Category: Social

Will Chocolate Save the World?

Will Chocolate Save the World? Keep an eye on chocolate. It may save the world. In the scenario planning discipline we call side conversations about potentially big things a weak signal. It is an early cry of “wolf” in a world filled with potential catastrophes. Sometimes, that cry is heard, and in the case of Rachel Carson’s.

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Why “Generation Z” should be Called “The Virtuals”

Several years ago when I was presenting at a Helix Commerce future of work conference in Canada, I first heard Cindy Gordon use the term “virtuals” to describe the generation following the Millennials. While Generation Z and several other terms are being bandied about, the term “virtuals” hasn’t stuck. I even visited the venerable reference.

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My Full Comments on Clout vs. Klout

As a follow-up to Tony Greenberg’s Forbes piece, Clout v. Klout: Why They Aren’t the Same Thing, And Never Will Be, Tony published my full interview remarks as a follow-up. You can find them here: http://www.tonygreenberg.com/2012/04/18/clout-v-klout-why-they-arent-the-same-thing-and-never-will-be/#comments

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Informal HR finds new Voice in Yammer

On March 28th, 2012 Ultimate Software announced an enterprise social networking deal with Yammer. The idea behind the deal comes from Ultimate’s realization that transaction systems are limited to their data model and to their process model. If you only use a formal system to capture and document people’s performance on a yearly basis, much.

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Lady Gaga, Angry Birds and the Separation of Social Media States

Yesterday I experienced the equivalent of a one-day best seller for my blog post about innovation lessons derived from studying Lady Gaga ("The Tens-Ten Lessons You Can Learn About Innovation by Studying Lady Gaga"). This little blog shot up from closely-held respect to international destination. Why? Because this blog post was elevated to the Freshly.

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How to Avoid Negative Impacts of Social Media At Work

CIO just published an article titled: 4 Ways Social Media Improves Work Productivity (and 3 Ways it Doesn’t) which includes the following positive items: Find information faster Improved professional networks Stress relief Improved teamwork I buy all of those. At their core is the key objective to use the available tools to improve work outcomes..

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Redefining “Cheating”

I saw a small blub in The Week about outsourcing homework to India, Pakistan and Egypt. This is aligned with a conversation going on in education about the redefinition of “cheating” which is often called management or collaboration in the business world. After searching on the web, I found a similar story that may be.

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First Pass: What’s Wrong with the Grand Challenges for Engineering

At the risk of committing more overthinking of the Grand Challenges for Engineering, I want to take a first pass at discussing what I think is wrong with them in a very specific way, and honing the list into something more grand. Here is the current list: Make solar energy economical Provide energy from fusion.

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Abstraction is the Problem with US Lag In Science, Engineering and Math

I am listening to To the Point from Warren Olney. The discussion is on science, technology, engineering and math or STEM and why America is falling behind. I think the big issue is abstraction. We are suffering from a cult of knowledge. We talk about the knowledge economy. The knowledge economy may well be a.

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Social Mood and Strategy

Social Mood and Strategy A recent opinion article in New Scientist got me thinking about the influences of strategy. In this article, How social mood moves the world, John Casti explores how many things, including the behavior of the stock market, elections, and buying behavior, reflect the mood of the consumer. This is yet another.

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