A Good Introduction to Howard Rheingold’s Social Media Classroom and his Mind Amplification Course

Want to know what I am busy with?
Going back to school (E-University Though), learning litteracies I could never have learned before:

Attention
Participation
Cooperation and Collaboration
Critical Consumption (i.a. of Information): what Ernest Hemingway called Crap Detection
Network Awareness

What is a key driving force of The Future?
Technological Developments
What is THE Critical Uncertainty for The Future?

The Know-How about how to use technology positively (avoiding being determined by it)

Key Message, quoting Howard litteraly:
Learning to use participatory media to speak and organize about issues might well be the most important citizenship skill that digital natives need to learn if they are going to maintain or revive democratic governance

This is what I am busy with:
Trying to catch up and cross the digital divide, working with youth in Personal Learning Networks to learn pro-actively using todays and tomorrow’s technologies, learn the litteracies needed; become mindfull about my role in the whole; develop my mind for it to become self-transformative;

Why?
To inquire, reflect and act, so as to help people, organizations, new ideas, and institutions being uplifted. Allowing them to develop the imagination necessary to participatorily invent a flourishing future for all the grandchildren of the World (and their grandchildren aso…).

The MindAmp Intro Course is my essential stepping stone on that journey

Amplifyd from www.youtube.com
CollabTech 2010: Keynote: Social Media, Participative Pedagogy, and Digital Literacies

Date: Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Location: Thwing Center Ballroom at Case Western Reserve Unviersity

Speaker: Howard Rheingold

There are a lot of voices talking about social media today, but Howard Rheingold defined the field before it existed. A noted author and commentator, Rheingold has a proven record of accurate technology and social forecasting, over two decades of syndicated columns, best-selling books, and pioneering online enterprises. His latest research and forthcoming book focuses on 21st century literacies — how individuals and organizations learn to use digital media effectively and credibly. He coined the term “virtual community” in 1987
An acknowledged authority on the marriage of mobile phone, PC, and wireless internet, Rheingold’s previous work reveals how this convergence has changed the way we meet, mate, entertain, govern, and conduct business. His book Smart Mobs, named one of the Big Ideas books of 2002 by The New York Times, chronicles the new forms of collective action and cooperation made possible by mobile communications, pervasive computing, and the Internet.
Rheingold is the recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Knowledge-Networking Grant through the Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Competition. He was founding Executive Editor of Hotwired, the first commercial webzine where the web-based discussion forum and the online banner ad were invented. Rheingold has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, ABC Primetime Live, CNN, CBS News, NBC News, Macneill-Lehrer Report, NPRs Fresh Air and Marketplace. He currently teaches at Stanford University.
To learn more about Howard, please visit his web site at http://www.rheingold.com.

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About charlesvanderhaegen

I am a grandfather of an immensely inspiring family, thanks to the most incredible wife. To satisfy my family's needs, I was for 30 years business entrepreneur, roller coasting between success and failure. 14 years ago I was forced to stop and reflect. I dug into theory and discovered the World out there, that my involvement in Business had kept hidden to me. I feared that I will not escape remaining amidst my trans-disciplinary quest forever, bouncing back and forth from action to theory, always puzzled by Europe's apparent incapacity to free itself from its Institutional/Technological Lock-ins. My horizon opened up when Gunter Pauly, my intimate friend of 35 years, asked me to join him and take charge ZERI's development in Europe.
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