An examination of digital spaces as sites of identity and citizenship, for higher ed leaders, faculty, staff, and students. Outlines open practice along market, knowledge abundance, and participatory axes, and presents #Antigonish2 as a potential model for making a difference in our contemporary information ecosystem, at global & local levels.
The shift towards Open reflects
Leadership = citizenship.
Scholarship = citizenship.
In the Open…
This is digital citizenship
But it is NOT about technology, per se.
“Nothing could be more absurd than an experiment
in which computers are placed in a classroom where
nothing else is changed.”
– Seymour Papert, 1993
Open citizenship is a practice of
(blog posts, status updates, half-baked ideas,
data, vulnerabilities, successes…)
Open citizenship operates in quantified
“When you work for a company or an institution that collects or trades
data, you’re making it easy to surveil people…you’re making it easy to
discipline people. You’re making it easy to control people. You’re putting
people at risk. You’re putting students at risk.”
- Audrey Watters, 2017
"For the first time in human history, two related
propositions are true. One, it no longer is possible to
store within the human brain all of the information that
a human needs.
Second, it no longer is necessary to store within the
human brain all of the information that humans need.
Education needs to be geared toward the handling of
data rather than the accumulation of data.”
- Berlo, 1975
This demands open content + open
practice…+ media literacy
But media literacy is not enough.
If abundance demands the handling of data, not
only our media & educational
practices need to change, but what we
count as KNOWING.
¤ None of this is new…but it all
contributes to an information
ecosystem in which people feel
cynical and confronted –
by difference, by jealousy, by
challenges to their worldviews, by
blatant efforts to deceive – all in the
gets people all up
in their feelings
We need new stories.
We don’t have positive cultural narratives for
healthy participation in the Open, nor a vision
of what that would mean.
The more signals & traces we create…
The more we likely we are to make someone
Add in virtue signalling…
…and tactical contrarianism
…and identity spaces that amplify
anger at loss of dominance
The Maritimes, 1920s:
company towns, fishing, outmigration
& Jimmy Tompkins
1. Take the time to
circumstances & the
structures that shape
2. Take the risk of
working together to
put pressure on those
structures in the places
we can move them
An adult education movement
Literacy, economic cooperation,
rural community development, empowerment
3 Layer Model:
1. Mass Meetings
2. School For Leaders
3. Study Clubs