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Launching new framework: The Future of Work
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, September 13, 2012

Ross Dawson has released a new framework depicting trends in the future of work, illustrated above. As of now only the diagram is available, but he promises future elaborations. That said, the diagram itself is work exploring.

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Don Tapscott: The arc of history is a positive one, towards openness
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, July 5, 2012

I haven't said much about Don Tapscott's four principles for the open world partially because it's a TED video and partially because there's little evidence he actually practices any of the four principles (he does tweet regularly, but it's mostly promotional). For the record, here they are:

  • Collaboration. The boundaries of organizations are becoming more fluid and open, with the best ideas often coming from outside.
  • Transparency. Open communication to stakeholders is no longer optional, as organizations become naked.
  • Sharing. Giving up intellectual property, including putting ideas into the commons, is a massive source of value creation.
  • Empowerment. Knowledge and intelligence is power, so as they are distributed, we gain freedom.

Now as regards the first, I would be more inclined to say "cooperation" rather than "collaboration", for reasons I've offered at length in the past. Thus modified, they are principles I would love to see embraced by my own organization, but they run counter to hierarchy, political power, and management control. (p.s. I love the pompous pointed-finger Tapscott photo that illustrates the video, presumably an accident, but so telling). Related: Harold Jarche's aligned principles for an open, networked society.

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Researchers develop 'smart' touch-responsive internet-enabled newspaper
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, May 22, 2012

This is what I want: "We are developing an entirely new platform for community news and information by connecting paper to the internet to create what is believed to be the world’s first internet-enabled newspaper." Ross Dawson also offers an interesting point: "Tablets similar to those of today will be given away for free and digital paper which has all the qualities of today’s paper plus the advantages of digital at a low cost will be the alternative." It's a bit of a race. What will be least valuable soonest: the content (which wants to be free), the platform (which may end up cheaper than paper), or the advertising (which people will still ignore)?

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Video of TheNextWeb keynote on The Future of Crowds
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, May 1, 2012

The talk gets a bit racy near the end, but before that argues that "crowds are the future of everything."

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New keynote speaker video
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, February 7, 2012

I should make a 'keynote speaker' video. I could record myself staring into space and mumbling incoherently. Every once in a while I'd shout "Yes! Fish!" Today: Total:418 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Keynote slides on The Transformation of Government
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, July 18, 2011

Interesting set of slides - with the promise of a PDF to follow - from Ross Dawson on the future of government. I don't think we should consider 21st century government to be just an electronic version of the sort of government we have today. Why, for example, would we have representatives speak for us on the basis of where we live - and hence, potentially really misrepresent our views - when we could delegate much more reliable spokespeople - or intelligent agents - to speak on our behalf? And governments are going to have to cut through corruption and media manipulation in order to handle the really big problems of climate change, resource depletion and interstellar expansion. And why organize government along the lines of a hierarchy, when it could be unbundled and distributed? Children today are probably going to see some big changes in government in their lifetimes; people my age will be stuck with watching the collapse of the current order. Bleah. Today: Total:654 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Developmental robotics: the cute baby robot who will grow up to be just like you
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, March 2, 2011

The coolest thing I've seen this week is the concept of 'motor babbling' - that is, the way a robot 'babbles' (just like a baby) as a way of using neural networks to define and create a map of its sensory-motor environment. I found the concept - and a detailed description of how it works - in this paper, one of many I read following up the postings from the Robot Cub. Ross Dawson reports, "We are at the cusp of a new phase of robotics, where some of what has been promised to us for decades will come to fruition. An example of this is the iCub, a humanoid baby robot that can learn, emulating human cognition and development. This is the field of ‘developmental robotics': creating robots that can learn and develop their capabilities over time." The best learning theory, I say, is one that actually results in learning. Don't miss the videos on Dawson's post. Today: Total:1005 [Comment] [Direct Link]

BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) plus Indonesia are where internet and mobile are exploding
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, November 17, 2010

Ross Dawson summarizes Morgan-Stanley analyst Mary Meeker's latest report on education and connectivity, and as George Siemens notes, when Mary Meeker speaks, people generally stop to listen. For good reason: she has about the sharpest and most bottom-line focused analysis out there. In this report, she emphasizes the growth of mobile platforms and suggests that it will not simply be big, it will be huge. Moreover, most of the growth of mobile platforms - especially things like smartphones, though you should also include iPads - will me greatest in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations, plus Indonesia. Mobile is tricky because there are several competing operating systems - iOS (Apple), Symbian (Nokia), Android (Google), Blackberry (RIM), and others (including WebOS, which runs on my Palm). And while desktop views will drop a bit, they won't go away, which means mobile is added to the mix, and not replacing the mix. Today: Total:1690 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Launch of Future of Media: Strategy Tools Framework
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, July 11, 2008

Rosss Dawson has published the Future of Media 2008 with its key frameworks: Future of the Media Lifecycle; 7 Driving Forces Shaping Media; and the Strategy Tools framework. Since much of education concerns media, this highly visual report should be of great interest to educational technologists. -HJ Today: Total:781 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Companies That Close Networking Doors Jeopardize Their Future
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, August 20, 2007

This post describes coverage in Australia of a service called 'SurfControl' which is claiming that "the use of Facebook on company time is costing business up to A$5 billion a year." The claim, of course, is pure fiction. But even if it were true, it represents a valuable activity, not a waste of time. As Ross Dawson says, "Organizations such as IBM, Procter & Gamble, PricewaterhouseCoopers and most world-class organizations I am aware of are focusing on how they can HELP their employees to network and build connections inside and outside their organizations, not hinder them." Today: Total:1377 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Characteristics of High-Performance Personal Networks
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, March 30, 2007

Well the website's a bit wonky right now - it's a combination of some less than perfect code and getting slammed by search engines (if you get 1000 hits a day, 999 of them will be search engine hits - that's a real challenge for anyone writing software). (Or maybe it's a DOS - I 'killall' but then all the httpd threads start right up again... sigh). Ross Dawson attempts to identify what makes personal networks work well, and hits on a number of things familiar to readers of these pages - things like diversity and dynamism. The article also describes "six key behaviors that create energizing relationships" - things like "have and communicate a compelling vision", "seek and acknowledge quality contributions", "give genuine attention to people." Well - ok. But, it seems to me, if you do these things in order to create or cultivate a personal network, they will be hollow and strained. Rather, these activities are ends in themselves - and a personal network is just one of the things that grows out of them. No? Today: Total:1110 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Microsoft Kickstarts the Live Brand
Ross Dawson, Trends in the Living Networks, August 5, 2006

The flagship of Microsoft's 'Live' brand, Microsoft Live Spaces, has just launched. The first thing it did when I went to access it was to lose my original Spaces site, forcing me to replace it with a new one - I have no idea how to get the old one back, so it's destined to languish, unreachable, until the end of time. The site is just awful on Firefox, I have to say, probably because of the 'missing framework' error that frequently pops up. Today: Total:409 [Comment] [Direct Link]

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