Kevin Kelly

General Session V
Friday, November 30th, 1:45pm-3:30pm

Beginner’s Mind

The greatest cultural force in the world today is technology. It’s changingour jobs, our joys, and especially our education. It’s a whirlwind acceleratingfaster and faster. The problem is once we master one technology, anothercomes along to replace it. How can our education keep up with this whirlwind?The only things constant in modern digital life are the principles of howtechnology in general behaves. If we, and our students, can master theseprinciples we can attain “techno-literacy.” Becoming techno-literatewill enable us to thrive with the constantly new, the constantly complexifying,and the never-ending distractions and opportunities of more technology.And chief among these new skills is the requirement that we become a perpetualnewbie, learning how to learn all over again and again, possessing whatzen practioners call “Beginner’s Mind.” This is just one of adozen literacies I’ll introduce that are needed for the acceleration oftomorrow’s world.
Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He co-founded Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. He has just finished a book for Viking/Penguin called What Technology Wants, published October 18, 2010. He is also editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. He authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control.

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