Field Guide for Change Agents

This past weekend I was at Educon 2.2 and have the opportunity to present two sessions. One of the sessions was with Rodd Lucier. During our planning for this session Rodd and I decided to plan a session that would require participants to collaboratively write a document. To do this we used Google Docs’ presentation tool within frameworks that we had brainstormed. Basically, we wondered if we could have a discussion about supporting each other as we lead colleagues through the change process, then document these thoughts in a book called, A Field Guide for Change Agents.

As Rodd wrote:

Teaching by doing, we did our best to model:
1] how to build relationships among project participants;
2] how to contribute to shared documents simultaneously;
2] how to attribute Creative Commons licensed content;
3] how to offer ‘choice’ to participants;
4] how to take shared responsibility in creating a product;
5] how to engage remote participants in a meaningful way;
6] how to create and distribute a product for a real world audience.

Educators in person and around the globe contributed their ideas and
wrote a book in a session. This book is available to freely download at

Each author contributed at least one page with ‘one-liner’ wisdom and
a creative commons image from The book was then shared
back with participants and the education community by posting it on a
sharing site,, where it was the most downloaded content
in the first 24 of its release.

“This Field Guide for Change Agents was developed during a workshop at Educon 2.2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in January 30, 2010. As workshop leaders, we were honoured to have participation by educators from around the world, including remote participants who joined us via Elluminate.”

The creators have agreed to license their work with an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Creative Commons license. You are free to share or adapt the work, on the condition that the author page and photo attributions are included.

The following folks have reflected, posted, or commented on this process:
Lorna Costantini, Tony Searl, Anne Weaver, and Cathy Nelson.

3 thoughts on “Field Guide for Change Agents”

  1. I definitely plan to use this in March for a presentation designed to open the conversation about librarians taking a leadership role in the use and instruction of 2.0 tools–I love the title, and I think for the session I will call them “change agents.” As a matter of fact, so many things I picked up form Educon2.2 this year (despite being in SC the whole time) have helped me redesign my session to be significantly more conversational and less about the tools. Thanks for sharing this with your PLN!

  2. I loved doing this and like I told you and Rodd, I could have spent all day there working with others to come up with more slides. That was the most fun for me-talking about what pictures and phrases to choose and I had a chance to get to know folks who I had never met or only had spoken to breifly until that day. This experience was made even more special because those who weren’t in the “physical room” were also able to add to the book. Overall, simply awesome!

    I thought of more slides to add as well. So when can we all work on a second edition? Thanks for a wonderful experience that I can apply to my classes.

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