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It is official: back-to-school is upon us. Since it may be a while before students, teachers and parents settle down in their routines, it may be wise to accept that things could get chaotic for a while (see Neil Seeman’s take on back to school).

Despite the craziness associated with first weeks of September, it’s also one of the most exciting times of the year. And, what is most invigorating are the endless opportunities to connect and re-connect with other human beings. Imagine being able to share all those ideas that were floating around on humid July and August nights with colleagues, discussed over coffee or simply pulled apart in an old-fashioned brainstorming session. Think of your colleagues as the experts you were desperately searching for months ago.

Human contact fosters the creative curiosity from which knowledge is derived (as Verni Robert Quillen said: Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance). We tend to overlook this factor in the era of modern communication tools that offer instant, but shallow interactions. But deep down, don’t we need more than the quick hit or the sound bite?

Isn’t it ironic that we are praising the need for real human contact in this opening note for our new blog called Editorial Notebook? Perhaps, but that’s the world we live in today: we can’t live without the internet, yet it can’t replace real human contact.

So, with the launch of our blog we intend it as a means to connect with Longwoods’ writers and readers. The blog will be written by Dianne Foster Kent and Ania Bogacka, the editors at Longwoods Publishing. We’ll be communicating news, highlights of editorial content and current topics in health services. But, to keep the blog alive and relevant, we need your involvement: being two real people we would love to hear from you about your ideas, comments, concerns and everything else that will help us to keep this blog – and the Longwoods Publishing program – relevant.

Let us begin.

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This entry was posted on Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 3:09 pm and is filed under Longwoods Online.