- The Declaration of Independence
- The Gettysburg Address
- The Letters of Paul the Apostle (in the Bible)
- Any TED presentation
- many others
At first this was okay. A bulleted PowerPoint deck was a door opener to a larger discourse, deeper research or formalized set of documents to bring an idea to life. More and more frequently, however, the formalization is also reduced to a series of slides and the depth is never recorded for future reference. This living for the moment approach is not only short sighted, it is dangerous. The ideas and intellectual property slipping through the communication cracks in organizations is unimaginable.
So how do we address the issue. The genie is out of the bottle, and Twitter, Yammer, texting and a myriad of other "instant" communication channels have emerged as the winners. The challenge facing us is managing this informal structure of knowledge transfer in a formal manner and then redistributing the information in meaningful ways. On his ZaidLearn blog, Zaid Ali Alsagoff calls this "Social Curation." Fortunately it seems there are as many tools for organizing information as there are for minimizing it. A few of these include:
In the end, I am thankful that blogs still allow those of us who are often a little long winded to reach out to those who enjoy the whole story in more than 160 characters or less.