The Power of Passion cc flickr photo: by pirate_renee If you think you can make a difference – you can. As adults, is there any doubt that we are more attentive, more purposeful, and more driven when pursing our passions? Countless industries have made their fortunes on this concept – developing toy’s, tools and services that allow us to pursue our interests with the understanding that passion leads to action. Is their any reason to imagine that students are any different? Education is about helping students identify, ignite and develop their passions.
unCloud — It's not that kind. Control your own cloud. The proliferation of social networking and current developments in service-based platforms (what has become known as 'cloud computing') provide explicit examples of the privatization and commodification of social production. What becomes clear is that our experience of the web is bound to inherent paradoxes that are reflected in its technical organization. One of the foundations for its critique relies on the recognition of the ways in which the energies of peer production and social exchange have been expropriated from the commons by the market. unCloud is an application that enables anyone with a laptop to create an open wireless network and distribute their own information.
In praise of cooperation without coordination: Clay Shirky at TEDGlobal 2012 Amy Cuddy must be proud: Clay Shirky walks on stage and promptly strikes a power pose. Then he tells us of a 9-year-old Scottish girl who lives about 50 miles from here. Martha Payne started the foodblog NeverSeconds, for which she took her camera into school to document her lunches, using metrics such as “pieces of hair found in food.” First, she acquired dozens, then hundreds, then thousands of readers.
Here Comes Everybody This article is about the book. For the fictional character, see Finnegans Wake. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations is a book by Clay Shirky published by Penguin Press in 2008 on the effect of the Internet on modern group dynamics and organization. The author considers examples such as Wikipedia and MySpace in his analysis. How Insight Labs Gets Smart People To Brainstorm Solutions To The World's Problems Insight Labs' pro bono attempts to solve the world's problems started innocently enough. Two years ago, Jeff Leitner, a Chicago-based digital strategist and former journalist, wanted to gather together a group of smart people to brainstorm the solution to a seemingly insurmountable problem. So, he scheduled a three-hour-long discussion in Detroit and asked friends, colleagues, and family to recommend people who would volunteer their time to talk through a problem.
Clay Shirky Clay Shirky (born 1964) is an American writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He has a joint appointment at New York University (NYU) as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and Assistant Arts Professor in the New Media focused graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). His courses address, among other things, the interrelated effects of the topology of social networks and technological networks, how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. Evgeny Morozov Evgeny Morozov (2010) Evgeny Morozov (Russian: Евгений Морозов) is a writer and researcher of Belarusian origin who studies political and social implications of technology. He is currently a senior editor at The New Republic. Life Morozov was born in 1984 in Soligorsk, Belarus. He attended the American University in Bulgaria and later lived in Berlin before moving to the United States.
Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings? I do not enjoy Facebook — I find it cloying and impossible — but I am there every day. Last year I watched a friend struggle through breast cancer treatment in front of hundreds of friends. She broadcast her news with caution, training her crowd in how to react: no drama, please; good vibes; videos with puppies or kittens welcomed.
Sensemaking In information science the term is most often written as "sense-making." In both cases, the concept has been used to bring together insights drawn from philosophy, sociology, and cognitive science (especially social psychology). Sensemaking research is therefore often presented as an interdisciplinary research programme. Sensemaking and information systems Dervin (1983, 1992, 1996) has investigated individual sensemaking, developing theories underlying the "cognitive gap" that individuals experience when attempting to make sense of observed data. Because much of this applied psychological research is grounded within the context of systems engineering and human factors, there exists a strong desire for concepts and performance to be measurable and for theories to be testable.
Cognitive Surplus Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age is a 2010 non-fiction book by Clay Shirky. The book is an indirect sequel to Shirky's Here Comes Everybody, which covered the impact of social media. Summary Designing for learning – a case for understanding collaboration What I present in the ensuing section seeks to make a claim for aspects of this culture of collaboration within education. While the argument is not set in stone it presents a standing point for navigating through rushing mesh of data that flows through the internet. It seems more and more there is a blurring in the formal and informal learning divide and this helps to shape the argument for understanding the culture of collaboration in education further. While most of us are wedded to the notion of informal and formal learning, Jane Hart (website) provides an insightful deconstruction that factors intentionality, context and agency aspects of learning: