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Learning to see systems – wolves and rivers

Systems in the real world are messy and complex. There’s a reason that Aldo Leopold was so cautious about interventions: “The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, “What good is it?” If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand […]


Which rules? Teaching or Learning?

Another thought provoking cartoon from the good fools at xkcd. There are actually two interesting thoughts in this one. Yes, humans are pretty good teachers at that. More importantly, however, we manage to get by even with less than stellar teachers because humans are so supremely gifted at learning. Computers demand extraordinarily adept teachers because […]



  Misconceptions Wed, 05 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT Did you know that such a curious resource existed? Do you care? Are you willing to risk going up against any of these at your average cocktail party?

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Sugata Mitra on designing systems for learning – TED talk

I’ve finally gotten around to the following TED video that’s been queued up in my "to read/watch" stack. In it, Sugata Mitra describes his "Hole in the Wall" experiments that placed internet connected PCs into New Delhi slums and watched what happened. It’s worth 20 minutes of your time.   Mitra’s conclusion is that you […]

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What Teachers Make

I just came across this recently courtesy of Seth Godin. Something to think about over the weekend.


Learning from Failure

A classic commercial that nicely captures the importance of failure in learning.   We learn so much more from failure than from success. We all know that, yet how little room do we allow for it in our business and professional lives?

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Rethinking thought leadership as an operating principle

Thought leadership risks becoming an empty marketing phrase just as it becomes essential to long term success. In an idea economy more and more firms understand the importance of getting credit for being on the leading edge, but getting credit is best preceded by actually being there. Organizations that depend on generating and exploiting ideas […]

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Odds of being a terrorism victim on a flight

What this graphic and the underlying data analysis show more than anything else is how little evidence and rational analysis have to do with most decisions by most people.  We can lament that all we want. If you’re running a lottery, you make money off this predictable irrationality. On the other hand, if you’re committed […]


On not being surprised by the future

The future is already here. It’s just unevenly distributed                             William Gibson A recent discussion about bad television science fiction versus what good science fiction can be illuminates the challenge of coping with today’s technology environment in everyday organizational reality. It started with a recent speech by Star Trek writer Ron Moore: At his recent […]


25 Words on Social Media Wisdom

Liz Strauss offers up another of her provocative challenges; to craft 25 words of advice on social media. Here’s my 25 words: Social media wisdom, like all wisdom, comes from experience. Engaged, mindful, reflective experience. Deliberate and intentional practice will yield wisdom. Other experience need not apply. The picture is of my coxswain son and […]

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