Magazine article Talent Development

Jay Cross, 1944-2015

Magazine article Talent Development

Jay Cross, 1944-2015

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Puckish in personality, given to sartorial surprises, and never at a loss for words, Jay Cross rarely went unnoticed. His death on November 6, 2015, was as unexpected as he himself had always been.

He was the CEO of his own company, the Internet Time Alliance, but also the chief unlearning officer. He was the product of a blue-chip formal education (St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island; Princeton University; and Harvard Business School), but became known as a leader in the field of informal education.

Cross was a change agent and futurist who distilled lessons from cognitive science, social networking, business strategy, and psychology to help people work smarter. As a blogger, speaker, and author, he championed informal, accidental, unplanned learning wherever and however he could. His books include Informal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways that Inspire Innovation and Performance, Implementing eLearning, Working Smarter Fieldbook, and Real Learning. He wrote more than 100 articles and was a frequent presenter at the Association for Talent Development's (ATD) conferences, and many others.

"He was influential" says Clark Quinn of Quinnovations. "While others may have quibbled about whether he created the term 'e-learning,' [Jay] definitely had strong opinions about what should be happening, and was typically right. His book Informal Learning had a major impact on the field."

Cross always was generous with his knowledge. On his Internet Time Blog, he posted information about trends and hot topics in the talent development field based on his global travels and diverse professional experiences. …

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