As we're getting deeper into building our badges, lining up more badge partners and increasing our pilot population of students, it's becoming more and more apparent that we need to develop a Badge Eco-system in tandem.
I see the Badge Eco-system three key interconnected elements:
1. Badge Creators - Individuals and Organizations that create and distribute badges. Badge Creators leverage their ability to instruct the Earners to master their content. Creators need the Earners to value their available badges. The Creators build this value by having their badges accepted by other individuals and institutions that the Earners want to impress.The reputation of the badge is backed by the Creator.
2. Badge Earners - Individuals who want to prove their mastery of skills, and who want to disseminate their skill mastery. Earners need to be able to choose from a vast inventory of badges made available by the Creators. They also need to be able to choose badges that will recognized by the Acceptors.
3. Badge Acceptors - Individuals and Organizations that want efficient ways to identify and acquire talent. Acceptors need a significant pool of Earners that are earning badges made by the Creators to justify the effort systems change to become an Acceptor. They rely on the Creators to develop high quality content and instruction that creates highly skilled Earners.