Over several months now, Harold Jarche, Jane Hart, Jay Cross, and I have been working on getting our arms around assisting people with the informal side of organizational learning. Ever since Jay’s book, Informal Learning, people have wanted specific ways to go about supporting this component of the organizational environment. And we’re close to a concrete solution.
The goal is to support organizations to start implementing web 2.0, in a lightweight way. To do so, you need an environment and support to develop competency. We wanted to address both. You’ve got to be trying it out, to get it, but you don’t want a monolithic solution at the beginning.
We’re providing the services, of course. We’ve been collaborating to develop a ‘best practices’ approach that we’ll couple with an experimental focus. We’re already trialing it in a couple of instances, and have a couple more in process.
For the platform, we similarly want it to be lightweight: easy to trial, simple, easy to expand, but solid underpinnings. And implementing the performance ecosystem suite of eCommunity capabilities. Ning’s an example, but we needed more flexibility and control. We’ve identified a partner to move forward with.
I’m excited, as it’s a great group to work with, positive attitude, heaps of experience, and understanding at both the vision, the strategic and the tactical level. It’s also a real need, which I see again and again in organizations I assist. We’re looking to get a placeholder site up Real Soon Now, and we’re working behind the scenes to get stuff ready. We’ll be talking about it at several places including DevLearn next week, and the Corporate Learning Trends conference. You can read up more about it, and sign up for more information here. Stay tuned!