It's this week!...just on the wire this morning, Smart People Magazine debuts this week on Wednesday April 15.
Here's what I heard from Jerry Ash, Publisher:
The aim of the magazine is to spread the news about the 'knowledge factor' and to help ordinary smart people capitalize on knowledge in living, learning, choosing, creating and working --- which is the five sections of the magazine (only four in the first edition). The goal also is to groom the digitals early to play key roles in KM where the environment is right and the systems are in place.
In developing Smart People, we have also kept in mind the lessons learned in knowledge management. The magazine has been developed collaboratively by some 65 volunteers coming from all points including the social networks where I've made lots of new friends. The magazine is 'new media' not only because it is delivered online in three versions -- flip-book, html and pdf -- but because we have established several feedback channels in some of the most prominent social networks including Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin and Twitter. Volunteer representatives of Smart People magazine are working there to help 'prosumers' -- people who don't want to be sold but to participate in the development of the product -- join in the fun of developing the content and choosing the direction of Smart People magazine.
We're doing everything 'differently' with this magazine, just as we would encourage people and organizations to do the same. And so, we are what we preach.
I'd tell you about the Smart People Community that is forming in the background, but I fear that would be too much for you to take all at once!
The first issue is free and then we dare promote paid subscriptions.
I'd love to have you along during this Beta Year as we find ourselves, but at least review the first issue and then use one of the SN channels to give us feedback. Of course, you know me, so if you'd prefer to do it personally, you have my new phone number.
Please follow me. I haven't left KM, I'm taking it to new places!
Publisher, Smart People magazine
Former managing editor, Inside Knowledge magazine Founder, Association of Knowledgework
Coming this week at: Smart People Magazine