I had a nice chat with Jay Cross yesterday. Jay, along with Stephen and Maish, formed the core of my earliest foray into blogging and online learning. They have continued to remain core nodes in my own personal learning network.
Jay and I have a shared interest in the changing dynamics of learning. He is approaching things from his work in informal learning (he has a book coming out later this year), while I have approached things from connectivism. Periodically, one of us will write a post or article, and send a note to the other expressing the similarity of thought. Often, after watching a Breeze presentation Jay has done, I’ll be struck with the sense of “I’ve thought those things and come to those same conclusions!” (I have similar experiences with Stephen Downes’ work). It’s a neat feeling to connect with other thinkers who are walking a similar path.
On that note, I just read Jay’s post on Knowledge flow. Great insights…”Knowledge used to be solid stuff. The ancient Greeks studied the same logic I confronted in high-school geometry. Newton’s Laws of Motion had a three-hundred year run. Mickey Mouse is 77 years old. Knowledge is melting. It is becoming liquid. It flows.”