I am attending the Internet@Schools West Conference and Internet Librarian 2008 Conference (Information Today) where the keynote speakers and the workshop presenters are sharing themes. These themes are crossing the boundaries of business and education. They are re-shaping the global society. Take a look at the following list to make a thoughtful decision for yourself if you are uncertain:
- Blogs have the ability to be searched and mined for vital information, such as to provide answers and solutions
- The “wisdom of crowds” has presence even if it is not always the correct strategy at the moment
- The knowledge view is on “social;” i.e., knowledge sharing, where people participate, experts are located, ideas are debated and innovation is key.
- We need less control over content in the way that content is defined or expressed so that the effort may be collaborative using 2.0, free shareware, that can be placed in a password, protected environment.
- We should step back and ask, “How can I reach you?” and begin to reach out.
- Have more forums for participation rather than complaint boxes.
- Know that there are less people who are experienced in social networking and expect mistakes and to learn from them.
These themes are not new. They are becoming more of a lived reality that can become easily accessible if we allow and encourage them now. If we do not, someone else will. This is what i am hearing. Is this what you see?