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Workshop Development

September 23rd, 2015

I’m organizing a workshop that encompasses Harold Jarche’s (and others) framework  for working in the 21st century.

The core of this framework addresses the need for workers and organizations to drop their industrial age mindsets about work and align themselves with the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century creative and networked economy.

It’s taken me a long time to think though and make personal sense of the massive changes that are occurring in the workplace and learning environment.

This workshop is my opportunity to present a critically important mechanism for that can guide workers and organizations in their development as 21st Century workers and organizations.

My workshop audience is primarily non profit sector workers and organizations. This includes workers and organizations from these sectors: Employment Training; Housing; Poverty; Health; Consumer Survivor; Education; Outreach; Settlement; Community Development ….and more…

The introduction slides for my workshop are something that I’ve struggled with but lately I’m feeling like I’m on  the right track. In  that spirit, I am testing out a few of  my workshop slides by publishing them. In  this way I get a deeper feel for how they sound and how best to present this framework.

Workshop Title

Becoming a 21st Century Network Learning Worker/Organization

Workshop Goals:

This workshop presents a framework for you and or your organization to construct a set of lifelong network learning skills such as:

  1. Discovering a greater sense of meaning and purpose in your work.
  2. Taking greater control and ownership of your professional and career development skills.
  3. Creating opportunities for you to Increase your creativity, innovation and networking abilities thereby adding value to any organization you work in now or in the future.

PKM, Workplace-Network Learning

Learning at Work – Support Innovators to Build Innovation

June 11th, 2015
Gapingvoid - Hugh McLeod

Gapingvoid – Hugh McLeod

Some of my work involves helping organizations foster learning and innovation with employees.

Organizations that tap into the creativity of their employees have greater ability to respond to unexpected and emerging issues affecting the organization’s core business goals.

Workers who are empowered or naturally understand that work is learning and learning is the work are the organization’s primary asset for success in the 21st century workspace.

Sharing amongst colleagues is difficult in a work environment where the leadership style is top down and controlling.

Sharing your ideas with your co-workers, making sense out of what you are doing and then integrating your new ideas into your projects is a cyclical process. There comes a time when you feel it’s time to put what you have learned out to a wider audience.

An example of this sharing, learning and publishing process is evident in a Project called  Youth Profit. We (a small group of 3 founders) believe that there are solutions to be found for addressing the wicked problem of youth unemployment in Canada.

With automation, artificial intelligence, outsourcing, and digital technologies driving the network economy, jobs for young people have permanently disappeared. 21st century skills are needed for future jobs but the employment training community, driven by an outdated Canadian Youth Employment Strategy is stuck.

Government, private, education and non-profit silo’s are the proverbial deer caught in the headlights. The employment training sector is stuck with a mindset of industrial age thinking about jobs and security.  Sharing ideas, learning together and innovating is not an embedded practice in those job training agencies.

Our small innovation group thinks that an online platform that draws out fresh innovative ideas generated by leaders from the government, non profit, education and  the private sector can lead to potential solutions. Solutions that can be further field tested and implemented if the field testing shows promise.

This is silo busting and cultural shift work. I  think that organizations that support their innovators are the ones that will succeed. With our project, we have little power to change how institutions (education, government etc) support their innovators. What we can do with Youth Profit is provide a place for employment training innovators to share their knowledge and possible solutions for a crisis affecting Canada and the world.

In this link, there are a series of videos that illustrate how five major companies are supporting and relying on their innovators to build innovations. There are plenty of tips and insights that you can use in your organization or to advance your innovation skills.

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Simple – Meaningful – Necessary

May 13th, 2015

PlatformI learn from my online networks.

When I discover new ideas or learn from my network I feel compelled to consider sharing what I’m learning.

This pattern of learning, thinking deeper about a subject and then publishing a post is the “seek – sense – share” Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM) framework created by Harold Jarche.

Another term used to describe this is process is “working out loud” a term coined by John Stepper.

Image: @Gapingvoid

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Future Skills – for the 21st Century Workplace

May 9th, 2015

Blind_monks_examining_an_elephant.jpgOne of Youth Profit’s goals is to encourage dialogue and strategic thinking between the education, government, private and nonprofit sectors. These systems are like silos, acting like the preferable blind monks assigned to describing what the elephant looks like. The elephant in question is the worldwide crisis of youth unemployment. A crisis exacerbated by the demise of the industrial era and the emergence of the always on, always connected network economy. Read more…

Workplace-Network Learning

Re-creating – Refocusing my Work & Services

March 10th, 2015


Over the coming months, I will be totally transforming my website. I’ve been blogging on my Social Media Tools for Work & Learning platform for the past dozen years.

Now it is time to consolidate my learning and communicate my work more effectively and with greater clarity. As a strong believer in the benefits of “working out loud“, the changes I will be making will give me a more solid foundation for communicating with my networks.

I am very excited about the changes I’m making. My new website will focus on three areas of my interest and services:

  1. Personal Knowledge Mastery for individuals and organizations – PKM & Network Learning workshops;
  2. Addressing the world wide crisis of youth unemployment, especially through my role as Editor & website developer for
  3. Helping volunteer organizations improve their sustainability through my website development & registration/management expertise.

I’m currently immersed in several projects so this transformation (another perpetual beta project) will take some time. When ready for going live, I’ll let my networks and colleagues know where to go to find my posts.


Work is Changing – Youth Profit, a probe to explore new opportunities

September 6th, 2014

Silo BreakingI’m working with two colleagues on a new project dealing with youth unemployment. Our perspective is that work opportunities and the skills needed to fill jobs have radically changed.

In the new work landscape, traditional jobs that used to be lifelong and provide wages that could support home and families are no longer present.

Our project is called Youth Profit. In this early stage of development, I envision Youth Profit’s as a probe that will explore the new work landscape and stimulate dialogue about youth unemployment in the 21st Century workplace.

Rising youth unemployment is a complex and worldwide concern. There are successful models and projects that we can learn from. Youth Profit will encourage discussion, interview thought leaders from around the globe and stimulate new ideas for preparing youth for 21st Century workplace.

Youth Profit is creating and supporting an online space for stakeholders to connect, share design tools and exchange ideas for new youth employment training initiatives. To facilitate solutions to long term systemic barriers, Youth Profit’s advocates for closer collaboration between the education, government, non profit and the private sectors.

To give readers a background on why we are developing this project and how work is changing, I’ve included a post from the American Press Association and Harold Jarche website – shining a light on workplace transformation. Harold is a Canadian and is viewed internationally as a leading writer and “sense maker” on the changes happening to the workplace.

These two posts underscore the importance of developing solutions to complex social concerns through collaboration between the Education, Private, Non-Profit and Government sectors.

An article written by Bernard Condon and Paul Wiseman in the Associated Press, Jan. 23 2013 clearly describes the changes to the workplace brought about by technology and the 2009 recession.

NEW YORK (AP) — Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over.

And the situation is even worse than it appears.

Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who study the labor market. What’s more, these jobs aren’t just being lost to China and other developing countries, and they aren’t just factory work. Increasingly, jobs are disappearing in the service sector, home to two-thirds of all workers.

They’re being obliterated by technology.

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Personal Knowledge Mastery – As an Innovative Knowledge Transfer (KT) Strategy

August 19th, 2014

I received the following question about my last post titled Positive Mental Health – Research Mapping Project “what aspect of your innovative knowledge exchange (KT) are you proposing to speak to?”

I struggled with responding to this question as knowledge transfer is a concept that didn’t resonate with my approach or thinking as I formulated the project. (see end of this post for more on knowledge transfer)

I designed the project using the following frameworks and building blocks (drivers): Personal Knowledge Mastery PKM; Community Based Research CBR and Positive Psychology.

The Positive Mental Health – Research Mapping project is more about tapping into tacit knowledge that resides within communities and then  “sharing knowledge making experiences” with selected individuals and groups. I think I know what she was looking for so I’ve listed some of the key aspects that answer her question below.


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Collaboration in the Workplace, PKM, social learning

Positive Mental Health – Research Mapping Pilot Project

July 25th, 2014

This post is a summary of a pilot project that I’ve being working on for the past year. The project is designed to enable high school students to take a more active role as positive mental health change agents within their school.

I’m posting a description of the model so I can receive feedback and to possibly stir the interest of school boards or non-profit organizations.

In many respects, the project is a school to work initiative. Students working together on a difficult and complex problem learn from those affected by the problem and then share their learnings and recommendations with the larger school community. The skills learned and practiced in  the project are the same skills necessary for the workplace and 21st century jobs. (PDF)

As I created the model, I consulted with quite a few local Executive Directors and Managers of community based organizations that serve young people, in and out of school. Their comments were very encouraging and helpful. You can download this post by clicking here. Positive Mental Health – Research Mapping Project

Excerpts from the 2010 Annual Children’s Mental Health Ontario Conference – Leadership in Times of Challenge – Child and Youth Mental Health in Ontario

Mental health and substance abuse issues are critical for school systems. A paramount concern is that mental health disorders and difficulties are closely associated with declining academic performance and poor graduation rates.

“Are you waiting for things to return to normal in your organization? Sorry. Leadership will require new skills tailored to an environment of urgency, high stakes, and uncertainty”


My Background:

For many years, I’ve been managing and designing youth and community development projects. Mental illness, has been a predominant factor affecting positive and healthy development of many of the individuals served by these projects. Also, I serve as a Director on two non-profit Boards that provide programming for youth with mental health concerns and I’m a founding member of the Talking About Addiction & Mental Illness Coalition, a Regional cross sector Coalition that addresses youth mental health and addictions issues with students in our local school system.

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Collaboration in the Workplace, PKM, social learning

PKM and Workplace Transformation

July 14th, 2014

Harold Jarche’s blog tag is “shining a light on workplace transformation”. In his latest post titled “Four Basic Skills”, he cites a report from the University of Phoenix – Research Institute. I’m immersed in developing a new project called Youth Profit – Canada’s network for youth employment.

That said, I thought his post and the accompanying research document titled Future Work Skills 2020, very helpful as I can add that report resources section of our website. We are beta testing the Youth Profit site with a select group of colleagues from around the world and plan to launch in early August.

I’m also working on a project that will feature PKM in a school based research mapping project. This project is designed to address positive mental health, acquiring PKM skills and student achievement. The Phoenix research report connects directly with the at initiative. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be posting more about those two projects.

In 2011, The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix published a report that looked at Future Work Skills 2020 (PDF). The report identified six drivers of change. I’ve added links to examples of each, three years later.

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Why PKM: Harold Jarche – making sense of the network era

April 28th, 2014

This video will give viewers a succinct explanation of why personal knowledge mastery is becoming a required skill in the post industrial, knowledge network world we now inhabit. I’m taking part in the current PK Mastery workshop series. It’s an in-depth, hands on program that is giving me a solid foundation for deepening my PKM skills. You can learn more about Harold Jarche’s PKM in 40 Days workshop series here.