Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
As a kid I dreamed of being Prime Minister. As an adult I realized I would have to give up too much of myself to do it, the best part of me. This was the first wedge that led me to question my value set. It took me a long time to learn, but I have discovered, as Dave Pollard says, "We don't need 'leadership' or 'leaders'. What we need is experimenters.The way to create working models that work better than the dysfunctional ones we have now, in a complex system where no one is in control and no one has the answers, is to try things. A lot of small-scale experiments, bold, different, even wacky." What's beautiful, and what totally aligns with my own vision of humanity, is that this is something everyone can participate in, not a select few.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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