While technologists in higher education have developed and use blogs, pod-casts, videocasts, webinars....you name it. But among professors in higher education, many of my colleagues barely have LinkedIn pages and most have never participated in a webinar, let alone Tweet (although we are going to do a tweeting workshop at the summer-time Public Management Research Conference that we are hosting at the Humphrey School in June).
Among nonprofits, many organizations engage social media to set the agenda and share resources (one of my favorite is the Nonprofits Assistance Fund that is the best place for relevant tools on savy financial management). Yet the colleagues I'm working with in the state's Department of Human Services struggle to release critical policy information on any type of platform; here, the command and control paradigm reigns supreme.
There is a cosmic battle going on between open and control, dispersed intelligences and reified expertise, network and hierarchy. My colleague Nicole Garst once framed it, in a training we were doing, as the tensions between the bazaar and the cathedral. Leadership in this era involves stepping into that battle and figuring out which side you are on.
Tonight I stumbled upon a podcast created by the OkCast highlighting the work of the Hubert project's efforts to create Open Educational resources. It was bittersweet to listen to, as I thought about how much progress we've made over the last four years of the project. And to realize that the audience who should be listening - instructors in public affairs institutions - aren't the ones paying attention in the virtual space. But the initiative is leading others, in a way that is true to my values - open education in public affairs. We are working with international partners who care, highlighting insights of practice so that new professionals can benefits from the hard-won lessons learned by others along the way. It is this way the power of the bazaar will ultimately change what happens in the cathedrals.