Stephen Judd

Knowing what we don't know

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Tim Harford — Article — Can trivia help us to be less ignorant of our own ignorance?

any particular fact can be looked up, but without a knowledge base who knows where to start?

Stephen Judd

More than a logo

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Brand Is Experience in the Digital Age

Brand is a tool for influencing choice. Brand is not made of visuals or words alone — it’s not a logo or a slogan. Nor is it a figurehead, such as Steve Jobs. Those things are simply ways to communicate the brand. Although a figurehead such as Elon Musk or a logo such as McDonald’s golden arches can and do serve to effectively deliver the brand message, ultimately, a brand is formulated through a larger set of experiences. Flipping the flow of information from one-way to two-way (as discussed above) results in flipping brand from being a message to being an experience.

Stephen Judd

Will the networks emerge?

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End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries? | New Scientist

Ian Goldin, head of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, which analyses global problems, thinks such networks must emerge. He believes existing institutions such as UN agencies and the World Bank are structurally unable to deal with problems that emerge from global interrelatedness, such as economic instability, pandemics, climate change and cybersecurity – partly because they are hierarchies of member states which themselves cannot deal with these global problems. He quotes Slaughter: “Networked problems require a networked response.”

via @ndcollaborative

Stephen Judd

Great conference activity

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Using Events to Close Triangles - New Directions Collaborative

We placed forms to enter the drawing in registration packets. The forms required the name of the connector and the two connected people – and prompted people to name what made the connection meaningful.

Stephen Judd

The essence of networks

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Interdependence by Valdis Krebs

Connect on your similarities and profit from your differences. Everyone has knowledge and skills that can benefit others. Look for opportunities to build upward spirals via creative combinations of similarity and difference.

Stephen Judd

We all learn like children, and it's not usually through training! via @rogerschank

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Education Outrage: Pragmatic Learning: It's not "fun"

With this simple idea, I have told you all you need to know about training. Because we can build “on-demand online training” we can change the world of training significantly. This is what we have to do:

  1. We need to anticipate the needs of trainees
  2. We need to provide a way for them to satisfy those needs
  3. We need to provide people for them to discuss things with

Lecturing and training are rarely the right way for people to learn. People are motivated to learn when they need to know or do something in the moment. Providing just-in-time information, mentors and colleagues for conversation, and short, digestible resources are key.

Stephen Judd

Only ask if the responses will change your behavior

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Seth's Blog: Survey questions

Are you asking questions capable of making change happen? After the survey is over, can you say to the bosses, "83% of our customer base agrees with answer A, which means we should change our policy on this issue."

It feels like it's cheap to add one more question, easy to make the question a bit banal, simple to cover one more issue. But, if the answers aren't going to make a difference internally, what is the question for?

Stephen Judd

Reading scientific papers is a skill that needs to be developed through practice

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jtleek/readingpapers: A guide to reading scientific papers

The academic paper is still the primary way of distributing new knowledge to the world. There are other ways too, with code, or blogs, or twitter. But academic papers are still the gold standard and where the vast majority of new scientific discoveries are reported.

 I like that this is published on GitHub - if the author got something wrong or missed something, fork it and issue a pull request!

Stephen Judd

via @kjeannette - What's stopping communities from developing in your organization. #netlit

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Six Obstacles To Building Communities In Organizations

I've encountered, or been a part of, all six obstacles described in this article:

  1. Proliferating Platforms
  2. The “Bottom-Up” Approach
  3. Policy-Driven Paralysis
  4. Collaboration Conundrum
  5. Leadership Detachment
  6. Dearth of Digital Skills

My sense is that people just want a tool (a magic wand) to drive collaboration within the organization, without understanding the change in mindset and culture that is necessary for success.

 

Stephen Judd

My response to: How does Ask an Expert Stack Up against Stack Exchange - #netlit

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How does Ask an Expert Stack Up against Stack Exchange—A Crowdsourcing Approach to Answering Questions and Solving Problems – eXtension

Unfortunately, Wordpress wouldn't accept my comment in response to Heidi Rader's excellent post contrasting the Ask an Expert system with Stack Exchange. Therefore, I'm going to post it here:

"Heidi, I think you are on target in asking this question. As a web developer, I frequently use Stack Exchange / OverFlow, mostly to ask or see answered questions, but also to contribute answers when I can. I do think there is an issue with Extension professionals seeing these kinds of open platforms as a threat to their expertise, or inviting the possibility of non research-based answers being given. In my opinion, this damages our relevance, since we are not participating in discussions where they are occurring, rather expecting people to come to us when they want an answer.

As an aside, I was at one of the eXtension meetings before it was fully-formed, and most of the IT folks present mentioned or supported a site similar to Slashdot (which was then in its heyday) as a way for our constituents to vote up or down content and provide feedback. There was some resistance along intellectual property lines, as well as the trepidation about inaccurate information appearing alongside Extension information.

The change that made some Ask an Expert questions public is helpful, but I don't think it has resulted in a vibrant platform where users and experts (whether from Extension or not) can freely interact, build reputation, and exchange ideas.

A similar pitch could be made for why Extension professionals should be Wikipedians."

It is my belief that Extension can't afford to wait for people to seek us out - we must be present in the communities (online or real-world) where the discussions and questions are occurring.