

Evolving Web

There are people I respect immediately. . And there are people where I’m like, “Uh, okay, keep going…. Maybe I’ll respect you later.”. . And almost no one gets to respect from that. . One who did was Anthony Bourdain. .

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Selecting weak signals and building in diversity and equity

Chris Corrigan

When working in complexity, and when trying to create new approaches to things, it’s important to pay attention to ideas that lie outside of the known ways of doing things. These are sometimes called “weak signals” and by their very nature they are hard to hear and see.

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Mixed Reality with Power BI for Firstline Workers

Michael Sampson - Currents

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Information Theory and Uncertainty in Collaborative Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Information theory says that new information reduces uncertainty. That something additional reduces the set of possible actions or outcomes. That as more information is gathered, collected, captured, understood and refined, uncertainty is reduced to such an extent that certainty rules the day.

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Wanted: A Presentist

Michael Sampson - Currents

With futurists the world is awash. Who proclaim the new and to the past say tosh. The future of work is so very posh. What you’re doing today is only bosh. The world is awash with futurists. Those who claim to see the future. As in the future of work.

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Distractions at the Office Mean That Remote Workers Outperform

Michael Sampson - Currents

Brian writes about why remote workers outperform office workers : … one study found that the number of people who say they cannot concentrate at their desk has increased by 16 percent since 2008.

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Embrace the Stupid First Draft

Michael Sampson - Currents

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer]. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. Puck Magazine , 1903].

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22 Ways To See Things Differently – Nicholas Bate

Michael Sampson - Currents

From Nicholas Bate in April 2014 on seeing things differently : 1. With the lights low. Early, at dawn. Through dark glasses. Wearing a brown paper bag and just listening. Through the tube of a rolled-up newspaper. Late, at dusk. Through binoculars. Squint.

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Use Binoculars, Not a Magnifying Glass

Michael Sampson - Currents

Both a magnifying glass and binoculars enhance vision, with one providing the micro and the other the macro in details not available to the naked eye.

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Study Beyond Your Industry

Michael Sampson - Currents

What could you learn from an operations manager at Schipol Airport, or an analyst at HSBC, or the man who schedules the trains for Network Rail or the process guy at the Department for Education?

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Seeing With Your Eyes Closed

Michael Sampson - Currents

On a day that I’m giving a workshop, I like to arrive at the location a couple of hours before everyone else. Sometimes the room has already been set out in a particular fashion, but other times the room is a blank canvas.

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Shopping for Inspiration

Michael Sampson - Currents

Learning what others have done with the new tools and resources available to them provides inspiration and challenge on what could be possible in your work, team and organisation. I call this shopping for inspiration.

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Improving Things for Knowledge and Information Workers

Michael Sampson - Currents

Knowledge and information workers don’t produce physical product. They are paid to use their brains – leveraging a domain of knowledge, ways of thinking, ways of approaching a problem, ways of creating solutions to problems, and so on.

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Creativity – Playing with Possibilities

Michael Sampson - Currents

Creativity. Playing with possibilities. A playfulness with constraints. A pushing of the known to create the different. Re-Imagining Effective Work

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Backlash Against Group Chat

Michael Sampson - Currents

Group chat offers a particular approach to communication between people, characterised by rapid fire interaction, short sentences or thought fragments, and a fun and lively tone.

2018 116

Don’t Get to Perfect Too Soon

Michael Sampson - Currents

Getting to perfect too soon reduces the available space for collaboration. Perfection signals that the current effort is good enough or refined enough, and that the opportunity for input, direction, crazy ideas, left-field thinking, new ways of looking at a problem and the like has gone.

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BlackBerry KEY2

Michael Sampson - Currents

BlackBerry introduced its new smartphone, with a physical keyboard (hat tip, Vowe ). I have fond memories of my BlackBerry days, and there are still activities that I did with my BlackBerry Bold – such as live blogging conference talks – that I have never tried with an iPhone.

Re-Imagining Flooring – 3D Epoxy

Michael Sampson - Currents

Stuff (the online newspaper site in New Zealand) featured a story this week about 3D epoxy flooring : The latest wave (pun intended) of 3D floors presents some astonishing optical illusions, and it seems watery scenes are most in demand.

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Improving SharePoint Lists – Roadmap 2018

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft used the recent SharePoint Conference to introduce numerous improvements to SharePoint lists scheduled for 2018. About one third of these are available now, with the reminder scheduled to be delivered by the end of December 2018.

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Goals Not Tools

Michael Sampson - Currents

Several years ago at the Australian SharePoint Conference (hosted by ShareThePoint ), Lou Zulli presented a session called Making Sure That the SharePoint Solutions Your Team Has Created Don’t Go to Waste. One of his points created an a-ha in my head. This was his point: Make things easier.

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Sightedness: What Can You See?

Michael Sampson - Currents

A friend invites you to a party on Saturday night. You get yourself ready and turn up at the appointed time, entering a brightly lit, resplendently decorated party hall filled with people chatting in small groups while an orchestra plays a selection of the best classical music. As you enter the room, what do you observe? What do you see? I think that you see what you’ve been trained to see.

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Links of the Quarter: June 2018

How to Save the World

multimedia reprocessed/washed/painted photo produced by my friend Ron Woodall. C arlo Rovelli is a highly-respected theoretical physicist whose work is focused on the concept of quantum gravity. Each book, in which he writes about his latest thinking, is stranger than the last.

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Plus Ça Change

How to Save the World

photo by the author. “Everything had changed, but nothing seemed different” — Meg Hutchinson, True North. L ately I’ve been reading back over some of the old posts in this 15+ year-old blog.

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Cultural Isomorphism

How to Save the World

New Yorker cover by Charles E Martin from September 11, 1971.

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Dean Walker Interviews Dave on Collapse, Grief & Non-Duality

How to Save the World

This is a long (55min) and very indulgent interview that Dean did with me last week. He asks great questions, and lets me ramble on (perhaps a bit too much). It’s probably the closest to the real “me” that’s ever been recorded. Thanks so much Dean!

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