Chris Boyd and I led two discussions on how web 2.0 tools can help with professional development. We started off using Jessica Lipnack's technique of asking the audience to introduce themselves and why they were here. The topic was only briefly described and very open-ended, so Chris and I were prepared to talk about a wide range of use of Web 2.0/enterprise 2.0 tools. Most of the audience claimed ignorance of web 2.0, but wanted to learn more. Most did not know what a wiki was.
Chris and I started off with a few examples of how wikis can be used:
- Chris and I use an external wiki to help communicate and organize information for ILTA's Knowledge Management Peer Group's Steering Committee.
- I am using a wiki to plan a meeting of Toronto and New York law firm knowledge management leaders.
- I use a wiki to manage one of my client teams.
- My knowledge management department uses a wiki to manage our projects.
The audience really grabbed onto the concepts. We turned tables of skeptics in tables of bobbing heads by the end. Chris ran into one of the participants at dinner that night. She had already gone back to her room, built a wiki on PBwiki and announced it to her group. I think the session was a great success.
Thanks to Bridget Huffstutler and Scott Westfahl for inviting me to the PDC Conference. A big thanks to my co-presenter, Chris Boyd.