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This site is really about my take on a number of media, technology and music business issues as I smack into them in my life and my business. Among them are: The challenges of running a small record label in the Music 2.0 (sorry) world, audio and music technology and business, learning and instructional technology and media, and just being a 40 something desk jockey with (now - gulp) 10 year old twins. (Sheesh - kids just keep growing and getting older no matter what you do!)

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IMG_0881.JPGI hear that coffee is the new wine - whatever that means. I will say that I have really gotten into coffee this past year. I am no barista and I probably don't even qualify as a coffee geek, but I have put some time into pouring a good cup of joe while supporting fair trade distributors. Currently I am brewing/drinking what so far has to be my favorite source of coffee; Counter Culture coffee. Very fresh, Fair Trade and Organic offerings - check out some of their micro lots. Mmm-Good.

Other good ones: Global Libations in Kutztown Pa, I like their Costa Rican La Amistad, and Alterra Coffee in Milwaukee Wi, thier Dark Sumatra - strong stuff but mmmm good.

Don't forget Joe's Coffee Bar in Philidelphia. Excellent fresh roasted beans and fair trade too!

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Performance Ecosystems - A Discussion

My pal Mark Britz (@britz) turned me onto this paper by John Hagel, III, John Seely Brown and Duleesha Kulasooriya published by Deloitte University Press on January 1.

Performance ecosystems

A decision framework to take performance to the next level


The paper’s objective is to present a “clearly defined taxonomy” that provides executives “a decision framework to take performance to the next level” using ecosystems.

Now, what does this mean to those currently working in the Learning and Development field? Or even to the knowledge worker/learner? Is this a framework to use in our own departments or is it essential business knowledge to leverage as we move from creating courses to building support networks (ecosystems?) that empower learning in the workflow?

Well that is something we would like to talk about! And by “we” I mean me, Mark, Mike Taylor (@tmiket), Rory Francis (@PDRory), and dropping in for a bit Janet Laane Effron (@jleffron). Learning from our network has become an essential part of our work lives and what better way to wrap our collective heads around this framework than talking it out?

So if you are interested, please read the article and plan to join us for Google + Hangout to discuss. Let me know if your interested and we’ll add you to the circle (first 10 only of course).

We plan to meet and chat for just an hour on Friday, February 15th at 12:00pm EST.

See you there!

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