Resources I Use
In this blog post, I ask myself: what do your modern professional learner and designer’s toolkit, resources, activities and communities look like? From time to time, I find it worthwhile to update and turn it into resources to use and iterate while experimenting and doing projects. To me, resources can vary from:
- Actionable insights and contents
- Communities – online and offline
- Interesting networks/people
- Tools – digital and analogue
Of course, they are complementary regarding the context and what needs to be done. Below, here are the latest tools and resources I use.
A reliable tool to clarify and share my learning and work in the flow of life. Deep thoughts. Achievements. Work in progress. Research. Owning my data. I have also added lately my archive page of all the posts I published, produced and curated. I now also use a Creative Commons license on my website and blog to share my craft.
Responsive and easiness to use to be productive and keep track of my learning flows/workflows. To stay focused. To manage projects.
Managing my bookshelf through reads, read laters, readings, and using highlights for upcoming book annotated readings I share in blog posts. Managing my library per theme. I also use Goodreads to share my bookshelf.
Learning and engaging one conversation at a time, asynced, over tweets, content people shared, events they host or participate in. Follow-up. Caring on the conversation and energy with people. Getting to know weak ties and strong ties.
Retrieving bookmarks and using search to use tweets to turn into tasks or curated blog posts. I find that people share and discuss Twitter better than on Linkedin, where content posting is king. I sometimes have interesting encounters and conversations on Linkedin.
Google Docs, Sheet, Slides, Jamboard, Sites, Data Studio to produce, search, manage, review and refine content productions. To get feedback from trusted people in my network. To visualize and analyze data for better decision making.
Creating bingos, posters, covers, infographics, social posts, collages, presentations, visual synthesis.
Chrome extension to manage and access quickly to daily bookmarks I use.
Using paper books, printed newspapers, posters, radio, exhibitions, paintings, pen and Moleskine, biking and walking to nurture my creativity, reflection and serendipity.
I used to use Slack to capture insights and thoughts on what I seek for my personal knowledge mastery’s quest. Teams are also easy to search and retrieve anything. I have not to figure out yet how to export the content curated and created. I find it handy to manage documents I created or uploaded through One Drive and the Office Apps.
Last year, Microsoft Teams was the tool I learnt more over a conversation I had with Helen Blunden for personal productivity, collaborating in projects, and even developing online communities. I sometimes have exploration calls or catch-up calls with people in my network.
Reliable to use for community calls, meetings, live events such as meetups, conferences or webinars. Using the recording for replay. Checking out the saved text chat to dig links, thoughts, questions and answers, notes shared by the host and participants after the conversation.
In addition, I use OBS studio as a virtual camera to manage my digital live presence, create transmedia content with pressie, audio, video for talks I give, the presentations I’ve done, web meetings I join or host. Google Meet is also a third video conference tool I find handy to use.
Reading blogs, newsletters and news from my favourite and diverse sources and people. New themes have emerged in 2021: personal mastery, Asia, writing, self-publishing, along with other themes that I pay attention to for a while: leadership, workplace learning, management, futures thinking. Often when I read, hear or view content, I extract the insights or resources to archive in a Teams channel to retrieve when timely in a project, conversation or blog post.
Staying fit and healthy with Darebee. Hiking. Walking. Biking. Swimming. Discover more in this post about holistic health.
Online courses, workshops & global communities
To go deep in disciplines through online courses and workshops such as the Personal Knowledge Mastery guided by Harold Jarche. Another significant way in my life to go deep and at large is global communities.
Listening on the go to share actionable insights from deep conversations. I hear downloads of episodes when I am offline and on the go.
Building my own playlists to dive deep into topics from subject matter experts. Catching with replays from webinars, talks, meetups, live Q&As I could not attend in communities I engage. Digging craft from creatives from around the world in arts. Learning from how-tos on WordPress, MSFT.
Translating any content using machine learning and my human skills. Especially in English-French. Sometimes in other languages, people in my network speak and write German, Spanish, Danish, Chinese.
Personal Knowledge Mastery
“I suggest that all professionals look at their seeking knowledge, sense-making, and sharing practices and see what they can improve. This is the focus of the PKM in 40 Days online workshop.” ~ Harold Jarche
Here is what came up after I examine mines.
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