Monday was the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday and I had the pleasure of eating far too much turkey and pumpkin pie on Sunday. The day off work gave me the great opportunity to digest all the food and also take in some great sessions live streamed from Virginia’s OpenVA conference kick off – Minding the Future.
Alan Levine did a wonderful talk about the importance of human connections and reinforcing what matters most is what lasts from our education – namely great teachers who challenge our ideas, push us to think and are available for advice and sage counsel. I was late getting to this talk so I don’t have complete notes. I plan on watching the recording and completing my set sometime soon.
Next up was Kin Lane, API evangelist whose primary role is to advocate APIs for all.
Following Kin was Audrey Watters, with her dystopian view of what the Future could look like and what needs to happen in order for there to only be 10 universities as per Thrun’s prognostication. She breaks the talk down for us on her blog. You should read it (in addition to everything Audrey writes, of course)
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Then David Wiley reconsiders the future, as all other industries seem to be moving from analog to digital, static to mobile, isolated to sharing, generic to personal, consumption to creation, closed to open. Seriously, I just love the passion David brings to his talk. He is a straight shooter. One person asked him about protecting IP and he responded, “I don’t believe in Intellectual Property. I mean, if you need to protect your ideas, then Education is not the right sector for you. Teaching is sharing ideas. Go work in another sector”.
Later in the evening, I tuned in to listen to the panel, as moderated by Jeff McClurken.
Go ahead, watch it all yourself. Of course it’s online and open for you.