Re: STC is broken?

Subject: Re: STC is broken?
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 09:43:48 -0500 (CDT)

I wonder if anything is really wrong with the STC model, or if we're all just hunkered down because of the contracting economy. I remember a lot of excitement back in the 80s and 90s, and it seemed as if a noticeable percentage of companies adopted new technologies pretty much as they came out. Example: the switch from WinHelp to HTML Help.

I say "a noticeable percentage" because that translated into a good proportion of us needing to learn these new technologies, and that meant opportunities and new knowledge to share, and thus people who were willing to go back out to a meeting after a long day at work.

There are probably as many new, exciting possibilities now, but I think the proportion of companies adopting them is smaller, thus the critical mass of motivated people is smaller. Maybe I'm just stuck in a conservative area, but the last time I got to do something technically exciting and new was 10 years ago. I've been working in Framemaker-to-PDF and MS Word ever since, on a print document model, and that's for five or six different contracts.

Let's say we started having small meetings in people's homes, or 20-minute breakfast meetings along heavily trafficked commuter routes, or instant-messaged conversations, or weekend retreats, or Virtual Reality exercises -- would these innovations revitalize STC in the face of discouraging times, or would they be gimmicks that didn't change the fundamentals?


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