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Using the 20 Great Talks on the Future of Information to make a virtual conference

Someday I want to meet the researcher at OnlineCollege. (I harbour a hope that they are a librarian!).

Anyway, there is a staff development idea at the end of this post:

Online Lectures: 20 Great Talks on the Future of Information

Here’s a list of the 20 lectures. Easy links are found here.

Freedom of Information

* Open-source economics: Yochai Benkler
* Future of the Digital Commons
* Brewster Kahle builds a free digital library
* Jimmy Wales on the birth of Wikipedia
* The Future of America’s Libraries: David Seaman
* Richard Baraniuk on open-source learning
* The Promise of Open Media in Iran
* Internet Censorship and the Giant Firewall of China:

Information Technology

* Erik Hersman on reporting crisis via texting
* Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth
* Transformation: From Newspapers to the New Newsmakers
* Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology
*Stunning data visualization in the AlloSphere
* New Technologies Serving Educational Goals

Information and the Web

* Information Security: Why Cybercriminals are Smiling
* The Past, Present and Future of Google
* Tyranny of E-mail: The 4,000 Year Journey to Your Inbox
* Tim Berners-Lee on the next Web
* Blogosphere: Who’s Talking?:

So here’s my idea. How many staff do you have? 20, 10, 5, 1?

Divide them into groups and split up these lectures across the entire team.

Have everyone take on a lecture or two. Think of it like the most anazing conference i the worlkd with this set of great speakers – only you can’t send everyone to the conference and some of the lectures are on at the same time. Sooooo, you have to send the team out to attend as many as possible and report back.

Now set up a series of pizza lunches, extended coffee breaks or brown baggers and share. The grop facliitator are the person(s) who listended to the lectures and now they’re transferring the knowledge.

See what happens. In the best case scenario, everyone knows a little more and you’re developing a scalable way to inform the whole team. You’re also encouraging a culture a sharing that can be shifted to in-person event reporting too.

Try this for product reviews, product trials, new methodologies, pilots, betas, etc. It builds ‘team’.

Good luck,


Posted on: February 22, 2010, 11:02 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. I have to laugh at “Jimmy Wales on the birth of Wikipedia”, as his version is itself a lie. Wales tried to rewrite history. Did you know that Larry Sanger was the guy who brought the idea of a wiki architecture to the existing Nupedia encyclopedia project? That Sanger named it “Wikipedia”? That Sanger made the first invitation for editors to come help the new project? And that Sanger developed most of the key guidelines and policies that governed Wikipedia’s first year of growth?

    Please don’t fall for Jimbo’s ruse.

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