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Open: How We’ll Work, Live and Learn In The Future

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  34 reviews
What makes a global corporation give away its prized intellectual property? Why are Ivy League universities allowing anyone to take their courses for free? What drives a farmer in rural Africa to share his secrets with his competitors?

A collection of hactivists, hobbyists, forum-users and maverick leaders are leading a quiet but unstoppable revolution. They are sharing eve
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published October 2nd 2013 by Crux Publishing
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Chris Fellows
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
There's an old joke about Tonto and the Lone Ranger. They've ridden into an ambush, and are surrounded by a vast number of hostile Indians. The Lone Ranger turns to Tonto and asks: "What do we do now?" Tonto replies: "What do you mean *we*, kemosabe?"

It's funny,[1,2] because when I started reading this book, I put it down near the beginning and didn't get back to it for a long time, because the author was too nice to the deeply flawed 'Occupy' movement. But by the time I made it to the end, my m
Matthew Connolly
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
"Open" discusses many fine subjects: collaborative, self-motivated learning; self-organizing, grassroots disaster response teams; better ways of doing business and building schools. These are all good things — when carried out in a positive way. Unfortunately, David Price's embrace of the good is exclusive and unquestioning. The "old ways" of doing business, education, and learning are all obsolete, stifling, and procrustean; the "open learning commons" that is replacing them is infinitely super ...more
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book about the future of education and business. The ability to customize everything that we do in life, so it has meaning for our situation is changing the way society works.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read it in few step and always found learning on this book about learning. The concept of open learning breaking all barriers is not new, but we realise that today is a reality (and this book is already few years old; showing a good foresight from the author).
« Open » is impacting all aspects of our society and life, with benefits and risks, you need to know both to navigate in this rough sea....
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read!

So nice to read and understand a book that is not academically over stated. This should be part of a teachers, parents and employees CPD, leisure etc reading time - this has informed my own teacher journey vastly!
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
The way we’re learning and how we are as a part of the society have been evolving for the better part of the last 30 or so years. Since the birth of the internet, there are more information being shared across the globe every second of every day. The author argues that the “institutions”—societal governance, the economy, industry, the environment, our education system, and much more—are under scrutiny because we have found new ways to connect and share information. “[W]e no longer need the docto ...more
Tracy Jaconette
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Open is a must read as we look toward improving student engagement and moving education forward.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for anyone interested in looking ahead.
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Driven by Technology, and shaped by common values, going “Open” has transformed the way we live. It's not so much a question of if our workplaces, schools and colleges open, but when.”

Some of what David Price discusses in Open: How We'll Work, Live and Learn in the Future, has been a hot topic for decades-particularly concerning the issues of education, and student engagement. Price does predict a dreary future for the traditional education model, although, I am not quite sure whether his ideas
Mary Karpel-Jergic
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
David Price does a good job of pulling a lot of divergent thinking together from a range of sources to make a compellingly optimistic account of how we will live learn and work in the future. Rooted in the lifestyle changes brought about by the internet and digital technology the book offers interesting insights, suggestions for action and sent me off in a flurry of activity searching for more information from the sources that he cited. I do wish that the book had an index but fortunately I make ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As someone who was educated both in the US (Elementary) and the U.K. (Secondary) this book should have appealed to me. These two countries are the focus of the authors vision for the future of an 'Open' society and how it will effect education the workplace and society as a whole. But I found myself time and again nodding my head in disapproval to the world that David Price tries to envision. His 'open' society of shared ideas between people was too idealistic and naïve for me to buy into. It's ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to say what I think about this book. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting when I won a copy in the Goodreads giveaway, but it sounded interesting.

The beginning of the book was one of the most powerful things I've read in a long time and completely challenged how I think about our economic changes and how we should approach the world. I'm one of the over-educated and long-term unemployed he writes about as being the victims of an economic shift we haven't been prepared for by our educ
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
It's hard to say what I think about this book. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting when I won a copy in the Goodreads giveaway, but it sounded interesting.

The beginning of the book was one of the most powerful things I've read in a long time and completely challenged how I think about our economic changes and how we should approach the world. I'm one of the over-educated and long-term unemployed he writes about as being the victims of an economic shift we haven't been prepared for by our educ
Dave Versace
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
A clear-eyed look at modern education and business practices that advocates convincingly for corporate information sharing and teaching systems that encourage collaboration, self-direction and personal motivation. I didn't agree with all its conclusions, but its premise of approaching reform of both education and business to respond to the rate of change in the modern world is laudable.

Rigid testing processes, inflexible curricula that don't account for different rates and modes of learning, an
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Heng Swee Keat, Singapore's education minister sets the scene - "The educational paradigm of our parents generation, which emphasized the transmission of knowledge, is quickly being overtaken by a very different paradigm. This new concept of educational success focuses on the nurturing of key skills and competencies such as the ability to seek, to curate and to synthesize information; to create and innovate; to work in diverse cross-cultural teams; as well as to appreciate global issues within t ...more
John Wood
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: thelibrarything
With the increasing abundance of information available on the Internet, the way we learn new things is changing in many ways. The author discusses many aspects of this revolution and how it affects business, schools and individuals. He discusses the conglomeration of information available in what he calls the Global Learning Commons, the acronyms SOFT (sharing, open, free and trust) and MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and other concepts. We find out about the shift from learning being deliver ...more
Damian T
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Most informative and thought-provoking! Well-written narrative filled with fascinating facts.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lots of good thoughts and ideas. A couple points stand out for me: (1) "Companies can’t mandate learning, because engagement"--a pre-req of learning--"can neither be bought, nor instilled." And neither can schools, politicians, parents.... (2) The author asks the reader to consider the "most significant learning experience you can recall from your youth"--this may have taken place in formal education (school/college) or informally. Results: "usually happened outside of school, involved a mentor, ...more
Trevor Gibb
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a bold and brave book in its reach. The internet, a key facilitator in the disintegration of the traditional, linear Gutenberg technologies and their dominance in cultural/social fields, has kicked open the doors to how we Create and how we perceive and experience Work, Life, Learning, Capital, Politics etc. We are living in the age of the total-field, we are the networks we create, and they are breaking down our top-down systems. With the instantaneity of everything, there are exponenti ...more
Nikki O'rourke
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read David Price's blogs for a while and found him:them inspiring and motivating, so was really looking forward to reading Open.
I have found it a really optimistic book, looking at the new technologies from the perspective of the good they can do and the opportunities they open up to both students and educators.
The examples of how these technologies have already been used as a force for social change, and how business has adopted approaches illustrates how the education system is lagging
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, ebooks
This ebook was free when I downloaded it to my Nook library.
I recommend it to all readers who are aware of change, and who are trying to keep up with change because our "learning lies in the telling of the story."
These are some take-aways for me:
"...while the social value of knowledge would soar, ...its economic value would plummet."
The five core beliefs for hacks are sharing, openness, decentralization, free access to computers, and world improvement.
The six imperatives of social learning a
Mary Rhodes
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked the book, Open. The relevance for teachers, learners, and GoodReads is emphatic. The premise is that we learn through technology avenues and communities, such as GoodReads. Open source material, free access to abundant knowledge and resource, and the power of online movements are other themes. I appreciate my venture into this world through GoodReads.
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
David Price’s book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the changes in the way information and knowledge will be transferred and accessed in the future. The content is keen and incisive, and written with an energy and passion that can only come from an expert within the field. Important ideas well evidenced by the author. Highly recommended!
Sue J
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good look at what is happening and should be happening in our schools,universities and businesses. Education cannot remain static. The book gives food thought. All educators should read this book!
Jun 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book would be about now sites like Goodreads take away power of the critic and how the internet is making government more transparent.

The focus of the book is online learning and I just found the book boring.
Kevin McShane
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really an important read for educators. Clear argument for dumping test mania and thinking about what kids will need to thrive in the future.
Haiko Meelis
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: change
Many very useful insights into the impact of "open" on education. But actually many of them can be applied to other aspects of life. ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome in site into learning and work. Really hit home since I'm currently under employed, and using open learning to gain more knowledge. ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great insight on how the education system needs to evolve to build and serve the modern society
Sophie Patrikios
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Skipped some of the bits about education but generally found it useful and interesting.
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David Price, OBE, is a speaker, author, trainer, advisor. For the past 15 years, David has written, talked and advised on some of the biggest challenges facing business, education and society: solving the problems of employee, student and civic disengagement; maximising our potential to be creative, innovative and fulfilled citizens, and understanding the global shift towards open organisations, a ...more

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