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Let’s start with the difference: the Social Age is characterised by communities, largely online and facilitated by technology. I’ve written widely about how we engage in those communities, the roles we take, the purposes that they serve and the types of social authority that we wield when we connect there. But what do we lose as we move online, what is left grounded in the physical world?
Some things feel right, some feel wrong, and some are just different. That's what's at the heart of my thinking today. I remember the first time i went on camera: painfully awkward, the sound of my...
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+Julian Stodd thanks for writing another well considered piece. Interesting to see how face to face communication differs from that mediated by social technologies. In particular the process of meaning making and storytelling - from one that is more well controlled between speaker and audience to one that evolves and changes in meaning as more people put their two cents worth of comments into it. Context certainly changes a lot online, sometimes with disastrous consequences! 
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I was momentarily stumped by the question from my niece, but i suppose that’s the nature of naivety: it can be surprisingly complex. “What’s your favourite stone” she asked.
I was momentarily stumped by the question from my niece, but i suppose that's the nature of naivety: it can be surprisingly complex. "What's your favourite stone" she asked. The question had been p...
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When publishing was democratised and the printing presses fell to the mob, the publishers said ‘but now everyone can self publish a book we will sink under a million pages of dross‘. And they were right. But then the community came along and sorted it out for us: emergent sense making by the community, a truly Social approach. Which is why, when Sae recommended a book to me last week, i’ll read it: because a recommendation from someone you respect is worth more than any amount of paid for advertising.
A question i often ask myself. Most weeks on the blog, a link gets posted from Timothy's site, linking to something i've written. Every week i think "that's nice", and go no further. There's a broa...
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Motion: blurs, smeared light, purpose and momentum, jostling for position around the pillars of glass and brick. The city provides conduits, spaces to inhabit, walls to the maze, but the purpose is...
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Kindness: “Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents, and then later on in our life when we are oppressed by sickness and become old, we are again dependent on the kindness of others. Since at the beginning and end of our lives we are so dependent on other's kindness, how can it be in the middle that we would neglect kindness towards others?” - Dalai Lama


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I saw a video the other day of a small child discovering their shadow. They were walking along when they suddenly realised that the penumbra trailing close behind was somehow attached. A sequence o...
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I’m reflecting on the disruption of design, which, you’ll note, is a two pronged statement. On the one hand, traditional methodologies of learning design are being disrupted by the realities of the Social Age: the rise of ‘sense making‘ communities, our evolved relationship with knowledge, the emergence of social authority, all of which require a different approach to learning. Then, secondly, the way good design disrupts our routine, breaks habits and enables us to form new ones through constant feedback, guidance and support.
I'm reflecting on the disruption of design, which, you'll note, is a two pronged statement. On the one hand, traditional methodologies of learning design are being disrupted by the realities of the...
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The office is a symbol of infrastructure: a museum to the days when organisations gave you a phone and a computer and you cared enough to thank them for it: a time when a laptop was a status symbol and which floor you sat on reflected your status and authority in a prehistoric, stratified and fossilised hierarchy that was slowly subverted by social change and collaborative technology.
I think the palm was dead for around four years before it was finally cut back and cleared: my resounding memory of that first office is one of dead foliage and mouldy coffee cups. The palm had bee...
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The model i present here is in four parts, each representing a different co-creative or social learning aspect, and it’s exploring who an organisation’s competitors are and what we can learn from them. Essentially, the learning narrative is this: instead of us telling you who our competitors are, and why, we ask people to explore the market, bring us examples, think about how they are competing and how we can behave differently as a result. This is done through four behaviours: curation, interpretation, reflection and analysis.
I like ideas, but sometimes it's good to share what we do with them: today is a post in that vein. I've written a lot recently about my Scaffolded Social Learning model. Today, i want to share an e...
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The Social Age rewards agility: the ability to frame and reframe problems, to deploy our communities and experiment, question and react at speed. It's less about mastery of process, more about comm...
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There are layers of culture everywhere: formal to social, purposeful to subversive. Social approaches to learning, to leadership, to change, these tie into multiple layers. Social is a mindset as much as a channel, certainly a mindset more than just technology.

Social Leadership is that which we express within and alongside our communities: communities that cross formal hierarchies. Because of the inherently informal nature of these communities, our formal power counts for little. Instead we have to develop social authority: the authority of consensus and permission.
Back in Amsterdam: from the window i see smoke curling up from the chimney on the houseboat. It drifts lazily in the morning breeze, barely visible in the grey light. I wonder idly about life on a ...
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Consider the farce of performance management & annual performance reviews: once a year defining objectives & targets, for someone who will probably only be in role for 3 years. It’s outdated & generally used as a mechanism to avoid giving a pay rise or, worse, awarding a small pay rise & expecting gratitude & loyalty to be bought (not earned) in return.

We need to evolve these systems, move towards more immediate & relevant models of engagement with teams: more community based & awarding social reputation & recognition, not paltry bonuses.
The theme this week is the future: yesterday, the evolution of knowledge, before that, the future shape of organisations. Today: the future of 'career'. Specifically, the subscriptions or community...
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