Regular readers of my blog and critical friends in Further Education (FE) will be aware that I have felt like leaving the sector. This has been due to a lack of progress with some of my ideas. I have felt that the challenges were either due to;
Tribal Leadership... Make New Connections!
|Preaching to the choir? Get out of the Echo Chamber and find out what other sectors are doing|
- I may be a lot further on with my plans than I expected, and
- That even if I find that the sector I work in is in any way fragmented that this is to be expected; That there are ways to deal with and develop this, and; This is the Community Managers' job! (If it was easy there wouldn't be a need to Community Managers. Right?)
All of this talk of scaling your connections has not just helped to build the #EdTechBridge I needed... It might just have thrown me a lifeline.
FE, FELTAG & Community Managers
To play my part with the bridge building with Community Managers and Educators, I think that Educators and FE could do a lot worse than look to the companies that have Community Managers. I am seeing a trend between innovative companies and companies who have Community Manager Departments. This makes sense as organisations who have a commitment to listening and learning about their customers needs is exactly what many feel is needed in Education in order for companies to achieve "product market fit"
Educators, you may want to check out Nimble, Rebel Mouse and others who join the #cmgrhangout/#cmgrchat discussions (I've Got a big list of companies with Community Managers that I need to cross reference for Edu/FE relevance).
A World Wide Web... Of Connections
Maybe, just maybe, Andrew Carnegie was right and "The Gods provide Thread for a Web Begun"
Thank you #Cmgrhangout, Wanda Eby, #SXSWEdu and Steven Isaacs @Mr_Isaacs... Now lets sharpen our tools, get our sleeves rolled out and start the construction... Build a community by constructing bridges to our various networks.
|It's not always easy for Edu & Suppliers to connect when building in the cloud|