In entry #65 of Seth Godin’s excellent (and free) manifesto, Stop Stealing Dreams, he talks about the smartest person in the room being the room itself. In other words, the network that joins the people and ideas in the room, and connects those inside of it, enables knowledge. So our challenge is to build what he calls a “smart room.”
A smart virtual room I visit often is a Facebook group I got to join after taking an online course by Social Media Marketer Laura Roeder. There, members get to ask business-related questions and receive quality answers from others within minutes. Handy for solopreneurs like me!
A smart room Godin mentions in Stop Stealing Dreams is Khan Academy. The free online academy makes it possible for anyone with motivation and Internet access to get a world-class education for free. As of February 2013, Khan Academy offers more than 4,000 courses on topics ranging from math and science to humanities and test prep.
In Godin’s book, he argues that access to information is no longer the problem today’s teachers face. Information is now abundant online. Rather, teachers are challenged to get students to care about learning. What makes you care about learning, and what do you like to learn about?
Melanie Lundheim is a communications consultant and founder of Good Copy Fast.