Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Professional Generosity

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend TEDxNYED at the New York Academy of Science. (The venue was absolutely gorgeous.) Lucy Gray gave a compelling speech about the imminent need for global education. Within her talk, she advocated for "professional generosity."

We must be generous with our ideas and our professional work. As the landscape of our world changes, information has become ubiquitous. Ideas are more valuable when shared freely. Keeping ideas and information protected prunes and eliminates connections and conversations.

In today's world, relationships are more valuable than information. The relationships that one is able to build by sharing information and ideas can prove to be much more fruitful than the original ideas themselves.

The goal is to create meaningful learning experiences for children. The path to that goal relies upon professional collaboration.


  1. Kristen, Just yesterday I was trying to explain to a researcher the value of consortiums. I struggled to explain that it's not about the resources shared, but about the relationships gained. You said it better than I did. I'll be sending him your post. Thanks! M.E.

  2. I'm so glad you agree! Thinking in this manner can be a change agent for institutions.

  3. I liked this concept from http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=610 "Sharing: the Moral Imperative". But I have to say that "Professional Generosity" is a warmer term for it, and one I will use.
    Thanks, Kristen!



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