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Consistent Humanity

Consistent humanity … changing world

“When scarcities are abolished really interesting things happen in history.”  (Nigel Shadbolt) At the recent 2013 Web Science conference one of the most worthwhile sessions was that on “How the Web will revolutionise society”. In particular, it was Nigel Shadbolt’s commentary about the inter-relationship between technology and society, and the implications for society when the […]

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Government as a “social machine”

“Real life is and must be full of all kinds of social constraint – the very processes from which society arises. Computers can help if we use them to create abstract social machines on the Web: processes in which the people do the creative work and the machine does the administration … The stage is […]

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The challenge of twenty first century learning? Seeing the hidden connections

“The field of instructional design has developed separately from other theoretical orientations such as research on artificial intelligence, organizational learning and collaborative teaching and learning. Thus, the main problem of instructional design has been its isolation from other fields of teaching, learning and technology.”  (Päive Häkkinen 2002). Häkkinen, in my opinion, hits the nail on […]

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February – “OD-ing” on learning

This month is shaping up to be one of those months when I have too much on, but, the truth is I love it! Especially when it’s to do with learning. A couple of weeks ago I started a MOOC (massive open online course) on “E-Learning and Digital Cultures” delivered through Coursera by the University […]

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Creativity

A future for creativity? Time we grew up and learned from our failures

In the last couple of weeks I have attended two events courtesy of the University of Technology Business School with a focus on creativity and innovation. The first was a CEDA Lunch on Productivity, featuring presentations by Michael Rennie, Professor Judith Sloan, and Professor Roy Green. The second was the “Future of Creativity”, part of […]

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Semantic Web

Creating the next Web… one step at a time

Yesterday we had our first meeting of the Sponsorship Committee for the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2013 to be held in Sydney in October 2013. ISWC 2013 will be the twelfth annual event held by the Semantic Web Science Association and is “the leading conference for research on Semantic Web topics”. As is always […]

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The emerging value of Web Science

The emerging value of Web Science

“I have no way of judging of the future but by the present.”  (Edward Gibbon) In my last blog I wrote about “Gov 2.0” and, in particular, my conviction that “Gov 2.0” is not about tools and technologies – it is about “reinventing government for the digital age”. Two weeks ago I attended the Web […]

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Quiet is the new loud

Quiet is the new loud

Last week I facilitated the third Presentation Skills training workshop for Fuji Xerox Australia. In this one we built upon some of the theory and strategies by “live-testing” a number of presentations delivered by both myself and a few brave others in the group, including my colleague Leon O’Reilly who gave an authentic and very […]

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Viva Europa!

Viva Europa!

Last weekend I attended the fourth of Julian Doogan’s “Living Myths” lectures in which he focused on the theme of “The Goddess and the Bull” throughout history. Doogan suggested that the persistence of these interacting images of the female goddess and the male “Bull” throughout human civilisation were as much a reflection of the increasing […]

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