Thursday, May 22, 2008

The papers from the Networked Learning conference are now online. Chris Jones presents a "social practice" perspective and links this to "Web 2", including a selection from YouTube.

There are many different approaches to what should be available online rather than only at an academic conference or in a journal. I have found different sorts of response to requests to photograph or video. Similar range for cultural performance. Musicians during Sidmouth folk week do not mind video at all. Discussion during Animated Exeter is carefully managed. The Apple store in Exeter may turn up on YouTube but not in an approved manner. Anyway back to conferences and academic content.

The Work Foundation hosted a meeting in September last year looking at Changing Forms of Organisation and the Implications for Leadership & Leadership Development. Will Hutton seemed to me to be suggesting that new styles of leadership are required because organisations have already changed in a knowledge economy. The slides are available as PDF. From the homepage you can find video and mp3 also. Stephen Ackroyd was more critical of what he called a "Network Organisation" but the slides include some evidence of significant changes in the UK economy.

In Exeter I took some photos of the day on the Changing Leadership Agenda and asked permission after the event. As nobody else had taken any this was welcomed and a couple from Flickr have been copied for the official site. There are PDFs for download from the official homepage.

In Lancaster for a day about the MA in Management Learning I found that photography was not given permission as there was a video production complete with an external microphone and boom.

My guess is that links to content would work just as well in devekloping interest in MAML. Lancaster Leadership joined YouTube on May 15th, there I learned something while writing this post. Not many comments yet or video responses. The style may change to be more like a conversation, a strong trend as identified by blogger Jeff Jarvis.

Meanwhile my own low quality guide to a route from the Info21 cafe, past the critique zone and connecting to civilian society, has gathered one comment.

fifthdoor99 wrote:

noise from this evil establishment is quite disruptive when trying to listen at academic events in the rooms right below it

Well, some of us just drop by to enjoy the coffee and the design of the building and the general sense that technology can offer something. Whether it works as a real building is not the point.

Meanwhile my impression is that there is some real basis to claims for the existence of a knowledge economy. YouTube is one example of related changes in open content.

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