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User Experience in Knowledge Work : 100 ideas

without comments published a great resource for usability and IA professionals : 100 Ideas for Envisioning Powerful, Engaging, and Productive User Experiences in Knowledge Work – Working through Screens , a reference for product teams creating new or iteratively improved applications for thinking work. Written for use during early, formative conversations, it provides teams with a broad range of considerations for setting the overall direction and priorities for their onscreen tools. With hundreds of envisioning questions and fictional examples from clinical research, financial trading, and architecture, this volume can help definers and designers to explore innovative new directions for their products.

View Book as Website [121 .html pages]
Download Printable Book [8.3 MB .pdf File]
Download “Idea Cards” A highly summarized version for use in early ideation exercises [10.6 MB .pdf File]

Via: information aesthetics

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November 20th, 2008 at 10:08 am

Art of storytelling

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I wrote many times about the importance of storytelling in organizational learning, leadership and knowledge care. Just to recap, few of them :

Storytelling through Visualizing Information
Storytelling / Narratives and Learning
Anecdote’s The Ultimate Guide to Anecdote Circles
Shawn Callahan on Storytelling and Narratives
Storytelling in six parts
More Resources on storytelling
More on Storytelling
Online Storytelling – More Resources
Story telling: a thought aggregation

I believe storytelling is a great tool for knowledge transfer and learning. Why storytelling? Well, the simplest answer this your question is that stories talk to the gut, while information talks to the mind. There has to be an emotional component in what you are doing. First, you grab them in the gut and then you start to construct (or re-construct) a mental model. If you try to do this in an intellectual or abstract way, you find that it’s very hard, if not impossible, to talk somebody into changing their mental models. But if you can get to them emotionally, either through rhetoric or dramatic means, then you can create some scaffolding that effectively allows them to construct a new model for themselves. They have to internalize it. They have to own it.

Carmen Agra Deedy | Profile on

Over at TED, Storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy spins a funny, wise and luminous tale of parents and kids, starring her Cuban mother. Settle in and enjoy the ride — Mama’s driving! A great storytelling style worth taking a look.

Deedy is a regular contributor to National Public Radio’s Weekend All Things Considered and Latino USA. Her audio collection of twelve short stories originally heard on NPR, Growing up Cuban in Decatur, Georgia, [Peachtree Publishers (January 31, 2004)] was named Publishers Weekly 1995 Best Audiobook–Adult Storytelling and received the Parents’ Choice Gold Award 1996.

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October 15th, 2008 at 5:21 pm

The Attitude Problem In Education by Don Berg

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Don Berg, who proposes Attitude is the Primary ‘Element’ in Elementary Education wrote a Change This Manifesto, The Attitude Problem In Education

To quote:

We are losing the potential for entrepreneurial, vocational, and artistic genius in children and teachers around the world because the majority of schools navigate by academics alone. Academic schooling facilitates only a partial liberation of the human spirit. We have liberated some people, in some places, in some ways by making due with the limited academic tools available.


Parents today have already chosen to launch their children into a world of challenging conditions. The question is whether their suppliers–schools–are providing the right stuff to get the job done.

Written by anol

October 8th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Twitter for business

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Twitter: What are you doing?

I wrote about Twitter many times in SoulSoup and elsewhere.
Nowadays, more and more people finding new ways to use Twitter (and other microblogging platforms) in business. Laura Fitton collected a nice list of articles on usage Twitter for Business Reading List. Some examples:

At Web Worker Daily Aliza Sherman wrote a post on 10 Everyday Ways to Use Twitter for Work

From Lee Leefever : Twitter in Plain English. Genius as usual!

BTW: I am SoulSoup (obviously) at Twitter!

Written by anol

September 30th, 2008 at 3:04 am

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e-Learning 2.0 The Learning Guild Report

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e-Learning 2.0 The Learning Guild Report compiled by Steve Wexler, Jane Hart, Tony Karrer, Michele Martin, Mark Oehlert, Sanjay Parker, Brent Schlenker and Will Thalheimer now available for download.

Found via : Ignatia

Here are some interesting findings:

  • E-Learning 2.0 modalities are growing at very fast rates with use of blogs up 20.7% from a year ago, communities of practice up 12.3%, and Wikis up 7.7%.
  • 40% of respondents indicate they are making some use of e-Learning 2.0 approaches.
  • Over the next 12 months, 70.1% of survey respondents plan to apply more e-Learning 2.0 approaches to their learning endeavors.
  • 66% of survey respondents believe that younger workers will demand e-Learning 2.0 approaches to performance support.
  • Only 28.1% of members report that their organizations are preparing workers on using Web 2.0 approaches for learning and work.
  • Among members working in organizations with 10,000 or more workers, 10.8% cannot access LinkedIn, 26.2% cannot access Gmail, 35.0% cannot access YouTube, and 39.2% cannot access either Facebook or MySpace.
  • Among members who have made significant use of e-Learning 2.0 approaches, 60.6% reporting improved learner / user performance.

Written by anol

September 24th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

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