Open:How We’ll Work, Live and Learn in the Future
by David Price
Crux Publishing (2013) Paperback, 212 pages
“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 open, but when.”
Some of what David Price discusses in Open: How We’ll Work, Live and Learn in the Future, has been a hot topic for decades-particularly concerning the issues of education, and student engagement. Price does predict a dreary future for the traditional education model, although, I am not quite sure whether his ideas would work much better in the long run.
Price eloquently explains the recent shift in business processes from being secretive giants that trust no competitor, to a growing network of businesses that are collaborating with each other, and sharing information in order to grow ideas more freely. Meanwhile, major universities are opening up popular courses to the general public free online, through the growing MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) curriculum, allowing everyone the chance to learn new skills, primarily in tech and science.
With the abundance of information that is available to everyone online, a social and economic shift is taking place, with those who understand the new paradigm joining in the benefits, while those who ignore its power being left behind, on the wrong side of a digital divide of sorts. And as much as I found this book interesting, David Price offered me only one side of the story-namely his. What he doesn’t bring up very often are the cons of an Open system.
There are quite a few loose ends dealing with trademarks and creative ownership that should be addressed more closely, rather than simply announcing that open sharing of all information is the future. That said, I found this book very interesting-I recommend it to anyone interested in the future of Business, Education, Technology and Economics.
One fact that is made abundantly clear from reading Open, is that the future is changing as fast as new technologies are, and those that do not (or cannot) assimilate will be stuck in a bygone era, unable to compete.
(4 out of 5)