I had the privilege of visiting the beach three glorious times this summer, an experience so delightful that we get there by 9:30am to claim our favourite shaded spot away from the crowds. Despite the weeks of high temperatures into the evenings, that first step is a cold and intimidating one for I know what’s coming next. With every inch forward, the water will rise and I’ll grow more anxious until I take a breath and submerge to acclimatize. Then I’ll surface, hair soaked, often yelling, always grinning. A few more seconds as the shock turns to exhiliration. I am refreshed and energized. And that’s what makes me take the plunge. Now I can paddle around, happy as a clam, and forget why I was hesitant in the first place.
And so it is with moocs such as #change11. My first lurk on Elluminate during a Friday session of PLENK2010 was a cautious step into the waters and, within an hour, I was hooked, exhilirated. The software was intuitive. The backchannel was frenetic so I learned from others how to use the @ symbol to direct my responses. The whiteboard was a series of scribbles and text boxes, generated by participatory attendees as well as the facilitators. The rush of cameraderie was phenomenal, intoxicating. #change11 now brings me added enchantment as I recognize the participants from CCK11 who kept me company and honoured me with their replies during my immersion.
I took a new plunge today, encouraged by @giuliaforsythe, to just DO IT and set up this damn blog and get on with the business of reciprocating in this rich, complex network of fellow swimmers. I wasn’t afraid of the technology but I was intimidated by the depth and breadth of the water around it. I couldn’t see the bottom or the other side. I wasn’t sure what to put out here. And yet I practice change and encourage it with others so why resist?
Twitter’s new for me this week and, already, I have a couple of followers. That’s refreshing and rewarding too. I get it now. I am in the right place among like-minded people. And it was worth getting here and putting my towel down so I could run into the water.
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