We all subordinate ourselves to, and participate in, groups. These may be states or other institutions at various scales: families, workplaces, corporations, education. In the context of a world in which "Absolutely everything is changing all the time," at a recent Harvard Berkman centre seminar, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, (read his blog) President Emeritus of the IBM Technology Academy and visiting/adjunct professor at MIT and Imperial College, argues, for a mixed mode of social control in which participatory governance models and hierarchical governance models share the challenge of institutional survival in a social darwinian market environment where, "... you make mistakes you die". The essence of the argument depends on one, metaphorised, aspect of darwinism: sexual reproduction; hierarchical governance can be crossed with participatory governance to yield a more robust hybrid. But, in the end, it appears that participatory modes of governance are only useful insofar as they produce innovation which enables adaptation for domination.
Simultaneously scary, inspiring, useful and banal, this is an excellent example of a totalising hegemonism, which only a representative of the really big and powerful can pull off. As he says, "Once you drink the Kool-Aid you understand this".
Workshop was organised to do three things:
So the proposition may be: can systems development language be applied to the description of a social learning research problem?
At Open University Learning Design "Cloudfest" or Cloudworks Summit, with U&I colleague Jim Hensman, Steven Warburton, Yishay Mor, as well as many other educational developers and LTs.
On Monday 21 July four Emergers, Paul, Josie, Joe and I went to the OSS Watch Symposium, "Profiling the Community". I hope the Emerge community perspective added a dimension to the discussions, to which I'll post a link when I get it. I found the research communities' directions and nascent VRE (see here and here) very interesting. The model of the Experiment Life Cycle (ELC) has affinities with our own Users and Innovation Development Model (UIDM). The official Emerge presentation in slideshare is here. Or, you could read the story starting here. Some digital video is here.
Thematic clusters are a component of the new environment for the U&I programme as we move into the benefits realisation phase. The purposes of clusters are to help support projects, to create a synthesis across project outputs, and facilitate serendipity.
I first wrote this piece in 2002. It is still true. It is both the selfish thoughtlessness of many cyclists and the boorish hostility of motorists that is the direct link to the yet un-won war against fascism.
This is a very rough summary of the excellent presentations from the first round of benefits realisation activities, presented at the York programme launch.
These case studies illustrated some of the good that came out of the first phase of the Emerge Project. The overarching concerns appear to be