Seb Paquet describes the social web as enabling “ridiculously easy group-forming”, and that’s what we did. During our PKM Workshop this week, we discussed the books we would recommend to others. Euan Semple’s “Organizations Don’t Tweet” came up and I mentioned that I had reviewed it. I also suggested that Euan might be available to discuss the book. He graciously agreed to talk with us, even though his work schedule is quite hectic. This evening we set-up a Google+ hangout and Euan talked about several ideas in the book as well as some of his experiences as a change agent in large organizations.
I started the conversation by mentioning the direct connection between PKM and the chapter on Literacy Re-discovered:
Things to remember:
- Having somewhere to write like a blog or Twitter makes you more aware of what is happening around you.
- We are communicating more to each other through the medium of writing than we have done for decades.
- Writing an effective blog post or tweet is a literary skill.
- Much business writing is badly done and ineffective.
- The metaphor of the document has become a liability in the era of blogs and Wikipedia.
- Improving our writing skills and seeing it as part of everyone’s job will improve the effectiveness of our organizations.
A number of other observations were shared, and the group is now gathering its notes together in our discussion forum and continuing to learn together. We practised Seek (find books & authors), Sense (get recommendations for our context), and Share (have a conversation and narrate our learning). It was great to see this in action. It was a real bonus for the workshop, and something we hope to keep doing in future workshops, when the opportunity arises. As Hugh says:
Getting people together across multiple timezones and several countries to have a meaningful conversation is now ridiculously easy. Sometimes we forget just how revolutionary this is.