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Mark Britz
Works at Systems Made Simple
Attended Syracuse University
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Sometimes you have to dance with the date you brought.
Sometimes (many times) you don't have bottomless budgets and are "stuck" with the technology you've got. Well, true creativity happens in a box and sometimes that box is SharePoint. SharePoint as you are likely aware is a Mic...
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For a recent presentation designed to help people better understand Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) I anticipated that beyond the word Personal things would get sticky, lofty, and filled with preconception. "Knowledge Man...
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Is crowdfunding a way to get presenters to your region?  +Helen Blunden +Joyce Seitzinger 
As former President and now a current board member of our local chapter of ASTD I am always seeking ways to support the growth of our members. Offering prominent speakers who present or lead workshops is a great way to accele...
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Communities are built through small conversations
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Our ESN is off and running!
We launched our ESN. It's been a long time coming. A full year and a half since I spoke about its potential to solve some of the sticky problems related to efficiency, communication and innovation at my first executive mee...
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Reflecting on those times and people that make THE difference.
12 years ago this month I got laid off from a job I held for just under 2 years. You'd think that wouldn't be much time to make it memorable but it was. And an experience that I didn't recognize as such at the time but one th...
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How so +Leigh Blackall ?  

+Joyce Seitzinger +Helen Blunden What do you see as the pricing model? time frames? What about incentives for early/larger donors?
As former President and now a current board member of our local chapter of ASTD I am always seeking ways to support the growth of our members. Offering prominent speakers who present or lead workshops is a great way to accele...
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Why it can be so hard to get change going when you're on the inside.
Shortly after being hired at a previous employer I was introduced to a mid-level manager who candidly said these words. "Welcome aboard! Now that you're here, you're an idiot" Of course he was being tongue-n-cheek and d...
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Great thoughts Jon. I believe, to some extent, we don't see this happening due to the structures in orgs; physical, political, and psychological. Unfortunately people tend to see things as black and white, good and bad and this extends in our orgs. Although we know nothing ever really gets done in isolation or without direct or indirect influence (look at any great innovation, not only built on previous ideas but often with other smaller influencers to thought). People look for and identify with heroes. This works for leadership/management who single out and acknowledge individual people, not groups. It works to match the status quo and the idea of great people.
 
Hacking As Purposeful Organizational Change

For the past several years we've heard lots about BarCamps, WordCamps, BookCamps, GovJams, Unconferences, Hackathons and various forms of collaborative spaces, etc. All of these represent forms of organization in which people come together and group around a purpose with the objective of carrying out some practical experiments. Typically today such groupings are invited, planned and often facilitated by people connected online to other people because of affinities of purpose, interest, values or skills.

The aim is to see what can get done when a bunch of people with passion, similar interests and diverse skills come together and get started at seeing what the results of focused collaboration might be.

Why can't that be done by larger organizations, and become seen as a 'strategic business process', a form of crowd-solving. Why not hack onerous and out-dated HR processes and policies ? Or ask people to tackle other problematic areas of an organization's operations ?

I believe there are some early examples in (for example) IBM's large-scale and sometimes global jams. But it seems to me evident that grouping people around issues and problems that they care about will make useful things happen much more quickly and efficiently than might otherwise be the case.

Wirearchy in action ?
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Why do we or don't we explore Tweets (or other social media posts) beyond the surface? I examined my own triggers on Twitter and this is what I found.
Most of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) resides in Twitter and therefore it is here that I find the most value in my networks.  Over the years I have done well to streamline and focus my PLN so that much of my time within ...
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Current Manager of Corporate Training
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  • Systems Made Simple
    Manager, Corporate Training, 2012 - present
  • Aspen Dental Management Inc
    Manager of Learning Solutions, 2011 - 2012
  • Aspen Dental Management Inc.
    ISD, 2008 - 2011
  • SmartForce
    2000 - 2002
  • Pearson Digital Learning
    2002 - 2004
  • Maricopa County Educational Services
    2004 - 2006
  • SUNY Research Foundation
    2006 - 2008
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Fredonia, NY - Cape Cod, MA - Gilbert, AZ - Glenville, NY
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Pragmatic learning professional focused on social & informal learning to propel organizational productivity
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Climate adaptation expert: Syracuse to Phoenix to Syracuse
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  • Syracuse University
  • Oswego State University
  • UMass Boston
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