I’ve written a fair amount about the concept of curation. Interest in it seems to be reviving lately, perhaps sparked by the rise of fake news and the growing realization that we all
can be are being manipulated by any number of automated algorithms that channel content through our lives.
I’m hardly a luddite: I think machine learning and artificial intelligence can be powerful and positive tools in our lives. Still, I think the role of human curators of learning is more important than ever. You can read more about what I mean by “curator” here, but basically it’s someone who cares enough and is willing to take the time to help us make sense of the flood of information that washes over us each day.
Usually a curator specializes in a particular topic, skill, interest, or set of ideas. We follow her work because we trust what she presents to us is good and true and will help us learn about something we care about.
I think a truly excellent curator of learning has:
As you can probably tell from this list, these are not easy people to find. If you do find one, encourage her. Point other people to her.
Don’t ever take for granted the effort that genuinely worthwhile curation takes or the tremendous value it creates.
I am an avid lifelong learner who writes and speaks frequently on the critical role of learning in our fast-changing world.