Category Archives: Information

Wisdom in the Social Age

I had dinner with some friends last night who are just home from six months travelling around Japan. As they shared their stories, it became clear that they’d amassed a wealth of local knowledge whilst out there: synthesised from different … Continue reading

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Building a rocket to fly to the moon: are your learning blueprints complete?

Commander Hadfield is the archetypal Social Age hero: rugged but personable commander of the International Space Station, cult hero on Twitter and lead musician in the first ever terrestrial/orbital concert performance. Which, naturally, makes me want to build a rocket … Continue reading

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Centres of learning: books, libraries, enhanced content and learning communities

The new Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is superb: ten years work to renovate, refresh and rehang the galleries, resulting in a beautiful setting and interpretation of some of the finest artworks in the world. And a great library. My highlight yesterday … Continue reading

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The future of books: the evolution of publishing

Books capture knowledge, hold fossilised thoughts, document romantic stories, explore scientific theory, collect together poems and codify philosophy. Books are repositories of wisdom and love. We used to use books to access knowledge, we gathered them together into collections, themed, … Continue reading

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Creating meaning in social learning: interpretation

I spent yesterday afternoon in The Hermitage in Amsterdam, a great museum, currently housing an exhibition on Peter the Great, the modernising eighteenth century Russian Tsar. The gallery space is large, well laid out, containing a wide variety of artefacts … Continue reading

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Organisational Development and Competencies: the long and the short term view

Yesterday i met near London with one of my learning communities, one with a focus on organisational development and competencies. It was a rare chance to come together with a dozen great people to share ideas, experience and stories. The … Continue reading

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Social legacy: Paris Brown and the right to learn

This isn’t a post about politics and policing: it’s a post about learning and the legacy of social media. The right to learn and the right to grow up. There’s been a scandal brewing in the UK over the last … Continue reading

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Where are your communities? Mapping social learning in the real world and the record store

Concerto is one of Amsterdam’s oldest and best record stores. It has rooms for every genre, as well as a sizeable second hand vinyl department, knowledgeable staff and a great cafe. It’s a ten minute walk from where i’m living … Continue reading

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Developing ‘The Knowledge’: rewiring the adaptable brain

I was bouncing around London yesterday, on one leg, by taxi, i got into a conversation about ‘The Knowledge‘. To be a cabbie in London, you have to acquire The Knowledge, a notoriously difficult task, typically taking three or four … Continue reading

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Adaptation: a social learning skill

I was at a gig last night at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, a great venue, with it’s brick arches and high ceiling. As the name implies, whilst these days it plays host to assorted musicians, comedians and performers, it’s … Continue reading

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