I am very grateful to have the opportunity to join nearly 100 other educators, thought weavers, business leaders and policy-thinkers this week at the C21Canada Summit outside Toronto. For two days, we’ll be gathered to continue thinking about new models for learning, schooling and education as we continue to move deeper into that frame known as the 21st century. Oh yes, and there’s even some talk of SEX!
I’ve never been invited to a Summit before and, to be totally honest, I wasn’t initially invited to this one. I have to thank my friend and colleague, Ron Canuel, for creating the space for me to attend. (I think that, before last night, he kind of felt a little sorry for my stubborn loyalty to the Toronto Maple Leafs!)
But I also have to thank Ron for introducing me to a conversation between Bill Moyers and author/scientist, Isaac Asimov. The second part of the interview that I’ve included here touches on a vision for life-long learning that is passionate and—wait for it—forward-thinking. In fact, in 1988 when this interview was recorded, Asimov’s vision would have been deemed futuristic and somewhat of a dream. For us living in 2013, the sense is that we’re somehow playing catch-up!
So, as I prepare to join others for two days of imagining and visioning, I can’t help but think that there is something here that might get us closer to heart of what we mean by 21st century learning.
This segment will resonate with different people in different ways. I would love to know what captures your attention and what sparks your imagination.