Thanks for those very kind words, Lisa. I agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts about the devaluation of “collaboration.” For me, the word “innovation” has also lost all its savor. Don’t get me started on “disruption.” So much of the catalytic language of the aughts has flattened into biz-speak, or worse.
By contrast, the nuance and depth of a web of relationships: ah, I can breathe again!
Thank you Gardner. I was delighted to be reminded of the term “Imagineer.” This also gave me pause as I’ve spent a long time trying to detangle (or better articulate) the term “collaboration” in higher education. I see synergy in here with, “…synergistic learning community.” Collaboration has become a corporate catch-phrase that amounts to “play nicely together” and ignores the nuance and depth of a web or relationships that allow for creativity and synergy that contributes to a much stronger whole.
By the way. I really want to be able to write like you when I’m a grown up! ????
Thanks, for all of that.
It’s hard to go forward hopefully these days, at least for me, but that’s no excuse for sitting on stories, thoughts, or histories that might be of interest or use to others. Your example is always lighting my path in that regard, as in many others areas too.
What is it Vannevar Bush says in “As We May Think”?
“Presumably man’s spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems.”
Hard to review the past when the stories aren’t shared. I have to keep learning that for myself. Sometimes a bit of green appears amid the concrete.
Thanks for filling in this important nugget of history. I have recollection of you mentioning the Odyssey project but not this context. I like the idea of an expansive series of domains beyond the personal “The goal must be what Engelbart calls an integrated domain: within the learner, within the learning environment, within the network itself.”
It’s not worth wishing to go back in time, but to go forward with still high goals.
Maybe the best thing of my day is seeing this blog lit up with something unread in my RSS Reader.