The ‘ Age-ism & Employment’ topic gets a lot of activity. Am hoping that the discussion leads to solutions.

I blog a lot on LinkedIn – mostly on ‘professional domain’ topics. For me, that means ‘user experience’.   Am tempted to blog about “age-ism” – but am also reluctant to reveal that I’m “that old guy”.  Interesting …

Here are a few thoughts on the topic:

Social media plays well with “opinionated knowledge”.

Bloggy commentary takes the data factoids (with which we are inundated) to another level … by providing usable context.

Crowdsource Experience

“Been there / Done that” doesn’t need to be dismissive.

It provides guidance.  Mentoring is now valued – if not richly compensated.

Publishing is one of the ways us elderly folks can “leverage our experience”. The value is implicit. The next challenge is to establish a price and a viable marketplace.

Stealth marketing of wisdom

The opinions I publish are linked to practical examples. Which are … on my website.

I’ve been blogging a bunch on Pulse. Not necessarily a whole lot of Views, but the ones I get often have value – in the sense that they lead torelevant connections.

Too much experience often comes across as “set in one’s ways” and “not flexible nor trainable”.

Yet “cranky and opinionated” works for me.

Embrace the stereotype!

Please feel free to ‘borrow’ (You can’t really ‘steal’ information).

I hope you’ll also ‘reference’ (i.e. acknowledge the source) and – most importantly –link to it.  After all …

Cross-pollination is the currency of the information economy

… especially in a social networking environment.  I promise that I will try to do the same.

Knowledge Management mines the wisdom of the commons.

Does this imply a re-valuing of the “hidden gold” in older, more experienced workers?  Many senior people consciously move into the educational  & mentorship arenas later in their career.  For many, this “volunteerism” is a return to the idealistic and communitarian profile of your youth.  It will be interesting to see if long-term sustainability is included in the computation of ROI.  (Yoicks.  Sounds like socialism…)

Labeling transition:  from ‘junk shop’ to ‘collectible’ to ‘vintage’ to ‘antique’ … Leverage the Attribute

(c) copyright John Vaughan / The Communication Studio
Published on LinkedIn : October 9, 2015