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The Rise (and Fall) of the Luddites

If You're Going to Wallow in Ignorance, Do us a Favor and Just Hang It up Now! In the last two days, I've heard three friends and professional colleagues proudly declare that they are Luddites. (If you don't know what that is read this item on Wikipedia.) This was three separate conversations, with well-educated, successful professionals who I don't believe even know more...

Play More Games and Save the World

I had the opportunity recently to talk with some remarkable business leaders who are working diligently to overcome some challenges within their organization. From what they shared with me, it seems that some people in some parts of the organization are not moving forward as confidently and successfully as they should. Some concepts that came up in our discussion were more...

Gamification of Society

I'll take good information from just about any source -- in this case from my 12-year-old son who is obsessed with things like challenging games, the creation of virtual worlds, participation in his own lucid dreaming experiments and contemplation of quantum physics. I didn't say he was your average 12 year old, did I? Several months ago, he raised the conversation of more...

Integrated Learning: Tapping into Social Power

I am not a school teacher, but I was intrigued by the concept and attended EdCamp Philly -- a socially-oriented unconference for educators held May 21 in Philadelphia. One great session at the conference was on Integrated Learning with presenter Mike Ritzius. Mike is a teacher in New Jersey who is part of a very interesting approach to learning. Essentially, they have more...

Viewing the Case of the Blogging Teacher through a Social Systems Lens

The recent case of a blogging high school teacher at the upscale Central Bucks East High School in Southeastern Pennsylvania is an interesting discussion topic with some lessons to be learned. People have a variety of perspectives on this situation, ranging from how dare she? to it’s about time someone said this! As an alumnus of this high school, a taxpayer in the more...

Humans and Computers in Social Systems

Unintended Consequences of Technology Can Be Instructive Michael Port is a leading speaker, successful author and socially engaged business person who happens to live in my local community. I don’t know Michael personally, but he enjoys a fine reputation both internationally and locally. Similarly, Rick Toone is a successful entrepreneur, video producer and more...

Systems Thinking View of Social Business

Where does social business begin and end? What is inside the organization and what is outside? Who's in charge of what -- and how, when and why? What do we control and what do we endeavor to influence? All of these questions keep popping up in work I am doing, in Q & A during presentations, and in articles I am seeing posted. Jim Worth (@jimworth) has an excellent more...

Creating the New Org

Social business platforms are attracting a lot of attention — and rightly so. Things such as Facebook, twitter and FourSquare, on the consumer level,  and Sharepoint, Alfresco and Jive, on the corporate level are all the rage. While it may be true that some of the technology platforms will ultimately be little more than the flavor of the month, I believe firmly that more...