A new culture of change.

A new book delivered today, A New Culture of Change; Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown
A very interesting read about learning and the invisible learning happening outside of schools and universities.
They argue that we need a new culture of learning in which we harness the power of the collective and our desire for play. They illustrate how imaginations can be empowered and learning become life long, and engaging, through the use of new technologies that enable us to connect and collaborate. They believe that if we are driven by a passion, use our connections and play, then we are able to extend our ability to think, innovate and discover.
They see inquiry as vastly important in this as it helps us to stockpile experiences. They encourage us to ask the ‘where’ questions rather than the ‘what’ stating that the questions are more important than the answers. Inquiry then becomes a tool for harnessing the passions of our learners and enables the stockpiling of tacit knowledge ( knowledge gained from experience) to be developed.
An easy read that raises lots of questions. I was quite interested in the arguments about the positive aspects of online games, in particular World of Warcraft. I agreed but wondered how I could harness this in my primary library and classes. It makes me consider whether I should look at games for assignment 1 as the Horizon report indicated that games were 2 to 3 years away from being adopted in the classroom. I’m not sure whether it fits under the digital citizenship umbrella but I can see how it would raise issues in this domain.
If you get a chance read it, it will engage you and make you think.


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