While speaking at the Learning Technologies conference in London, I went downstairs to see the trade show. The exhibition hall had hundreds of booths and I was told that 12,000 people had signed up. When I arrived, it looked like all 12,000 were there. I quickly got a feeling of sensory overload and tried to filter the signal from the noise, but could not.
Then I came alongside the Reed Learning booth and saw a series of booklets in racks on the exterior posts. They immediately caught my eye and I took one. This is significant, because I try very hard to leave any trade show with nothing physical in my hands. I hate carrying extra paper products that usually get thrown out, but I really liked the look and feel of this one so I put it in my bag and returned to the much quieter conference floor.
The next day I showed the little book of inspiration to Jane Hart, who also thought it was quite attractive. As we thumbed through it, we realized that we each had written articles for the book, but I had completely forgotten about it. The best part of the book, in my opinion, is how each article has its own artwork and typography. Everyone to whom I have shown the book likes it.
It’s always good to remember that old technologies can still serve an important function in our digital world. Paper products can provide a tangible connection to our words that is not available online. By the way, I got 10 copies, in exchange for a copy of The Social Learning Handbook 😉
Here is the link to the online version of my article: Engaged for Work
The Little Book of Inspiration is available as a PDF from Reed Learning