Hi. I’m thinking, or better said, reflecting on #CCK11. Now, I’m actually alone in the house (incredible but true), it’s late afternoon, a nice cool breeze is blowing gently through my window, and my gaze has come to rest on the Andes Mountains in the distance.
Now, if that sounds really cool, idyllic, then I’m glad you enjoyed it, but I’ve got to let you in on a secret.
Yes. The fact is, if you live in Santiago, Chile, and you look out of any window, of any house, in the city, well, guess what you will see?
Right, you guessed it. You will see the Andes Mountains.
The city is surrounded by the Andes Mountains. We call it simply, “La Cordillera”, or translated to English, “the Range”.
I know, forgive me. What’s my point? What am I getting at?
Just this: In Santiago, we all see the same thing, the same mountain. Nevertheless, we all will describe it differently. You see, we are all “seeing” this mountain from 8 million different places, 8 million different spaces, 8 million different experiences of life.
Connectivism and connected knowledge is also like this.
It is reasonable to anticipate that 8 million people, for example, all with access to the same knowledge, would likely produce a huge variety of outcomes after interacting with that knowledge, whether interacting in groups or individually.
This makes the case for Stephen Downes, when he says, “Feed it Forward.” Share.
Why should I share my work, my innovation, with you? You’re lazy, and you just want to steal my intellectual creation and call it yours after you change the color or do something else superficial, right? Tell the truth, don’t be afraid. After all, we’re only human.
Well, history teaches us, time and again, that when the minds of mankind have been allowed to connect, to collaborate, to cooperate, to communicate: to share a connection of knowledge – in such cases the results have been spectacular, transformational even, for the lives of every one of us on the planet, whether for good or evil.
That’s a payoff, a payday, an outcome that justifies the risk of me stealing your intellectual ideas, if you share with me, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you agree?
Nowadays, the world is changing rapidly. We live in a day, in an age, in a time when the problems that confront us, daily, require us, all of humanity, to be embracing the underlying spirit of connectivism.
This is because there is no escaping the fact that our destiny, on planet Earth, is, has been, and always will be, a connected one…
Looking forward to connecting with your responses. Here’s the question: Why do most people NOT share their work?
Here in Chile, if you find someone sharing their work, well, how can i say this: it is rare. Is it the same in your country?
Again, why do most people NOT share their work?
I look forward to reading your comments. Let’s interact and engage on the issue of sharing knowledge, freely, in the spirit of “Aggregate – Remix – Repurpose – Feed it Forward”… (Downes, 2011, #CCK11)