How often do you 'freechase' something?
Dave Weinberger's been thinking far too much for a Sunday morning in this post on 'freechasing' (pronounced like purchasing) where we take something that we value for free, but upon which we wouldn't spend a penny. For example, we eat peanuts in a bar when they're handed out but don't buy any thereafter.
Dave's speaking at this week's SETT Learning Festival (and we'd love him to come to TeachMeet06) and so the who, the where and the when got me thinking about the what: how many educators are freechasing technology? How many people will I meet this week who will happily nod their heads and take the ideas back to school but then not invest any of themselves in making them happen?
You see, freechasing isn't always a bad thing. Like Dave, I've freechased some music and then gone on to buy the whole album with my own money.
It's maybe a bit depressing but I know that a large proportion of folk at the conferences this week will freechase my ideas but then not part with their own effort to do something with them. It's got me wondering how we can do better at sharing ideas so that more people really buy into new stuff. Are conferences the best way? Or is there another way?
Looking at the huge growth of blogs in the past year there has been a mixture of conference work, inspiring blogs inspiring more blogs, personal shoving in the right direction and subtle persuasions over glasses of wine. The one which has worked least well is probably conference work. Sure, the impact is short term but often the mass of people there have not got a passion for blogging, but for something else vaguely techy (I thought I would pop along and see what it's all about). However, when someone is talking about a need to a friend ("I wish we could connect easier") then the suggestion is made to start a blog. And there, the passion keeps the postings fuelled.
Update: Maybe what all schools (and maybe even LTS) need is a Passion Manager.