Summer Post #11: RSA Animates the Power of Networks

The paradigm shift from the “tree” system of organization…

How do we categorize knowledge? What about in our more complex modern world?

How is knowledge like a network?

How has the Internet changed the “hierarchical” structure?

Why do we need a “new way of thinking” and what is it?





Veiled Language and Inuendo: Language and Human Nature

Language expert Steven Pinker

READ HIS INTERVIEW (or see that video) for more after you watch the animated one:

Language is “distinctively human” and therefore, he believes, a window into our nature.

***If you are interested, you can buy the entire book “The Stuff of Thought” HERE




Inuendo, “Polite speak , Euphemisms, Veiled Language….what do these say about us?

He discusses these 3 basic human relationship types and how Language works with them:

1. Dominance

2. Communality

3. Reciprocity

How do divergent understandings of these lead to…AWKWARDNESS

Why do we resort to INDIRECTNESS even when we know what is going on? 

What does it mean when something is “OUT THERE”? Can you ever take back “Overt” language?

How do his comments on crowdsourcing and social protest (i.e.MULTUAL KNOWLEDGE relate world events today? How does EXPLICIT language foster mutual knowledge?

Here’s an excellent blog post debriefing some of the thoughts in the video:


Rethinking Education Project

PROJECT: video blog (vlog) or movie (4-6 minutes for either) demonstrating your understanding of the changes in education, media and books, and the acquisition, transmission, collection, curation, and archiving of “knowledge” and information in the 21st century due to rapid technological change AND your vision for the future.  What will/should school, libraries, and work look like and be like? What will happen to our traditional means of gaining, sharing, and saving humanity’s knowledge? What are the implications?

SOURCES: “Knowing Knowledge” book (pdf); socratic Twitter archive; previous blog posts on libraries, harnessing world knowledge, etc.; this blog post; other resources you might find. You need to CITE SOURCES (at least 5)

***handy Diigo Lists:

“tech and society:

“Gutenberg parenthesis”:


Article: “My Teacher is an APP”

Article w/pics: “Defining the Designer Workspace” – may provide inspiration!

What do yout think of Miami’s iPrep Academy?

A Great site for Quotes and TOOLS to use to make video mashups

Here are 2 pdf files to check out: 21st century Schools and 21st century Libraries:

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Father Guido’s 5 Minute University

Changing Education Paradigms (Sir Ken Robinson and RSA Animate)



Michael Wesch (Kansas State University Digital Enthnography)



Information Revolution (Wesch)


The Machine is US/ING Us (Wesch)


Watch Wesch discuss “THE MACHINE IS CHANGING US” (33 min)- YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity

We THINK (Charles Leadbeater’s book)


“Goodbye Knowledge Workers- Hello Insight Workers” (article)

Demanding Google 20% time at school? (article)

iClasse – How one MOntreal company envisions Schools of the Future

Secret Powers of Time (scroll to about 5 minutes for the school part)



Why do 60% of students find their lectures BORING? (article)

Where have all the Geniuses Gone? (Wired Magazine article)

Where do Good Ideas Come From? What kinds of patterns and environments are needed?