Who we are and who we become is in large part the combinatorial product of the people and ideas we surround ourselves with — what William Gibson so memorably termed our“personal micro-culture” and Brian Eno called “scenius.” The more different those people are from us, the more they expand the echo chamber of our own mind, the more layered and beautiful the symphony of the spirit becomes.
It’s wonderful to be able to share people’s very different experiences and perspectives. You’re all part of my personal micro-culture, enriching my personal learning network 🙂
I’m loving the discussions that a few of us are having on Twitter and on our blogs at the moment, about professional discourse and feeling the fear and doing it anyway (aka “imposter syndrome”).
(Another reason to enjoy #blogjune, for the things that come up and that get discussed.)
I’m loving how technology – yay blogs! – is enabling this to occur. And yes, how can we foster more of this sort of thing throughout the year, and not just in June? Alisa asks this question on her post: should we do this on a collaborative blog? A website? Moderated monthly chats on Twitter? Yes, I say 🙂
Not everything is going to take – or take off – so I think that if a few of us want to try something we should make it happen. It may fail, but that’s fine. I’d love to see where I can contribute to some online venture – a new model of… dare I say it… publishing, for instance? (I think Kate’s been talking about this with Hugh already?) Does anyone want to revive LINT?
And today I caught up with a few colleagues at an event organised by our local university library network. It was so inspiring to hear from people and catch up, but of course there wasn’t enough time to talk with everyone. For me, what I’d love is to have regular (monthly? quarterly?) gatherings where we can talk about ideas and the things we’re reading. I think such gatherings could add to our local discourse. A sort of salon, if you will. Perth folks: anyone care to try, to join me?