The "Open" Era
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The "Open" Era
The future is wide "open." Barriers to production and dissemination are being shattered, and discontent with the old way of doing things is increasing. The new paradigm features transparency and the diffusion of power across partnership-based, peer-to-peer (rather than domination-based, hierarchical) systems. This page highlights just a few of the leading lights of this new way of thinking and doing.
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Open Culture - The Best Free Cultural and Educational Media on the Web.

Open Culture - The Best Free Cultural and Educational Media on the Web. | The "Open" Era | Scoop.it
Discover thousands of free online courses, audio books, movies, textbooks, eBooks, language lessons, and more.
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Global Solution Networks

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Global Solution Networks is a landmark study of the potential of global web-based networks for cooperation, problem solving and governance.
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Bitcoin Companies and Entrepreneurs Can't Get Bank Accounts

Bitcoin Companies and Entrepreneurs Can't Get Bank Accounts | The "Open" Era | Scoop.it
Bitcoin is booming, but start-ups can't get or hold onto bank accounts.
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Summarized well at the end: “The real question is why Bitcoin businesses think they need banks,” says Riddell Williams’ Straus. “The point is to enable electronic financial transactions without a third party. There will be no need for banks; that’s the power of Bitcoin.”

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The Open Master's Program | Community for Social, Self-Directed Learners

The Open Master's Program | Community for Social, Self-Directed Learners | The "Open" Era | Scoop.it
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The New Era of Learning

The New Era of Learning | The "Open" Era | Scoop.it
The direction in which learning is going: personalized, self-directed, grounded in the real world, and blurring the lines between age groups, teachers/students, formal/informal, etc.
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Interesting piece that also looks at why there is resistance to this idea. As usual on HBR, the comments are worth reading too.

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Education 2022: A 360 Degree View

Education 2022:  A 360 Degree View | The "Open" Era | Scoop.it
“The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed.” - William Gibson What will education look like in ten years?  In  Education 2022:  A 360 Degree View, we look at both the...
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Luba Vangelova's curator insight, November 18, 2013 11:14 AM

Excellent report showing what's in store. 

Learning will be: Learner-Driven, Openly Accessible, Personalized, Social, Ubiquitous, Holistic, Teaching Redefined, Policy Redefined, Industry Engaged, Achievement Redefined. The report then explains the why's and wherefore's behind these key predictions.

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Loomio | Group Decision Making

Loomio | Group Decision Making | The "Open" Era | Scoop.it
Loomio is an easy to use online tool for group decision-making. It allows dispersed groups to reach decisions quickly and take constructive action.
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Sounds useful. (Bonus: Kiwi accent on intro video.)

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Facebook’s Open Academy Pairs Students With Open Source For University Credit

Facebook’s Open Academy Pairs Students With Open Source For University Credit | The "Open" Era | Scoop.it
Facebook is working with 22 universities worldwide to further open source education.

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Knowledge Commons DC

Knowledge Commons DC | The "Open" Era | Scoop.it
Knowledge Commons DC (KCDC) is a free school for thinkers, doers, and tinkerers - taught anywhere, by anyone, for everyone.
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