This podcast is a recording of my first morning session at the Learning 2.0 conference in Shanghai, China, on September 16, 2007. The title of my session was “Inventing The Future: Safely Empowering Learners in the Read/Write Society.” The description of this session in the conference program was: As Dr. Lawrence Lessig has observed, we live in the era of a “new read-only” and a “new read-write” culture. This environment is full of rapid, discontinuous and disruptive change, but the opportunities for empowering people to constructively communicate and share their voices appropriately with the world is unprecedented. We’ll explore how learners of all ages across the world are utilizing media and communication technologies to literally reinvent the future.

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  1. Session slides and referenced links (on wikispaces, accessible from China)
  2. Session slides and referenced links (on PBwiki, not directly accessible from China without a proxy service)

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One Response to Podcast193: Inventing The Future: Safely Empowering Learners in the Read/Write Society

  1. Clay Burell says:

    Hello Wes,

    A big thanks for bringing Lawrence Lessig into focus for me. I just paused this podcast to watch the full 2-hour video of Lessig’s video lecture that you referenced, and it was eye-opening and mind-bending. There’s so much to say about it – and about the fact that I was able to dig deep into his mind without buying a book, by simply making time to be “aurally-” and “multimedia-literate” – but I’ll just note the fascinating anecdote he shares about his attempt to persuade Al Gore that the best way for Gore to more deeply and broadly disseminate the message of his Inconvenient Truth slideshow was…to give it to the world, copyright-free, to remix and mash up as the world saw fit, and how Gore (whom I admire more than most alive today) just couldn’t make the shift to the pedagogical thrust behind the Creative Commons philosophy, which I’d shorthand in two words: digital constructivism.

    I’m about to tune back in to the rest of your workshop podcast (I think it’s the only one I didn’t attend in Shanghai).

    But while I’m here, a couple of fun nuggets. First, you and I shared a paragraph in Suzie Boss’ article last summer, which I just discovered while skimming Technorati. Small world again.

    And second, I’m composing away on GarageBand after your workshop, and have seen three other teachers and about 40 students see the magic after demonstrating the workflow you shared in the conference. We’ve actually got a “Teacher Music” mp3 player on our staff Ning featuring the songs that teachers have made since I shared what I learned from you.

    Keep up the great work, and thanks for sharing it all 🙂

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