The Context of Stuff

TreasureThe biggest different between how things were then and how they are now? Maybe it’s the contextual nature of information, the interpretation of knowledge. What we need, when we need it: pushed to us, provided to us on demand, made sense of by communities, peer reviewed, contextualised by community, delivered to our pockets. Or glasses.

The overall shift is away from holding information like treasure, hidden in a chest and locked away, towards a time when information surround us, suffusing the atmosphere like WiFi. When information becomes free, when our communities, facilitated by collaborative technology, give us both access and interpretation to make it meaningful to us, that’s the Social Age.

It impacts everything: the ways we learn, the ways we share, curate, perform and collaborate. We need to adapt our learning methodology, approach to leadership, use of technology and mindset of control. That’s the Social Age. And it’s here, now. The only outstanding question is: are you ready?

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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6 Responses to The Context of Stuff

  1. benoitdavid says:

    Yes, I am. And more and more are ready. I see and feel it every day.

  2. Hi Julian, you say “When information becomes free”. I prefer to use the phrase “Almost all information is free and frictionless”, because while the vast majority of information is free, there is a small amount which is not – the proprietary information held within organisations which makes a huge difference to them, which is probably a key differentiator.

    I’m not sure that makes a huge difference to your argument, but it’s an important thing for those of us in L&D to remember, because the way we deal with the two types of information is fundamentally different. Go to the internet, or an elearning library, for help on how to do pivot tables in Excel. But work hard to surface best practice in (for example) the procedures that make your organisation unique, and ensure that they are spread in the best possible way to become ingrained behaviour.

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