When I started writing this blog almost a dozen years ago, I was pretty excited to connect with people in other countries. Just over a year ago I launched the first ‘PKM in 40 days‘ online workshop. The idea was hatched in the Netherlands, inspired by my friends at Link2Learn. Now, after only six workshops, the global audience of PKM practitioners is growing. We have had individual participants from 21 countries, in addition to an international audience through UCLG who participated in a custom, private workshop this year.
Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States … (who is next?)
Being able to connect so easily with others who have similar interests is incredibly powerful, and this was very difficult even when I started as a freelancer in 2003. Easy payment enablers, like PayPal, have allowed me to do business all over the world. In my early years as an independent consultant, all of my work was with organizations. I had to respond to Requests for Proposals (which I no longer do) and had to deal with various financial departments in order to get paid. Once I had to wait over 200 days for payment. Now that I can provide a service to individuals, I no longer deal as often with middlemen. This has been very liberating for my business, and I really appreciate getting to personally know the people who have signed up for my workshops.
I would like to thank all the participants who have helped to promote the concepts and ideas behind PKM and social learning. The last PKM workshops for 2015 starts on 7 September, but I plan on continuing to adapt and revise the program and run more workshops in 2016. I am also developing a new workshop, but there is still a lot of design work needed.