Challenges of the Social Age

I am participating in Julian Stodd’s Foundations of the Social Age MOOC (It’s not too late to join if you’re interested).   One of the first questions he asks is:

I find that the mind shift required is incredibly exhausting and time-consuming.  As I’ve been curating content in areas that I’m most interested (my xAPI Resource Center being the first product of this effort) I’ve found myself working late into the night.  With the perfectionist streak I have, I find myself feeling a need to read everything and then struggle to write about it because it “has to be right.”

On the other hand, it’s wonderfully liberating and fun.  I’m learning that putting my ideas out there by working out loud is ok and helps make connections.  And it involves getting to know people that I may never have gotten to know in the old hierarchical paradigm.

That said, my challenges to adapt to the new Social Age include:

Time Management – I can be consumed with the Seeking stage of Harold Jarche’s Personal Knowledge Mastery.  The value is really in the Sense and Sharing stages.

Building my Personal Learning Network – I’m still developing my network of people and resources that I can go to when I need to learn something, test a hypothesis, get honest feedback, and collaboratively build knowledge.  Helen Blunden provides a set of guidelines for creating a PLN.

Participation in Multiple Venues – Having a social presence involves participation in multiple venues on a continuous basis.  LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, MOOCs, internal networks, work teams, professional organizations, blogging, SnapChat, Periscope, and many more all offer opportunities to connect with others and share, connect, collaborate and learn.  But it can be dizzying trying to keep up.

How are you coping with the shift to the Social Age?  How do you manage staying up-to-date?  What are you tips for dealing with all the information and activity?  Please share your thoughts in the comment area below.

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