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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Lorna Campbell summarizes the open educational resources conference from last week in Ireland. If I can be a curmudgeon for a moment, let me say I can remember when it was about open learning and open resources, not a grab-bag of all the social justice and ethics issues there are in the world. Don't get me wrong; I actually support a progressive stance on most of these matters (I'm not that much of a curmudgeon). But the internet is not dead, there is still some justice out there, and for many in the world things are getting better, not worse. We are doing some good. Let's not forget that. We need empowerment, not direction. We need resources, not tenets. We don't need to be told what's right and what's good. We already know, each of us. The hard work of discovery, creativity, industry and cooperation is what lies ahead. Let's put aside the pulpits and put down our pamphlets and pick up our tools, and build the world we want to see.

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