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Why “curation” is so 2015… and what’s taking its place

Josh Bersin suggests that the concept of "curating content" is already out of date. How do we find relevant content more easily?


Last week I was perusing my LinkedIn feed and saw that LINGOs CEO Chris Proulx had shared this article by Josh Bersin, with a provocative (dangerously close to click bait) title “Make HR ‘Go Away'”.

I was particularly taken by this paragraph: “The word ‘curation’ was probably the word of the year in 2015 or so. Today I think even the concept of curation is out of date: we need machine intelligence and predictive analytics (‘people like me will most likely click on X’) to sort this all out. We now read about false news on social media and even companies like Facebook and Google are struggling to figure out how to make relevant content easier to find.”  

On Monday I shared some thoughts on why I like Degreed as a personal/professional development tool. It does exactly what Josh Bersin was talking about, it uses machine intelligence and predictive analysis to identify articles, podcasts, videos and books that may appeal to me and my interests in learning and development, storytelling, PowerPoint design and elearning.

Following is a sampling of resources that Degreed has identified and recommended for me (and which I probably wouldn’t have come across otherwise):

1. Bob McDonald, President, CEO and Chairman of Proctor & Gamble, discussing the culture of learning at his organization, particularly the process of “after action learning” that’s integrated into how employees deal with mistakes.


2. An article from MindTools entitled: How Good Are Your Presentation Skills? This is an interesting article because it includes a short, online quiz to help you perform a self-assessment of your presentation skills. And it’s an interesting quiz… not every habit that you’re asked about in the quiz is actually a good habit to be in. It really makes you stop and think for a moment.

3. A 6-minute video featuring Gilda Bonanno talking about the effective use of non-verbal communication in a presentation (even a webinar!).


My own personal list goes on.

I’ll continue to scour blogs and my Twitter feed and LinkedIn for articles that my contacts recommend, and I highly recommend that all L&D professionals continue to expand their own personal learning networks – both in person and through social media. At the same time, I’ve found Degreed to be an incredible resource that turns up new content that others aren’t uncovering and sharing with me.

How about you? How are you coming across new resources and learning opportunities to hone your craft?


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