The case for culture in business, as clearly and forcefully as I can make it

Editor’s note: Anthropologist Grant McCracken looks at the importance of culture in the creative process. There’s an interesting point here for L&D. How does L&D draw from the organisational culture and contribute to it?

Experts on the Future of Work, Jobs Training and Skills

Editor’s note: Nearly 1,500 educators and technologists provide their views on the future of work. This is a large piece of research that provides many useful and interesting insights.

You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you

Editor’s note: This is a cartoon about the backfire effect, which is interesting in terms of understanding why we believe what we believe. The format is worth thinking about too – a powerful message presented in a wonderful, graphic (comic) style.

Building Skills for an Inclusive Economy

Editor’s note: This is a discussion on the future of work and how we can all prosper in it. So what skills do we really need to develop? And what’s the role of technology?

Instagram is closer than ever to a billion users

Editor’s note: This week photos sharing app Instagram announced it has 700 million users. It’s a hugely popular app – something to be used by learning teams?

Goldman Sachs Introduces Real-Time Employee Performance Reviews

Editor’s note: Interesting to see yet another organisation dump the annual appraisal . . .

Becoming influential as an L&D practitioner

Editor’s note: It’s interesting to see the two traits that mark out ‘influential’ L&D professionals. They are: keeping up to date with trends and the latest thinking an turning this insight into practical solutions.

How AI Is Transforming the Workplace

Editor’s note: Some examples of AI tech being used in the workplace. There is more than a faint whiff of big brother about how some of these technologies are being used.

Survey and infographic: L&D Trends on Twitter in 2016

Editor’s note: JollyDeck has analysed hot L&D topics identified by Donald Taylor’s research to see if the trends stack up against what L&D professionals talk about on Twitter. The digested results: L&D loves tech.

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Editor’s note: For all the benefits of AI there remain some big questions around how the technology makes the decisions it makes. This concept of ‘explainability’ is becoming a big issue.

We all make mistakes but airlines are best at learning from them

Editor’s note: A great piece on why it matters to learn from mistakes rather than brush them under the carpet.

Is Media Multitasking a Myth?

Editor’s note: It’s not surprising that heavy users of social media consume information across lots of networks and at the same time. Maybe it is more surprising the extent to which they become less good at filtering information. What’s the lesson? Try and focus on doing less and do it better – and that includes using social media.

The AI Misinformation Epidemic

Editor’s note: This looks like a good resource for getting some sound insights into artificial intelligence and machine learning. The author makes some good points about who currently writes on these and how well placed they are to actually do so.

Coursera’s Rick Levin on the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials

Editor’s note: Interesting to note that corporates are seen as a big growth area for MOOC provider Coursera. Some good insights here into how the platform is developing the user experience and the changing nature of credentials.

4 sites to fight fake news

Editor’s notes: Here are four sites worth exploring if you are interested in media literacies, especially around sourcing verified or verifiable stories rather than opinion, gossip or alternative facts.