Tuesday, Aug. 25: Shift Happens

Zoom activity (wordless picture book by Istvan Banyai)
  • choose a Zoom card that represents your time at ISA or a memorable ISA experience
  • introduce self and explain choice of Zoom image
  • work as a group to put the cards together (organize/sequence them)
Debrief: How did the process of organizing the images relate to your experiences at ISA?
What does the resulting product suggest about the world?
(different perspectives, interconnectedness)
Introduce one-pager/course overview
Ask students to record feedback/questions
"Did You Know? 2.0" by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod or "Did You Know 3.0" (2008 version) or "Shift Happens" (U2 "Beautiful Day" remix) See additional resources on the Shift Happens wiki

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learners will have . . . 10 to 14 jobs . . .by their 38th birthday.
Many of today’s college majors didn’t exist 10 years ago. What will they study 10 years from now? We are living in exponential times.
The amount of technical information is doubling every two years. By 2010, it’s predicted to double . . . every 72 hours.
We are currently preparing students for jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.
Questions for Discussion:
What stood out to you?
What does the message of the video mean to you?
How do you think you are you meant to respond?

Thursday, Aug. 27: Introduction to Global Leadership and Web 2.0

What is your concept of a global leader?
Express in a word (individually), post and discuss
Pairs create a nonlinguistic representation, share and post
Imagine Leadership video by XPLANE
Six-minute video asks viewers to imagine how leadership can address some of the most pressing problems in the world, including a vibrant economy, society, and environment

Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School's Leadership Initiative collaborated with XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership to address some of society's most pressing problems.
"It is my desire to inspire people of all ages and social demographics to think about leadership on a broad level, contemplate what it means to them and what individual impact they can have when it comes to leading," says Nohria
Debrief video using Microlab protocol in triads (be sure to follow the Microlab Guidelines)
  • What part of the message resonanted most with you?
  • What do you think is the author's intended message of the video?
  • What are you feeling and thinking after seeing the video?

Add to word and nonlinguistic representations, share out new insights

Read cover story from Time magazine's person of the year 2006
Save the Last Word for Me
  • Select a sentence or short passage from the text that you would like to discuss in your group.
  • To start a new round, introduce your selection.
  • Let everyone else respond to the selection first. Then you have “the last word.”
  • Take turns until everyone has had the chance to introduce a sentence/passage from the essay for discussion.

Monday, Aug. 31: The Power of Social Media

Questionairre: Have you ever . . .
posted a customer review on a shopping site such as
posted a comment on a news story or blog?
posted a video to the web?
posted photos on the web?

How about your parents? grandparents?
How did consumers and citizens get this kind of information in the past?

What is your usual experience with customer service phone calls?
Will Richardson tweets complaint about Orbitz, gets call from customer service
Watch the first few minutes of "Here comes learning!"

The Chaos Scenario by Bob Garfield
TOTN interview, Aug. 6 2009 (Lego story starts @ 12:34)

According to On the Media host Bob Garfield, we are in the midst of a new world order. In his book, The Chaos Scenario, he digs into the digital revolution that he says will devastate mass media, and make you the next mogul.

We-think by Charles Leadbeater
(chapters 1-3 available online)

Read excerpt from pp. 3-4 of Chapter 1
Text Rendering Experience

Animation outlining the ideas in the book on YouTube here

the audience is taking to the stage . . . mass innovation . . . you are what you share

Charles Leadbeater on innovation (TED)

Wednesday, Sept. 2: Citizen Journalism

Create Wordle representations of text rendering from We Think
Clay Shirky: How social media can make history (TED Talks)
While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

"citizen" "many to many pattern" "producer and consumer" [prosumer]
role of social media in 2008 election

Create a Wordle with students' notes from Clay Shirky
Read How Obama Tapped Into Social Networks’ Power by David Carr, New York Times, Nov. 9, 2008

Written Conversation
Write a quote or question on your paper to get the conversation started.
Pass your paper to the next person.
Read and respond to what's on the paper.
When you get your own paper back, see what conversation developed from your starter.
Debrief the activity.
Exhibit at the Newseum: "Old School Meets New Media in 2008 Presidential Campaign"

Friday, Sept. 4: Social Responsibility

social responsibility in light of globalization and the new technology landscape
Web 2.0 means anyone with internet access can contribute content to the web.
What are the implications for you? as a consumer? as a producer?

The Video Republic
A new theatre of public information has emerged, spread across the internet, television, and campaigns. This emerging Video Republic is an alternative realm of creation and exchange. Who inhabits, shapes and regulates the Video Republic and what is its future?

Video is changing young people into reporters, commentators, distributors, directors, spokesmen for their own lives, beliefs, and opinions
This is a new public realm, a virtual community, an expressive democracy . . . be a part of it.
The video republic is growing. But if it's democracy, do politicians have any business here?
If it's free speech, should everyone be able to make a video?
If it's public space, should private companies own it?
It's time to connect the energy in the video republic with the mainstream.

Four corners: agree, disagree, strongly agree, strongly disagree
Exit Ticket:
Social responsibility and global leadership: what is your role? how do you see your role now?
What are you thinking about after the last few classes? about GL? about W20? about how these new ways of thinking might be connected?

Wednesday, Sept. 9: So What? Now What?

Assignment due Friday, Oct. 16 (class time to work on it, Sept. 15)
Respond to President Obama's challenge with an "I Am What I Learn" video
Or contribute a piece of writing to The National Gallery of Writing, Leadership Gallery

"The machine is us/ing us"by Michael Wesch
"Web 2.0 in just under 5 minutes. [Wesch] was inspired to make this video while writing a paper about web 2.0. Struggling to find a way to put it into words, [he] decided to make this video to show it rather than tell it."

Poetic transcription of the video available here.

Digital text is above all…hyper.
hypertext can link
With form separated from content, users did not need to know complicated code to upload content to the web,
"There's a blog born every half second."
and it’s not just text…
two sites can “mash” data together
Who will organize all of this data?
we will
we are the web

Web 2.0 is linking people…
…people sharing, tracing, and collaborating…
We’ll need to rethink copyright, authorship, identity, ethics, aesthetics, rhetorics, governance, privacy, commerce, love, family, ourselves

Debrief video with gallery walk/chalk talk protocol:
copyright, authorship, identity, ethics, aesthetics, rhetorics, governance, privacy, commerce, love, family, ourselves

Questions for Discussion
How is the new media landscape having us re-think . . .
What will these things look like as a result of Web 2.0?