A few years back I got asked to judge in a fun version of the Dragons Den as part of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup at the Science Gallery in Dublin. It was pitched largely at students in the Regional Technology Colleges right across the Republic, from Letterkenny and Sligo to Waterford and Cork.
It’s the nearest I’ve seen that matches what MIT Media Lab head Joi Ito is calling for in the TED talk above, which is to start utilising the cheap means to innovate new solutions to abiding problems.
…this is a fundamental new way of thinking about innovation it’s a bottom-up innovation, its democratic, it’s chaotic, it’s hard to control, it’s not bad but it’s very different.
I think that the traditional rules that we have for institutions don’t work anymore. Education is what people do to you, learning is what you do to yourself. It feels like they’re trying to make you memorize the whole encyclopedia before they let you go out and play.
I’ve got the Wikipedia on my cell phone. But it feels like they assume you gonna be on top of a mountain all by yourself with a number two pencil trying to figure out what to do, when in fact you’re always going to be connected you’re always going to have friends and you can pull the Wikipedia whenever you need it and what you need to learn.
As Ito notes, in order for that to start working, we need to be Now-ists as much as futurists, or captives of the past.
Do we have it in us?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty