Rotana Ty shares a wonderful essay on collective learning, curating the ideas of Marcia Conner, Nilofer Merchant, John Hagel, Tiffany Shlain, Gideon Rosenblatt, J. P. Rangaswami, Greg Satell, Mark Oehlert, and more.
Go with the flow…feel the Force…be the ball….focus on building your network. You don’t have a 1:1 relationship with social media – what you should be building is a many to many relationship. Social media is a network, and you need to respond to the output of that network with your own network. I’ve got a strong network that kinda looks like a patchwork quilt.
It’s my responsibility to architect the right network. The cool thing? Me and my network are also part of other people’s networks – at absolutely zero incremental cost to any of us. Start thinking like a Subject-Matter Network.
I speak to doctors, and they tell me to just what extent they are learning from international peers through social media. –Daniel Ghinn
Are you both mindful and networked?
But among the toughest difficulties for learning from each other in our hyper-connected society, it is the ability to be mindful and connected to ourselves. “Disconnect to connect,” said Tiffany Shlain. If you have time, I also recommend you watch her fun, short and insightful videos.
It’s a fragmented world. And it’s only becoming more so. It used to be that when people wrote, they wrote more deeply. In the early days of the web (pre-twitter), I remember hand picking the few voices I would listen to and then putting them into my RSS feeder and checking for their essays. Essays, not tweets, were the way we shared what we were thinking. But as “content” has become more important to maintain a standing online, more and more people are entering into the fray. More and more people who may not even have a point of view to advocate but just want to participate in the conversation. – Nilofer Merchant
I am also meeting and collaborating with people online that I would have never had a chance to know before. I can even gain access to knowledge in other languages through online translation. In other words, I am to stumble over people and knowledge to a degree that wouldn’t have been possible even a relatively short time ago.
And that’s why we can expect life to continue to get better. While earlier technologies allowed us to master energy and matter, newer advances are giving us something far more valuable: They are unleashing the power of human potential.