Thursday 5 July 2018

The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award for 2018 presented to Mark Britz

(Original post on Internet Time Alliance colleague Harold Jarche’s site)

clip_image001The Internet Time Alliance Award, in memory of Jay Cross, is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Real Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work.

Recipients champion workplace and social learning practices inside their organisation and/or on the wider stage. They share their work in public and often challenge conventional wisdom. The Award is given to professionals who continuously welcome challenges at the cutting edge of their expertise and are convincing and effective advocates of a humanistic approach to workplace learning and performance.

We announce the award each year on 5 July, Jay’s birthday.

Following his death in November 2015, the partners of the Internet Time Alliance (Jane Hart, Harold Jarche, Charles Jennings, Clark Quinn) resolved to continue Jay’s work. Jay Cross was a deep thinker and a man of many talents, never resting on his past accomplishments, and this award is one way to keep pushing our professional fields and industries to find new and better ways to learn and work.

The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award for 2018 is presented to Mark Britz.

Mark has experience both inside and outside organisations and has focused on improving workplace performance. He questions conventional beliefs about organisational development and has championed better ways to work and learn in the emerging networked workplace. Mark is currently the Senior Manager of Programming at the eLearning Guild as well as an Expert Partner with the 70:20:10 Institute. He was an early adopter of using social media for onboarding and has long been active on social media, contributing to the global conversation on improving workplace learning.

“Culture, the most powerful presence in your organization, is only learned socially & informally. Social Media spreads your culture quickly … for better or worse” —@britz (2012)

More recently, Mark wrote about learning at work.

“If we want real learning in organizations we must get back to the core of how and where people learn, and what moves us most. Simply, much learning happens in our work and with others. Organizations/leadership would do well then to have more strategic conversations about how to create more space, more opportunity, and more connection rather than more courses, classes and content.”

It is with great pleasure that we give the third annual Internet Time Alliance Award to Mark Britz.


Mark Britz. Find out more about Mark at ‘The Simple Shift’.

clip_image003The Internet Time Alliance (ITA) was created in 2008 when Jay Cross brought a number of people together to share, explore and extend his passion for ‘real learning’. In 2010 ITA published ‘The Working Smarter Fieldbook’, a compendium of papers, articles and advice to help organisations continuously improve their collective brainpower, create value, and ‘work smarter’.

The Internet Time Alliance members (Jane Hart, Harold Jarche, Charles Jennings, Clark Quinn) continue working today to help reframe approaches to support high performance in organisations by adopting methods, modes and approaches that extend beyond the boundaries of formal training and development alone.

clip_image004Two Pioneers: Jay Cross in conversation with Douglas Engelbart. Doug is known for his work which resulted in creation of the computer mouse, and the development of hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to graphical user interfaces.

“conversation is the best learning technology ever invented” – Jay Cross circa 2009.