Serendipity 2.0: Missing Third Places of Learning

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“The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented” - Dennis Gabor

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My opening keynote presentation at EDEN conference 2007, Naples, Italy

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  • 1.The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented- Dennis Gabor

2. Serendipity 2.0 Missing Third Places of Learning Teemu Arina CEO, Dicole Ltd. 2007-06-14 EDEN Conference 3. Discover, Collaborate, Learn 4. Today each of us lives several hundred years in a decade Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) Photo: Lakerae 5. Problem Changes in society Ability of education to adapt Time 6. Third Places of Learning First Third Second3rd place hosts the regular, voluntary, informal, and happily anticipated gatherings of individuals beyond the realms of home and work Ray Oldenburg 7. Artist: Lotta Viitaniemi, Story: Kim Forsman & Teemu Arina Dicole Ltd. 8. Serendipic LearningSerendip - old name of Sri LankaSerendipity is the art of making an unsought finding- Pek van Andel The Three Princes of Serendip: They were alwaysmaking discoveries, by accident and sagacity, ofthings they were not in quest of- Horace Walpole, 1754 Photo: Cocca 9. Finnish Sauna ;) Lyly - Spirit or life Photo: Jezz 10. Zemblanity of Education So what is the opposite of Serendip, a southern land of spice and warmth, lush greenery and hummingbirds, seawashed, sunbasted? Think of another world in the far north, barren, icebound, cold, a world of flint and stone. Call it Zembla. Ergo: zemblanity, the opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky and expected discoveries by design.William Boyd 11. Artist: Lotta Viitaniemi, Story: Kim Forsman & Teemu Arina Dicole Ltd. 12. Artist: Lotta Viitaniemi, Story: Kim Forsman & Teemu Arina Dicole Ltd. 13. The mark of our time is its revulsionagainst imposed patternsMarshall McLuhan(1911-1980)Photo: Lalallallala 14. Pattern Recognition Information overload is an opportunity for pattern recognition Marshall McLuhan Image: jbum 15. Artist: Lotta Viitaniemi, Story: Kim Forsman & Teemu Arina Dicole Ltd. 16. Technology as an extension of the bodyMarshall McLuhan(1911-1980) Photo: Don J. McCrady 17. Human Evolution Homo HabilisHomo Erectus Homo Sapiens 2.5m - 1.8m years ago 1.8m - 70k years ago 250k years ago Brain: 500 - 800 cc Brain: 950 - 1100 cc Brain: 1000-1850 ccTools Advanced tools Art, writing, speechMan the Wise - Carl Linneaus 18. We shape our tools and afterwardsour tools shape usMarshall McLuhan (1911-1980) Photo: JJay 19. Symbolic linking (Symballein: draw together)Icon (resemblance) A = BIndex (causal relations) A BSignSymbol (abstract concepts) A ~ B, Charles Sanders Pierce (1894) Photo: Hauntedpalace 20. The spoken word was the firsttechnology by which man was able to let go of his environment in orderto grasp it in a new way Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) Photo: Don J. McCrady 21. We Extend our BodiesBelief systemsClothesAdvanced technology Sense-enhancementsControlled energy Advanced social organizationEnvironmental adaptivityAdvanced languageTrade networks, exploration Innovative abstract thinking? 22. Spirit of the Age (Zeitgeist)Homo ludens (man the player) -Johan HuizingaHomo creativus (creative human) -Sam InkinenHomo aestheticus-informaticus (knowledge-intensive human) -Aki JrvinenHomo cyber sapiens (technologically improved man) -Luc SteelsHomo electricus (man implanted with microchips) -Michael & Michael 23. Social Web = Noosphere? Planetary thinking network Interlinked system of consciousness and information Global net of self-awareness, instantaneous feedback,and planetary communicationTeilhard de Chardin(1881 - 1955)Photo: Don J. McCrady 24. Distributed cognition Physical Social VirtualMental Inspired by: Kai Hakkarainen 25. Homo ContextusContextus = connected or weaved togetherContext = Circumstances in which an event occursHomo habilis Homo sapiens: Brain size increases physicallyHomo sapiens Homo contextus: Brain size increases virtuallyConnected human escaping the physical limitations of connectivitywith modern network technologies Photo: Uli Schneider 26. Homo ContextusElectricity and light: mechanical age extended our bodies.Eletronic age will extend our nervous systemConnectivity focus: focusing on diversity of connections topeople who use tools to extend their mind and bodiesHigh media production skills: for object centered socialityProsthesis of thinking: extending cognitive capabilities Photo: Don J. McCrady 27. Parasitic Learning Learner using someone as a teacher through virtual means without the knowledge or consensus of the host Photo: Spike55151 28. Deschooling SocietyA good educational system should have three purposes: 1. Provide all who want to learn with access to availableresources at any time in their lives 2. Empower all who want to share what they know tofind those who want to learn it from them 3. Furnish all who want to present an issue to the publicwith the opportunity to make their challenge knownIvan Illich (1971) Photo: .AMagill 29. Case: Network OasisCollaborative working, learning anddevelopment environmentSpace designed to inspire spontaneous andguided encounters of different individualsGlow: interface between physical and virtualVirtual mobility, Hybrid space, Serendipity Ref: Ilkka Kakko 30. Case: Dicole Knowledge Work Environment Areas Blogs Wikis Feeds 31. Artist: Lotta Viitaniemi, Story: Kim Forsman & Teemu Arina Dicole Ltd. 32. Four questions:1. What does it extend? 2. What does it make obsolete? 3. What is retrieved? 4. What does it reverse into, if its over-extended?Marshall McLuhan(1911-1980)Photo: Don J. McCrady 33. Contact:CEO Teemu Arina Dicole Ltd. +358 - 50 555 7636 [email protected] Blog: