Douglas Crets


Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Brenda Christensen: Director of PR, Nimble

Your Reputation Creates the Way You Will Learn — A Social Media Project that Tests the Reputation Graph

Credit to Jon Bischke who has really been the vanguard in reputation graph thinking. This series is dedicated to him.

Here’s one of the first interviews we’ve received in a social media project to track what people think about education and their careers. We have based this project on the idea that your reputation online will model your ability to learn and to teach others, as people turn increasingly to the online space for their information, social networking and education.

Keep following us and spread this around by copying the link and putting it on your social pages and blogs. I am interviewing people as they come in. You can contact me through email and by leaving a comment on this blog.

Douglas: Can you think of a single skill you learned in K12 that you use today in a way that has made you feel successful in business or in your career, in general? What is it and why has it helped?

Brenda: I was editor of the high school yearbook and also played in band – both of those taught me discipline and pursuit of excellence.

Douglas: What do you think will be a defining trend in education innovation in the next ten years?

Brenda: Flexible online learning at the child’s pace.

Douglas: What have you learned in your engagement in social media that has helped you in your current career?

Brenda: I was lucky in that I started with a large established network, but the really amazing thing is seeing how everyone is inter-connected. It is this “interconnected-ness” that is the secret sauce to business and life.

Douglas: Can you describe a transformative experience you have had that was brought on by engaging with others in the digital media space?

Brenda: I’d have to say that the power of community is greater than the individual throughout history but now that power is elevated through digital means – it’s instantaneous now and more impactful. Case in point – breaking news in Iran that helped the Twitterverse explode through social barriers.

Douglas: If you were to hire someone for a job in your current career today, what would you expect that person to know how to do immediately? Does the current education system from which you pull your talent offer this kind of training, or do you feel that it is training you have to offer your new hires?

Brenda: I would expect that person to be proficient on all social channels – and by that I mean, humanizing the corporate brand through personal interaction on all levels. These are basic human skills that have always been in demand in the business world, but translating them into digital interactive forums requires some training.

Brenda Christensen, Director of PR, Nimble
Twitter: @brendachrist



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