4/5: Building a business
This is the fourth of five parts in a personal learning log review of 2007. It might be of help to you, might not be. Bear with me, and normal service will be resumed...
February 8th, I discovered that Hugh thought I was a global microbrand, yet by April 10th I realised that having "new technologies" written in your job description actually means you do less new stuff than anyone else. I was unhappy, frustrated and not in a position to do any half-decent work. Innovation units don't work, innovation throughout the organisation does, and when my boss saw this post he agreed.
This was where I started to realise something had to give if I was going to be able to get my head around what I really wanted to research. Writing for the Guardian's Comment is Free was just such a thing, and by May 15th I had made my first post, managing to get foul language in by line two for good measure.
I took Hugh at his word after an inspiring meetup with Steve Moore, Euan Semple and Dave Winer at Reboot9 on May 31st, where I decided to become self-employed. The confirmation papers of my new status came through the week Catriona was born. I've never looked back.
It's involved some serious travel, but since June 6th Dopplr helped me and my pals keep track of each other, and meet up for the occasional serendipitous pint and wife and bub have been able to come with me to New Zealand, Holland and London on a few occasions already. The six week Catriona already had silver membership of the Star Alliance Diamond Club.
Deciding to work part of the week for myself has meant, ironically, more innovation and research for Learning and Teaching Scotland, and avenues down which I maybe would have chosen not to follow before, the links so tenuous to what we would call 'traditional education innovation' channels, at first glance. It's meant that the worlds of big business, mainstream media, social media, television, internet and transmedia, public sector and private PLCs, small and medium enterprises have all blended to provide interesting alternatives to the ways things would 'normally be done'.
For the moment, at least, I'm still for hire... ;-)
1/5: Hit or miss? Spotting innovation that's worth spotting
2/5: The changing ways of the public sector
3/5: eduBuzz: East Lothian online publishing increases 5000%
5/5: Having a bash - social media gets social