TWO OF MY creative multimedia modules seek student thoughts about about the workplace of the future. It's an important topic my Technology and Trends module and I made it a discussion item in my Multimedia Project Management module. I use a link list to the blogs of others, a photostream of updates from contacts, and a tag cluster that points into items that suggest innovation in collaboration. I want third level students to be curious about where ideas gestate and where eureka moments occur. Dave Winer often talks about toggling over to his blog and using it as a note-taker. From the acerbic tone of some of the writing (and the comments they elicit), one could learn to moderate their blogging output.
Rewind with me to 2003, when I wrote about Chris Gulker, who continues to run a open window all the way to his last breath. I stumbled onto Gulker in 1997, which meant he had a presence more than a year before I regularly read blogs. I wish there was more respect for the senior citizens of blogging because those digital pensioners can teach us about alternative work techniques. Their polite commentary is often more insightful than many of the well-hyped digerati.
Image taken by Chris Gulker's webcam seven years ago.