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The Price of pomposity in education

I’ve just been watching (rewatching actually) Euan Semple’s talk on the Price of Pomposity at Life 09 in June of last year. The core argument is clear, that the old style command and control and the heirarchies built upon it  will find it increasingly difficult to compete in a knowledge economy where staff are “volunteers” rather than conscripts. In such an economy, effective managers are facilitators to collaboration, communication and understanding not “parents” dishing out tasks, plaudits and punishments to children. Euan argues that organisations have to make…

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Ping pongs

Oh my, what a disappointing turn of events. Tech blogs and the rumour mill have been rife for weeks and months with speculation about “Social” coming into iTunes. Well Ping has arrived and has completely underwhelmed even the most die hard Apple fans (of which, you could probably argue, I’m one) so far. It’s a mess. Let’s be brutally honest, it’s a steaming pile of poo. @Euan Semple pretty much sums up the worst failings in this blog post. The unfortunate thing about Ping is that…

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Why Google Wave failed? Too many contradictions.

There are a few reasons why Google Wave failed: Too Much too soon There’s no doubt that the technology of Google Wave is excellent but the actual implementation that they provided to the public was about the most convoluted awkward interface that you could possibly invent. I suspect that they couldn’t really think of a good way of demonstrating this technology in a way which would engage with users but not seem like it’s just a copy-cat. The thing is that there was a real opportunity if…

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Principles of an emergent enterprise

In returning to my favoured topic of the moment (and a lengthy dissertation it’s proving to be) I’d like to give some ideas as to what I believe are the core principles of an emergent enterprise. Transparency. Ok, let’s start with some controversy. What’s wrong with total transparency? Why don’t organisations embrace it? The issue is that most organisations don’t “trust” their workforce, particularly the “lower level” people. Why do we hire people we don’t trust? If we do trust our people then…

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Facebook Panic Button. Another excuse to not parent?

I’m thoroughly unconvinced by the Facebook/CEOPS “Panic button”. It seems to me once again like a technological solution to a management problem. The flawed logic being applied is that a child is cognizant enough of their risks online to (a) install the app – no mean feat in and of itself and (b) recognise when they’re at risk. Show me a teenager who fundamentally understands these risks and I’ll eat my hat. The key to minimising our children’s risks online is not daft barely thought through…

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