Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Found this through Google blogsearch - Design with Intent by Dan Lockton. So there could well be more links as the conference continues.

He writes

I’m not sure what my position on the idea of ‘designing safe living’ is, really - whether that’s the right question to ask, or whether ‘we’ should be trying to protect ‘them’, whoever they are. But it strikes me that any behaviour, accidental or deliberate, however it’s classified, can be treated/defined as an ‘error’ by someone, and design can be used to respond accordingly, whether viewed through an explicit mistake-proofing lens or simply designing choice architecture to suggest the ‘right’ actions over the ‘wrong’ ones.

It also seems to that soemeone could describe any words as "discourse" so I hope to find out more about this aspect as well.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Mostly borrowed slides for context

Latest version of paper on Scribd
More slides

ISO 27000 and PDCA

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On Scribd

Screenshots from Swickis, showing connections

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I am still using the words "hype" and "counter-hype" but hope to understand "discourse" better before too long. The publicity around the Byron Review in March this year seemed to me to be largely aimed at people who were already disturbed by the apparent dangers of the Web, in particular social networking. One aspect was the scale of the use by young people, almost everyone as it appears. Part of the threat is that parents do not understand the technology being used. Perhaps this was a final round of concern before the Web is accepted as normal. With VHS it took a BBC Shakespeare collection to finalise things. Maybe the next BETT will be a suitable occasion. The Byron Review includes a lot of balanced material on the educational potential of social networks. This was mostly ignored by newspapers at the time of publication.

Doing a Google News search I find there was an Action Plan published recently but I don't remember any publicity for this in June. The only newspaper link I can find is to a Guardian games blog. I guess this means the stream of panic is coming to an end.
Quality and learning again.

This could be way off topic for the Safety conference but I think it is still about assurance. I am still trying to make a connection to look at learning as an aspect of a quality system. Looking back at "The Learning Company" McGraw Hill 1991, I find

The history of management is littered with the remains of yesterday's right answers - scientific management......Quality Circles, the search for excellence and so on. So where are they now and what did we learn from these experiments?

My information is that Quality Circles have continued in Asia and there has not been a break. Recently I have had another look at PDCA as described by Ishikawa and the quality circles are a large part of the context. The litter is only in the UK and some other places. So the experience could have been seen as more positive as a contribution to the Learning Company. I wrote a story for OhmyNews in 2005.

Recently Steve Fleetwood has written "A Note on HRM and Performance" arguing against trying to make such a link. What if there was a scope that included quality? There has to be learning for quality to be assured and HRM contributes to this. Quality is about outputs so is easier to relate to performance.

Possibly the fundamental point being made is against any performance judgement at all. Universities should exist to critique society so this is their only relevance.

Yet for some reason it is the HR department that is well represented in learning studies. QA is not part of the scene. Why is this?

Monday, July 07, 2008

Trying out Google presentations with another version of the video script. Seems to work ok. Now loaded to Adobe Share as a PDF. This was quick at Life Bytes where the bandwidth is better anyway than what I have at home. The Google PDF created online is not Flash or Shockwave. It seems more familiar somehow. Maybe i am just not used to the new ways of Acrobat 9. The YouTube link works ok in another window. A PDF that includes video may take some time to load. Anyway, back on topic

As an share- direct link

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as a Google presentation

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Now getting the hang of the Google presentations.

So the rest of the slides links here and the embed should be below. The Extreme Green Guerillas is an example from the documentation workshop where the aims were clear and accepted. From the blog it seems still likely that "post-9/11 paranoia" will be a major theme so claims about danger could be seen as dangerous in themselves. So getting much interest in document control could be challenging. Especially fairly early on a Saturday.

The slides for the paper are taken from other sources and have ended up in a Google doc presentation style. This is the first one I have tried so may need revision. I think this is a direct link. These slides are just about PCDA/PCSA. More later on establishing a context.

I think this will embed a view-

I can't find any news about the summer school on Discourse Analysis that has just ended, but there is some info about a conference coming up soon. The "Book of Abstracts" is on Scribd for the 2008 conference on "Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines". It offers some idea what they are talking about. Maybe more will turn up in blogs.

Also not easy to find something online about Learning Organisations as presented at Lancaster. The first Google result on "Burgoyne learning organisation" is from the USA and there is not much on the UK. Maybe there could be more free content somewhere to assist visibility?
I have done an A4 sheet for the safety conference. It will do as a handout for people who don't make the actual occasion. Now loaded to Scribd.

Also I have updated the film script on the "Centre for Performativity Studies".

The film is set during a conference introducing the Centre for Performativity Studies. In the opening scene the police turn up suddenly and the organisers are arrested. It turns out that all the credit cards used to book for the event have had unauthorised charges and £137,000 has gone through an identified account, in the name of one of the organisers. A claim about "identity theft" through a wifi network is made but there is disputed evidence. Apparently there was a lunch visit to Info 21 though regulations prohibited work on accounts information outside the office. The police are reluctant to accept that the crime could only have involved outsiders as the description of security policy is unlike what they would expect.

Sergeant "From what we are told, there just is no system at all"
Inspector "Still could be true though"

On day three the Alumni Association send a rep who has found a source to repay the £137,000 and the police announce that there would be no benefit from further enquiries. An official claims that nothing like this will ever happen again but the audience is left to wonder.

This is in a Google doc. Let me know if you would like to edit. The aim is to try to get attention for something as well as language.