I have a deep rooted passion for learning, and one thing I’ve thought about since I was a kid is that I’ll still be sharp minded and productive way into my senior years; that’s a life goal of mine.
Four or five years ago a few collaborators and I conducted an online hackathon where we set out to rethink education. A few projects were born from that hackathon, of which one still exists. That whole experience taught us that it’s very hard for people to let go of the idea that one should educate oneself, and that people are just habituated to be educated from the top down.
There is debate about what the future of education looks like and how we’ll get there. What isn’t debatable is the number of challenges we face in the Next Economy; primarily reskilling. This means people will have to develop new skills, specifically ones that computing can’t take over, to thrive.
While in college I was the guy that jumped from one topic to another. I wanted to learn what I wanted, when I wanted at my own pace. So, if I wanted to jump into a class from the electronics major, that’s what I did.
Because the way education was and is designed didn’t work for me; it moves too slow, I felt constrained and categorized. If the point of education is to give you facts to memorize by a teacher in front of a blackboard, there has to be a bette way and I believed I could learn better and faster on my own. …
A world of ubiquitous technology is here, we have to accept it. How? Understand that there’s no stopping the push of technology into our lives. There are many emerging technologies that will drive the Next Economy, creating the industries and jobs of the future. …