This is a simple, elegant, and beautifully accesssible definition of what Blogs are for and why they matter.
Over the last 5 years Social Networking and collaboration tools have finally realized the Internet’s inherent potential to make everyone a publisher in a beautifully simple way – and at the same time to harness and create knowledge, connections and input from strangers worldwide, all the while busting down every border and barrier that exists. The advent of Web 2.0 technologies has already had a major impact on Journalism, media and entertainment, how we do our research, how we shop, and how we find the nearest pizza joint.
An article in this month’s Wired Magazine even hails the potential for crowsourced oversight of world financial markets using standardized finaincial statements published in XBRL format on the web. Given the recent success of other crowdsourced efforts (from Amazon to Second Life to Netflix to Wikipedia) it sounds plausible if not promising.
Web 2.0 technologies will also revolutionize education – and is is in our iterest and to our advantage if Purchase embraces this opportunity to “Think Wide Open” about using these tools to create a learning centered institution that assesses for improvement, and which is built on active collaborative learning.