Jay Cross helps people work and live smarter. Jay is the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. He wrote the book on it. He was the first person to use the term eLearning on the web. He has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix.
This past Friday evening, Betsy Burroughs and I drove down to SAP Labs in Palo Alto to attend Future Salon and listen to our friend Zann Gill tackle the Engelbartian question of how, “as much as possible, to boost mankind’s collective capability for coping with complex, urgent problems.” The title of her session: Evolving Collaborative Intelligence.
Once a month, sixty or so people convene at SAP Labs for nibbles, networking, an invariably fantastic presentation, and discussion. A few years ago I attended every other meeting, but travel and the long drive got me out of the habit. Friday’s session re-kindled my interest.
Q&A was extensive and all over the map. I was disappointed that many people asked such self-serving questions, demonstrating in the flesh that they didn’t buy into Zann’s points about the power of working toward breakthroughs collaboratively.
Incidentally, since my pocket camera bit the dust on Thursday, these are among the first photos I’ve taken with my iPhone. The shots are not as clear as I’m accustomed to, but overall I’m happy with the results.