And for your sins, here’s part 3:
The third installation of this video takes us deeper into the questions surrounding leadership. This is an issue that hits close to home for both Gardner and I, and it may seem to move away from the logic of EDUPUNK for some—but in many ways it’s one of the issues that’s at the heart of it. It’s also an idea I struggle with regularly from within an institution, especially when I see how destructive bad leadership can be for so many folks trying to creatively imagine the historical moment we are living through for education. Revolution is already happening (we didn’t need EDUPUNK for that), but more times than not, leadership is just an obstacle in the way. Why do we need it? I once proposed at a DTLT meeting a couple of years ago that our group do away with the idea of a director, and share the responsibilities and recognize the fact that we are more akin to a group that is self-motivated and anti-hierarchical. And while the idea is somewhat radical, I still believe it has value and that we need to re-conceptualize ourselves not as workers or underlings, but as creative collaborators working towards a common goal for a larger community. The other I want to stress is that EDUPUNK was meant to be fun, but it also needs to be “red in tooth and claw” against a tired diplomacy that is making the issues that surround us academic. They aren’t, they are deeply personal and emotionally charged—like anything of value is—and we have to be brave enough to go there.