Seven Habits of Highly Connected People

Seven Habits of Highly Connected People” is an intriguing article by Stephen Downes a senior researcher for Canada’s National Research Council.

“Connection Comes First” (habit #3) made me think! Downes wrote:

“People talk about not having time for email, of not having time for blogs. Sometimes they even talk about working without an internet connection…

In almost all fields, connecting with others online is the work. The papers you write, the memos your read and toss – all these have to do with connecting with people. Even if you work with your hands, making cabinets or rebuilding engines, all your contacts with customers and suppliers are about connecting with people.” (emphasis added.)

Being and staying connected isn’t easy, but it is an integral piece of being a professional online educator. This is true for our relationships with students, but also in our relationship with colleagues and the wider world of scholarship and professional development.

Staying connected isn’t a distraction; it is, in many ways, the work!

Here are Stephen Downes’s Seven Habits:

  1. Be Reactive
  2. Go With The Flow
  3. Connection Comes First
  4. Share
  5. RTFM
  6. Cooperate
  7. Be Yourself

It is a quick read. Check it out!


2 responses to “Seven Habits of Highly Connected People

  1. Hi Will,

    As I thought about his seven habits, I question about being reactive, per se. Commenting on what is online is one thing, but being reactive means that we are just waiting and won’t take initiative on an issue. Maybe I’m reading too much into it….


  2. I see your point, Mike. But I took receptivity as the main take-away for me:

    “The first thing any connected person should be is receptive. Whether on a discussion forum, mailing list, or in a blogging community or gaming site, it is important to spend some time listening and getting the lay of the land.”

    It might be that he emphasizes “reactivity” because online communications often degenerate into “flame-wars” and other unseemly situations. 🙂

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