The best of July 2015

july-706938_640Here is my pick of the articles and posts from July 2015 – with short quotes from each – just 5 this month

1 – Big Learning, Simon Terry, 15 July 2015

“Organisations need to rethink their approach to learning. It is no longer a function and an oft-neglected subset of the role of HR. Now it is clearer than ever that learning and the realisation of human capability is the function of organisations.”

2 – This Is What Today’s Online Learning Content Tells Us About The Future Of School, Jordan Shapiro, Forbes, 19 July 2015

“… you’ll see what digital-era schools should really be teaching: the thinking skills involved in working with content. The trouble, however, is that we’ve all been so seduced by Silicon Valley marketing that we’ve deified data. We don’t train people to work with it, only to identify, measure, and consume it. No wonder that schools are struggling when many policy makers, administrators, and teachers simply want to assess how many content-communion-wafers teachers can shove down students’ throats.”

3 – Engineering our own serendipity, Harold Jarche, 22 July 2015

“While Silicon Valley CEO’s keep trying to engineer serendipity in their organizations, I would focus on the individual. Chance favours the connected mind, said Steven B. Johnson, and with social media, any mind can be connected today. No special tools or software are required, only the meta-cognition inherent in all people.”

4 – Love of learning is the key to success in the jobless future, Vivek Wadhwa, Washington Post, 27 July 2015

“A question that parents often ask me is, given that these predictions are even remotely accurate, what careers their children should pursue … I tell them not to do what our parents did, telling us what to study and causing us to treat education as a chore; that instead, they should encourage their children to pursue their passions and to love learning. It doesn’t matter whether they want to be artists, musicians, or plumbers; the key is for children to understand that education is a lifelong endeavor and to be ready to constantly reinvent themselves.”

5 – Why I write in PowerPoint, Nancy Duarte, Harvard Business Review, 27 July 2015

“When writing business documents (aside from emails), most people turn to word-processing software. That’s not the only option. You can do everything — outlines, drafts, revisions, and even layouts, if you’d like — in PowerPoint or similar presentation programs.”

And finally, a reminder of my own posts in July 2015