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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Michael – “Iran, the cell phone revolution”

6a00d83451c45669e20115701fad26970c-500wiAs the world watches and listens to historic change in Iran, I wonder if the protesters really know how far their media has traveled. Their access to the internet  is blocked. Only a few foreign journalists have been allowed to stay and reporting is limited. The images of young people banded together for a common cause are quite compelling.

For some of the authors on this blog, this is the first massive movement of activism you have noticed with global impact.

Picture 3“You” emerged more than a few years ago as the hero for Time Magazine’s person of the year. (2006) Citizen journalism or “participatory journalism” is not necessarily new by technology timelines.

The dramatic footage sent by mostly young people from Iran tell a story deeper than civil protest. There is no violence in this movie file. Turn up the volume. Listen to the story. This is one long continuous shot from a mobile phone, traveling along the street during protest. It is about technology.  It is their primary link to the outside world for expression. These are authentic stories that have crossed all channels and platforms using all types of media.

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Jacqueline – music, music, music!

I can’t say that I dislike music but I can’t also say that it has any impact on me, well not contemporary music that’s for sure. The music I’ve been listening to hasn’t really done anything to change what I think or how I feel.

The music that is played right now is very moronic. Nothing makes any sense in today’s music…just about how people feel when they break-up and how every relationship and its break-up was different from the other. The relationship songs are nonsense and almost every artist’s songs are all relationship song, it really doesn’t have a story to it, rather than something that says “I love you take me back” and the next song about the same person saying, “You hurt me and I want you away from me.” I’m so tired of it. Listening to the same thing over and over again, I’ve decided to start listening to some older stuff. I mean my friends were listening to them and my dad is such a huge fan of all those classic artist, so what’s gonna hurt if i listen to them.

zelinI remember hanging out with my dad when I was little, maybe around 7 or 8 and the first bands I have ever listened to were bands like The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and the very very first one was The Beatles. There was something about those bands that really got to me.

There was some sort of a strange but amazing vibe that I got from listening to them and I really enjoyed it. This went went on utill I started seventh grade, then I kind of turned away from it. It is such a shame that I walked away from that part of my life. But since seventh grade my brain was rotten with such toxin tunes. Like I said, it’s not all bad but it is to a point where it’s just pure garbage.

I guess where I am trying to go with this is that music changes through every generation and the more it changes the more and more it’s just plain trash.

“The Doors- People Are Strange”

“Miley Cyrus- The 7 Things I Hate About You”

You be the judge.  Miley or The Doors?

Salvador – A World Change

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That´s like a Nikolas_The Flip-Side post comment. Of course. We (young people arround the world) should change the world. We have to eliminate the injustices that there are arround the world, eradicating poverty, ensuring that all we are equal, that people won´t be more rich than other person, no more powerful than other people, no difference between countries, that everyone study on the school. But we must change many things, how we live, think, change the policy, the economy (although that is giving us many problems in all countries of the world, and we continue supporting the economy, I don´t know why) We have to change everything, that not have wars and discrimination, racism or hunger in the world. If we do nothing, we´ll destroy the world. Technology, communication, Internet, media are essential to say to the people “We have to change the world”. It is also necessary to take care of the planet and animals, plants, everything in it, so we need to find a form of development that does not damage the environment, take care, there is a radical change, reinventing everything all the technology and research and create all that we have now but that doesn´t pollute.

Nicole – mobiles in Ecuador

Its interesting how people in Ecuador are always looking for the latest gadgets. For example,  i’ve heard from one of my teachers that people in Ecuador change their cellphones within a period of three months. is this normal in other places around the world?

please comment..

probably im the exception haha i just got a Blackberry as a birthday present. however i took a picture for you to know how often i change phones haha (im not joking!)

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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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Jacqueline – YTC and Me

Being a part of Youth Technology Corps (www.ytcorps.org) has been one of the greatest experience that I’ve encountered. When I first started, I was a little bit nervous, because I didn’t know what were we really doing and I didn’t think I would be able to do whatever we were going to do. Along the way I’ve learned more and more about what we were doing and also made friends with some new people. Not only did i make some friends from school but I met a lot of really great people from Mexico and Ireland and having the chance to get to know them and learn more about their culture. Meeting new people from other countries and exploring the world of YTC to them. One of the other things we do every year for the program is that we go out to the community and teach young kids how to use some of the computer programs. This experience had taught me better people skills, and better at public speaking. Being apart of this program means so much me and i am proud of being in such a thing.

Michael – YTC’s founder Dave Finkel

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