A crash course in changing the world.
I'm learning more about what it means to be a social innovator right now, and in particular what I'm wondering about is: Must change always be rooted in what is known? I was doing the first Evoke mission this blog post was part of my learning for that mission. Both the quote from Dave Tait below and an early "secret" for becoming an effective social innovator ("Innovate on existing platforms.") had me feeling frustrated about the slow wheels of change.
Increase user acceptance; build on existing platforms, lower costs and beware of radically different ways of doing things.
The quote I chose here is basically saying that you have to do things in ways that the people you are working with will understand and be able to do themselves. You have to embed new ideas and technologies into old patterns and ways of doing things.
I think this is frustrating, because, as a U.S. educator, I think so much of our educational system is broken, unworthy of any attention. Isn't it more effective to make a clean break with the past? Or at least a clean break with the way people have been doing things in recent memory. I think it's possible, for example to attach radical changes in our schools with old traditions that educators are not familiar with, or at least not familiar enough with, like Dewey and other experiments that challenged separating the day into subject areas and dividing children up by age. These are the kinds of things that I would change if I were an effective social innovator in my chosen profession, teaching.