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INTRODUCTION: Guest bloggers

Kate and Maddy learning to fly

The Studio’s guest bloggers this week–Maddy Cohen and Kate Burrows–are a special pair of young entrepreneurs who are combining their passion for the environment, collecting and sharing stories, and their love of the road through Project JAR (Just a Ride). They are traveling the country to not only collect stories of, but share and raise awareness of, clean water issues in this country. Their process of visioning, developing goals and objectives, planning their research project, funding it through Indiegogo, and sharing their findings through Twitter, Instagram, and a web site, models actualizing a dream to impact the social good that other entrepreneurs and organizations can do, too.

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My learning journey for this week

Sometimes the stars, forces, energy or whatever you want to call it align. Of course, sometimes they don’t, but this week they certainly did. I was getting ready for a presentation for a face-to-face conference. My presentation topic was: Do It Yourself Online Learners: the skills necessary to be a lifelong learner in the digital age. The audience members–teachers in adult education and literacy programs–are  usually after specific tips, tools, and strategies to use in their classes. Given this, I was struggling with why my audience would care about my topic and how I could impart the importance of digital literacy skills for a networked age in a practical, useful way. Just as I was heading deeper into my Diigo library, Google search, and other research methods, help arrived in the form of 2 articles that seemed as if they were written just for me.

The Harvard Business Review June 24 edition has a cover article on How to Spot Talent by Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, a global executive head hunter. The tag line is what got me interested in reading the article: Hint: Experience is overrated. Not wanting to lose my focus on my task, I intended to skim the article, but the premise called to me as well as the stated purpose for caring about networked learning and learning out loud so everyone can join in the learning:

…the question is not whether your company’s employees and leaders have the right skills; it’s whether they have the potential to learn new ones.” Read more

Peals and Pearls of Collaboration from Watterson and Pastis

Available at Amazon

Available at Amazon

Everyone who really knows me remembers that I used to adore Calvin and Hobbes, the comic strip drawn by Bill Watterson.  When the strip ceased almost 20 years ago, my loud laughter from reading the comics page in the morning also declined.  It wasn’t nearly as much fun to grab the comics page from my husband to savor it before he could!

Available at Amazon

Available at Amazon

My happiness quotient went up when the Pearls before Swine cartoon entered my life.  I savored the unrelenting nastiness of Rat, the happy  obliviousness of Pig, the wise ways of Goat, and the easy manner with which “Zeeba” the Zebra foiled the hunter-crocodiles next door.  I laughed when the cartoonist Stephen Pastis injected himself into the strip to be mocked and disdained by his own characters.  My daily grab of the comics section resumed.  With our own “Zeeba” in the house, our unusual black and white, retired racing greyhound, my vision took on a rose-colored tint again.

A funny thing happened in the cartoon. Pastis was absent as a cartoonist for a few days, and he had a guest cartoonist, 7 year old Lib, fill in. When Pastis revealed June 7 that “Lib,” who outdrew Stephen Pastis in his own cartoon strip was really “Bil” Watterson, I laughed at being outwitted myself.  What also impressed me was how they formed and did their collaboration.  They worked together via email before they ever talked with each other on the phone.   Obviously, long-distance collaborations online can yield wonderful results.  Today, we’ll explore how they worked to learn what their experience suggests to us aspiring collaborators.

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Journeying on the Enterprise 2.0 Networked Learning

Remember the Star Trek Enterprise, traveling into space where no one had gone before? For businesses, organizations, and those in the workforce, the new way to travel to impact innovation and ROI is on the Enterprise 2.0 of networked learning.

Enterprise 2.0, coined by Andrew McAfee in 2006, is the use of emergent social software platforms within companies or organizations, or between them, and their partners or customers. Social software enables people to connect and collaborate online, and platforms are the digital environments in which these interactions are visible and persistent over time.

Harold Jarche, in his Organizational Learning in the Network Era blog post outlines the systemic factors and the necessity of sharing power to enable organizational learning in Enterprise 2.0. His main points are: Read more