knowledge sharing through social media

10 years ago the way we shared information was completely different. People read the morning paper and watched the evening news to find out up to date information on what was happening with the world. When they wanted to talk to their friends from high school to share news of having a baby or getting married, they picked up the phone and called them. But now all of that has changed!

With the revolution of social media, the way we get our information is completely different. You wake up and check your Twitter updates before even reading the morning paper, you can find out the news up to the second, even faster than checking their whole website. Some people hardly even watch the evening news because you already know most of the segments. On the social side, if you want to find out information about people you know, you just check Facebook and check their profiles. Or you can see what types of events are happening around you that you are interested in. The way we share knowledge is completely different these days. Social media is even making the news about being so revolutionary. It has helped guide political issues to be brought to the forefront of everyone’s minds.

This topic is really interesting to me because I find it fascinating how much life has changed based on how we receive and share knowledge. Getting information is not what it used to be. If you don’t get information up to the minute then you feel left behind. Something that could have made news this morning is old news by the time you get home from work. How does one keep up with all this information? Is it too much information? What if you work at an organization that doesn’t allow you to use Facebook or Twitter, are you completely out of the loop? Should organizations start allowing employees to access these sites just to have the right to gain knowledge that everyone else has? Share your thoughts on the topic!

talktoyourself

Weird title I know..but we all do it. Not only do we communicate with others most of the day, but we probably communicate with ourselves the same amount. Talking to yourself occurs more often than you might consciously think. But it’s not a bad thing, talking to yourself can spark ideas, help you remember things, and just motivate you.

I bring this topic up because I have found myself doing this a lot this past week. As my birthday approaches (Friday 🙂 ) I find myself talking to myself more and more. Birthdays for me are a time to reflect on my year and to give myself new/more resolutions for the year (if I’m not keeping up with my new years ones). So I find myself talking to myself more than usual.

One of my resolutions for this year will be to incorporate talking to myself more, by taking time out of my day to reflect, come up with new ideas, and also think of ways to just better myself.

I do want to thank my friend/co-worker Katie and her #challenge26 for the inspiration, I wouldn’t have challenged myself without her! I encourage you all to take time and talktoyourself and maybe even take one of her challenges!

collaboration

Ever since I learned about collaboration in my Master’s program, the topic has interested me. Collaboration was taught to us as being a great way for organizations to come together internally to create amazing ideas. It is something that is usually suggested for organizations to do in order to better their business. Collaboration is the ” Cooperative arrangement in which two or more parties work jointly towards a common goal”.

I bring this topic up because I have been thinking a lot about collaboration recently because I’ve been seeing it a lot in my everyday life. Between collaboration on a personal project I am starting with someone (details to come), work, and even the current state of the government, it has got me thinking about the “TALK” behind collaboration.

As it’s definition states two or more parties work together on a goal. But usually when you have two people (or more) working together on a project they will come in with their different mindsets on what they want this final goal/project to be. Collaboration can be easy if the two parties have the same mindset because they both want to achieve the same thing in the same way, but what happens if they come in with different mindsets? How do you get these two parties to actually work together and collaborate?

I find that collaboration always works better when in the initial planning meeting everyone puts everything on the table and shares their perspectives and visions for the goals, if they really TALK to each other. This ensures that everyone is on the same page and at least can see where everyone is coming from. From that point on, when working together you can go back to that first meeting and think back on the other parties perspective.

So when you collaborate you just need to remember to not only collaborate, but TALK while meeting. Collaboration is a great thing and I think if more people worked this way, they could achieve great things.

future of communication

This post comes from my old blog, but it inspired the direction of this blog:

During our parents generation the main form of communication was letters and land line phone calls. During our generation we communicated with emails, land lines, and some cell phones. But the current generation has changed their communication drastically! Land lines are a complete thing of the past, everyone can’t live without their cell phones, and social media has taken over. Remember when we used to pass notes during class, now-a-days kids don’t have to worry about coming up with ways to drop paper, they just need to find a way to hide their cell phones in order to text.

While doing some e-mail troubleshooting at work (part of my job) I noticed a strange amount of emails hadn’t gone through. It wasn’t the whole school that was this was a problem with. So i called the IT help desk and asked what the problem could be, because it didn’t seem we were being blocked by the school. This is when I heard something that shocked me! He told me that the reason was the students hadn’t activated their email account, which was shocking because these are freshman and sophomores!

So this got me thinking, is e-mail the next form of communication on it’s way out? Has social media the next new form of communication? Has it started to change the way we communicate with each other? Is e-mail the next letter or land line?

Personally I can see this happening. Of course e-mails at work will stick around, but other than that do people really use e-mail anymore? Is this why students aren’t even bothering activating their school accounts? Can they just check their professor’s facebook status or twitter feed to see if class is canceled? This of course will completely change the way my work communicates with students and they have started to think about it as they prepare with long term goals, but maybe its happening quicker than we think?

What do you think? I’d love to hear opinions on the comment section!

start here

I am starting this blog because I wanted to create a space where I could share my views/ideas about how people interact  from organizational interactions to personal interactions. I hope that this becomes a space that not only I can share my point of view, but somewhere where people can discuss their opinions as well.

My interest in this topic came from 1)My educational background in psychology and org.development/knowledge management and 2) It is something that I am observing daily at work and just living life. I think that this blog is going to be the perfect opportunity to share this interest with people, and hopefully get people interested in it too!

So please join me in this discussion and don’t be shy to tell me your opinion.