Individual development, networks and communities & organisation’s goals


I read your post with great interests. I share your views on the need to develop both oneself and the community. Refer to Lisa’s post on Resistance, Re-assessment and Re-tooling
So on one hand, an individual may wish to become a great thinker (individualism) (by pursueing a EdD or PhD) as the ideal goal (to fulfil self actualisation). But on the other hand, a lot of organisations and communities are emphasising on the importance of network learning (one must be a good team player) and the importance of mission and vision for the section.
This could have huge implication: Collective wisdom versus individual autonomy; central control versus diversity of views (as in informal learning).
What would happen if organisations would like to control over the networks (informal learning, communities) as individuals’ aspirations may align with the networks but not the organisation’s vision or mission?
A typical example is that some organisations have copyright with their content and would not allow any disclosure to the public. Also, private providers are in severe competition with public ones and so there are always tension between parties in getting the funding from the government and the recruitment of students to their courses. Participants who are in those providers may find it difficult to share their experiences in the networks due to conflicts of interests to their own organisations. So how could these people be open to diversity and openness in the sharing in communities or networks? You are welcome to comment on my blog:
Thanks again for your inspiring post.
Cheers. John

2 thoughts on “Individual development, networks and communities & organisation’s goals

  1. I think this is an inspiring post. Great thinkers may have some use to society, but the pursuit of degrees for merely selfish purposes must be considered unethical. One should pursue community interests, in the the spirit of communion and cooperation. This is where Stephens 4 principles come in to the picture: openness, autonomy, diversity and interactiveness our businesses should start thinking about the collective needs of the society, and work towards sharing more. Stephens view of free education, and no accreditation requirements, along with breaking down the walls of corporate culture and freeing up the knowledge held captive there is a great rallying point for the new age. The internet and its connection will be the method by which these goals will be attained. I agree with you and Stephen about this.

  2. Pingback: I agree with freedom of knowledge « Ulop’s Blog

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