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Future of Work: Socialstructing Organizations, Skills, Innovation

The nature of work and careers is poised to change substantially in the coming years. While there have been a number of shifts in the ways that we work over the last generation, the Institute for the Future’s research increasingly suggests that a qualitative shift, perhaps of much greater impact than the outsourcing revolution, could now be taking shape. Moving forward, workplaces will work in new ways.

Future of Learning: Reimagining the Higher Education Landscape

Higher education worldwide is entering a period of creative disruption. In many ways, the space is poised to experience challenges similar to those facing journalism, manufacturing, and finance all at once, as novel funding structures, new international institutions, applied research into the neuroscience of learning, and emerging digital tools for knowledge discovery begin to converge on traditional organizational structures.

Horror of horrors—I am finally done with newspapers

What did it?  Twitter.  O.k., I may be late to the game, many people I know have stopped reading newspapers a long time ago.  By newspapers I mean their physical incarnations.  Many of my colleagues and friends have turned to online news sites, magazines, and blogs.  For me, however, these somehow didn’t provide a good substitute for the “real” thing, particularly as the “real” thing was such a big part of my morning “news with coffee” ritual.  Even when I stopped reading the New York Times in the morning for news, I still read it for feature articles and deep analysis.  T

Welcome to Digital Mobs

A husband writes an impassioned letter on one of the popular Internet bulletin boards denouncing a college student he suspects of having an affair with his wife.  Immediately, throngs of people join in the attack, and within days the numbers grow to tens of thousands, with “teams of strangers hunting down the student, hounding him out of his university, and causing the family to barricade themselves inside the home."

Lightweight R&D Infrastructure

Interesting article by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker about Nathan Myhrvold, former CTO of Microsoft, and his company called Intellectual Ventures First, having just spent a few days working with Nathan, I found the following description of him hilarious:

Maker Faire: It's About Rethinking Assumptions

Maker Faire opened today with a Maker Day—a time for Makers to meet each other and showcase some of their cool projects. As I was listening to Umberto Crenca, one of the founders of AS220, a non-profit arts center in Providence, RI, that provides spaces for different types of media artists and performers, it occurred to me that the Faire is not just about seeing great DIY projects, it is about much more; it is about breaking established modes of thinking, established approaches to living, working, organizing.

Me Media

Earlier today, my colleague, Anthony Townsend, sent a note to Technology team members letting us know that he has started using a private account to keep his stuff “better organized and to use it for personal bookmarks” (this in addition to IFTF account that serves as a collective bookmarking site for everyone at IFTF. I've been using a private account for my stuff for a while, for the same reasons as Anthony. Others chimed in to say they also do this.

My Roomba Moment

Standing in the middle of my living room surveying the floors covered with crumbs left over from last night's seder, I finally decided—this is the Roomba moment! I've been thinking about getting the magic vacuum cleaner for a while now but the need was never urgent enough. Not until now. The prospect of spending my Sunday morning lugging around a vacuum cleaner quickly turned a "nice to have" into a "must have!". A short trip to Target later, I had the white little saucer-shaped object in my kitchen charging quietly in the corner.

Identity Management for Kids

Reading today's article in the New York Times about potential employers and college admissions people going through Myspace and Friendster sites to get information on applicants (For Some, Online Persona Undermines a Resume), made me think how ironic it is that in the world where everyone can have a public persona, i.e. be a celeb, one also carries the burden of having to "manage" this persona just like a celebrity.

Nine Technology Filters

For our next Tech Horizons exchange, Mike Love and I have been reviewing lots of our old technology forecasts and reports. I won't reveal some of the really "juicy" stuff we've been looking at (you will have to wait until the exchange) but one piece of work we came across caught my attention. In 1997, the team came up with 9 filters for evaluating new technologies and identifying technologies that are important to look at. These include:

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