The original delineation of disciplines as an either/or dualism (for instance, Science vs Art), is quite frankly not really conducive to the fluidity required in today’s world. This should be clear to just about anyone paying attention.
Many of us no longer have the safety net of coming straight out of college into a lifetime job. Heck, most of us won’t even be able to pay for college. You know this, this is old hat for everyone now. What we are mostly missing at this point is a constructive reaction to this situation.\
If this is such a well worn, “Oh sure we all know this” topic, then why is everyone still talking about it? What are the options?
It’s 2016 and MIT has just released their new Journal of Design and Science. It’s awesome. Everything in the inaugural issue, online now, is worth the read. It’s all about post-enlightenment age design and science process, which they are calling “The Entanglement”.
The term is by the brilliant Neri Oxman, who currently is an associate professor at MIT and is truly impressive in the scope of her vision.
But let that sink in. We are so fully inundated with the fact that things are radically different and that we need a new way of education and execution of our works, that people have created a journal about it. Yet solutions seem slim. It’s only now that the concepts are even becoming defined to the point beyond hand waving.
This Entanglement means that we need to focus more on how to learn, than on learning one particular field. Networks and tool sets become more important than degrees.
We need to work on developing not just the clever job title that goes on a business card, but the job that goes with it, that never existed before.
Why am I talking about this?
In July, there will be another Exosphere Academy. It’s an 8 week curriculum consisting of of two parts. The first is about developing Social, Business, and Personal Skills. The second part consists of subsets of focus which are Design and UX/UI, Coding, Biohacking, Philosophy, and Ethereum.
Skills learned will be verified through Mozilla OpenBadges, allowing for certification outside the classroom. Education will be collaborative not only within the focus areas but throughout the group as well. More than 80% of the people who have completed an Exosphere Academy have gone on to develop careers and habits that better their life, start their own businesses, and in general become better adapted to deal with the constant flux of the modern world.
I will be there teaching biology skills, including but not limited to: Microbiology, Genetic Modification, Hydroponics, and Brewing.
That’s it. That’s what I’ve got for you today. Problem stated, solution offered.
p.s. For anyone concerned about the cost, please consider my previous post on cost breakdown for Logistics and Planning on a Life Outside the University.