Watch This: Clay Shirky on the Cognitive Surplus

One of the writers who has literally changed the way I think is Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus

In this Ted Talk, Shirky explains how he believes the world will change as a result of the time that we spend networking with one another in collaborative spaces instead of staring at the Boob Tube.


What I wonder is how schools are adapting to this new reality. 

Are we doing a good job at taking advantage of the Cognitive Surplus in the lives of our students?  Are we showing students how to take advantage of their own Cognitive Surplus?

And if not, why not?!

One thought on “Watch This: Clay Shirky on the Cognitive Surplus

  1. Josephenderson

    Ah, Shirky. Love this stuff, but let’s be realistic about the possibilities. I definitely think he’s right about the ability to change relationships and alter civic dynamics. But to what end, and at what magnitude? Personally, I’m with Gladwell on this one:
    Shirky strikes me as a tad too utopian in his analysis of social change. Perhaps I’m wrong though…

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