Sunday, December 17, 2006

We Get By With a Little Help from our Friends

This morning I learned that my Blogs and Communities paper won an 2006 Edublog Award. In response to her congratulations email, I replied to organiser Josie Fraser that I was speechless. Thank you for even being in the company of nd the Winners of the 2006 Edublog Awards are: It is interesting that in the same week that Time Magazine declared "You" the person of the year, that I can credit "You" with the award. Well, not just for the award ("You" voted for it!) but for the thinking behind the paper. It was my priveledge to write up what I had learned from so many of you.

Like winner Christopher Sessums, I am indebted to so many, and not just for helping me learn and write about blogs and communities. For those of you who have blogged with me, read, or commented, I am in your debt for showing me that community and blogs do go together. I was a skeptic when I started my third blogging attempt in 2004.

So as Time Magazine applauds online communities, for people making and making meaning of their world by sharing online, I thank you.

I was inspired that Christopher took the time to thank individuals. I am going to try, but I'm already worried that I will miss so many. If you can help me remember, that would be great.

Lilia Efimova
(I think you got me started thinking about this, Lilia)
Bev Trayner
John Smith
Etienne Wenger
Dave Cormier (who eggs me on)
Jo Murray (who invited me to write my paper for the Knowledge Tree
Stephen Downes
Howard Rheingold
My friends at ShareYourStory
My Blogher buddies UK Friends where this idea started
* Lauren Gelman
* Susannah Gardner and here
* Melanie Morgan
* Beth Kanter
* Robin Hamman

It's true. I get by with a little help from my friends!


Anonymous Christopher said...


Congratulations! You're work and seemingly tireless effort have been an inspiration to many of us. I really like the way you think. Your focus on linking people to people in support of worthwhile causes is tremendously laudable. You seemed to recognize early on that the Internet is about people, a stance that I truly believe in as well.
I hope to bump into you in person someday. I'll be sure to bring the chocolate (mmmm... dark chocolate!).

Regards, Chris

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Congratulations!!! You deserve it!

5:37 PM  
Blogger alexanderhayes said...

Nancy White,

Since meeting you at Elearning06 here in Sydney I've been inspired and amazed at your network dedication when others are still hell bent on drilling deeper into the online meta-matter as elearning groupies and creative coachlines.

Chocolate is as diverse a metaphorical reference as I can remember in online discussions and serves well when given it's inherent taste, texture and coloured referential.

May your Xmas tidings be amassed with fun, safety and joyous celebrations complemented by a stocking full of EduBlog award comments so well deserved.

Well done and thankyou.


7:04 PM  
Blogger John Smith said...

Congratulations, Nancy!

But I have to quibble with how you phrase it. You lead and push the envelope! What you do is way beyond just "getting by..." :-)

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Seth said...

Congrats! A well-deserved honor.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Elana said...


You are the real thing. Your passion, intelligence, compassion and absolute distain of hubris can be humbling.

What I know about the online world started with you. Your support and integrity is something I cherish.

Enjoy the Kudos!


2:08 PM  
Anonymous katrin said...

Nancy -- Congrats! You are an amazing woman, and an inspiration to me on all things collaboration. Thanks for being part of the Nptech and NTEN communities. You are much appreciated!


2:57 PM  
Anonymous Toby said...

Congrats! Nancy. Glad to see that your hard, always on-target, work is being acknowledged. Nice way to close out 06 and begin 07.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Nancy White said...

Wow, ya'll. Thank you. I'm smiling like an idiot.

12:04 PM  

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