Online Information Asia jogs memory of previous winterludes and autumn conferences

The winterlude must be coming to an end. The Chinese New Year is also a Spring Festival. But I am still feeling the cold and a lack any conclusion from the shows and conferences. From Online Information through Learning Technology it seems that there is now a definite momentum. But I still can't find any statement event. I am working on "an English sputnik moment" based on awareness that something already happened somewhere else.

Printweek looks like announcing something later this week about the balance of web and print publishing. This could be a significant event for the printing industry. Haymarket is a credible source. But there are still a lot of objections to digital within print culture around literature and education.

Email came today about Online Information Asia,  March in Hong Kong. I am going to explore how much this can be followed online. I can maybe guess at some of the context based on previous events in London. I never go to the paid for conference anyway. Some of it slips through to blogs after a while. Maybe this could start soon as some issues are clear enough now, at least what the question is.

Bonnie Cheuk will speak about leadership and social media.

We are facing a dilemma with the Enterprise 2.0. Prior to its arrival, senior leaders tend to be the group of people with a voice and top-down communication approach dominates. Business leaders recognize that this approach does not work well in the complex business environment. With E2.0, new communication channels have now open up for employees to have a say and make their voice heard

As it happens Bonnie Cheuk is based in London and has a blog with related content

I remember a previous conference when Will Hutton from the Work Foundation made claims for the Knowledge Economy and suggested leadership styles needed to adapt with a "different psychological contract with employees". This was Changing Forms of Organisation in Sept 2007. However I found out a bit later in Exeter that it was still thought possible the Knowledge Economy was some way off.

About a year previously there was a conference in Lancaster about the Knowledge Economy where the dark side was fully covered. I am still not sure where "critique" is heading in relation to e-learning etc. There are still concerns about the conditions for dialogue but social media seems to be strong enough anyway even if the design has not been approved.

Online Information Asia is based on a trade show so clearly there will be a bias towards something practical. But there is an overlap with academic research and there could be enough to think about in time for another autumn conference. Not to put off a conclusion that information online has arrived.