I wasn’t in Vancouver last week for Open Education 2012, but I was following the hashtag on Twitter pretty intently. It’s an amazing conference for a lot of reasons, but the following two videos shot by Novak Rogic on a boat in Vancouver harbor capture the spirit of the open education conference brilliantly. Some conferences approach the whole thing as a business endeavor, here is how you raid higher education for financial gain, or something along those lines. But what follows captures the other side of that relationship, here is a group of people jamming together to imagine and create something beautiful. The desire for real and lasting relationships is at the heart of education in my mind, and as I watched opened unfold from afar it occurred to me that this community aspires to nothing less than personal communion through the harmony of the spheres. There really isn’t any question what community I want to be a part of!
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