Thanks to my blogroll and Twitter stream, I came across a post on The Big Shift by John Hagel. It’s a marvelously succinct and coherent description of the movement toward more peer-based learning and its implications.
What strikes me is how critical it has become to be consistently connected in some way to the pulse of our profession. We can’t wait for the next journal or conference to know what people are talking about and what they’re doing to address immediate challenges. The beauty of the blogosphere and the twitterverse (or <insert your favorite social media here>) is that they allow us to “tap into knowledge flows” in real time.
I would suggest as well that the knowledge flows will become more powerful as more and more people decide to share their perspectives. Whether it’s posting comments, contributing conference sessions, writing a blog, or tweeting – we need to find ways for all of our voices to be heard. We need to reach out to those who are not so public about their thoughts and bring them into the conversation to ensure its richness and productivity.