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Global Bushcraft Symposium 2019 Keynote Slides


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Here are the slides from my keynote presentation at the 2019 Global Bushcraft Symposium in Alberta, Canada. The GBS was an international gathering to promote bushcraft, survival, and traditional skills instruction through the open exchange of philosophies, pedagogical methods and dissemination of best practices within the industry. With my keynote address I wanted to bring something of my educational philosophy to the table, along with my experiences of growing my presence, and business, in the field of bushcraft within the digital information age. The aims of my presentation were to encourage those serious about sharing knowledge of bushcraft, survival and traditional skills to be somewhat less protective of what they know, share more freely, increase the quality of online materials on these subjects, as well as help them grow their standing and businesses. You can watch a recording of this presentation at

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Global Bushcraft Symposium 2019 Keynote Slides

  1. 1. Why We Need Your Voice In The Wilderness…
  2. 2. Once upon a time…
  3. 3. ?
  4. 4. Abbot: “The word of God needs to be interpreted by priests, not spread about like dung.” Gutenberg: “I do not wish to despoil the Word.” Abbot: “But it will happen. To hand it about to all and sundry is languorous, Would you have ploughmen and weavers debating the Gospel in taverns?” The Justification of Johann Gutenberg (Blake Morrison 2000)
  5. 5. "We should note the force, effect, and consequences of inventions which are nowhere more conspicuous than in those three which were unknown to the ancients, namely, printing, gunpowder, and the compass. For these three have changed the appearance and state of the world.” - Elizabeth Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (1979)
  6. 6. We fear change.
  8. 8. June 29, 2007
  9. 9. December 1, 2010
  10. 10. Adventure States 1. Play 2. Adventure 3. Frontier Adventure 4. Misadventure
  11. 11. Adventure Experience Paradigm Martin & Priest, 1986; Priest, 1990, 1999
  12. 12. Yerkes-Dodson Law
  13. 13. Frontier Adventure “The person has fear of physical harm, or physical or psychological stress, and no longer feels complete master of the situation. He feels, however, that he can, with considerable effort on his part, and given luck, overcome the situation without accident. He accepts that his skills are about to be tested. He is conscious of a definite degree of uncertainty as to the outcome, and feels, as it were, poised on a knife edge between success and failure. If he succeeds, he has experienced what I would term ‘frontier adventure’.” - Colin Mortlock, The Adventure Alternative
  14. 14. Frontier - Definitions 1. The extreme limit of settled land beyond which lies wilderness. 2. The extreme limit of understanding or achievement in a particular area.
  16. 16. Primary Concerns BUSINESS EDUCATION
  17. 17. ATTENTION
  18. 18. •  September 1998 •  August 1999 •  January 2001 •  May 2003 •  May 2003 •  February 2004 •  November 2004 •  February 2005 •  October 2006 •  March 2006 •  September 2006 •  February 2007 •  October 2008 •  March 2010 •  October 2010 •  September 2011 •  March 2015 •  August 2015 Ø  Google Ø  Blogger Ø  iTunes Ø  LinkedIn Ø  WordPress Ø  Flickr Ø  Vimeo Ø  YouTube Ø  SlideShare Ø  Twitter Ø  Facebook Ø  Tumblr Ø  SoundCloud Ø  Pinterest Ø  Instagram Ø  Snapchat Ø  Periscope Ø  Medium
  20. 20. “Changes in the information age will be as dramatic as those in the Middle Ages in Europe. The printing press has been implicated in the Reformation, the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution, all of which had profound effects on their eras; similarly profound changes may already be underway in the information age.” - James A. Dewar, Rand Corporation, The Information Age and the Printing Press: Looking Backward to See Ahead
  21. 21. Disintermediation
  22. 22. SOCIAL MEDIA?
  23. 23. The platforms are not the problem
  24. 24. “YouTubers”
  25. 25. "A little learning is a dangerous thing” - Alexander Pope, An Essay On Criticism
  26. 26. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance” - Confucius
  27. 27. "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool” - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
  28. 28. “Mount Stupid”
  29. 29. I don’t know enough…
  31. 31. If I share my stuff for free, what will I teach on my courses?
  32. 32. Mindset SCARCITY ABUNDANCE
  33. 33. What, I now have to do all this social media stuff too?
  34. 34. Mindset HAVE GET
  35. 35. The internet/market/platform is already saturated. I’m too late…
  36. 36. Collaboration
  37. 37. People can’t learn [bushcraft skills] from the internet…
  38. 38. This is all too much work… I just want to go to the woods...
  39. 39. Mindset ENTITLEMENT WORK
  40. 40. NONSENSE TRUTH Cognitive Dissonance
  41. 41. “...roughly during the first century after Gutenberg's invention, print did as much to perpetuate blatant errors as it did to spread enlightened truth. Putting scribal products into print resulted in a cultural explosion. Never had scholars found so many words, images, and diagrams at their fingertips. And never before had things been so confusing with, for instance, Dante's world view achieving prominent visibility at the same time that Copernican views were making their way into print. Nonsense and truth seemed to move hand in hand with neither made uncomfortable by the presence of the other.” - Elizabeth Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (1979)