Rise of the Technology Class

These conversations are between students from Ecuador, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the US who see technology serving a higher purpose: A counter-culture to their predecessors. This is evidence of a new type of generative class who apply technology to their creativity with art, music, science and involvement within the community. Their activity is transparent and active to our evolving civility. These multinational students are socially conscious storytellers. The Moderator of this conversation, Michael Davis is an Executive MBA graduate of Steinbeis University Germany, The Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

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Nicole – Graffiti in Quito, Ecuador

IMG_0364.JPGGraffiti is considered as an art in some places around the world. however, here in Quito it is not, at least not so much as an art, but in a way of people of expressing themselves.

I’ve seen in my city, few walls that are amazing works of art. one of these walls were given to young people to do what they wanted to do.  the finale product was great and you can see almost their personalities through their way of painting. nevertheless there are thousands of walls in Quito that, personally I don’t consider an art, but a way of people of expressing about society. most of these walls are messages talking about politics. young people expressing what they think, what they hate. sometimes these messages can be rude, senseless, funny, etc.

I agree with the fact that people wants to express how they feel about their societies, but I really don’t like the tools some of them are using. all this unity, all this energy should be focused in an other way because it seems that they forget that its our city we are talking about, not a blank page.

Young people’s opinion is important, but our city image to tourists and the rest of the world is important too.

Quito is a beautiful city with intelligent people who want to express themselves and make a change around them. however they need to do it in the right way, with the right tools.

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Kaito – Do you forget we are connected?

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Culture. It is a very good word.

Around the world. How many websites you can tell about the culture? Too many. I find a popular site, to share with my friends. It is – J! – ENT for pop culture, fashion, music, talks and entertainment.

It is for all countries. People’s lives and the way we are talking. I have to travel to countries in Europe, America and India.

Today this information = statement of thanks to the computer and I think our precious mobile phone.

I know about the world with a connection to the Internet. If no internet I would not know this place.

http://www.j-entonline.com/

Caridad – My musical tastes

I like a bit of everything. Classical music such as Beethoven and Mozart; Spanish pop music – The Rosario Flores, Pignoise; Irish pop music – The Script. Telenovelas’s music; “Las tontas no van al cielo,” “pasion de gavilanes,” “rebelte way.”; The typical music of the Disney factory; High School Musical, Hanna Montana, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Alyson Stoner.

The kind of music I like most is the English pop; Leona Lewis, Ashley Tisdale, Craig Davis, Hilary Duff, Taylor Swift and many more.

*Telenovela: a series with great drama and it always leaves you wanting more. And this is because they leave you with the curiosity of what will happen in the next chapter.

Nikolas – Glenview, a suburb of Chicago

It is true, living in Glenview, a very nice US suburban town, I have been exposed to some of the latest and greatest technology offered to modern communities.

This means that I have a very different viewpoint than people in other countries who don’t have access.

I may take things I see here for granted and see them as just normal tools or ways to communicate in my community…when really in other towns and countries they could be considered a luxury or super high tech.

Living in an area where material items are abundant, probably makes me much more skeptical than students in remote cities in other countries.

Kaito – breaking sterotypes…being the artist

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Some of my friends in the US do not know how much the center of culture can start in Tokyo. Imagine please New York, Paris, London, Berlin and San Paulo all of them in to one city. That is Tokyo. Japan is an island. It is difficult for Western people to make the trip. Culture in form of art and music begin here and develops. Invents itself. Yes, we are also the influence of the eastern and western world culture. The force of artistic culture is so powerful here that it is feeling more than the technology advances of our culture. Please see the following link for a new movement to share artistic talent through expression and content. Thank you very much.

WHAT’S CoFesta:

JAPAN INTERNATIONAL CONTENTS FESTIVAL (Called “CoFesta”) is the world’s largest comprehensive “contents” festival. The events connected with the contents industry like games, animation, manga , characters, broadcast, music and film are held in cooperation with each other.

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While various contents from Japan influence and improve each other and cooperate in media technology industry to inform of our statement, CoFesta aims to be the world’s largest contents festival which create new capability and spread it abroad widely.

http://www.cofesta.jp/2009/en/index.html

Veena – Technology in Chicago

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I feel that in Chicago, there are two attitudes among the general public towards technology. There are those who think that technology’s purpose is to make life for themselves easier, and those who believe that the purpose is to benefit the world as a whole. It seems that for every person I see driving a Smart Car, I see two or three in a gas-guzzling SUV. Although I often wish I had one of those 4-wheel drive monsters in January when I’m stuck in 2 feet of snow, I know that that technology is impractical for the daily life of a Chicago resident. I find it surprising how few hybrids you actually see on the streets, for all the talk there is about them, you would expect to see a lot more. While Chicago and the rest of the U.S. are still trying to wrap their heads around electricity, France has developed the technology to create the Air Car. Has anyone else heard about this? It runs on compressed air! If everyone in Chicago had one of those, no one would care that we have the highest gas prices in the nation!

Here is a short news report about the Air Car:

Michael – Santiago Papasquiaro meets Cicero

Many of the authors on rise of the technology class are part of Youth Technology Corp. An organization that helps students connect around the world.  Although YTC focuses on technology, what they do for young people and communities serves a higher purpose.

“Most after-school programs ‘teach’ a fixed content, and repeat each semester. They are not set up to allow each individual student to develop their own skills and perspective over time. YTC creates an environment where the curiosity and ambition of each teen is given a chance to come out and be supported and encouraged. They start out doing something fun and physical with ‘cool’ and relevant technology that provides quick and meaningful rewards and a sense of personal mastery.” -YTC Founder Dave Finkel

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