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Standing At the Edge of the High Dive


The last time I can remember being at the edge of the High Dive was when I worked for a startup company that was hosting its first seminar (yes, seminar) for HR executives.  We needed a way to hook some bigwigs from Fortune 500 companies in order to fill the room and be a success.  My boss suggested I call the reporter who wrote a column “The Labor Letter” in the Wall Street Journal spotlighting new trends in business that appeared every Tuesday morning.  I was petrified.  What would I say?  How would I make this sound like it was the biggest thing since sliced bread?   I placed the call, left a message and actually got a call back.  I ended up on the phone for about 15 minutes.  This was on a Friday afternoon.  On Tuesday morning, I walked into the office and the phone was ringing off the hook.  Guess what?  My expectation of Crash and Burn was a Leap of Faith in a great idea.  Apparently the columnist thought so too, and gave us prime real estate on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. The room was filled to capacity, and we actually had to turn away many requests for attendance.  The company was on the map! That was almost 30 years ago.

So, as you might surmise, this project has me standing on the edge of the High Dive once again. This is Week 6 “Experimentation and Evaluation” of the Creativity, Innovation and Change MOOC.  “In this phase, you will follow your experimental design plan to begin the prototyping of your project. You will acquire feedback both from customers and/or the environment that will help you iterate on your design and learn from your failed attempts. Be open to adjustments or radical shifts in your design and/or project goals.

Tomorrow, we are preparing a Twitter Blast — our prototype — to launch a survey to gauge interest and obtain feedback on our project idea.  Although we have received positive feedback from our inner circle of mentors, we are aware that our prototype may crash and burn.  Should we receive enough positive feedback (and to be quite honest, we have not determined what that actually means), we will schedule a TweetChat with our team’s Personal Learning Networks to further develop this idea and determine what is needed for implementation.

And that brings me to the team.  I have shared in previous posts the ebb and flow of the changing team.   This week, we really have cemented into a group of like-minded individuals who are committed to educational reform.  Each time I think that this idea will go nowhere, one member of the team makes a comment that is so energizing, we are all encouraged to move forward.  Despite our 5 different time zones, we have met faithfully in a Google Hangout every weekend for the past 4 weeks, collaborated on GoogleDocs and GoogleChat in order to put our plan into action.

“I think the potential for this is huge. There are so may ways this can go – not just in the MOOC content but in the ideas around collaborative online engagement leading to creative and innovative outputs.”

The survey is open until next Monday.

Take the Survey!

Stay tuned for the results!


2 comments on “Standing At the Edge of the High Dive

  1. maureen maher
    October 16, 2013

    Hi! I love the metaphor of the high dive! I am sure that it won’t be a belly flop. I picture it as a cannonball that splashes up a bunch of water around the side of the pool and gets everyone wet.

    Your history shows that you have a knack for good ideas and rounding up partners for projects (or in crime) as well as being bold and daring. This helps your ideas gain traction.

    Looking forward to the splash!

    • cathleennardi
      October 17, 2013

      I like the image of the cannonball. Whatever the case, we are learning a lot and have forged a powerful team. It would be exciting to take the project to the next phase, because in the end, who benefits? The kids. That has always been my North Star. QB!

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