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Welcome to LiNE Zine: the premier e-magazine dedicated to introducing perspectives, insights, and voices at the intersection of business and learning in the new economy.

In the Spring 2001 issue, we delve into the topic of human capital. In case you haven’t noticed, the term human capital is one we’re hearing more and more in the popular press and in the boardroom. People and people-issues are at the heart of the matter. But just what does this new emphasis on human capital mean for individuals, for organizations, and for society as a whole? We cast our net as far and wide as possible to bring in different perspectives and voices. We talk with pioneers and practitioners, and debate the meaning of this revolution that impacts each of us.

Join us as we explore.

April 9, 2001 Update

      Brook Manville, LiNE Zine’s publisher, talks human capital with Gary S. Becker, 1992 Nobel Laureate. Becker began the movement that, for all practical purposes, first put the concept of human capital on the map as a subject worthy of economic discussion.

      Do you know what employees really want? You might be surprised at what it takes to retain human capital! David Finegold, Associate Research Professor at the USC Center for Effective Organizations, shares insights from a study on talent strategies for the new economy that he recently presented at the 2001 World Economics Forum in Davos.

      LiNE Zine editor-in-chief Marcia Conner interviews Michael Dertouzos, the head of MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Science for more than 25 years. Learn about human-centered computing, and savor the insights from Dertouzos’ epic quest to show the world where and how humanity and technology intersect.

      Check out our Interviews and Articles pages for more interesting content. And check back here for updates on new content that will be added throughout the coming month. We look forward to learning with you.


December 21, 2000 Update

      LiNE Zine publisher Brook Manville interviews Roger Black, the world-renowned designer. Black talks about learning on the web, and what his design experience can tell us about how people learn through interaction with Internet-based content.

      Jeffrey Huang, Professor of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and co-author/architect Muriel Waldvogel explore the impact of web-based “virtual” innovations on the "physical" architecture for learning—the physical spaces where people work and learn together.

      Editor Marcia Conner interviews usability and user-centered design expert Judee Humburg. Judee talks about her vision for education, helping people feel that their work matters, and the perspectives she gained from her experiences founding and building Intuit and Hewlett Packard’s Usability departments and as a Montessori teacher.


October 23, 2000 Update – Fall 2000 Issue

      LiNE Zine staff converses with Bob Sutton on the Learning-Doing gap and how despite all the information at our fingertips we're all having a had a hard time getting anything done, actually turning what we know into action.

      Editor-in-chief Marcia Conner talks with Wendy Coles about how she and her team at General Motors (GM) are creating knowledge networks to solve some of their organization's messy problems. Dr. Coles leads the development of GM's knowledge network and organizational learning initiatives and offers real insights into the learning of a large workforce.

      Tony Loyd, from John Deere, challenges us to ask what the "e" can offer learners in a new feature entitled "Postcards from the Bleeding Edge."


September 11, 2000 – Fall 2000 Issue

      Publisher Brook Manville interviews Alan Webber, founding co-editor of Fast Company magazine. Alan takes us right into the eye of the New Economy hurricane, calling on his experiences shaping the themes and debates about the new world of work. Alan draws a roadmap to the future based on the possibilities elearning is opening up, and reflects on the importance of knowledge, learning, and technology in today’s business imperatives.

      Editor-in-chief Marcia Conner presents an insightful and inspiring interview with John Seely Brown, Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Brown’s thought leadership extends well beyond the bounds of science and rises to the higher planes of society, hope, and human nature. He reminds us of the importance of reawakening our inveterate learning instincts, and changing the workplace into a true learning place.

      Reed Hundt, Chairman of the FCC from 1993-1997, talks about his experiences leading the charge to bring elearning, in the form of the Internet, into every classroom in the United States under a highly successful FCC program. Sticky public policy issues and constant political hurdles were but part of the struggle of implementation; the question of fundamentally differing philosophical beliefs on education were at the core. Read about it here.