Build Your Personal Learning Networks by Giving Back

In last week’s blog, Doris outlined the many benefits of building networks and working out loud. Sounds easy, no? If you haven’t worked this way before, you may answer, No! How do you begin to build networks for learning and sharing if you are new to this way of working, come from or are in a hierarchical culture, or don’t really have an established learning network to begin with? It can be intimidating. It doesn’t have to be.

We don’t have to remind you again that we are in a brave new world – the connected online world. Most of us have a purpose for interacting with others online on a fairly regular basis. We use Facebook, Instagram, and other social network sites to share news and pictures with family and friends, find and share videos, highlight political or social causes, or perhaps get recipes. I go to OpenTable or TripFinder to find restaurants in a new area I will visit, read the reviews by diners, and decide where to eat based on what I find from the crowdsourced consensus as well as food magazines. The principle underlying these sites is that everyone is contributing to the common good for the benefit of us all. You do get the disgruntled review once in a while, but can filter those out based on what the vast majority of posters are saying (unless there is universal panning of a place, which does happen!).

It is this giving back to the commons that underlies building networks and connections. This is the important value to bring to the share process. Read more

Your Destiny? Personal Learning, Networks, and Working Out Loud

Lisa’s last blog post Personal Learning Is in Your Future offered a rich mix of springboard ideas and resources. Its breadth made me ponder how best to build on her post.  It reminded me of the dilemma faced by consumers in super-sized stores. How to pick just one item from the many possibilities!

The New World of Work

Eventually, I decided to start with Lisa’s justification of why we must become responsible for our professional development and learning with Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM)—seek, sense, share.  The new world of work requires us to Read more