Monday, 15 December 2008
festive networked we stand
Waking up to yet more economic gloom this morning I feel it's time to get serious about how we can work together to use our new networkedness to help each other through difficult times.
The web makes it possible to remain connected to fellow members of whatever we consider our community of interest whether or not we're making a living in it, and to think laterally and internationally about different ways to earn a crust. So it helps us to think collectively and competitively too, which makes for some contradictions, but keeps us all in contention rather than divided into haves and have-nots.
Reasons to be cheerful; new ways to look at books; digital futures for writers, readers and literature organisations; how schools can develop transliterate readers.. these are some of the themes we've touched on over the past year, if not with the academic rigour of the US Institute's if:book blog, now back in action and as stimulating as ever.
A growing number of people are coming to this blog every day, which makes me wonder who you are, what you get from Bookfutures and how you'd like to see the blog develop.
In the run up to new year resolutions, why not leave a Christmas comment here, Dear Reader?
Posted by Chris Meade at 08:18