Monthly Archives: November 2010


Arrived here early evening and walked over to the Grand Place. Found it filled with people watching a Christmas light show projected on the facade of the ancient buildings on the square.




Then evaded the freezing cold by hanging out by the fire at the Roi d’Espagne. Fantastic atmo, truly fine brew.






Business Educa

Several friends have told me they aren’t coming to Online Educa in Berlin because it’s too academic. They’re not up with the news.

Emphasizing learning and development in the business sector is precisely the reason that Charles Jennings, Laura Overton, and I have been working with the Online Educa staff to develop a comprehensive roster of business-oriented sessions.

The pre-eminent eLearning forum in Europe is becoming the pre-eminent business eLearning forum in Europe as well.

Here’s the program.

Join us! Dieser wird groß sein.

Read-only Working Smarter Fieldbook. $12.

So you can’t afford the $20 to buy the Working Smarter Fieldbook. (Warning: I’m going to up the price soon.)

Or you don’t read books any more. You prefer a searchable, on-line database of goodies.

This is for you: full-text access to the Working Smarter Fieldbook | September 2010 Edition for $12. Go ahead, read the first 60 pages for free.

Working Smarter Fieldbook | November 2010

Visit the Internet TIme Store for other goodies.

Best of informal learning since September 1, 2010…

Informal Learning Flow

Next month, a new aggregator on Working Smarter from Internet Time Alliance, sponsored by Xyleme, will replace Informal Learning Flow. Here’s what’s probably the swan song, the end of a great run.

September 1 to November 18, 2010

  1. The state of mapping APIs– OReilly Radar, September 7, 2010
  2. Welcome to the Decade of Games–, September 9, 2010
  3. Full Frontal Nudity Doesn’t Make Us Safer: Abolish the TSA– News , November 14, 2010
  4. Points of control = Rents– Lockergnome Blog Network, October 29, 2010
  5. The Data Bubble II– Doc Searls Weblog, October 30, 2010
  6. The SMAQ stack for big data– OReilly Radar, September 22, 2010
  7. The strange-face-in-the-mirror illusion– Mind Hacks, September 18, 2010
  8. How Facebook and Twitter Are Replacing Blogging– News , November 4, 2010
  9. Gladwell discovers it takes more than 140 characters to overturn a government– Joho the Blog, October 2, 2010
  10. Being Suicidal: What it feels like to want to kill yourself– Scientific American, October 20, 2010
  11. Apple’s segmentation strategy, and the folly of conventional wisdom– OReilly Radar, September 29, 2010
  12. “Can experience be designed?” Yes. No. Wait, yes. But.– Adaptive Path, September 30, 2010
  13. The Story Behind Twitter’s First Video Ad: 1 Million Views In One Day– News , September 16, 2010
  14. A Practical Plan for When You Feel Overwhelmed–, September 23, 2010
  15. E2.0 Thinking: Steve Jobs– Lockergnome Blog Network, October 25, 2010
  16. The line between book and Internet will disappear– OReilly Radar, September 10, 2010
  17. The “Dunbar Science” Behind Twitter & Social Leverage– Robert Paterson’s Weblog, November 6, 2010
  18. Beware the Internet as liberation theology– News , September 8, 2010
  19. To Get Paid What You’re Worth, Know Your Disruptive Skills–, September 14, 2010
  20. Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources– eLearning Technology, October 25, 2010
  21. Why Twitter’s is a game changer– OReilly Radar, September 13, 2010
  22. 5 points about PLEs PLNs for PLENK10– Dave’s Educational Blog, September 12, 2010
  23. Facebook Testing New ‘Mention’ Feature On News Feeds– News , November 8, 2010
  24. Do’s and Don’ts for Your Work’s Social Platforms–, September 28, 2010
  25. Open Source eLearning Tools– eLearning Technology, October 13, 2010
  26. Where the semantic web stumbled, linked data will succeed– OReilly Radar, November 15, 2010
  27. A Graphic Guide to Facebook Portraits– Fast Company, October 5, 2010
  28. Wikileaks Hacked By “Very Skilled” Attackers– News , October 22, 2010
  29. Six Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity–, September 7, 2010
  30. Top 35 Articles on eLearning Strategy– eLearning Technology, November 1, 2010
  31. Facebook & privacy – research shows approaches that might help young people– edublogs, September 22, 2010
  32. Top 10 TED Videos– Workplace Learning Today, September 10, 2010
  33. Good Ideas, The Four-Minute Version–, September 25, 2010
  34. The Most Creative Brains are Slow– Eide Neurolearning Blog, September 13, 2010
  35. How Facebook Can Become Bigger In Five Years Than Google Is Today– TechCrunch, October 2, 2010
  36. Reviewing “The Social Network” – Constructing Grand Narrative– Edge Perspectives with John Hagel, October 4, 2010
  37. A day with Dave Snowden– Internet Time, October 26, 2010
  38. Tweckled at ALT!– Donald Clark Plan B, September 10, 2010
  39. 5 Tools for Online Journalism, Exploration and Visualization– ReadWriteWeb, October 2, 2010
  40. Don’t be tone deaf! Creating tone of voice in eLearning.– Learning Visions, October 15, 2010
  41. 1,000 years in 5 minutes– The Long Now Blog, November 15, 2010
  42. Sleepwalkers – the emerging landscape of organisational learning– Performance Learning Productivity, November 4, 2010
  43. Learning malpractice– Learnlets, September 27, 2010
  44. Reinventing Relationships– Irving Wladawsky-Berger, September 9, 2010
  45. Meetings Too Long and Too Wordy? Try a Twitter Meeting– You Learn Something New Every Day, November 6, 2010
  46. Putting myself out there– Karyn’s Erratic Journey, November 17, 2010
  47. What’s Wrong With Creative Commons– Half an Hour, November 15, 2010
  48. On sustaining and reviving culture– Abject Learning, October 15, 2010
  49. Blog Post: Questioning brainstorming– Gurteen Knowledge-Log, September 27, 2010
  50. Knowledge Sharing Behaviours 2.0– All of us are smarter than any of us…, October 15, 2010
  51. Women absent from work more than men– Nine Shift, November 15, 2010
  52. The White House Goes Whiteboard– Common Craft – Explanations In Plain English –, September 30, 2010
  53. Donald Clark’s “Don’t Lecture Me” keynote at ALT-C 2010– Fortnightly Mailing, September 12, 2010
  54. Making values mundane; inducing mendaciousness– Cognitive Edge, October 25, 2010
  55. Taleo Acquires A Shoe Drops in the LMS Market– Josh Bersin, September 1, 2010
  56. Visual Social Media Aids– Full Circle, October 24, 2010
  57. Giving up control– Informal Learning, November 2, 2010
  58. Why Facebook Wants Your E-Mail– Technology Review Feed – Tech Review Top Stories, November 14, 2010
  59. Twitter and the Dunbar Number– Lifehacker, October 31, 2010
  60. Leadership, zombies, and self-direction– Ken Carroll, October 28, 2010

PARC turns 40, Churchill Club turns 25

In late afternoon, a bunch of us piled into a friend’s van and trekked to Palo Alto for a meeting convened by the Churchill Club to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Xerox PARC. PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) is the birthplace of ethernet, object-oriented programming, the PC (Dynabook, Alto), and lots more. You wouldn’t be reading this were it not for PARC. This evening’s session asked “What can innovators learn from the past?”

A bunch of us carpooled down from Berkeley, jabbering all the way.
PARC is 40, Churchill Club is 25

PARC is 40, Churchill Club is 25
PARC stands out because it focused on transformational innovation, not incremental improvement. Invention is a flower, innovation is a weed, said PARC CEO Marc Bernstein.

PARC is 40, Churchill Club is 25
Every researcher was involved in multiple projects. No stovepipes, said David Liddle, a 10-year PARC veteran.

PARC is 40, Churchill Club is 25
Ron Kaplan, a 25-year PARC veteran who’s now the principal researcher for Bing, pitched in some commentary about the commercialism of research innovation.

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Teresa Lunt, a veteran of DARPA and SRI, and Raj Apte, an amazing chip designer (37 patents) and master cider maker, rounded out the discussion.

What did I learn? That the magic seems to have gone. I was in the front row, my usual abode at these things, and these folks put me to sleep.

When Q&A came around, I asked why they were talking about Murray Hill, Almaden, and Palo Alto. Places. Ethernet was invented next door. This spelled the death of distance. Have networks impacted what they do here?

What did I mean? Well, does PARC have anything going on outside of Palo Alto? Marc said their alumni have carried the culture of Stanford and PARC back home with them.

But PARC’s all in Palo Alto? I asked. No other locations? None.

PARC invented the PC but missed out on the PC revolution. They invented networks but it sounds like they don’t tap into global intelligence. I could cry. What I took away from this evening at PARC was what they didn’t say.

PARC is 40, Churchill Club is 25

Churchill Club is a cool group. Their new logo is a bowler hat. Butch Cassidy, Billy the Kid, and most cowboys wore bowlers.

Churchill Club CEO Karen Tucker told me about the new logo, and how the bowler had essentially democratized head gear. She wears one herself now… but not tonight.

The Churchillians are great. Years ago at a Churchill Club event, I got to ask Steve Ballmer a question, my first and only time with the guy. I mentioned that Cisco was heavily into eLearning. Would Microsoft follow suit? No, Steve said, Microsoft had no interest whatsoever in eLearning.

Bill Daul & Amanda Graves
Nextnow’s Bill Daul with Churchill Club’s Amanda Graves

Infusion lunch with Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly joined a couple of dozen innovators, activists, and gear heads in Berkeley this afternoon to talk about issues from his new book.

I’ll preface this by saying that I regard Kevin very highly. His Out of Control changed the way I look at nature and evolution; I was consumed by it. His New Rules for the New Economy is the defining work about the net economy and it is all coming true. Kevin’s presence on the web is one of my favorite sites. The earlier books, a continuation of the Whole Earth catalog he edited before becoming founding editor of Wired are there.

Infusion lunch with Kevin Kelly


My friend Sylvia Paull hosts Infusion lunches in an upstairs lobby of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre every month or so. She began today’s midday session with a series of questions about the future of books, the future of music, and the future of technology. The editors of Berkeley’s Daily Planet, the author of a new book which sings bird calls when you turn to their page, several futurists, Swedish entrepreneurs, inventors, and a generally amazing group of people swung at Sylvia’s pitches.

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Kevin launches into his theories around technology. What is it? Alan Kay suggested technology is anything that was invented after you were born. Denny Hillis says technology is anything that doesn’t work yet. Kevin told us technology has been around as long as humans.

Infusion lunch with Kevin Kelly
Kevin described the “technium” as an extension of the self-organizing life force. It’s a system that’s been evolving for 3.7 million years. In fact, the technium is evolution and with it comes increasing complexity, diversity, mutualism, and choices. Evolution itself is evolving, and the technium is increasing evolvability in the world.

Infusion lunch with Kevin Kelly Infusion lunch with Kevin Kelly
Say what? This is Scott Rosenberg, author and founder of Salon, and a woman who scouts out sustainable enterprise for the City of Berkeley.

Infusion lunch with Kevin Kelly Infusion lunch with Kevin Kelly

Kevin continues. The orthodoxy is that technology is neutral. Wrong. Tech is good, because over time, it increases our options. Likewise, life is good. You could say it’s bad because Free Will lets you screw up, and you don’t get life without death, but net-net, the technium, life, and evolution are all good.

Infusion lunch with Kevin Kelly Infusion lunch with Kevin Kelly

Infusion lunch with Kevin Kelly Infusion lunch with Kevin Kelly

I’ll admit to being more than a little confused about what we were talking about, but I was happy to have a hit of Kevin and wish him well.

A quiz for enterprise learning movers & shakers…

Shuffle through Mary Meeker’s phenomenal research report on the state of the internet economy. (Thanks for the pointer, George Siemens.)

Be amazed.

Here’s the Quiz Question:

Name a single trend Mary Meeker describes that won’t have a major impact on your workscape.

Which trend can a director of human resources, CLO, or chief information officer cast off as irrelevant to helping people work smarter?

My answer: None of them.

This is the soup we swim in.

In the world Meeker describes, learning is the work. It’s been a mantra the Internet Time Alliance has chanted for years; now it’s happening.

Work = learning = work = learning = work = learning, forevermore. Get used to it. Or disappear.

We welcome your thoughts on this.

Couldn’t find big trends to ignore, could you?

PARC is 40!

Some of us Berkeley folks plan to carpool down for PARC’s birthday celebration tomorrow evening. I am really looking forward to the program: PARC made magic happen. However, in accordance with the Rule of Threes, I expect the lessons of the ride down and back will stick in my mind more than the time in Palo Alto.

I plan to recount a few stories that appear in From Counterculture to Cyberculture.

Google the Churchill Club if you want to join the event.

Raj Apte, Area Manager, Prototype Devices and Circuits, PARC
Ron Kaplan,
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Bing
David Liddle, Venture Partner, US Venture Partners
Teresa Lunt, VP & Director of Computer Science Laboratory, PARC
Moderator: Mark Bernstein, CEO, PARC

6:00 PM Registration & Hors d’oeuvres | 7:00 PM Program
Location: PARC, Palo Alto

Co-hosted by:

Over the past 40 years, PARC has made a profound impact on innovation in the Valley and beyond. The birthplace of the GUI, the Ethernet, the modern PC, and laser printing, the halls of PARC today are walked by scientists making breakthroughs in clean tech, the newest phase of networking, and other commercially impactful products. As we look forward to the next 40 years, what has changed in innovation? Have we–and even can we–learn from our past? Can business and innovation co-exist? And what is next?

Join current and past PARC thought leaders and innovators as we discuss these issues and celebrate both PARC′s 40th anniversary and Churchill Club′s own 25th anniversary.

*Price: Members $40 | Non-members $65

Ram Dass: Be Love Now

Baba Ram Dass wrote Be Here Now at Lama Foundation outside of Taos, New Mexico. My brother later lived in the trailer in which he wrote it. In fact, my brother now leads the Lama Foundation.

My sister in law Jan just emailed me…

Now, 40 years later Ram Dass (with Rameshwar Das) has published a new book titled Be Love Now.  I wanted to share the following email about this exciting event with you.

Dear Friends,

BE LOVE NOW, The Path of the Heart, by Ram Dass with Rameshwar Das has just been published by the HarperOne division of Harper Collins.  It’s been five years in the making and for me a truly joyful project.
Be Love Now covers the territory of the heart that Ram Dass’ journey has traversed since Be Here Now was published forty years ago.  An intimate recapitulation of his inner explorations, it includes the difficult lessons of his near-fatal stroke and a deep reflection on finding Oneness through unconditional love. The devotional path, the shower of the guru’s grace, and the inspiration of the great saints of India are all here.
Enjoy! And please help us spread the word to your family and friends and the great arc of humanity we all connect to with love.  Since Ram Dass no longer travels and lectures, your help is crucial.  Think of this as a viral marketing campaign for love.  As Meher Baba said, “Love is essentially self-communicative. Those who do not have it ‘catch’ it from those who have it … True love is unconquerable and irresistible.”
Attached is both a pdf flyer with links to the book, and to a new 40th anniversary e-book of Be Here Now (including an enhanced edition for iPad), and an opportunity to join in a live stream of a Krishna Das/Ram Dass event in New York on November 30th.  Please pass it on.  There is also a text announcement in case there is an issue with forwarding the pdf attachment.
You can order books where there’s also a great blog on Be Here Now.
Be love now,
Rameshwar Das
P.S. You will also be able to join in a live stream of the Ram Dass, Krishna Das and Sharon Salzberg retreat on Maui from December 17-19 – Register at For information on the retreat visit