One of the joys of being able to publish ideas online is the ability to make entirely new connections with people one would never otherwise meet.
This weekend I’ve had the pleasure of being introduced (virtually) to two really interesting thinkers and practitioners in fields of play and learning – Lois Holzman and Jim Martinez. Lois is the director of the East Side Institute, a training and research centre for psychotherapy; Jim is a teacher in Manhattan. They both describe their extensive experiences of using play for learning eloquently and I think I’m going to learn a great deal from them.
Regardless of whether I ever actually meet Lois or Jim face to face (and I hope one day I will) the serendipitous links created through tweets and search engines open up all kinds of new opportunities for collaboration.
It is a self-selecting community, of course – we have to want to be found. Similarly, we have to want to participate. Sometimes, that can be hard because of the barriers we erect as we age. But, if Lois and Jim will forgive the comparison, it is like online dating with its explicit purpose to associate and very deliberate and considered communication.
Collaboration, the crux of Jim’s blog, is a skill more potent today than ever before. Let’s see what comes from this new relationship. I’m excited by its potential.