Open-Source Platforms and the Future of Cooperative Extension

The key to Extension’s survival can be expressed in one word: platforms.  Social media adoption is critical to our future, but it is only the first step toward the overriding goal of learning how to build the most generative, open-source platforms of the twenty-first century.  Please see my new Alabama Extension publication (EX-128) titled  “Open-Source Platforms and the Future of Cooperative Extension” and view my recently posted youtube video, which is featured below:

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2 responses to “Open-Source Platforms and the Future of Cooperative Extension

  1. Outstanding video Jim, I’m glad you mentioned it in our conversation earlier today. You make a critical point, and one that gets far too little attention: The end goal is not social media adoption. The end goal is robust, open communication networks that foster the rapid exchange of relevant information. All too often we see “social media 101” presentations that fail to make this point–that instead focus on how to use a bewildering array of tools without explaining the value or vision. In fact after one such presentation this week I wrote up the beginnings of a post on this exact topic… Not sure what I’ll do with it but your video has got me thinking. I look forward to meeting you in Kansas later this month!

    • MissionExtension

      Oh, my pleasure, Eli! You and I are obviously headed in the same direction with this stuff. Media adoption is only an intermediate step. The ultimately goal is creating these liquid networks in which people change exchange and, most important of all, innovate. Sure look forward to meeting you this month at K-State.

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