Ian has seen the potential of working out loud on projects and creating connection within a large organisation like the UN. Importantly #wol does your dissemination as you do your work:
- How do you encourage people to start working out loud?
Start with something simple such as single project – also maybe start internally or within a more closed space until you feel comfortable sharing more widely to get a feel for it then expand from there
- What advice to manage the benefits and the risks?
To maximize the benefits – do it consistently and do publicly (on the web as well as the intranet). To reduce risk – the opposite- keep it small and more restricted as in 1. above. – no risk no gain.
- What surprises you about working out loud?
The surprises are the great people you meet and connect with
- How has working out loud changed your work?
I use #wol as an alternative to note taking whether at conferences meetings, trips or projects – this way you can get feedback on them and also you have already taken care of the dissemination plan
- Who inspires you to work out loud?
All of the members of Change Agents Worldwide inspire me – but for me its those who don’t work in social business/collaboration etc. that do it that inspire me most – in my domain the aid bloggers – individual development aid workers who blog about their work their challenges and their ideas to improve the system – all without being asked or encouraged to do so.