October 6, 2006

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Stephen Downes, et.al.[Edit][Delete]: LearnNB, October 6, 2006
[link: Hits] I am in Fredericton today for the LearnNB meeting - LearnNB is the local e-learning industry group, associated with CSTD and ASTD. I was pleased to be able to sit on a panel chaired by Ken Reimer looking at government and industry collaboration in the sector. Here's a link to the audio recording of the panel session (about 8 mB). [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Brandon Hall Network, Brandon Halll [Edit][Delete] October 6, 2006
[link: 40 Hits] DoesBbrandon hall read OLDaily? Can't say for sure, but it is pleasing to note that only a few days after criticizing the subscription based Brandon Hall Network, I read in my email of the new, totally free, Brandon Hall Network. Makes me feel warm inside - and I think I might join, now. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Stuart Yeates[Edit][Delete]: New JISC website, EDUCAUSE Connect [Edit][Delete] October 6, 2006
[link: 4 Hits] Haven't looked yet but I don't want to miss this. "The JISC have refreshed their website, introducing RSS goodness and greatly increasing the ability to find information about programmes, projects and services." [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Mark Wagner[Edit][Delete]: The Infinite Thinking Machine, Educational Technology and Life [Edit][Delete] October 6, 2006
[link: Hits] Ummm.... OK. This looks weird interesting. "The blog and podcast (or Internet TV show as they're calling it) are meant to share a 'bazillion practical ideas' for turning the infinite universe of information into knowledge." [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Dave Cormier[Edit][Delete]: Rhizomes, Deleuze and Collaborative Models, October 6, 2006
[link: 7 Hits] More reflections on networks. I'm looking forward to part 2, as Dave and I had a Skype conversation in the interim. "We are committed... to thinking our way through building things in linear ways to answer specific problems. When things build up on their own however... we see a more rhizomatic structure poking through the rigid structures of linear, enlightenment style thought." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Gayle Duncan[Edit][Delete]: The Networking Instinct, The Empire Club of Canada Speeches [Edit][Delete] October 6, 2006
[link: Hits] On reading some of my recent work on networks John Duncan from Regina set me this speech by his brother to the Empire Club in 2001. The speech looks at some of the early achievements - such as Schoolnet's witing of the last school on Pictou Island - and embraces the network philosophy explicitly: "Like Brockman, I fervently believe that what he calls distributed networked intelligence is the greatest monument to our species' experiment with civilisationbuilding so far. It is perfectly reasonable to call it the greatest invention not just of the past 2,000 years, but of all our history." [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Mary Madden and Susannah Fox[Edit][Delete]: Riding the Waves of Web 2.0, Pew [Edit][Delete] October 6, 2006
[link: Hits] Another report from Pew, thiks time looking at everyone's favorite, Web 2.0. I like how the authors almost immediately strips Tim O'Reilly of the credit for having coined the term ("coined by Dale Dougherty and popularized by O'Reilly Media and MediaLive International"). And I like the way the authors deal with the definition of Web 2.0: "That the term has enjoyed such a constant morphing of meaning and interpretation is, in many ways, the clearest sign of its usefulness. This is the nature of the conceptual beast in the digital age, and one of the most telling examples of what Web 2.0 applications do: They replace the authoritative heft of traditional institutions with the surging wisdom of crowds." Some nifty diagrams showing the rise of some Web 2.0 sites and showing pretty clearly that something is going on. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: The Medium is the Massage, October 6, 2006
[link: Hits] Because it's never a bad time to listen to Marshall McLuhan. "Marshall McLuhan appeared on the Dick Cavett Show in December of 1970 along with Truman Capote and Chicago Bears running back, Gayle Sayers. Both Capote and Sayers participated in the discussion with McLuhan. This recording was made on reel-to-reel audio tape in 1970 and directly transferred to computer in 2005." Via Brent on FLNW. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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I want and visualize and aspire toward a system of society and learning where each person is able to rise to his or her fullest potential without social or financial encumberance, where they may express themselves fully and without reservation through art, writing, athletics, invention, or even through their avocations or lifestyle.

Where they are able to form networks of meaningful and rewarding relationships with their peers, with people who share the same interests or hobbies, the same political or religious affiliations - or different interests or affiliations, as the case may be.

This to me is a society where knowledge and learning are public goods, freely created and shared, not hoarded or withheld in order to extract wealth or influence.

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