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Giving Credibility to the Shadow Education System

Heath Black: Social Strategist, Always Be Social

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. 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. So, let’s get to know the people who will teach each other.

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?
Heath Black: I was fortunate to learn critical thinking and problem solving, rather than merely having knowledge crammed down my throat. As a result, I now use that for conflict resolution, creating a creative social strategy and solve the everyday problem of connecting company and consumer.
Douglas: What do you think will be a defining trend in education innovation in the next ten years?
Heath Black: I think, and hope, that there will be a bigger push towards entrepreneurship in public education in coming years. Knowledge is great but stagnant economy has proven not to be. Utilize art, history, critical thinking, english, math and science to create the new companies out there. In short, be practical.
Douglas: What have you learned in your engagement in social media that has helped you in your current career?
Heath Black: I’ve learned that since I do it for work all day long, I don’t have the time to blog, tweet and Facebook as much. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Most of all, I’ve learned that people are behind every Facebook Profile, ever Twitter handle and every YouTube video and as a social marketer, this is essential.
Douglas: Can you describe a transformative experience you have had that was brought on by engaging with others in the digital media space?
Heath Black: My time spent at Appbistro was extremely transformational as I was constantly engaging with our fans, partners and industry leaders. As a result, I feel I gained the business skills to move on in my career, not neglecting the notion of relationships. I recently had lunch with someone that I was introduce to via twitter and that in itself is miraculous.
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?
Heath Black: I want self-starters who have the ability to educate themselves but also be educated. Tools aren’t as important as critical thinking and the ability to take a blank puzzle and draw a magnificent puzzle on it. Creativity, research and critical skills are essential.
As far as the education system goes, i think it’s different based on socio-economic class, location etc. I’ve met tons of “uneducated”, but extremely self-educated individuals who outrank the formally educated when it comes to these positions. Like I said, critical skills and self-starting are the essentials, not a class on social marketing.
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