This past summer I taught a graduate seminar course at McMaster University titled Architectures of Digital Ecosystems as part of their Master of Public Policy Program. It provided an excellent opportunity to explore and provide an overview of the current evolution of digital platforms and worlds.
Learning is what makes us human. Our ability to adapt and change has given us an evolutionary advantage when facing adversity or threats. While this is particularly relevant in this pandemic, I wonder how this crisis will impact our learning institutions.
As an event professional I've always been frustrated with the orthodoxy that suggests events and meetings should be typical and boring. It is particularly frustrating and stupid when this logic is applied to online meetings. No surprise that after many months, zoom fatigue is widespread.
We tend to have a false collective assumption that health is binary. Either we’re healthy, or we’re sick. If we’re sick, we should be fixed, so we can be healthy again. Otherwise if we remain sick, we’re broken, and then tend to be marginalized by society and sometimes forgotten.
One of the elements sorely missing from this current pandemic induced crisis are better stories. In our obsession with data, and our focus on numbers, we’re missing the larger role of narrative. Without narrative, we remain lost in the wilderness of confusion and chaos.