The Fractal Life: Harnessing Social for Authentic, Agile Living

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These are the slides for the keynote I shared at the LinkedIn User Experience Design All Hands meeting on July 11, 2014. The "story" here is my own life, looking at how my risk-taking and use of social media have empowered me to find an authentic life. Is this a lesson to learn from as we ponder the relevance gap between formal and information learning in the U.S. today? As social becomes more integral to the workplace, can/should educators embrace social technologies to foster more authentic living in their students' lives?

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The Fractal Life: Harnessing Social for Authentic, Agile Living

  1. 1. frac·tal /ˈfraktəl/ noun ! 1. a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation. Fractal
  2. 2. Image by Elaine Normandy CC-BY-NC-SA
  3. 3. Fractals are based on mathematical sets. Slide by Michelle Pacansky-BrockImage by Elaine Normandy CC-BY-NC-SA
  4. 4. Image by Fernando Matias CC-BY-NC-NDImage by Norman CC-BY …also a natural phenomenon. Slide by Michelle Pacansky-BrockImage by light2shine CC-BY-NC-ND
  5. 5. Image by Fernando Matias CC-BY-NC-NDImage by Norman CC-BY
  6. 6. Image by Doc Searls CC-BY
  7. 7. Mathematical fractals are generated by applying a feedback loop to a system. Z = Z2 + C Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
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  16. 16. image by Michelle Pacansky-Brock CC-BY
  17. 17. learning differences image by JD Hancock CC-BY
  18. 18. photo by KevinLau CC-BY-NC-ND
  19. 19. photo by Jo Christian Oterhals CC-BY-NC-ND
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  21. 21. Image by Matthieu Mingasson CC-BY
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  23. 23. PhotobyDanWinkler Used with permission fromVoiceThread. Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  24. 24. CC-BY Michelle Pacansky-Brock learning environments must be inclusive Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  25. 25. Image by Idolecture CC-BY-NC-SA It’s up to me to sustain my professional transformation. Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  26. 26. photo by Kodomut CC-BY jump! Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
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  28. 28. I will make order from chaos by staying true to myself. (Eeoyang, 2009.) Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
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  30. 30. TeachingWithoutWalls.com
  31. 31. Visualization of LinkedIn network created at: http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/ Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  32. 32. by Dr. Seuss All Rights Reserved I want to go back. I know I should not.
  33. 33. Realizations… I’m making a difference Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
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  36. 36. Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock IRRELEVANCE
  37. 37. IRRELEVANCE Authentic living brings us to our passion. Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  38. 38. LEARNING OUT LOUD Changing  St*dents’  Mindsets  About  Voice  Comments How are my teaching changes affecting student experiences?
  39. 39. 0 7.5 15 22.5 30 1 2 3 4 5 Week 4 Survey (after 3 VTs, 1 req’d voice/video commenting). Sp 14 Fa 13 Sp 13 Fa 12 n=90 How nervous were you when you left your first voice/video comment? Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock very nervous not nervous
  40. 40. 0 7.5 15 22.5 30 1 2 3 4 5 Now when you comment in voice/video, how nervous are you? Week 4 Survey (after 3 VTs, 1 req’d voice/video commenting). very nervous not nervous Sp 14 Fa 13 Sp 13 Fa 12 n=90 Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  41. 41. n=49 Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012 Learning Out Loud Student Survey % Strongly Agreed/Agreed If you had completed an online class before this one, was this the first time you have been required to participate in voice? 84% Communicating with online voice/video is an important 21st century skill. 85% I noticed an improvement in my ability to speak more clearly in the voice/video comments. 73% The voice activities made me feel like I was part of a group. 92% Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  42. 42. photo by Chris Mattia All Rights Reserved Finding happiness means connecting with like-minded people.
  43. 43. Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock And organizations that value your ideas.
  44. 44. The Center. Social Learning for Higher Ed v v Center graphic by Jim Bumgardner CC-BY-NC-SA Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  45. 45. Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock Social professional development is experiential learning for educators.
  46. 46. photo by Kodomut CC-BY Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock How can we learn to value vulnerability as essential to life?
  47. 47. Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock Vulnerability must become our feedback loop.
  48. 48. – B R E N E B R O W N ! “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.” Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  49. 49. – B R E N E B R O W N ! “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  50. 50. This mindset will not change our future. Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  51. 51. “In a world where value is shifting rapidly from things to knowledge, knowledge workers are the new means of production. And it follows that the social network is the new production line.” -Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM Slide by Michelle Pacansky-Brock

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