Last year, I had the pleasure of participating in the Fifth Conference PEOPLE edition with an opinion piece on how to record knowledge in the new age. Frank Boermeester, editor and community manager now formally launched the Council of the Fifth Conference, inviting innovators from around the globe to join the initiative.
The Council of the Fifth Conference is a global innovation think tank with the goal to create one of the world’s best knowledge sources and professional networks for understanding the near future and supporting innovative entrepreneurship.
On a personal note, I am very honored to be a member of this council and I am looking forward to the exchange with fellow innovators from various backgrounds, true to my 2011 mantra
On a mission to disrupt and shape education 2.0.
Coming back to my initial piece on how we have to adjust our current ways of recording and crediting knowledge. I came across a great video of Salman Khan on Forbes the other day which I would like to share with you.
The article Forbes first published on Khan Academy obviously stirred up some comments and in the video linked below Sal answers some of the questions from readers.
The part related to the idea of the Knowledge Graph comes in the last part of the video. Here Sal says:
In ten years, twenty years [from now] I think an employer would rather like to see your log from a site like Khan Academy where it doesn’t get just a 3.2 point GPA in psychology. It gets what you did, when you did it, how well you were able to help your peers, how consistently did you work.
“Well, this guy worked three hours every day for twenty years on this stuff. This is a persistent kind of guy I want working for me.”
And we will be able to give people this kind of analytics. I think that can be a more powerful transcript than just a high level degree right now.
I could not agree more with that statement. As Sal says, this is part of a social shift that will need time, at least 10 years but we need to start as early as possible to record the knowledge that is gained today as students who are looking for jobs in 10 years will have a far better standing with such a transcript as Sal called it.
And what keeps us from collecting that data anyway? It sure does not hurt to have a track record of your formal as well as informal learning activities. All information we need to track is already automatically generated today if you think for instance how long the user was on the site, what did the user click when and where etc.
Jon Bischke recently wrote two related posts on his personal blog about a reputation graph which I highly recommend you have a look at, along with the great articles on the Fifth Conference.