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What is said has impact. What gets done after what is said can also have an impact.

But there is far too much rhetoric and not enough timely action.

One of the people I learn from outside the realm of education is Beth Kanter. I subscribe to her blog‘s RSS feed.

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Recently she shared what she learnt from a presentation by Sree Sreenivasan.

ABC was “Always be Charging” – imagine the stories we will tell our grandchildren about sitting in airports near the plugs to recharge our phones.

ABC, always be capturing. He said use your phone as a notebook and take photos.

And finally, always be connecting. That is share (selectively) what you capture so you can connect.

These are simple but astute observations about current life.

These are also why educators need to be ABC: Always be contemplating or always be considering ways to go mobile and to connect better with other educators and their learners.

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To spark and sustain change, change agents need to create:

  • Awareness
  • Buy-in
  • Commitment/Control

Awareness is the first step. Stakeholders need to be aware of the issues (problem definition) and possible ways to deal with them (problem solving). If they do not know, they do not have to care.

Buy-in is a state of mind. It builds on the awareness of “I know” and create states of “I believe in…” and “I want to…”. It is an indication of how much people care about an issue.

Commitment and control are action-oriented. They are indicators of ownership of both the problems and solutions by various stakeholders. Achieving this steady state is critical if the change is to live beyond and without the person who started it.

I have observed some leaders of change start with awareness and stop at buy-in. They imply ownership but do not always create that condition.

Decentralized ownership is the most difficult condition to create. But it is also the element that sustains change and evolves with the circumstances.

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