Turn and face the strange. We could be heroes
Are you curious and enthusiastic? Perhaps you have a relatively short attention span?
If you do, then you share those characteristics with none other than David Bowie (according to his 1999 interview with Jeremy Paxman)
In a week in which we mourn the loss of this music icon, this is relevant because it offers an opportunity to remember that as well as his influential music, he also recognised the internet as being a chaotic and subversive movement that democratised our voice; that demystified the line between artist and audience and allowed the audience to become as important as the artist.
Much has changed with the internet since that 1999 interview, but DB was spot on with his thinking and in understanding the direction of travel. Indeed, his vision and his investments have played their part in paving the way towards the web of today and as such, in part, the democratisation of education through platforms such as Coracle’s Learning Line.
Knowledge gathering in 2016 is more about deciding on which sources to trust online than it is about picking a library with a large enough collection of texts to satisfy a query.
The ease with which we can share information today is a huge warning sign to traditional institutions that remain wedded to the concept that they are the only legitimate custodians of knowledge relating to their industry or sector.
Here’s my challenge to those gate-keepers
"We could be heroes, me and you" All you need to do is open your mind to a new approach to that information and to work together to empower more people. With those "ch-ch-ch-changes", we’ll help you "turn and face the strange."
RIP David Bowie 1947 - 2016