23 Things

Tired of hearing all the propaganda about Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0 and (most recently) KM 2.0, and unsure what exactly people are talking about? 23 Things refers to a programme of (23!) tasks that takes you through the “real stuff” of Web 2.0. You start by setting up a blog (which becomes your learning journal for the rest of the journey), you venture into Flickr and social tagging, setting up RSS feeds and blog readers, application sharing, wikis, and podcasting among other things. It’s an experiential journey to give you a taste of how the social dynamics of the web can change – unless you have experienced it, it’s very hard to evaluate or comment on it objectively, as Dave Snowden has recently argued in another context.

This freely available programme was devised by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to help their librarians see the potential of Web 2.0 for public library services, and has proven so popular it’s being adopted by other library services around the world. But when you look at the details, there’s no reason on earth why anyone else shouldn’t follow the same path. Part of the programme is that you set up your blog/learning journal within a community of fellows, however, so my guess is it would be most effective if you are following this journey with compatriots to share the insights, learnings and questions.

Thanks to Kim for this link.

5 Comments so far

I’ve gotta say that I pretty much agree with this post. For a starter it’s extremely hard to grasp the concepts of knowledge management without actually experiencing it and living it.

I remember how much of a pain it was sitting in lectures hearing all those boring and dry terms. However after I started blogging, things started making more sense. I’ve been blogging for a year now and it has all sunk in. I “live knowledge management” everyday and it’s an empowering lifestyle!


Posted on April 02, 2007 at 02:51 PM | Comment permalink

Dale Arseneault

Totally agree with Amir.. and thanks for pointing to the references.. Web 2.0 is definitely a context where it’s hard to evaluate unless you’ve got some experience… or an open mind with some experienced trused advisors at least.

By the way Partick.. AWESOME BOOK! I was able to rip it away from a colleague for a brief look for about.. 10 seconds.. before starting a world war IV ... I find it informative, strategic and practical, and very well thought through.. I am recommending it highly to everyone .. bravo!

Posted on April 03, 2007 at 12:34 AM | Comment permalink

Patrick Lambe

Good to see you find this useful guys, it looks like one of those really simple but powerful ideas.

And thanks for the encouraging words on the book, Dale, I am just putting together a special webpage for the book, so can I quote you? smile

Posted on April 03, 2007 at 02:52 PM | Comment permalink

helene blowers

Thanks for the nod.  I agree, it’s completely difficult to understand new knowledgement tools, unless you truly experience them.  Good luck with the nw book.

Posted on April 04, 2007 at 10:43 AM | Comment permalink

Patrick Lambe

A nice little slideshow introducing in practical terms how social software could work inside the enterprise - if only it didn;t all seem too easy!


Posted on May 24, 2007 at 11:56 AM | Comment permalink

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