Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
"I HAD TO run a few errands downtown, but I hesitated to go. What if I ran into bloggers?" Interesting. After a recent meetup, Catherine Howell comments, "What was strange was the speed with which our offline interaction was documented, editorialised, and re-presented online. Suddenly our offline meeting had a doppelganger: its online presence or artefacts." Yes, but it's more than that. Not just that as the meetup fades into memory, the artefacts keep it alive. I have always lived my life more or less in public, for various reasons. That's why the blogging, sometimes unexpectedly, of my life doesn't faze me. What I am learning - and trust me, I'm still learning this - is that this sharing of myself is enormously empowering.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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