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Lectures, lecterns and bullshit

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 7 April 2010



Lectures, lecterns and bullshit
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 118
Posted DateWednesday 7 April 2010 02:53 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
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PeopleJeff Jarvis 

Jeff Jarvis does not like the one-way lecture format of the TED conferences (notes here). He thinks it is bullshit and of course I totally agree!

It reminds him of the classroom and the industrial age educational system where the one and only right answer comes from the lectern which I would like to see burnt!

Read the comments on his post, most people agree (but not all) and despair of the educational system!

There are many ways of breaking the "chalk-and-talk", "sit-and-git", "death-by-power-point", "preach from the lectern" paradigm of the "industrial age classroom". But a simple "no-brain" start is to turn them into a Knowledge Cafe format. Cut the speakers speaking time and then follow with a period of conversation around the speakers theme and finally Q&A. This is easy to do in most contexts and if you are the speaker you need no permission to do it.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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