In launching the Ritter Academy, I, along with the entire team, are doing something we believe to be unique—creating visual-based knowledge assets and training tools that empower professionals to access, acquire and retain complex information about the rules with which we are to manage digital information. At other education levels, particularly K-12, extensive innovation is occurring in using visual maps to teach. There are a few examples of maps entering college classrooms, and the number is increasing. But we were not aware, as we launched the Academy, of any other initiatives like ours. You wonder each day if the work in which we have invested over five years of development is truly going to make a difference. I know, from my own experience, that the maps empower collaboration, faster analysis, improved teamwork, and strengthened communication. But these truths must be shared, they must be illustrated (truly, our maps do each speak 1,000 words), they must be seen. You wonder sometimes if we are effecting change, or tilting at windmills.
Then, yesterday happened. In a session at the Special Libraries Association annual conference, in a room of a couple hundred people, one of the panelists was asked a question about strategies for how to manage information, and how to meet the need of professionals for continual learning. The panelist, Constance Arb, stated she had an answer she was prepared to give, until she spent time on the phone with Jeffrey Ritter, founder of the Ritter Academy. She then elaborated on how our conversation had exceeded the allotted time, and discussed how that conversation changed her answer, emphasizing several key points we had discussed. She even encouraged the law librarians in the audience to learn more about the Ritter Academy.
Now, that is pretty cool. Afterwards, people were coming up to ask again about me and the Academy. And Constance even expressed her enthusiasm for exploring the Academy when she got home and learning more about our visual-based training assets. So, perhaps we aren’t tilting at windmills. Perhaps with each conversation, we are planting the seeds of change. So, Constance, thank you for the shout-out.
By the way, how was I aware of all of the preceding, particularly since I was not in attendance? Well, it turns out that one of the audience members was my wife!