I already blogged a bit about both this presentation for TEDxUSagradoCorazon as well as a related talk I gave at Sagrado Corazon about how blogging informed my vision of media more generally, and edtech quite specifically, from the beginning of my career as an isntructional technologist. I literally stumbled into the field as a wayward literature Ph.D. candidate, and the ideas I discovered during the first days of personal blogging, namely creating, openly sharing, remixing, and archiving, continue to drive the work I am part of a decade later. For all that has changed, the ethos has stayed the same.
The Domain of One’s Own presentation at TEDxUSagradoCorazon is actually four minutes shorter than the 18 minutes allotted, and I think I do a decent job of relating the Jon Udell’s idea of trailing edge technologies to the power of the web as a space that is predicated on open formats, free-for-all sharing, and distributed empowerment that scales globally yet is grounded in the individual. I think I was able to get at most of these ideas somewhat cleanly, and besides the fact I am busting out of my suit these days (too many barbacoa burritos at Chipotle! 🙂 ) I think this is a solid attempt—within a long line of attempts—to try and both explain and conceptualze Domain of One’s Own more broadly.
I thought you did a great job.
“an attempt — within a long line of attempts — to explain…”
Boy can I ever relate to that. Some things don’t sink in, no matter how much or how well you explain, until people actually have the experience you envision, directly, in terms of their own lives, their own identities, their own data.
What I’m trying to accomplish will succeed or fail as a function of the number of people I am able to engage in the experience of syndicating their own groups’ or organizations’ calendars into other contexts. Those who have that experience don’t need any further explanation, things just become obvious. And ideally things also start becoming obvious to their peers who have not yet had the experience but see its effects.
I’m saying that it’s possible your own explanations will not ever move the needle, but that students for whom you create an experience will.
“busting out of my suit”
Seeing your tiny figure in that big suit dwarfed by a huge screen somehow reminded me of David Byrne in his Big Suit. So I thought it was cool.
Thanks for the reassurance in terms of both the attempts to explain as well as the suit 🙂 In the “The Disruptive Nature of Technology” talk from 2007 (which has become a go to framework for me ever since you pointed me back to it while I was in Keene a couple of years back) you suggest something similar about each talk being yet another attempt to explain a set of ideas you are trying to pry out of the hands of geeks and make more generally accessible. I’ve been thinking about each of my talks in this regard over the last couple of year, and while I have varying degrees of success, it has made the challenge of giving talks that much more interesting and challenging. I approached this one in a similar way, and it just so happened you shared your idea of trailing edge technologies which buttressed nicely with not only the work we’re doing with Domain of One’s Own, but also with ds106 and more.
So, thanks for the inspiration, it’s been remarkable watching you demystify the concepts of the open web that continue to make it that much more accessible, comprehensible, and communal. Not to mention, that other cat formerly of Keene, has been ripping up the edtech blogosphere in a big way. Talk about disruption! It’s been amazing to watch him go, bringing down major research findings from an R1 university regarding analytics. Wow!
Shortly after the 2006 Bass incident, I mentioned to Jon that long term I hoped to get out of political blogging, that I was only doing it because there was no one else in that space at the moment. Jon said “Why aren’t you blogging about education instead?”
Not long after that I set up hapgood.us. So there you go!
A moment that still echoes in eternity! And it has only just begun to reach the deeper levels of the Sarlac!
You guys are both awesome. In truth, my only real claim to fame is this chart of 3-game bowling averages:
BAVA BOWL: 95
Just around 6 minutes… “that is not how we show students love.” Not only is the point about deleting their digital spaces in LMSs right on, but the point that love is part of teaching and learning is spot on. I just can’t wrap my head around you in a suit tho. Waving from N. Africa. You inspire me as always.
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