Monday, October 04, 2004

The Mission

Stephen Downes recently redesigned his site and it looks great. There's truly a wealth of information in there that makes me want to stop chasing the latest news in ed-tech and just study what's already been collected. Not that those would be exclusive strategies. Anyway, I like his sort of mission statement on the front page:
"I want and visualize and aspire toward a system of society and learning where each person is able to rise to his or her fullest potential without social or financial encumberance, where they may express themselves fully and without reservation through art, writing, athletics, invention, or even through their avocations or lifestyle.

Where they are able to form networks of meaningful and rewarding relationships with their peers, with people who share the same interests or hobbies, the same political or religious affiliations - or different interests or affiliations, as the case may be.

This to me is a society where knowledge and learning are public goods, freely created and shared, not hoarded or withheld in order to extract wealth or influence.

This is what I aspire toward, this is what I work toward." - Stephen Downes

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