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Singularity University | Solving Humanity's Grand Challenges. The Dark Side of Technology. I’m going to disrupt the Silicon Valley script. You know the one. Every talk or article coming out of Silicon Valley follows the prescribed template: start with a dazzling description of awesome new digital technologies and then proceed to explore all the wonderful benefits and opportunities that these technologies will bring to us.

I’m going to do something different. I want to explore the dark side of these technologies. The side that very few tech evangelists want to acknowledge, much less talk about. What do I mean? But that’s just the beginning. But there’s more. Put it all together and it spells out a growing challenge. I don’t mean to deny the incredible benefits that all these technologies are bringing us.

The Forces at Work Digital technologies are coming together into global technology infrastructures that straddle the globe and reach an ever expanding portion of the population. These infrastructures are also increasing the volume, variety and richness of connections. Yikes! Cloud Computing: Partner Landing. The hero’s journey through the landscape of the future. Executive Summary Rapid advances in technology and the liberalization of public policy have shaped a world in which large companies face increasing performance pressure amidst sinking return on assets, intense competition, and changing workforce dynamics.

Individuals are taking advantage of lowered barriers to market entry and commercialization to become creators in their own right. As a result, a new economic landscape is beginning to emerge in which a relatively few large, concentrated players will provide infrastructure, platforms, and services that support many fragmented, niche players. In this way, both large players and small will coexist and reinforce each other. Some parts of the economy will be more affected by fragmentation than others, and more quickly, but the fragmentation will be enduring rather than transitory. In this new landscape, much of the world’s economic value will be created by the relationships among participants.

The journey begins Pressures on companies. Learning Creative Learning. ✎ Fact Finders. No value creation without culture - Corporate culture is the glue. Sustainable value creation cannot be created for only one group The most successful organisations understand that the purpose of any business is to create value for customers, employees, and investors, and that the interests of these three groups are inextricably linked. Therefore, sustainable value creation cannot be created for one group unless it is created for all of them. When broadly defined, value creation is increasingly being recognized as a better management goal than strict financial measures of performance, many of which tend to place cost-cutting that produces short-term results ahead of investments that enhance long-term competitiveness and growth.

As a result, value creation should be the first priority for all employees and all company decisions. Organisations that emphasize clearly defined cultures that are aligned with company value creation enjoy better performance, greater financial gain and long-term employee commitment. But what is corporate culture? About the author. Jowyang : One graphic: the Collaborative ... An ecology for systemic change. How to foster and empower disruptive … Why We Need a New Kind of Open Cooperatives for the P2P Age. Michel Bauwens: “The cooperative movement and cooperative enterprises are in the midst of a revival, even as some of their long-standing entities are failing.

This revival is part of an ebb and flow of cooperativism, that is strongly linked to the ebb and flow of the mainstream capitalist economy. After systemic crisis such as the one in 2008, many people look at alternatives. Yet, we can’t simply look at the older models and revive them, we have to take into account the new possibilities and requirements of our epoch, and especially of the affordances that digital networks are bringing to us.

Here are a few ideas from the ‘peer to peer’ perspective, as we develop them in the context of the Peer to Peer Foundation. First, let’s start with a critique of the older cooperative models: Yes coops are more democratic than their capitalist counterparts based on wage-dependency and internal hierarchy. Second, coops are generally not creating, protecting or producing commons. Here are our proposals. The 2014 Dean's List: 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs. Everyone has a favorite blog. Odds are, that blogger has a favorite as well. We've scoured the Internet for blogs that resonate with the intersection of higher education and technology. These are blogs that set themselves apart for a variety of reasons — they are leading voices in their fields, have hundreds if not thousands of fans and consistently raise the bar for conversation.

The majority of these blogs are new to EdTech: Focus on Higher Education's honor roll. Some were nominated by our readers, and some are veterans of last year's list that have stayed on top of our charts. If your blog is on our list, you can grab a Must-Read IT Blog badge for your site. .EduGuru (EdTech 2013 Top Blogger)— Every college is compelled to use the Internet to engage current students, entice prospective students and involve alumni. Read the blog: Ignatia Web Read the blog: Alan Levine Barks Here Read the blog: Atomic Learning Daily Edventures EdCetera.

50+Ways - home. Survey of Architecture Frameworks. Survey of Architecture Frameworks. Avancier Limited. The World’s Bank: How Crowdfunding is Disrupting Old Banking. Thoughts on Cloud Blog | Cloud Computing conversations led by IBMers. Evalueserve Taps Into IBM to Build Private Cloud Environment for Global Knowledge Centers. BANGALORE, India, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM ) today announced that Pvt. Ltd, a global knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) company based out of India has chosen IBM to help build a private cloud environment that supports a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for its 2,000 employees. The private cloud deployed on IBM Systems will increase productivity significantly. Availability is of utmost importance to Evalueserve, which provides clients with customized research conducted by professionals with industry-specific technical skills and deep domain expertise.

Evalueserve clients include investment banks, insurance companies, private equity firms, leading consulting firms, law firms and intellectual property firms. Its employees need timely access to client applications and data in order to provide consulting, research and analytics services through a global network of knowledge centers in Chile, China, India, and Romania. About IBM Cloud Computing. Goal-Setting, Planning, and Testing: The Importance of Managing Your Lead-Generation Strategy - StrategyDriven. 09 May 2014 Learning how to use lead-generation marketing to your advantage requires planning and forethought. You need to think through your management strategy before beginning efforts to improve lead generation in your company.

By setting goals, creating a plan to adopt new tactics, and testing the results, you can measure how the company’s investment of budget and time helps increase the number of leads and sales. Developing a Strategy and Setting Goals Developing a good lead-generation strategy begins with setting goals on what you hope to achieve.

Overall, the goal for lead-generation marketing should be to use as many tactics as possible to your advantage. Determining the goals of your lead generation tacticsUsing the best-quality lead-generation tactics for your organization—that is, focusing marketing efforts on the tactics that will give you the largest number of high-quality leads – to help meet lead goalsUsing the most cost-effective tactics for your organization David T. So Just Look Up The Place You Were Born On This Little Chart And Check Out When You'll Probably Die. DCN Login. 7 Things Great Leaders Always Do (But Mere Managers Always Fear)

When I think about the difference between great leaders and mere managers, I think back to a day when I put my foot in my mouth. I was working as a lawyer for a giant government bureaucracy then. One of my bosses had a fancy title, but everyone referred to him simply as a "manager. " One day, he was grumbling a bit about his role. He was caught in a sort of bureaucratic no man's land--uninvolved in the big policy decisions, but also no longer doing the fun part of our work (trying cases in court). Without thinking, I said something like, "That's why I'd never want your job. Just because they call someone a manager doesn't mean they get to be a leader. " This was a pretty stupid thing for me to say, but I still think my point was right. 1.

It's easy to get caught focusing on things that are urgent, rather than important. 2. 3. Great leaders aren't always the most likable people. 4. In the grand scheme of things, a mere manager doesn't have much. 5. 6. Once more, it all comes down to fear. Currency of Ideas. By Komal Sri-Kumar March 15, 2013 The contrast between the economic performances of the United Kingdom and Germany, two major European powers that have espoused fiscal austerity, could not be more stark. While the UK is on the verge of a triple-dip recession, Germany has largely avoided the economic decline of its Eurozone neighbors. And while the Bank of England is expected to pursue further quantitative easing in its bid to revive the economy, the Bundesbank has remained a bulwark of disciplined monetary policy.

As the strong German economy boosts fiscal revenues, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble announced on Wednesday that Germany would cut spending and run a balanced budget in 2015, requiring no borrowing by its Federal government. The balanced budget target will be reached a year earlier than had been expected. Read More by James Barth March 14, 2014 Big banks are certainly big. By Priscilla Hamilton March 13, 2013 By Robert Hahn and Peter Passell By Armen Bedroussian March 11, 2013. The Badge Alliance. How work’s changing – and what it means for 21st century skills. This post draws on years of working with businesss making the transition to new ways of working, from a 7-year long collaboration with the Director of Global Workplace Innovation at a large US corporate, and from innovating executive education nationally and internationally. It’s a summary of how work is changing – or should be – and what it means for 21st Century skills.

Work’s changing I’m sure that you don’t need me to tell you that work’s changing and that old knowledge about ways of working and organising might no longer be fit-for-purpose in today’s inter-connected, increasingly complex and uncertain global business environment. I say might not be because I think that some of us are too ready to be seduced by novelty in all the hype about the future of work. But that’s another story. Workplace trends What is true is that workplace skills are currently challenged by wider trends in the business environment. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Cultural diversity will differ from workplace to workplace. 6.

Versal. The World-Changing Ideas Of 2014. Forecasting the future is never easy. We were, of course, supposed to have flying cars by now--and yet here we all are, still stuck in traffic on the ground. But lack of personal aerial-transportation options aside, we are living in a world in which the pace of innovation and scientific discovery makes reality seem more and more like science fiction. In the next year, those lines will get even more blurred: Think electronic pills that beam your vitals to your doctor, a drone swooping from the sky to save lives in a disaster, or even a fundamental rethinking of how businesses relate to society. One thing that's certain: The world will look very different a year from now. We predict that these 12 ideas, currently being shaped in labs, skunk works, and boardrooms around the world, will be some of the most revolutionary, changing how we live, for the better, in 2014 and beyond.

And if they fail to materialize in the next 12 months, just wait--they'll still happen before that flying car. 40+ Tools & Tips to Execute a Winning Content Strategy. The One Model That Visualizes How Every Living System or Organizati... The Edge of the Real: Fragmented Boundaries - Leading Questions. To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go. To right the unrightable wrong, to love pure and chaste from afar, to try when your arms are too weary, to reach the unreachable star.

This is my quest, to follow that star - no matter how hopeless, no matter how far. To fight for the right without question or pause, to be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause. And I know if I'll only be true to this glorious quest that my heart will be peaceful and calm when I'm laid to my rest. And the world will be better for this, that one man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage.

To reach the unreachable star. The Impossible Dream - Mike Leigh Man of La Mancha Mike Leigh's classic song tells a story of a man who late in life has found a calling. The question the play raises is whether Don Quixote is a man who is a fool or a man who is more alive that all the rest of us. FairShares Association - FairShares Home Page. The Academy. Simon Sinek | Speaker | Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. He's the author of the classic "Start With Why"; his latest book is "Leaders Eat Last. " Why you should listen Fascinated by the leaders who make impact in the world, companies and politicians with the capacity to inspire, Simon Sinek has discovered some remarkable patterns in how they think, act and communicate.

He wrote Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action to explore his idea of the Golden Circle, what he calls "a naturally occurring pattern, grounded in the biology of human decision making, that explains why we are inspired by some people, leaders, messages and organizations over others. " His newest work explores "circles of safety," exploring how to enhance feelings of trust and confidence in making bold decisions. It's the subject of his latest book, Leaders Eat Last. An ethnographer by training, Sinek is an adjunct of the RAND Corporation. What others say. CPAs, don’t be “Just the tax guy/gal” Oct 03, 2013 15:40 Some accounting industry watchers warn business owners against relying on their CPAs for business advice, but many owners are apparently ignoring the advice. Most top U.S. accounting firms report that common sources of firm revenue growth include niche services such as business valuations, litigation support, strategic planning and business advisory services.

Still, there are undoubtedly thousands of firms and solo accounting practitioners who are seen by clients as “just the tax guy/gal.” Some of these accountants are suited for and satisfied with that role, but there are many others who recognize that the market demands a more proactive, advisory approach with clients. Why should accountants offer some of these business advisory services and become more than “just the tax guy/gal”? Most importantly, accountants are uniquely qualified to help clients understand and improve their business.

Get focused. Get networked. Get curious. How work’s changing – and what it means for 21st century skills. Google Drive Offers Add-Ons, Cash to Microsoft Office Users. One hit apparently deserves another. Just a few weeks after Microsoft Office dealt another blow in the ongoing slugfest with Google Drive, the Internet giant is fighting back. In the past three days, Google has made two announcements that are creating new disruptions. One of them — a new Office 365 to Google Apps referral program — seems specifically designed to annoy Microsoft, while the other, the release of third-party add-ons to Google Apps, adds additional functionality. Google Drive Add-Ons Google has added a new tab to Google Docs and Sheets to make it easier to get stuff done. In a blog post this week, Saurabh Gupta, product manager at Google Drive, announced the add-ons — "new tools created by developer partners that give you even more features in your documents and spreadsheets.

" All you have to do is download the apps from the tab on the drop-down menu on the toolbar. Google Bounty Hunters Ready To Jump? Strategic_Business_Model_Canvas_Choices.png (1200×2800) Mobile Center of Excellence: An Enterprise Playbook. Why Business Loans Get Rejected. Sky. How It Works | Clewed. 100 Exemplary Sites for Future Leaders : Masters in Leadership. The Lewis Model. Call for contributions to a book on ‘Mass Intellectuality: The democratisation of higher education’ Software. Features. SAMR Through the Lens of the Common Core. Wp-content/uploads/2011/12/11-04-Wenger_Trayner_DeLaat_Value_creation.pdf.

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