Still hyped from last night’s blogger meeting, I am following up on Jay Cross’ suggestion to hold an Emergent Learning Forum (ELF) Flash Meeting. Cameron, Chris and I discussed having an informal social gathering in Sackville for October. We’re looking for a location, and think that we might be able to negotiate a spot like the president’s cottage at Mount Allison University, or the local pub, or if worse comes to worse – my place. The ELF mission is in line with our practices to date, and I think that it might be a good thing to be part of a larger movement – ELF is:
Promote understanding and use of learning in industry and government worldwide
Provide a forum for resolving issues impeding the progress of eLearning
Identify and publicize new developments and emerging best practices
Host a global virtual conversation of vital eLearning issues
We tell it like it is
We value the impact of eLearning on human performance improvement
We are stridently non-commercial
We practice what we preach
We dare to be at the leading edge
We believe in sharing best practices freely and without boundaries
How We Operate
We encourage our members to network with one another
We do not offer consulting services and do not charge for research reports
We promote applied best practices
We think of ourselves as innovators and provocateurs
We eject people who use our gatherings for blatant, uninvited sales pitches
Membership is free and open to anyone who makes decisions about eLearning.
Our community includes designers, training managers, consultants, product developers, academics, researchers, and business managers.
Fifty to sixty people attend [the San Francisco area] monthly meetings.
Our mail list includes 1500+ opt-in members.
This all seems pretty good to me, so tell me if you’re interested in:
- Trying this out under the ELF umbrella.
- Having an informal gathering to meet people who are interested in the digital economy, new business models, some techie stuff, and have a sense of community both locally and globally.
- Limiting any presentations to 5 minutes (inspired, isn’t it?).
- A continued focus on social networking software, small business, and open source business models.
- Having it take place in Sackville, with suggested dates of any afternoon during the last week of October, the 25th to 29th.
In the meantime, we will scope out locations, and remember that Sackville is less than a two-hour drive from Halifax, Charlottetown, Miramichi, Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton.