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Seminal Documents

How People Learn. John Bransford et alia. 16 bright people pin what's known about learning in adults and children. Department of Education funding. Lucid, concise, the real deal. Caution: 1998.


The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual. (Full text). Chris Locke, Doc Searles, David Weinberger, Rick Levine. The most important book written in the last half of the 20th century. "The clue train stopped there four times a day for ten years and they never took delivery." "A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter—and getting smarter faster than most companies." Seth Godin: "If you don't think you need this book to better understand your market, that's your second mistake!"


Knowing Knowledge. George Siemens. A profound explanation of knowledge in a fast-paced, complex, ever-changing, networked world. This is essence. It's a new ball game.


The Cathedral and the Bazaar Eric Raymond. Why and how open source works. Also see The Jargon File.


Deschooling Society. Ivan Illich. "Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment there is, the better are the results; or, escalation leads to success. The pupil is thereby "schooled" to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is "schooled" to accept service in place of value.... In these essays, I will show that the institutionalization of values leads inevitably to physical pollution, social polarization, and psychological impotence: three dimensions in a process of global degradation and modernized misery."


Doug Engelbart's 1968 demo. Where collaboration by computer began. The debut of the mouse, hypertext, object addressing and dynamic file linking, as well as shared-screen collaboration involving two persons at different sites communicating over a network with audio and video interface.


What is Web 2.0? Tim O'Reilly. "Web 2.0 doesn't have a hard boundary, but rather, a gravitational core."


The Underground History of American Education. John Taylor Gatto.The Silent Spring of American education.


Out of Control,The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World . Kevin Kelly. "The world of our own making has become so complicated that we must turn to the world of the born to understand how to manage it.""The central act of the coming era is to connect everything to everything.""Complexity must be grown from simple systems that already work." Also New Rules for the New Economy. "The tricks of the intangible trade will become the tricks of your trade.""The aim of swarm power is superior performance in a turbulent environment.""To prosper, feed the web first." Also, read We are the Web.


As We May Think. (1945) Vannevar Bush. "A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory."


Seven Principles of Learning, Institute for Research on Learning. "We are all natural lifelong learners. All of us, no exceptions. Learning is a natural part of being human. We all learn what enables us to participate in the communities of practice of which we wish to be a part."


Engines for Education. Roger Schank and Chip Clearly. Dated but feisty hyperbook by endearing bad-boy Roger back when Andersen Consulting was laying $ millions on him.


Learning in the Digital Age by John Seeley Brown. "Learning is a remarkably social process. In truth, it occurs not as a response to teaching, but rather as a result of a social framework that fosters learning. To succeed in our struggle to build technology and new media to support learning, we must move far beyond the traditional view of teaching as delivery of information. Although information is a critical part of learning, it’s only one among many forces at work. It’s profoundly misleading and ineffective to separate information, theories, and principles from the activities and situations within which they are used. Knowledge is inextricably situated in the physical and social context of its acquisition and use."


The Wiki and the Blog: Toward a Complex Adaptive Intelligence Community by Calvin Andrus, CLO at the CIA, "The only way to meet the continuously unpredictable challenges ahead of us is to match them with continuously unpredictable changes of our own. We must transform the Intelligence Community into a community that dynamically reinvents itself by continuously learning and adapting as the national security environment changes."


Storytelling: an old skill in a new context by Dave Snowden (1999). Why knowledge management should come from the bottom up.


Seeing Through the Net, I & II. Alan Watts explaining systems thinking to IBM in the early 70s.


A Simple Home (1906) Charles Keeler. "A movement toward a simpler, a truer, a more vital art expression, is now taking place in California. It is a movement which involves painters and poets, composers and sculptors, and only lacks coordination to give it a significant influence upon modern life. One of the first steps in this movement, it seems to me, should be to introduce more widely the thought of the simple home -to emphasize the gospel of the simple life, to scatter broadcast the faith in simple beauty, to make prevalent the conviction that we must live art before we can create it." See also Bernard Maybeck: A Gothic Man in the Twentieth Century.


Beyond the Command Line. Neal Stephenson.

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. Cory Doctorow


Timeline of Learning Organization Concepts, Senge et alia


William Carlos Williams recites This is Just to Say


Web 2.0 Framework, Ross Dawson & eLearning 2.0, Stephen Downes


Do schools kill creativity? Sir Ken Robinson


Jane Hart's eLearning Handbook


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Selected presentations


Informal Learning in 10 Minutes, YouTube, January 2007


Free-Range Learners in the Ubiquitous Chicken Yard, Serious Mobile Summit, London, April 2007


Informal Learning Meets eLearning, with Ellen Wagner, Adobe, February 2007


Informal Learning, with Judy Brown and Harold Jarche, ASTD TechKnowledge, February 2007


No More Teachers, No More Books, Training Solutions Conference, February 2007


Informal Workplace Learning, the Other 80%, FutureTex, Montreal, June 2006


Natural Learning, It Never Stops, Emerging Elearning, Abu Dhabi, November 2005


The Debut of Workflow Learning, with Gloria Gery, Training West, October 2004


Selected writing


Chapter 1 of Informal Learning, November 2006


Work and the Web are Converging, Learning Circuits, June 2006


Designing a Web-Based Learning Ecology, Learning Circuits, February 2007


Web 2.0 and the Evolution of Instructional Design, Learning Circuits, February 2007


Foreword to The Handbook of Blended Learning.


Workflow Learning Gets Real, with Tony O’Driscoll, Training, February 2005


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