Back in 2006, Mark Oehlert invited me to participate in a workshop with the CIA on collaboration in the intelligence community and the potential impact that social media might have. Several friends participated, including Marcia Conner.
Seven years later, Mark is itching to put together an updated piece on the importance of sharing, of conversation, and of being human. He’s got some cool ideas, but they’re all still coagulating. Rather than wait for it to come together before revealing it to the world, he reached out to some of the original participants and asked us to model these values by having conversations on these themes via Google Hangout and by sharing them openly with the world.
Mark requested that I talk with Marcia on sharing, which we did this morning. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago, the MIX decided to harness its own community onto itself, hosting a Hack the MIX Hackathon. Chris pinged me about it, and so I started poking around to see what people were saying.
There were lots of great ideas, but it didn’t feel like much of a hackathon, because it felt like many were treating this process as way to propose things for somebody else to implement. Hacking is all about doing, and there were already a great community and a plethora of ideas that were ripe for the picking.
So I decided to contribute a hack that I would also do. I discovered ideas posted by Aaron Anderson, a professor at San Francisco State University’s College of Business, and Susan Resnick West, a professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, that really resonated with me. They were all about implementation and about building community.
I decided I wanted to do both of what they suggested: get to know people in the community better (and Susan and Aaron in particular) and look for excuses to actually try some of these hacks. So I invited Susan and Aaron to a virtual coffee over Google Hangout (my virtual beverage de-siloization hack), and I promised the MIX community that we would share what we discussed with everybody.
We spoke this morning, and it was delightful. Here’s the video:
Here are three brief takeaways:
It was super fun getting to know Aaron and Susan, who are both doing cool stuff and who are both great people. Both Aaron and Susan have theircurriculums available online.
Susan’s story about an Annenberg Innovation Lab hack (the Think-Do process) was a finalist in a previous MIX competition, and it seemed like something we’d like to experiment with. So we’re going to try it, hacking the hack as we see fit, and we’ll share what we learn. If you want to play too, add your name in the comments here or in the comments section below.
The MIX site is a community hub, but that doesn’t mean that all community activity needs to happen there. Furthermore, not everyone has to agree on something before you do something. We showed that by using Google Hangouts to get to know each other and to brainstorm ways to play together. We’ll now go back to the MIX to share what we did.