YOUR OLD ROAD IS RAPIDLY AGING

29/05/2012 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

PLEASE GET OUT OF THE NEW ONE IF YOU CAN’T LEND YOUR HAND*

Brilliant session at the Vivid Ideas talkfest last night with inspirational discussion around the institutional social divisions that prevent access to creative learning. A lot was covered, and we highly recommend listening in on the podcast here – but for those tainted by short attention spans we can provide a highlight reel of the broad socioeconomic and educational landscapes drawn out between the symbiotic poles of science and the arts. In short; the ‘digital divide’ is the gap created by institutionalised imbalances in gender, language, literacy or geographical distance. These are complex equations, factoring in cultural & financial issues with historical precedent and ingrained preconceptions about fundamental concepts of society (such as ‘learning’ or ‘creativity’ or ‘engineering’). While it’s refreshing to hear people talking about breaking down these walls rather than the usual blithe acceptance of things-as-they-are-and-ever-will-be (this is a discussion we are very much a part of here at 5WHQ); beyond refreshment, the folks at Vivid Ideas have served up terrific examples of people who are actually implementing solutions in the real world, to tear down access barriers, to build new concepts of learning and creativity. Humbling, to say the least.

Each speaker offered an insight into the kinds of things they are trying to implement in the name of opening new channels of learning, and between these broad strokes it becomes awe-strikingly clear just how close to the cusp of massive social change we are getting.

I can only recommend people get down and try to catch whatever sessions they can at this event (previously known as Creative Sydney), now in its fourth incarnation at the top of the MCA and other select venues, it has come into it’s own. Always enlightening, surprising and entertaining. And there’s pretty lights too.

*with apologies to Robert Zimmerman

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