Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Rx for NB Learning

Harold Jarche, Feb 16, 2006

Harold Jarche and I share similar views on how the New Brunswick e-learning industry should proceed. "This Province has the resources, and connections, to create an environment that is friendly for start-ups, especially those that don't require huge sums of money (e.g. Flickr before it sold to Yahoo). This flies in the face of efforts to attract larger companies that can offer more jobs to local people. I believe that using the 'job' as an economic indicator is a crucial flaw in our economic development policy. Instead, we should be helping to create many small, innovative companies. This will foster a more diverse economic foundation, where one failure will not bring down the entire industry. We have some learning expertise and we used to have some technology development capabilities. What we need now is a way allow a thousand flowers to blossom."

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