Use of, and interest, in blockchain as an alternative trust mechanism is on the increase in HR and L&D, although the technology has trust issues of its own, according to an article in Lumesse Learning’s relaunched Curve magazine.
Trust is a central issue for the People function in the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica debacle, the introduction of GDPR, rising fears about invasion of privacy, cyber attacks and abuses of social media. In an article for The Curve magazine, Peter Williams, financial journalist and editor of The Learning Technologies Awards Newsletter, interviewed leading experts in the field who say that blockchain is rapidly making inroads against this background.
Adriana Hamacher, Editor of Blockchain News, says that HR is already on the Blockchain, recording job candidates’ specifications in a bid to streamline the recruitment process. Blockchain offers many advantages for similarly data-driven areas of L&D, making learners’ personal training history more portable between jobs and giving them ownership of their own learning data and certifications. Others point to drawbacks with blockchain, including its association in public mind with the shadowy world of cryptocurrencies, and the need to increase understanding of how it can best be deployed.
The Curve is a quarterly magazine sponsored by Lumesse Learning with the aim of ‘looking round corners’ at innovative and near-time technologies impacting the learning space. Since its introduction it has gained plaudits and a wide audience among learning professionals. With Curve 7 it has undergone a complete redesign and doubled in size. An online edition of the latest issue, focusing on ‘The New Organisation’ and containing the full text of Peter Williams’ article on blockchain and trust can be downloaded here.
Other articles in Curve 7 include:
Financial Times Pulse Survey on Corporate Training
David Wells and Bob Little give us an exclusive deep-dive into the findings of this valuable research into global corporate learning.
Nudge, nudge: time for a change?
Ray Richards from Do Something Different shows how behavioural science can help people take control of their lives.
Powering digital transformation in learning
Mark Cobain of npower writes about his digital transformation journey, and the future of the LMS.
Design thinking outside the box
Architect Chris Hildrey takes design thinking into the wild, applying it to homelessness, urban landscapes and learning.
Meet your new survival skill
Stephen Walsh, co-founder of Anders Pink, tells us why he believes continuous learning is important for staying relevant in the new organisation.