Hooray for the Right Brain!

Thursday evening Dan Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and Free Agent Nation, gave a rocking presentation at IDEO in Palo Alto.

“The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind – computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a Continue reading

Doctor, doctor

I have been so busy researching and writing that I feel I’ve been neglecting my blog. Here is a visual interlude, equivalent to the mood music NPR plays between items on All Things Considered. This chap is my ENT doctor:

Stamps.com – a cautionary tail

I feel that I am being wronged by Stamps.com. The amount at stake is trivial – $150 and change, but I don’t like feeling cheated nor do I think companies should be rewarded for putting legal minutiae ahead of basic fairness.

The issue in a nutshell:
Stamps.com: “To avoid being charged, simply cancel your account before the trial ends.”

Jay: You don’t mention that you can expect a thirty-minute Continue reading

George Leonard

This afternoon I had a wonderful conversation with George Leonard about informal learning. George is the author of Education and Ecstacy, Mastery, and The Life We Are Given. He is president of Esalen Institute, a 5th degree black belt in aikido, and proof positive that aging does not impair one’s ability to learn.

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Jack is back!

Old timers in the training biz remember the days before VNU and before Bill Communications, when Training the conference and Training the magazine were products of a small company named Lakewood Publications.

For a good while, Jack Gordon was editor of Training, which he invested with savvy and zest. Jack got the axe during some political intrigue. Tammy Galvin took the helm; Training magazine became Continue reading

Intriguing visitors

duane

Earlier this week I had lunch with Duane Degler and Lisa Battle. Over tapas we talked of shifting workforce demographics, preparing for the semantic web, smart-search, and the implications of pervasive computing. Duane will be on the futures panel at the Innovations in eLearning Symposium in early June.


Luigi Canali de Rossi AKA Robin Good dropped by yesterday. He’s in from Roma shooting a Continue reading

Stranger Than Fiction, Fat Boy

Remember the scene in Woody Allen’s wonderful movie Sleeper, where the scientists in the distant future chuckle about the old days in the twentieth century when people foolishly thought that chocolate, smoking, and junk food were bad for you? This morning’s New York Times carried just such a story.

Some Extra Heft May Be Helpful, New Study Says

People who are overweight but not obese have a lower Continue reading

Don’t trust your senses

A fantastic optical illusion site. It goes beyond the ordinary — and offers scientific explanations of what’s going on. This is akin to a magician revealing her secrets.

I found this while exploring what’s popular on del.ico.us. Watch out. Follow in my footsteps, and time will disappear into a black hole. This beats checking the link lists and recommendations of pals and pundits.

Del.ico.us? It’s Continue reading

TDF 2005

I just bought my plane tickets Oakland/Phoenix for next month’s Training Directors Forum. I am really looking forward to it. Most conferences gravitate to the convention cities: New York, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Las Vegas, El Lay, Dallas, N’awlins, Orlando, Orlando, and Orlando. People drift out of the conference and get lost at local attractions and restaurants.

Training Directors Continue reading