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OPEN: How we'll work, live and learn in the future [Kindle Edition]

David Price
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What makes a global corporation give away its prized intellectual property? Why are Ivy League universities allowing anyone to take their courses for free? What drives a farmer in rural Africa to share his secrets with his competitors?

A collection of hactivists, hobbyists, forum-users and maverick leaders are leading a quiet but unstoppable revolution. They are sharing everything they know, and turning knowledge into action in ways that were unimaginable even a decade ago. Driven by technology, and shaped by common values, going ‘open’ has transformed the way we live. It’s not so much a question of if our workplaces, schools and colleges go open, but when.

Packed with illustration and advice, this entertaining read by learning futurist, David Price, argues that ‘open’ is not only affecting how we are choosing to live, but that it’s going to be the difference between success and failure in the future.

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'From every perspective Open will open your mind to some of the real implications of digital technologies for how we live and learn in the 21st century.' --Sir Ken Robinson, world-leading expert on education and creativity

'Open is a tour de force that is by turns inspiring, shocking, highly entertaining, but above all practical.' --Mark Stevenson, author of 'An Optimist s Tour of the Future'

'David has constructed a powerful argument for Open Education initiatives and disciplines, not just within Academia, but also within Enterprise. His insights and observations make this a must read book for decision makers and senior managers in understanding what is possible within their own institutions, and what is essential in supporting vocationally focused education and life long learning.' --Alan S. Greenberg, Education Technologies Consultant & ex Apple Education EMEA/Asia

About the Author

David Price is a writer, consultant, speaker, and trainer. He is a Senior Associate at the Innovation Unit, in England, and Director of Educational Arts. He consults with organisations and schools, and has led a range of ground-breaking, innovative, education programmes. He has given talks all over the world, and written extensively. In 2009, he was made an Officer of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen for services to education. He lives in Leeds, England. For more info on the author, please visit:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1909979015
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crux Publishing (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FLYFS98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,626 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Anna G
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In a time where many of those involved education in the UK are distracted by the 'my way is better than your way' debates, Open reminds us of the learners that should be at the heart of any education approach but that are too often forgotten. The book exemplifies not just the way people learn when allowed the space, choice and freedom to do so but also places that in the context of what 21st century learners will need in this changing world. This is a must-read for anyone in education or if you have young children about to start their own journey through the exams factory, a system which seems ill equipped to provide for them as learners. If you're a tired teacher or parent, the snappy pace and personal anecdotes help make this book an enjoyable an informative read after a long week at the chalkface and will leave you with plenty to mull over once you have finished!
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5.0 out of 5 stars File under 'Required Reading' 16 Oct. 2013
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This excellent book comes at a very crucial time when education policy in the UK appears to be going backwards. This work points to a progressive and open future, something policy makers not just in the UK but globally, should take heed of.

Although educators everywhere will no doubt take something fresh and inspiring here, the real brilliance of this work is in how it connects to the wider global context.

Taking key historical events and factoring in the technological, socio-political and economic changes, the book highlights how the internet has been a key facilitator in opening up everything and the cultural change it embodies. Drawing on everything from W. B Yeats and perhaps even Marshal McLuhan this work underlines how we are in flux, at a tipping point. Of course there will be struggles as old hierarchies and institutions either fail to adapt or attempt to contain this change. David Price outlines how corporations from Xerox to Google have begun to adopt elements of this model and how individuals are becoming 'prosumers', breaking down dualities to a synthesis of consumer and producer.

Our cultural critics have been talking about this in one way or another for a while now but often not in tandem nor offering a clear path. In a recent piece for The Guardian, Will Self touched on this idea paraphrasing McLuhan on 'the transformation from what he termed "the linear Gutenberg technology" to the "total field"... implied by the instantaneity of electricity... that this was a change in the human mind as well as the human hand.'

In the 1980s Baudrillard anticipating the internet offered much the same when he said, "We no longer partake in the drama of alienation, but are in the ecstasy of communication".
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5.0 out of 5 stars OPEN...for an inspirational read 6 Oct. 2013
By Paul K.
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Dave Price's entertainingly serious book arrives at a particularly critical time for education. The tectonic plates upon which whole systems of educational beliefs and structures have been constructed are shifting dramatically - driven by powerful and unstoppable forces of change. 'OPEN' describes those forces and provides both a great opportunity and a serious well as a very good read.

The opportunity is to understand, create and implement the innovative and, importantly, successful approaches to education that fill the book, and which are truly fit for 21st century purposes. Dave Price expertly and persuasively describes these approaches and the rapidly changing landscape that they acknowledge and embrace.

The challenge is to those - many of whom are in positions of significant power and influence - who are hanging on for dear life to approaches to education that are well past their sell-by-date and who, sadly and arrogantly, insist on imposing them on our children and young people. An essential and inspiring read. Paul Kleiman, UK
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Changing 11 Oct. 2013
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David Price's 'Open' arrived in my consciousness via a Ken Robinson recommendation on Twitter, which should tell you all you need to know about how creative, engaging and energising it is. It spoke to my radical soul - as a teacher, leader, parent and citizen. I loved its humour, its humanity and above all the way it challenged my thinking in a practical, motivational way. It made me want to do stuff - changing the world stuff. I will not stop banging on about this book to my students, friends, colleagues and managers. BUY IT. Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well written book. 14 Oct. 2013
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David Price has a light touch when writing about complicated educational theory, making this book not just for Education Academics,but for every Teacher and Parent who are concerned how education is delivered in 2013,and in the future.
His analysis of Education and Business methods is accessible to most of us.
When reading this book,it is obvious,that David is passionate about improving the educational outcomes for young people's and thus their future
Let's hope someone in the Education Dept.get their hands on a copy of this book.!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and insightful 22 Oct. 2013
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The book is like its author: engaging, insightful, inspirational and very clever. It explains a lot about the world we live in, and how we all learn, even if you have been out of formal education for decades. Even if you have nothing to do with education, you should read this book, and if you are in education, particularly if you are teaching, you really have to read this book, so that your students can benefit from what you will learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must! Read it and be inspired at your own risk!
David Price is capturing the times we live in with such optimistic flare. I feel compelled to change in spite the fact, that I am already doing some of the work he is so... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mrs Aniko Murray
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where the 'techie' generation is leading us
An important book that I have given to all my 'techie' children. They are part of the change so need to know where their work is leading.
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An excellent thought provoking read. Recommended especially to Ministers of Education.
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Published 7 months ago by daja
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I didn’t really get on with this book. It contains some interesting sketches of where a more open approach to learning and to business practice, facilitated by advances in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book
An extraordinary book. If I were the education secretary I would make this compulsory reading for all students, parents and teachers - and fine those who refused ;)

It... Read more
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A great book. It's an easy read with some very compelling arguments. I've got young kids in school and work in a very command and control company so I'm going to do my best to... Read more
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