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OPEN: How we'll work, live and learn in the future by [Price, David]
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OPEN is a revelation. With an engaging wit and a clear mind Dave Price cast a penetrating light on how the new dynamics of digital culture are transforming not only how we work and play but how we think, feel and learn. He writes with a sharp sense of social history and theory. But he argues too from deep practical experience as an artist, parent and noted leader in educational change. From every perspective 'Open' will open your mind to some of the real implications of digital technologies for how we live and learn in the 21st century. --Sir Ken Robinson, world-leading expert on education and creativity

There a lots of books about learning, but there are hardly any that manage to put the coming education revolution in a context that makes sense both emotionally and economically. OPEN is a tour de force that is by turns inspiring, shocking, highly entertaining, but above all practical. David Price combines the rare skill of understanding an institution without being institutionalised - a maverick thinker who can, through force of reason and humour coupled with long experience, make the job of re-booting education a fun one. He's just the kind of revolutionary the new world needs - one who's influence comes from putting the power to change things directly into your hands. --Mark Stevenson, author of 'An Optimist's Tour of the Future'

About the Author

David Price is a writer, consultant, speaker, and trainer. He is a Senior Associate at the Innovation Unit, in England, and Director of Educational Arts. He consults with organisations and schools, and has led a range of ground-breaking, innovative, education programmes. He has given talks all over the world, and written extensively. In 2009, he was made an Officer of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen for services to education. He lives in Leeds, England. For more info on the author, please visit: www.engagedlearning.co.uk

Product Details

  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1909979015
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crux Publishing (October 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FLYFS98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's hard to say what I think about this book. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting when I won a copy in the Goodreads giveaway, but it sounded interesting.

The beginning of the book was one of the most powerful things I've read in a long time and completely challenged how I think about our economic changes and how we should approach the world. I'm one of the over-educated and long-term unemployed he writes about as being the victims of an economic shift we haven't been prepared for by our education. This section has challenged me to re-think my career path and where I should focus my energy going forward. I had an incredible energy and excitement after reading this section and began preaching the gospel of Open to friends and relatives.

Then the book shifts into the nuts and bolts of the ideas and how they play out in practice. As someone who graduated grad school and has been unable to find a spot in the economy, I felt between the two worlds he discussed: formal education (and child rearing) and the business world. I can learn these lessons and even internalize them, but I don't currently have a venue to practice these ideas other than knowing I have a lot more opportunities to learn than I knew existed. I already do a lot of self-directed learning and am even taking some formal courses, but I'm afraid I'll forget these lessons by the time I am in a position to implement them. I wish the book had discussed some ways I could apply these things in my own life, short of becoming an entrepreneur and starting my own business.

Overall, though, I think this book was perspective-changing and a very important read.
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Another 'insight' into how the world is changing around us. But also pleasantly surprised by insights into HOW the world can change for the better. Maybe a bit over-optimistic and one-sided, underselling dark forces that support retained control and privilege, but in the end hopeful in a pragmatic way.
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With the increasing abundance of information available on the Internet, the way we learn new things is changing in many ways. The author discusses many aspects of this revolution and how it affects business, schools and individuals. He discusses the conglomeration of information available in what he calls the Global Learning Commons, the acronyms SOFT (sharing, open, free and trust) and MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and other concepts. We find out about the shift from learning being delivered by a teacher to a more self controlled approach. The days of learning facts and following a static curriculum are numbered. According to the author, businesses and educational institutions are lagging in this transformation but there are gradual inroads being made. I found the book informative, although I was already aware of many of the concepts because the open learning environment is becoming more apparent everyday. The book is written from a British perspective and I would prefer more US examples, but the concepts are true worldwide.

I received a free copy of the book from librarything.com.
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David Price brings together a wealth of experience and research buttressed by wise reflection to light a candle, knowledge for sharing, that can help educators, politicians or concerned parents see the likely path ahead for 21st century learning. The key concept of open, that the internet and media supported by it are transforming our world in ways that challenge outmoded political, business and educational structures, offers a key to the vital streams moving our world ahead at this time, a vital stream that, for the sake of our children or the future generation, we need to understand and harness for their advantage.

The book rich in history ranges from discussions of the insidious enclosure laws to Menlo Park, from visionary thinkers like Thomas Jefferson and John Dewey to the global commons of today predominated by SOFT - share, open, free and trust, a commons overwhelmingly populated by caring, altruistic people interested in shaping the web in a purposeful, good and constructive way. Price writes from the heart with a sense of urgency that should touch us all, a care for the future our children will inherit, with rather a bad transfer from us - economic and environmental degradation.

Open illuminates many telling success stories online, in business and in education, lessons useful to anyone interested in these fields. He closes with the metaphor equating knowledge to lighting a candle; you light another's candle and light increases, nothing is lost, and in the global learning commons growing around the internet, the hope of Jefferson for the universal sharing of knowledge has now become fully operative; David Price has lit a candle with this book, one that can help brighten many corners of this world.
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David creates a context around the reasons why school and education systems must change. Building on the business, cultural and societal environments over the long and recent past - and then relating back to school, creates a compelling argument for change. But I think it is more than an argument - there is a road map for redefining learning and looking forward.
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