KEYNOTE  SECTION

Susan M Coles

Networking and advocacy, or The Wisdom of Crowds

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Susan M Coles

Abstract

I want to explore the theme of collaboration through networking. 
In his book "The Wisdom of Crowds" James Surowiecki, the American writer and journalist, contends that groups of people can be collectively more effective at solving problems, undertaking innovation and decision making than individuals or elite groups. What happens when you also start to learn collaboratively and together in a network? How does the community of inquiry create learning space, and also support the well being and self esteem of those involved? Our community, our collaboration, our networks - they all give us opportunities to promote and to defend art craft and design education. This then, is my story. 

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