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Managing Unconscious Bias at Facebook


I’ve written before about how the lack of diversity in the companies that are shaping our world is literally hurting people. I specifically referred to Eric Meyer being confronted with his deceased daughter. Facebook does realise their lack of diversity is also hurting their business. So they’ve started an internal course to battle what they term unconscious bias. They’ve put an interesting set of videos of the course online. From their blogpost: To reflect the […]

Wrestling with Godwin’s Law: Breaking the Taboo

Digital Rights / Other
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On May 5th, 2014, I delivered the inaugural annual Godwin-lecture at the Dutch Resistance museum in Amsterdam. May 5th is liberation day, a day on which the Dutch celebrate freedom. An ideal moment to use the past, in particular the Second Worldwar, to reflect on the our current state of freedom. Below, in Dutch, the full lecture as I delivered it. For a slightly shorter version (edited for legibility) check out De Correspondent. Comments are […]

How To Chair a Socratic Webinar

Featured / Innovation / Learning / Other

Webinars are usually dreadful affairs. There is wise advice from Donald Taylor and there is the webinar manifesto (slightly too commercial: “Never design, deliver or sell lousy webinars again”) that will help you do a better job. I would like to add a completely different way to run a webinar. I call it the Socratic Webinar. A Socratic conversation is a philosophical method where the participants trust their own thinking, rather than accept the expertise […]

“Don’t Life Log Me” – Quantified Self 2013 in Amsterdam


This weekend I attended the Quantified Self conference in Amsterdam. The number of participants was just short of 300 of which 90(!) people were involved in some way in a session. They call this a “carefully curated unconference”: they started by checking out all the registrants and then connecting to them if they look interesting. Fast Moving Targets created some videos about the event. I am always interested in the commercial parties who think they […]

TruBaltics, An Unconference on Recruitment

Innovation / Other

Today I attended #TruBaltics one of the Tru Conferences on recruitment. The Recruiting Unconferences are a series of pure unconferences organised worldwide, where the emphasis is on conversation, communication and the free exchange of ideas and experiences, (dis)organized by Bill Boorman. These unconferences have four simple rules: No Presentations No PowerPoint No Name Badges No Pitching The driving forces behind this edition of Tru seemed to be Aki Kakko and Ruta Klyvyte. The topic of […]

My Media Intake (End of 2012)


Some people have asked what magazines I read or what podcasts I listen to. I intend to write this post every year so that I can track how my interests change over the years. The list below is my full media “intake”. If something does not show up in any of these channels, then the chance that I have seen it is very small. This also works the other way around: consider this a playlist […]

Learning Business Models


Any real innovation in Learning & Development will necessarily change the prevailing business model. Changing business models is hard. This is one of the reasons why many innovations don’t take hold. Only by making current and potential business models more explicit will it be possible fundamentally change the way learning operates in an organisation. Willem Manders and I are starting a year of playing with business models. We need help. Join us! Share this post

The Future of Work and the Free Radical


The following introduction sketches the problem that this panel tried to address: How we work is changing. But where we work isn’t. Over the last ten years a new way of working has emerged, along with some people who live it every day. They’re available 24/7. They network endlessly, and then plug their skills into others’ in surprising combinations. They choose when and how they do what they do, on their terms. They don’t want […]

Get Lucky: Create Serendipity to Spur Innovation


This was a big panel (five people from IBM, Deloitte Center for the Edge, Dell and the Community Roundtable) talking about serendipity. The word serendipity was coined by Horace Walpole who formed it from the Persian fairy tale The three princes of Serendip. The session was introduced as follows: Call it chance, luck, or juju, serendipity is the act of unexpectedly finding something of value. It is the muse of innovation and a silent driver […]

Future15 at SxSW


One format at SxSW is called “Future15”. These are five solo presentations of 15 minutes each. I attended one of these sessions. Demystifying Design: Fewer Secrets, Greater Impact Jeff Gothelf is a lean UX advocate with a book that will hit the stores soon. He describes what the design process looks like for people outside of the profession: basically it looks like a mystery. He is convinced that designers actually feel this mystery as empowering […]