A Revolution in Learning

This TED talk by Chris Anderson titled “How Web Video Powers Global Innovation” has profound implications for catechesis in our social media influenced society. We’re on the verge of a revolution in learning that catechists and catechetical leaders need to embrace. Anderson speaks about something called “Crowd Accelerated Innovation.” This takes place when a group, or crowd, of people with a common interest and a desire for improvement share their best ideas and spur each other to innovation and change.

This has always happened, pre-internet, on the local level but now web video is driving this innovation at a new velocity. Anderson uses the example of dancers on a street corner. When they get together, they push each other to try new things. Fueled by each other’s talent and the desire to push the limits of what is possible, they innovate and achieve higher levels of ability. Now, with the web,  this is possible all around the world.  Dancers are no longer limited to learning techniques from the best in their local area. Through web video, the best, most innovative techniques can be broadcast globally. Someone in Japan can see and imitate the best dancers in New York. The potential exposure to new ideas is limited only to how much people are willing to share what they know. The more transparency and sharing, the greater the possibility for innovation.

A year ago, I went to a diocesan retreat for catechetical leaders. As we talked and shared stories, I was blown away by the fantastic things they were doing. Everyone learned so much just by being with other. We all came away thinking, wouldn’t it be great if we could share these ideas all the time? We could solve more problems and get more done.

This was “Crowd Accelerated Innovation” on a local level and it was fabulous! However, we all lived hours apart and getting together regularly was an impossibility. But what if we could interact and share our best techniques, new ideas, awesome innovations and solutions to difficult problems all the time? And, what if people all over the world were sharing? Web video is becoming easier and easier to implement and use. All these awesome catechists doing amazing things could drive innovation in catechesis to new heights.

There’s a revolution in learning on it’s way and it won’t just benefit street dancers. We can take advantage of this in the Church and in the catechetical field. All we need is the courage to share our talents, ideas and innovations with our fellow catechists around the world. It doesn’t have to be eloquent. It just has to be out there. Nick Senger recently posted a list of Catholic educator’s blogs and there’s less than forty. I know there are more awesome catechists out there and more ideas to share! And, I’m sure that more and more will be coming online.

What can we do today to fuel this revolution, learn from our global network of religious educators and drive the innovation? The possibilities are limited only by our imaginations and our willingness to share.

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About Marc Cardaronella

Church worker by day, blogger by night. I'm passionate about the most effective ways to transmit the Catholic Faith and spread Christ's Gospel to the world. Join me? Find me on Facebook, Twitter, and for the catechetical ramblings of the day.

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  1. Caroline Cerveny says:

    Marc, This is a wonderful comment about “Crowd Accelerated Innovation.” I love your last paragraph — “What we we do today to fuel this revolution, learn from our global network of religious educators and drive the innovation? The possibilities are limited only by our imaginations and our willingness to share.”nnHere is where I feel we need to gather with those who have been involved with learning technologies for over the last 30 years – that is, the field of “educational technology.” Most of us are not comfortable in navigating this world. So, here is where INTERACTIVE CONNECTIONS 2011 is important. Here is a place for faith-based ministers to gather with one another in order to be inspired and encouraged by one another. To learn more about this wonderful gathering – come to: http://intconnect.eventbrite.com/ to learn more about a faith-based educational technology group. nnI invite all who what their imaginations sparked to join us. One of the best parts of the conference is the Exhibit floor, where we see what is happening in the world of educational technology. We need to bring this world into our faith-based learning experiences!

    • Thanks for the comments Caroline! This looks great! I agree, we really need to be working in this area and making educational technologies our own in the Church. It looks like you’re really moving in this area. Look forward to moving with you in the future.

    • Thanks for the comments Caroline! This looks great! I agree, we really need to be working in this area and making educational technologies our own in the Church. It looks like you’re really moving in this area. Look forward to moving with you in the future.

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