It’s that time of year again and I’ve been using the MoFoHoHo break to not only chase around a 14 month old and two chocolate labs, but also to reflect on my resolutions for 2013.
1) Set the groundwork (and standard) for a web literate planet.
We often say our work is aimed at ‘creating a web literate planet’, but this is the step before that - more about evangelizing the idea of web literacy, as well as creating and promoting web literacy as a standard, so that a bunch of people can work towards a web literate planet with us. The end goal is the same, but its a much more collaborative spin on how we get there. And my team’s contribution has been to build the foundations for this work and will pull together a collaborative working group early this year to iterate and build a standard that we can all use.
2) Tip Open Badges.
Open Badges has been steadily building up momentum and this is the year to curve jump or reach the tipping point. This will involve adoption work, to get high value badges and proofs of concept into the ecosystem, as well as consumption work, to see more organizations and institutions accepting and using badges for jobs or credit. We will also significantly improve and expand the Open Badge Infrastructure, as well as surface the information and connections required to make it easier and more effective to issue and use badges.
3) Be strong and kind, as a leader and a mother.
Our fearless leader Mark, has some great resolutions and I have borrowed my last one from him.
This one doesn’t need a lot of context - it’s beautifully eloquent and just dead on. I learned a lot last year about motherhood, leadership and work life balance. I had lots of great times with great people (and a particular baby) and some tough times as well. This year I want to roll all of those lessons and achievements into a more finesseful, confident and zen approach to my life and work. I want to be more present in each moment, carve out the time needed to give my full attention to things, take more time to really connect with people and as Mark said, generally be kind. At the same time, I want to be a rock and stay solidly focused on our growth, progress and goals for this year.
2012 was exhilarating and exhausting. So much change and momentum building. 2013 is a year of digging in and making things great. There is so much potential - I am very excited to do this together.