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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Pamela – I met the Eggman

Hi everyone, I know you haven’t so much about me and here is an opportunity for me to get you to know me.

For the past few years I’ve been a Beatles fan –proud of it 🙂 —

As I was surfing the net I found this awesome introduction video from the new 360 game The Beatles Rock band :D.

To be honest I haven’t played the video game.. but I’m dying to do so. I heard it has some really good songs 🙂 such as:
Day Tripper
Here comes the sun
I am the Walrus!!
I want to hold your hand
and of course
Octopus’s Garden

I hope you like it, and let me know how it goes! 😀

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.

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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Aruna – Bittersweet but connected

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Do we take things for granted? I wonder how students our age who live in underdeveloped countries would feel if they had to all of a sudden use a computer everyday? Or own a TV? OR watch a movie? That we take for granted. We know all about kids in Africa because we are connected. They probably know very little about about us. Let’s invent some way to let them know who we are.

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Michael – YTC’s founder Dave Finkel

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