Collective social learning - a theoretical foundation for Web 2 Print
Friday 19 June 2009, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Emeritus Professor Valerie A. Brown AO, BSc MEd PhD *
Location: LKL Auditorium
Whether we are now at Web 2, Web 3 or Web 8, we can agree that after Web 1 came a surge of interoperability, user-centered design and mass collaboration. Web-based communities, social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, and blogs, add up to a new cultural force. There has been little consideration of the changes this integrative cultural force brings to the ruling fragmentation of knowledge. This seminar will identify the hierarchy of knowledge structures in the construction of Western knowledge and suggest collective social learning as a synthesising framework consistent with the needs of Web 2 and above.
* Director, Local Sustainability Project, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University. Valerie works collaboratively with communities in Australia, Asia, Canada and Europe on whole-of-community change. Her latest books include "Social learning and environmental management: towards a sustainable future" 2005; "Leonardo's vision: a guide to collective learning and action" 2008 and "Tackling wicked problems: using the transdisciplinary imagination" In press, 2009.