I’d Like to Buy My Staff a Coke: Getting Them to Sing in Perfect Harmony

Social media and Web 2.0 technologies have changed the way we collaborate and come together for collective action.  Additionally, they are enabling us to achieve feats of unprecedented size and scale.  They are helping us search for cures to cancer, they have allowed us to create a comprehensive world encyclopedia, and they have even toppled entire governments.  Key to understanding and harnessing collaboration and collective action, however, is that these efforts should be goal-driven, not tool-driven, and that they all need not look the same.  Understanding these two points can allow us… Read More

Featured in Forbes article, “The World in 2033: Big Thinkers And Futurists Share Their Thoughts”

I was honored to be included in Todd Wilmes’ article on Forbes.com detailing predictions on  what the future will look like in 2033.  Contributing voices include: Ray Kurzweil on Technology Robert Kaplan on Global Conflict Khan Academy on Education Virgin Galactic on Space Travel Oliver Bussmann on The Global Workforce John Allen on Religion Dr. Gene Robinson on Global Climate, and Myself on Human-Technology Integration Check it out here:  The World in 2033: Big Thinkers And Futurists Share Their Thoughts

Defense Against the Dark Arts: The University’s Last Lecture

I’m an insider, but an outsider.  As a PhD student studying higher education, and as someone who has worked in colleges and universities his entire life, I’m completely comfortable in the classroom and in being surrounded by students.   This semester, however, I’m an immigrant in a foreign land.  I’m taking a course in the business school, MI621: Social Media for Managers.  It’s not that I don’t work in a business, I do.  I just don’t speak the exact same language.  I, like many other academics, hold on to the belief that the… Read More

You’ve watched TED Talks, but have you read the new TED Books? [UPDATED]

This week, the folks over at TED just released a new initiative known as TED Books.  Available through apps for iPad, Kindle and Nook, TED Books are meant to be the eTextbook complement to the innovative series of TED talks we have all grown to love.  Following the TED tradition of brevity, they are all meant to be consumed in about an hour.  Their content also follows the TED tradition of unique, cutting edge and innovative content.