June 9, 2011

You’re Allowed

This post was last updated on December 12th, 2011 at 03:15 pm

Reading Seth Godin is a little bit like attending a fancy, high end reception..not necessarily a full meal but lots of juicy, interesting little items to snack on. Like this one:

"How long did it take after the birth of blogs or Twitter for you to begin speaking up? Before this, you had no cheap, easy, allowable way to speak your mind to the world. You weren't allowed. Then you were. And yet most people who use these tools took years to take action and start. "

I would add, "And still many either don't think they're allowed or can't figure out what they need to say."

Many schools and organizations would like to keep you from speaking up. When you speak up to question, initiate or wonder, you cause work and trouble because someone may have to respond, grant/deny permission or defend. The meetings where no one talks are short and efficient. Agenda items get passed, people get out early. Seems like a win-win. Schools are filled with enough challenges that you speaking up is unconsciously seen as trouble. But most of the meetings contain unexpressed thoughts and ideas that while complicating matters, could perhaps be exactly what's needed or at least suggest new possibilities. In most cases, people don't speak up because they're not allowed. Not explicitly, but implied by culture or past experiences.

That's why I blog and do the Twitter. You don't have to listen to me if you don't want to. I'm not afraid to say something stupid (insert smart remark) or play. I'm also not afraid to wonder or question. I'm also trying to model for others, fellow teachers and students they they too are allowed and that they have something to contribute.

I've written often about why I think blogging is a big deal.

 

Godin's nugget reminded me that we/you are now allowed. Even if you work for some antiquated organization that says you can't participate in is global conversations, you can. Maybe under a pseudonym but your voice matters. I subscribe and read every person in my district that blogs or tweets. I hope I reach the point where I can't because there are just too many. At that point I'll work to make sure at least someone else is reading their stuff because it matters.

PS. Weird, I even felt like I was writing in Seth Godin style.

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