December 2013

This began, for me, many years back when I stumbled upon a piece1 by Paul Saffo in which he presciently argued that what was going to matter in an era of hyper-abundant information, ideas, content, was point of view, expertise, a place to stand and make sense of things.

The future belongs to neither the conduit or content players, but those who control the filtering, searching, and sense-making tools we will rely on to navigate through the expanses of cyberspace.

Then in a recent series of conversations with Ben Williams who put me onto Madonna Stinson's PhD thesis in which she explores the notion of curation and curriculum.

A few days ago I was writing on Griffith's internal Yammer and had been nudging curation into some of the conversations. Then a post by Ula Coffey drew attention to a piece about instructional designers as content curators, prompted a short burst2 of exchanges. There was a share from the always interesting Jules Blakey and the conversation led to the discovery, for me, that there was a small group of folk getting together around this notion. It's always about happenstance. The group will be headed up by the also always interesting Sheila McCarthy.

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