Education is now an emergent culture

Revolution doesn’t happen when society adopts new technologies – it happens when society adopts new behaviors. Clay Shirky, Her Comes Everybody

The more I work with technology the less my work has anything to do with things technological. Instead, it’s more and more about creating and holding open a space where people can change into, so to speak. The new wave of education is an emergent culture. But the problem with emergent cultures is that you can’t know in advance what are the original conditions for creating them. The end always justifies those original conditions–post hoc. Because of this, you need someone both to feed the emergent culture and to curb it, so that it is filled only with good things. The role of boundary holders, the leaders, is to hold onto core principles at all costs but to let things, good things, grow around those principles.

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