The golden morning light poured warmly into the room. He watched her quietly as she moved, shifting and sorting the rhythm of the day about to unravel. Beginnings were always important to her. Each new dawn, a new revival of hope, of expectation, a welcoming of wonders on the verge.
“Did you sleep well?”, he asked. She smiled. Dreams too belonged in the sunshine as much as to the stars at night.
“You know…..each dream is as unique as a snowflake. Did you know that?”, continued the soft voice.
And so she turned away from the window and morning routine of preparation, replying with a smile.
“You are my snowflake.”
Their eyes connected with shared understanding.
Connections. That is what one does in life – connect with others, with nature, with one’s surroundings. Even if one chooses to reject an environment, an individual, a fact – a theory even- there has to be the initial acknowledgement, some degree of perception and understanding, then the realization there is in fact no will of connection, no desire to connect, no purpose in connecting.
Connections. Because the synergies of life connect.
Naturally. Digitally. Collectively.
Now imagine the synergy of snowflake whirls, flying flocks of unique, collective knowledge – all explained in ways that one can make sense of.
My next guest needs no long introduction. He is a master in connecting, an expert with words, a specialist in collective connections.
Stephen Downes is a Senior Researcher for the National Research Council of Canada and is well known for being a strong supporter of Free Learning. Among the many publications, presentations and activities that Stephen contributes to and is involved in, his OLDaily, Stephen’s Web, and Half an Hour are widely read and referred to.
Here you can find further references of his work – but please note, these are merely a very small reflection of Stephen’s contributions towards educational and social studies.
Currently running the MOOC #change11 (Change: Education, Learning and Technology) with George Siemens and Dave Cormier, Stephen is widely associated with Connectivism and change in all its shades and variations.
Join me here as Stephen discusses change in the research process, what scientific value there may be in open access, how Connectivism is relevant to educators of all levels - and more.
What flocks of snowflakes will Stephen release to the open?