Today I tried to learn Dreamweaver. Wow! What an experience. It took me 7 hours and two large mochas to get past lesson number 2. But tennacity paid off. I DID learn how to create a home page AND link to pages, link to return email and link to a URL.
Through this experience I found myself not unlike one of the students of knowledge on the steps of the gathering place at the School of Athens... trying to pick up any tips I can about web design and even moreso, advice about how to be a good learner.
I'm bringing to the home page my recent addition to The Art of Knowledge Management page, as it truly is a debate of merit for this blog: Picasso and Open Source Software
To truly "communicate", there must be shared meaning... And sometimes that means clarification... And to get there, one often needs to ask questions.
Checking in with our philosophers from the School of Athens, today I turn to Socrates, whose pupils included Artistotle and Plato. According to changing minds.org, "Socrates was one of the greatest educators who taught by asking questions and thus drawing out (as 'ex duco', meaning to 'lead out', which is the root of 'education') answers from his pupils."
The everyday, little revelations we have are usually the genesis of some of our most profound philosophies. Did the great thinkers come up with their theories this way?
I had one of those aha moments today, thanks to one of my friends and a lunch conversation we shared. While driving (when I do ALL my best thinking) this morning, I wondered how we decide which car to buy, where to live, and why we do what we do for a living.
Where did the word "communication" come from? And if our illustrious philosophers could talk to us from the painting above, what would they say? It has been speculated that the field of communication studies grew from the rhetorical study of speech and speakers, a study that stretches back to the days of Plato and Aristotle.
then what IS communication? I was led to this quandary following a class ("Online Research Methods") I attended yesterday at which the professor concluded with astonishment: "This class should be called Communication Methods." I smiled.
Imagine Plato and Aristotle on the steps of the Athens Knowledge Café. They invite Socrates and Euclid to join them inside for a mocha chino and a little bit of knowledge sharing. From the School of Athens to the School of Knowledge Management... just how has the knowledge of ancient philosophers and scientists come to rest in our hands? Through communication!
This, then, is the goal of this blog: to define and discuss how we can best utilize "communication" to share our thoughts, ideas, methods, emotions, and information from one to another.