In this section of the book I read about the 90-9-1 principle for social networking communities:
- 90% of community members watch but do not actively participate
- 9% show some activity
- 1% creates or contributes content
This is where we need to be - we need to be pushing that 1% higher, contributing and collaborating more.
I've been in Japan this weekend, and interestingly enough I've come across a new Japanese word in the Flat Classroom book: kaizen - which means slow, steady improvement in Japanese. In order to achieve kaizen, we need to reflect, then choose and plan for improvement. As Socrates said, "the highest form of human excellence is to question oneself and others." Schools improve because teachers are reflecting on their practice, they are not happy with the status quo and want to do better, and they reach out to other educators in the global community who can help them do just that.