“With an engaging wit and a clear mind Dave Price casts a penetrating light on how the new dynamics of digital culture are
transforming not only how we work and play but how we think,feel and learn. He writes with a sharp sense of social history and theory. But he argues too from deep practical experience as an artist, parent and noted leader in educational change. From every perspective ‘Open’ will open your mind to some of the real implications of digital technologies for how we live and learn in the 21st century.”
Sir Ken Robinson
” Open is just the kick up the backside that learning organisations have been waiting for. This funny, personal and to-the-point tour of the informal social and digital learning that’s all around us is exactly the high-voltage reality-check all us teachers need. Whether it be ‘learning and development’ in commercial businesses or ‘teaching and learning’ in schools, we either wake up or we’ll become the latest in a long line of dinosaurs.
Guy Claxton, author of What’s the Point of School? and Building Learning Power.
“There a lots of books about learning, but there are hardly any that manage to put the coming education revolution in a context that makes sense both emotionally and economically. OPEN is a tour de force that is by turns inspiring, shocking, highly entertaining, but above all practical. David Price combines the rare skill of understanding an institution without being institutionalised – a maverick thinker who can, through force of reason and humour coupled with long experience, make the job of re-booting education a fun one. He’s just the kind of revolutionary the new world needs – one whose influence comes from putting the power to change things directly into your hands.”
Mark Stevenson, author of ‘An Optimist’s Tour of the Future’
UKEDCHAT Review, Posted 21/4/2014:
Here at UKEdChat, we receive a lot of books to be reviewed – it’s one of the many advantages of informing the education communities. But, every now and then, we receive a book that actually stops you in your tracks, makes you think, and possibly changes your perspective on what is happening in society and education around you.
David Price, OBE, has achieved this in his fantastic debut book ‘Open: How we’ll learn, live and learn in the future’, a commentary about how the world is changing via unprecedented forces of communication, an urge for openness, and how a shift of power is being grabbed by the public.
The power of social media is highlighted by Price who points out that many workers now consider Twitter as an “indispensable, if not primary, source of professional development”. The initiation of Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) within social media is the biggest disruptive innovation to hit workplace learning in 50 years, claims Price, with education organisations needing to widen their focus. However, there are leaders who have not learned socially themselves and fail to appreciate the scale of the shift taking place. It is hoped that this group of leaders will soon depart from the field, or persist in embracing the shift that is clearly evident.
We could go on, but that would be a disservice to Price and, if fact would go as far as to say that if you are only going to read one book this year, then this is the book you should take time out to spend with.
David Price’s book predicts the movement of autonomous and immediate learning from the social sphere into the professional workplace and educational institutions. Here’s an introduction to his content and some reflections it has inspired.The process of cutting out the middle man, or disintermediation, has swept across our markets and services in the last 20 years, leaving it more open than ever before. Our engagement and motivation to learn new hobbies and skills online in leisure time is surely creeping into professional and structured educational time too. Knowledge on ‘how-to’ is everywhere, becoming less expensive but more socially valuable all the time. This high-skills-low-income future will collide with the phenomenon of freelance making up 50% of all jobs by 2020, Price predicts. As educators and participants how do we prepare? How do we make the most of it?
Preparation is a tricky one. How can we prepare for a future when we don’t know what it looks like beyond its essential openness? Looking at the ways that people are socially learning and engaging with open knowledge we can see some definite trends: autonomy, immediacy, collegiality, playfulness, generosity and always high-visibility. We all engage in these types of behaviour. Many of us have grown up with the mind-set that we can do it ourselves and we can do it now. If we think about this in the workplace it means learning what you think is relevant independently and learning it fast, acting with colleagues and acting for fun, supporting the efforts of others globally and allowing the world to see what you are doing too. Surely the world of enterprise and entrepreneurship is already there, on the cutting edge of 21st C learning. Well, not quite. It’s a big leap from the ‘IP mentality’ of ownership and protectiveness that still plagues some entrepreneurs’ ability to develop their product or service.A fantastic example is the School of Communication Arts 2.0 that produces graduates ready for, or even one step ahead of, the advertising industry. The curriculum is fluid, continually re-developed using a wiki-style suggestions forum. It works directly with advertising agencies, holds a high number of scholarships and produces 100% employment after just one year on the programme. WOW. No current university incubator could boast of this kind of innovation or success turnover. We have a long way to go to facilitate truly open learning, and in fact our students may get there before we do. The condition of stasis apparent in big administrations may soon be shown up by its enterprising students.
Amazon/Barnes & Noble Reader Reviews:
“Price writes from the heart with a sense of urgency that should touch us all, a care for the future our children will inherit, with rather a bad transfer from us – economic and environmental degradation.” Kevin Johnson
“I’m one of the over-educated and long-term unemployed he writes about as being the victims of an economic shift we haven’t been prepared for by our education. This section has challenged me to re-think my career path and where I should focus my energy going forward. I had an incredible energy and excitement after reading this section and began preaching the gospel of Open to friends and relatives. “ Kochava
“If you were ever in any doubt that being engaged and positive about what you are doing is a good thing, then this text is simply vital reading. It’s nearly impossible to read this book without a smile on your face; David’s natural charm and charisma shine through from (electronic) cover to cover. ” JK
An extraordinary book. If I were the education secretary I would make this compulsory reading for all students, parents and teachers – and fine those who refused. It is well written clear and compelling. Unlike many management or guidance books I completed the introduction and wanted to read more. Case studies and examples bring the ideas to life. It is thought provoking and well researched. I can’t recommend it strongly enough. K22
“Whether you agree with the ideas in the book or not, are pessimist or optimist, teacher, student or leader in business or education, if you’d like to have at the ready a primer for a more open way of working with other people, buy this book.” Anon
“This is a must read for learning executives and human resource personnel.” Anon
“I don’t remember ever tearing through a book this quickly. It is so relevant and timely. If you are involved in education in any way, you should read this book, right away. It connects all of those questions, current events and challenges of a changing world that echo through our classrooms, each day.” Anon
“Interesting, but with a leftist perspective.” Dr Jim Marion