Marcia Conner & Tony Bingham’s book The New Social Learning is, quite simply, a must-read if you are in either responsible for learning in, or running, a business. In short, eloquent, and yet highly readable chapters, they cover both the natural ways we learn, and how the new technologies both support and enhance these capabilities. The focus is clearly on organizational success.
After a opening that sets the stage of how the world’s changing, Tony and Marcia go through a series of tools and opportunities in systematic ways: community, video, twitter, wikis, virtual worlds, and face to face events. For each, they provide vibrant examples, core concepts, recommendations, and ways to address criticism. The elements are all relevant and apt.
If you’ve followed this blog at all, you know that social learning is the key to competitiveness and survival. This powerful book helps make abundantly clear just what is on offer. Illustrated with anecdotes and quotes from the major players jn the space (usual disclaimer), the message could not be clearer. They’ve done the homework to illuminate the way the world is moving.
I wish they had talked more about mobile, as I think that’s a dimension to this area that is going to be a serious game-changer. It’s implicit in their work, particularly talking about face-to-face, but could use emphasis.
Overall, this is a great complement to Jane Bozarth’s Social Media for Trainers, and our Working Smarter Fieldbook. Together, they provide the big picture and the practical guidance organizations need to take the next step in organizational development. Buy it, read it, apply it, and proselytize it. Let’s make the world a smarter place.
Stephen Downes says
The book does not appear to be available online, except as an Amazon purchase. Is there anything in this book that cannot be learned from reading on the open web?
Stephen, no, there’s not necessarily anything that can’t be learned from the web a) if you’re a good self-learner, b) have the time (which is pretty much true of a lot of things), and c) have a mechanism to correct misunderstandings and get pointers to other relevant, and new, stuff. On the other hand, many people value having some leaders lay out the principles, examples, and guidelines in an accessible manner. So I reckon it’s for those who don’t already know the power of the open, social, web.
Kristen Fyfe says
Content from “The New Social Learning” will be shared via its website http://www.thenewsociallearning.com and we are inviting people to collaborate there. The e-book is also available via the American Society for Training & Development (and the publisher of the book). In fact you can download a free chapter from the ASTD store if you are interested!
ILEAD India says
I think it would be a great book for students who are learning business strategies and management.Thanks to both you and Kristen Fyfe for letting me know the address where I can take a glance at the book.