On Friday I attended the Learning 3 symposium at the British Museum in London along with Jane Hart, Laura Overton and a crowd of others, mostly from the UK Further and Higher Education sectors.
Here’s a picture of me at the event producing a 30-second series of sound bites on what the future of Learning and Development needs (the picture links to a video on the Learning 3 Ning site).
What our hosts LLUK (and particularly Briony Taylor) wanted to stimulate was a dialog around this question:
What are the skills and competencies needed by the lifelong learning sector now?
During the day I put out a quick Twitter poll on this, as it seemed odd to be discussing Learning 3 in a room without pulling in the wider learning community. Jane Hart did the same.
The learning Twittersphere was engaged: we generated quite a few replies….
As part of last week’s cabinet re-shuffle, the department responsible for the UK’s skills was once again re-shuffled. As Number 10 put it:
The Government has today created a new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whose key role will be to build Britain’s capabilities to compete in the global economy. The Department will be created by merging BERR and DIUS.
Hhm … that will be the same government that created DIUS (the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) two years ago at a reported cost of £7m.
Nobody’s fooled by the ‘merger’ talk. BERR is the dominant party here. The result: universities in particular are up in arms about the supposed subsidiary role that universities are now supposed to play to business. At least, that’s the view of the Guardian’s excellent Polly Curtis, according to her minute-by-minute posting of the day’s events last Friday.
Actually this is both a good move and a bad move, but not for the reasons that universities are apparently complaining about.
There’s a lot of odd stuff on Twitter, but having been playing with it for a few months it seems like I’ve got in the groove finally and this week have seen some good stuff coming by.
What was the best of it? A close second was the revelation that Twitter was invented in 1935: http://is.gd/lqVp and they had a business model! (hjarche retweeting @zecool @eogez).
But the coveted Tweet of the Week award goes to moehlert (retweeting @stoweboyd) for The Cult Of Done!. If you’re struggling to get anything done, visit the Cult for inspiration.
The Cult of Done showed me something. Beyond the the usual moaning about planes and trains, those vital updates on people’s dining habits and a welter of excited tips on Twitter tools, something happened this week. Twitter acted as an accelerator of distribution. The Cult of Done has generated 72 comments in under 48 hours. I reckon that’s mostly on the back of re-tweeting.
If your idea goes viral on Twitter, expect some decent traffic.
How long before corporate marketing gets on the bandwagon?