Saturday, July 27, 2013

CC: Crowd Cloud

While I am still getting used to the concept of cloud computing I have been introduced to a new collaborative approach to learning. I would like to call it The Crowd Cloud - Since it is easier for me to understand.

Consider this, as a user of cloud computing / storage, I am able to share any document or information with multiple people via a central storage location. It is safe, mobile, convenient and doest not require my presence to be available. I can share with everyone or I can select who I share with. All good things.
Cloud Computing

Now we come to the natural evolution of cloud computing and in some ways reap benifits of the Wisdom of the crowd. I read an interesting article recently that very brilliantly describes the concept and evolution and I would recommend you read it.

Its collaborative, democratic, a social learning tool all in one. As the story goes with the proverbial saying "Too many cooks spoil the soup", initially that may have been very true in this case. However this concept has caught up with the masses and measures have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the informaiton shared by the masses. One such step has been subject matter experts joining in on these online communities and moderating the informaiton shared.

This is the future of learning and perhaps even how future generations will remember us.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Life is simple

Life is really worth living, if one decides to live it. The choice is yours and yours alone.

We choose to allow others to decide for us. When we allow others to choose for us - we become our very own victims.

Now this does not mean that no one is worth listening to. Intelligence is to listen to the experience of others and then decide on what suits you. So in management terms you would choose the best-fit.

I believe that we choose to complicate life. Here are a few things I have learnt so far that I feel are good guidelines to maneuver decisions in life:

·        Live and Let Live
·        Put yourself in the others shoes
·        Be sympathetic to others
·        Listen then analyze and then react
·        You will live this life and everyone else is an accessory with their own unique value
·        Either don’t do it, and if you do : then live up to it
·        Stop complaining and do something about it
·        Think of the worst that can impossibly happen and then whatever happens will be better
·        Be Objective
·        Equitable standards

I invite you to share your feelings and experiences on this and encourage a healthy open discussion.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

In the lines

The other day I was looking at my 2.5year old daughter use crayons on a coloring book. I noted that she was not paying any attention to the borders of the Dora cartoon outlines. She was simply "spreading" color everywhere.

It makes me wonder... We are were once like that. We didnt care for any lines or boundaries to restrain our thoughts. First came the single rule note books and then the multi-rule English note books and so on. When we learnt to write we learnt to remain within boundaries. To live lives within limits to restrict ourselves.

Soon what may have started as a definition for our language letters writing becomes a defining moment in our subconscious where we automatically accept limitations to our thoughts.

We inadvertently accept limitations as givens and begin to think within the proverbial BOX.

Thou, it appears to be a great learning tool and leads to become a great disciplinary tool, I feel that we should encourage our children to color and paint as they feel and appreciate their " Picaso's" instead of discouraging them.

Only when their thoughts are left to grow and wonder and taste the air of freedom can they really "learn" to control themselves instead of becoming slaves to their own minds. Replicating, reproducing and not creating.

I know that many may differ from my point of view and that is fine and encouraging. Just wanted to share my 2 cents worth.