An Industry Remembers Jay Cross

resizeThis past weekend the Learning and Performance industry lost one of it’s longtime advocates, Jay Cross.

I had the pleasure of connecting with Jay on a number of occasions. My first interaction with Jay came via Twitter. This was before I had joined the eLearning Guild. In fact, this was before I really actively put myself “out there” on social media, so there weren’t as many ways for us to cross paths as there are today. It was in the early days of my interest in curation, at the time I started curating resources from conference backchannels. Jay saw one of my early curated backchannel posts, and reached out to chat about it.

I remember being struck by his interest in what I was doing. He had a natural curiosity and wanted to explore why I was doing what I was doing, and the learning value that came out of it both for me and those that utilized the resource posting I published. It was one of the earliest conversations I had about the strategy I was putting behind my curation; his questions in many ways helped us both better understand the value and potential of what I was doing in curating backchannel posts.

In the months that followed Jay would occasionally reach out to continue the conversation, usually in the context of connecting me with others that were interested in the curation topic.

It seems only fitting for me to put the shared interest Jay and I had in curation to use in remembering him in this post. I’ve seen a large number of people sharing and reflecting on Jay’s impact, both personally and to the field. I’ve created this post as a place to curate those stories, both as a way for those that knew him to remember his friendship, and for those that didn’t have the pleasure of knowing him to realize the lasting impact he has had on our field.

Jay’s passion for learning was truly infectious, as evidenced by the many stories shared by those that new him. His legacy lives on through the countless people he has inspired through his work. He will be missed.

Remembrances
Twitter Tributes to Jay Cross Storify by Jane Hart
farewell jay cross by Harold Jarche
Vale Jay Cross by Clark Quinn
JAY CROSS – Pushing the Envelope to the End by Charles Jennings
RIP Jay Cross by Jane Hart
Sharing the loss of my dear friend Jay Cross by Curt Bonk
20 Awesome Quotes From Jay Cross by Ravi Pratap Singh
Jay Cross by Stephen Downes
Jay Cross: Learning Guru Dies, But His Lessons Live On by Andie Burjek
Jay Cross RIP by Adam Salkeld
RIP Jay Cross: The Kingdom of Ideas by George Siemens
Keep in Touch: A Tribute to Jay Cross by John Sener
Let’s continue the Learning Revolution started by Jay Cross by Mark Finnern
Jay Cross and the passion which guides us by Inge Ignatia de Waard
Internet Time Pauses for Jay Cross by Adam Levine
Remembering Jay by Mark Oehlert
5 of Jay Cross’s Best Tweets by Brain Washburn
Thank you, Jay by Owen Ferguson
The Inimitable Jay Cross by Sahana Chattopadhyay
Jay Cross by Wyver Solutions
Thinking about (and learning from) Jay Cross by Dave Ferguson
Remembering Jay Cross and Informal Learning by Brent Schlenker
Ode to Jay Cross by Mathias Vermeulen
RIP Jay Cross by Will Richardson
Paying my respects to an industry leader by Gina Minks
In Memoriam Jay Cross via elearning.nl
Jay Cross: informal learning guru by Donald Clark
The Man Who Wrote the Book on Informal Learning by Doris Reeves-Lipscomb
Remembering Jay Cross and His Work by Christy Tucker
Remembering Jay Cross by Tony Bingham
In Memoriam – Jay Cross by Kevin Wheeler
In Memoriam: Jay Cross by Bill Brandon
Remembering Jay Crosshttps://www.linkedin.com/pulse/remembering-jay-cross-bob-lee by Bob Lee
Departures by Richard Martin

A Small Sample of Jay’s Work
Internet Time – Jay Cross’s Blog
Informal Learning: Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance
Implementing E-Learning by Jay Cross and Lance Dublin
The Real Learner by Jay Cross
Real Learning In Organizations: Bottom-Up Learning From The Top Down by Jay Cross
Jay Cross: Make Informal Learning Better
Oxford Union Debate on Informal Learning
The Rise Of Informal Learning
Informal Learning In A Nutshell by Jay Cross
Why Organizations Don’t Learn by Jay Cross

5 Responses to An Industry Remembers Jay Cross

  1. Brandon Hall November 11, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    Jay was a terrific guy and a bold thinker and contributor. He will be missed. He was always willing to advocate for what he believed. And his beliefs were grounded in his exploration of ideas from a wide variety of sources. An original thinker, and one who was willing to speak truth to power and against the status quo. Always a supporter of learning and learners and learning orgnizations. We need more like him. God bless you, friend!

  2. David Forman November 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm #

    What a lovely and inspiring tribute to a great person, an innovative thinker, a curious questioner and wonderful soul. He would be humbled, and may we all be so fortunate.

  3. kathy November 13, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    Thank you.. what a great compilation of a great man’s work

  4. Laura Winzen November 17, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    I never met Jay, unfortunately, but his 2006 book on informal learning inspired my master’s thesis. It makes me very sad that he is gone and that adult learning has lost such a progressive leader and advocate. RIP Jay.

  5. Clark Quinn November 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    Thanks, Dave, an admirable job of curation as well as a touching personal note. Greatly appreciated.

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