What did you say? Working Out Loud


Photo by Linnea Sandbakk available on Unsplash

I’ve been thinking for a while about blogging about my work, tweeting about what I do at work, and how much I should share or what people would be interested in. I think it’s probably something that a lot of people think/worry about – how much should I share? Is this private/confidential? What if it’s critical about something at work – should I mention the things that I’m not entirely comfortable with or that I think should be changed? But to balance all these (legitimate) concerns, it’s also really valuable to share your work and what you’re doing with folk, to generate other ideas and discuss your thinking with a wider community. I suppose maybe some of my more recent posts (like this one about Design Thinking and live-tweeting – which was for a workshop at work) fall into this category of sharing my work.

And then I came across this tweet:

And was introduced to the concept of Working Out Loud – see more of what it is in this graph here, and read this introductory blog post:

Working out loud

So basically, my understanding of it was that it was similar to what I was doing already, tweeting about what I was doing at work, thoughts about issues, articles, people that inspired me, blogging about those things, but being even more intentional about it – inviting others to contribute their opinions, organizing it in a way that is useful to others and to yourself, and maybe even taking it a bit further and setting up a WOL group of peer support, in your workplace or wider.

So what do you think about the concept? Do you already ‘work out loud’? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Meet Octicorn! (or what my baby might look like if I married a unicorn…)

So I got a lovely little e-mail the other night from Justin Lowe asking me to talk about his Octicorn project on my blog – seeing as I am the Octopus Librarian.

So what is an Octicorn?

It’s the offspring of an octopus and an unicorn – and incidentally, a very cute character!

The cute Octicorn created by Justin Lowe

It’s also a project on Kickstarter which is trying to raise enough money so they (Justin Lowe and Keven Diller)  can produce a beautiful hardcover story all about Octicorn and how he finds his place in the world.

Unfortunately, I can’t get the video to embed in this post (grrhh!), so you’ll just have to check out his Kickstarter page for Octicorn.

The good news is that he has reached his $15,000 pledge so the project is fully backed so you can look forward to seeing some more of Octicorn soon!

You can learn more about Octicorn here:

Website: http://www.octicorn.com/
Twitter: @octicorn
Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/octicorn/hello-my-name-is-octicorn