How I learn and stay up to date

Sleep Learning

I often get asked the following question: “How on earth do you learn and stay up to date in a field that is changing so quickly (i.e. digital engagement)”?

I thought I’d provide an answer on my blog so that I have a place to point people to that ask similar questions in the future.

First and foremost, it should be noted that I love what I do and am genuinely passionate about it. If this was not the case, I wouldn’t be taking the time to write this.

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The need to disconnect, visualized.

The second I saw this, I knew I had to post this up. Thank you to my colleague Benedict Chia Bing Howe in Singapore for sharing this wonderful Thai ad. So what is it? A powerful advertisement depicting the growing trend of people letting technology manage their lives rather than the other way around. Those of you that know me or have heard me speak know that I always like to emphasize how important the human element is in the world of social media compared to technology. If you let the latter dictate, you will lose out on life all around you. Instead, people need to realize that the social tech tools all around them are best used as enablers and augmenters of new and existing relationships, not replacements. If this ad interests you, I suggest you read “Hamlet’s Blackberry” by William Powers, my favourite book of 2010.

It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing initiatives like this here in Canada…

Social Media and Public Sector Policy Dilemmas

While I rarely like to use my blog as a dumping ground of PDF’s, this one I really wanted to share with you. It was written by Toby Fyfe and Paul Crookall on behalf of The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). The title of the report  is “Social Media and Public Sector Policy Dilemmas“. This is by far the most comprehensive and well written report on the subject this year. If you work for the Government, especially the Government of Canada, you need to read this. Continue reading “Social Media and Public Sector Policy Dilemmas”