Jay's Talk at ASTD

This is the third in a series of reports on the 2004 ASTD Conference.

Collaboration Supercharges Performance

Fifteen minutes before the last breakout session of the Conference, I found myself at the front of a nearly empty room with seating for several hundred. When the big hand got to twelve, fifty or so people had joined me. Whew. I'd hate to give a presentation on collaboration to just two other people.

This afternoon I meshed my PowerPoint deck with a recording from the Conference. Then Macromedia Breeze uploaded the narrated presentation to the web, converted it into Flash for rapid playback, and stuffed it onto a publically accessible website. This is the way life oughta be.

The full presentation, narrated, is here. I'll describe the flow of things since you may want to pick and choose what you listen to.

Here's what a sixty-minute mpg3 of my presentation looks like. Sort of pretty, eh?

We began by looking at a universal model of everything.

This led into a discussion of blogs, RSS, plogs, and customer education blogs.

You'll note in the online presentation that major changes in direction are indicated as SHIFT GEARS.

Next up: the scary part. We are drowning in information, the world grows ever more complex, time is speeding up, and everything is topsy-turvy. Rigid organizations won't make it through this. Flexibility is prerequisite to survival.
Networks are the next step in computing, business organizations, and more. As internodal communication costs drop, networks replace hierarchies.
The age of collaborative learning is at hand.
Mentoring used to be tied to events. Collaboration can be omnipresent. We considered examples.

We wrapped up with the evolving framework for Emergent Learning Forum.


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Social Network Analysis (Rob Cross)

Robin Good is the best source of info on collaboration.
Robin Good & friends
Ross Dawson wrote the book on networking in organizations.

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