New Paradigms For Collaboration & Knowledge Sharing

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The world of social interaction, fuelled by the plethora of social media tools, has opened up new opportunities to learn and share. Classroom training is no longer an essential part of learning and …

The world of social interaction, fuelled by the plethora of social media tools, has opened up new opportunities to learn and share. Classroom training is no longer an essential part of learning and development. We can now tap into the collective wisdom of peers and experts as and when we need. Skilling ourselves for a challenging and volatile environment is a personal responsibility - we can't rely on others, including the people/organisations we work for.

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  • Not really - Technological determinism has been defined as an approach that identifies technology, or technological advances, as the central causal element in processes of social change (Croteau and Hoynes). As a technology is stabilized, its design tends to dictate users' behaviors, consequently diminishing human agency. (Wikipediia).

    I'm suggesting that technology can influence behaviours, but that we should respect and encourage personal choice and not to deliver homoginized or corporate solutions that cater for the majority at the expense of individual specialism.
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  • Sounds like you are making an argument for technological determinism.
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  • There are some councilors, chief executives and heads of service who use the platform, but generally speaking the majority of users are at the Council Officer level – i.e. practitioners.
  • It’s overwhelming. With so much information, tools & people out there, how do we start?
  • Content curation is important because people want to know what’s important and they want to discover interesting and relevant content.A great curator:Optimises titles so it is relevant for that audienceEdits the content to add further relevance of the messageFormats the material so it is easy for the audience to read and apply to their situationAdds good images and other visual material that complements and reinforces the contentExcerpts selected text so the reader can quickly and easily grasp the most important elementsAdds his or her own voice in an intro to the piece, adding context and relevance for the readerTags all content with relevant words and phrases so it is easily found by that audienceSupplies links to expand the scope of the piece and give access to added resources about the subjectPersonalizes each piece for the relevant audience when posting to social sites, when appropriateEnsures all curated content is correct and from a reliable sourceAlways gives attribution and links to sourcesFilters content vigorously and does not publish anything and everythingHas a network of experts and curators in their sphere that they can tap into for personal insightsSuggests stories and items to other curatorsSearches for additional material that can add depth and value or context to an itemConstantly scouts for interesting new sourcesSets up searches, filters and feeds to get a constant flow of relevant informationMakes the focus of the curated content perfectly clear and easy to see right upfrontRecommends other newsmasters and curators with great contentCrowd sources tips and suggestions from readers and always acknowledges their contributions

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  • 1. Steve Dale: @stephendale @collabor8now 29 March 2012www.collabor8now.com
  • 2. cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009
  • 3. Learning andknowledgeacquisition is alifelong activity anda far morepersonalisedexperience.
  • 4. • 250 million tweets • 66% of online adults use • 41% of Gen Y say social sent via Twitter per social media platforms media is important to day such as them in the workplace• 30 billion pieces of Twitter, Facebook, Myspace • 64% of Gen Y download content shared on or LinkedIn unauthorised Facebook each • Smartphone and tablet applications at least month shipments now outpace once per week to get• Wikipedia hosts 17 PCs. their job done. billion articles Source: Pew Internet and American Life Source: Prescient DigitalSource: 20 stunning social media Project.statistics by Jeff Bullas Source: IDC Predictions for 2012
  • 5. Source: Harold Jarche
  • 6. 12 Photo: Flickr.com by Jackie Welberg
  • 7. Source: Harold Jarche
  • 8. Friends Family Suppliers Work colleagues CustomersExpert Expert
  • 9. Communities of Practice “Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” Source: Etienne Wenger
  • 10. …but communities arecomplex…
  • 11. Communities of Practice for Local Government – started in 2005. People with People People with Experts People with Information
  • 12. http://www.communities.idea.gov.uk
  • 13. cc licensed flickr photo by Will Lion: http://flickr.com/photos/will-lion/2595497078/
  • 14. http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2011-10-30/
  • 15. Digital Curation
  • 16. Brian Solis
  • 17. Email: steve.dale@collabor8now.com Twitter: @stephendale Twitter: @collabor8now Profile: http://about.me/stephendaleUnless otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.