Grumpy Toasters and the Internet of Broken Things

The latest information regarding yesterday’s massive DDOS attack that affected Twitter, Netflix, PayPal, Amazon and dozens of other major websites around the word is that it was executed through the networked devices (TVs, refrigerators, security devices, home climate devices, wearables) that are becoming more and more a part of our daily lives.

This network of individual tools is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the optimistic projections are that we will be sounded by a personal “digital mesh” which will tend to our needs and help us navigate our day-to-day lives and decisions.  Some say that this will happen within in the next 10 years.

While I’m no Luddite, I’m am a bit more cautious about the speed of this massive change in our lives.   Continue reading “Grumpy Toasters and the Internet of Broken Things”

The Pre-Internet Learning Organization

In Jane Hart’s Modern Workforce Learning Challenge, last week’s challenge was to look at how to support continuous social learning and how to help team members learn from each other.

My first reaction was “hey, I’ve done that before.” Continue reading “The Pre-Internet Learning Organization”



Last night on #lrnchat, I referred to myself as a pit bull learner because I’m very tenacious about getting at the truth of information.  Which is true.

But this morning I also demonstrated I have a lot of labrador retriever in me as well.  My black lab, Diva, was good at focusing until she saw a squirrel.  Then she was off to the races chasing after that squirrel. Continue reading “SQUIRREL!”

Transforming: Story-by-Story

I’m sitting here on a rainy, but warm, October morning in Chicago after 3 whirlwind days at the Training Learning and Development Conference (#TLDC16) in sunny San Diego.  Unlike any professional conference I’ve attended it centered around the conversations and stories of the participants.  The presentations and vendors were in service of those conversations not the focus of the event.

“It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t even have to be good.  But it must be passionate.” – Brian Fanzo

Even before the announcement in May that I was going to be laid off in June, a path has been appearing before me.  Stone by stone.  The end of the path is shrouded in mist and fog.  When I was afforded the chance to attend TLDC, I jumped at the opportunity, trusting that this new path stone was stable and the direction I was supposed to be going. Continue reading “Transforming: Story-by-Story”

First Video

At the Training Learning and Development Conference (TLDC16) we’re being encouraged to be “less perfect” and to get comfortable with video.  It is projected that 80% of all internet content will be video in 2020.

So in the spirit of being fearless and giving it a go, here is my first ever video on social media.  (sorry about the nostril shots.  I’ll work on camera angles.)