For some time, I’ve been mentioning The Transformation Society, a new organisation I co-founded with Dr. Neus Lorenzo. We are very excited about a project we will be doing at this year’s TCUK conference.
Technical Communication UK will take place September 13-15 at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre in the UK. This year’s theme is From Novice to Expert – Writing Your Career Path as a Technical Communicator.
It’s about how we TC’s pass from beginner, with our ideas, illusions, and uncertainties, to the level of master professional where we are recognised as knowledgeable, maybe even as thought leaders, and our personal skills and knowledge base are considered exemplary.
The conference theme also points out how our work not only provides specific solutions for identified questions or problems, but has implications for the design processes, management structures, and ultimately the entire culture of our organisations.
More than that, a gathering like TCUK provides an opportunity for us, as a discipline, to look ahead at how technical information needs to be conceived and offered in complex environments. In these contexts, we are widening opportunities offered by technological change and the evolution of corporate cultures. We engage in research, training, the creation of economic influence, and diversification of technologies, tools, interfaces, and processes. This works to help users also take the path from novice to expert as part of a rich customer experience.
We in The Transformation Society are continuing our long collaboration with Adobe Technical Communication in a research project that will join influencers at the TCUK conference together to provide a glimpse into the realm of the possible in an accelerating future that is rushing up on us faster than we imagine.
We’ll be publishing some of our findings after the conference in a webinar and a white paper. We invite you to participate in the webinar and in a real time Twitter chat, to develop a rich transmedia experience that we hope will generate more debate and creative interchange to help shape wider horizons.
You can see a report on some of our past work with Adobe in this white paper on Tech Challenges: Surfing and Diving Deep.
You can learn more about our projects by following @TransformSoc on Twitter and visiting our web site.