When looking at the picture above, you might be asking yourself, what exactly do you mean “Working Out Loud”? Does it mean to express your thoughts openly as you work? How about verbalizing exactly what you are doing as you do it? Maybe you are thinking about the famous Ed Sheeran song!?!? (Actually, that’s more like Thinking Out Loud) Well in a way, yes (except for the Ed Sheeran Song of course), but it’s more than just that. In order to really analyze the meaning, we have to look at the concept of an “open network”.
The idea of openness on a network sharing community is something that is important to think about. When talking about this definition in such a perspective, it can usually be emphasized by the legal definition. It essentially states that an open network is one in which any person can access, use, modify, and/or share freely without the use of specific permission for any sort of goal or purpose. This definition was later clarified by David Wiley, Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer of the Lumen Learning Organization. He stated that in order to consider content as “open”, it must adhere to the 5 requirements:
- Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download,duplicate, store, and manage)
- Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
- Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
- Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
- Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend) (Wiley, n.d.)
He explained that the more the content possesses each of these 5 characteristics, the more “open” it is considered to be. This is an important for the concept of “Thinking Out Loud”, as it expands on sharing of ideas through a community network and opens up more opportunities. In an article touched upon Thinking Out Loud, author John Stepper explains that the importance
of this idea is beyond the scope of simply blogging and reflecting. It is a way in which one can visibly share his or her work to others with the intent of creating a connected network of people who can build and expand upon the original content. With this in mind, a network can be considered more effective and new connections can be made between the original content creator and the other contributors. From these specific connections, opportunities arise to better a work and more meaningful thoughts. This open model also reflects on the concept of leading through sharing. Not too many people may initially think about this, but accrediting and sharing content as a collaboration of people can lead to more interactions and appeal from others. Most generally like to focus on works in the interest of self promotion for better opportunities, but as Stepper comments, the open nature needs to favor leading by generosity, and not in self interest. One of the final major points that I personally found interesting while reading John Stepper’s article is that the open network model allows for more people to help each other accomplish an envisioned end goal. Sometimes a goal may be harder to reach with one person alone, but with a network of many, it may not seem to far of a stretch. Whether that may be to promote a work for an organization successfully, find more projects to work on within a career field, or meet new people who can help find new and exciting jobs within an industry, collaboration can increase one’s chances of finding sincere help. Of course, there are always loopholes and concerns working within this mentality within a practical situation, but it is nice to think about when working on projects. I feel that this is a model that, with practice and experience, could give one a better understanding of the pros and cons of.