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Charles Leadbeater: 'We are what we share'


Imagine an image of a bird nest, where each piece of straw is a person leaving a comment or discussion an idea online. In the YouTube video, We Think, Charles Leadbeater talks about the potential for sharing new ideas through mass conversations. The benefits being; equitable access to new ideas, creativity and innovation – all at no cost.


In the VLN groups, it is extremely rewarding to watch our Enabling e-Learning community growing. Group members help each other with all kinds of e-learning discussions and requests – from practical ways to use technologies in the classroom, to ideas for supporting teachers to become more confident and informed about e-learning, through to discussions about the ways in which school leaders are the building e-capability using the e-Learning Planning Framework as a self review tool.

In We ThinkCharles Leadbeater says, ‘We are what we share’. What do you think? Where do you think the value is, in the Enabling e-Learning community online?  

You can post your comments here. Karen Melhuish is also interested in what you think of the VLN as a space for you to learn @ http://bit.ly/RdCvA7. We'd love to hear from you.


  • Nathaniel Louwrens (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 12:41pm ()

    Wow! What a great clip. I think it's so true - we are what we share. That's where the world is definitely heading, and for some - like us in the VLN - they're already there.

    The value in this community for me (as well as other communities such as Twitter) is the sharing and the questioning. Finding out what others have done/tried/read, and questioning what works and what doesn't. It's also about the thinking and possibly theorising about what could work or what changes could be made to make things better.

    I know I haven't contributed much to this community yet, but I have certainly enjoyed gleaning what other people have said/done. I hope to be a greater contributer over the coming months.

  • Ed Strafford (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 2:10pm ()

    Great vid, captures the hope and power of emergement digital democracies and of the knowledge sharing culture that the web etc permits.

    challenging times for most work places  ... mine (and i assume yours) included

    and exciting times too

    will definately tweet this from @ednz and will almost certainly fire it up on our workplace yammer - look fwd to hearing what other folks think about the opportunities/challenges and joys/frustrations and how we work through the latter to get the to the former

    wahoo :)

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 5:59pm ()

    Nice one. Like you Nathaniel, I see the value in the sharing and gleaning from others and like you Ed, the democracy, equity and hope of it all.

    The other thing that struck me was - we don't share to get rich, rather to socialise and get recognition for the work we do. What do you make of that?


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