Modeling a Paradigm Shift: From Producer Innovation to User and Open Collaborative Innovation
MIT professor Eric von Hippel spoke at Harvard's Berkman Center Luncheon and this was streamed live to Harvard's virtual island (and browsers) at 9:30 am Pacific Time.
World University and School will represent a paradigm shift:
Here's an email I sent to Eric von Hippel, his reply, and then my reply.
Dear Professor Von Hippel,
Greetings from Berkeley. Thanks for a fascinating and informative presentation this morning at Harvard's Berkman Center which I saw online from here.
I want to let you know about the open innovation and collaborative World University and School, which I'm developing (http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University). It's like Wikipedia with MIT OCW, Berkeley Webcast, and other great open course ware, is editable and facilitates people-to-people teaching via video and interactively in virtual worlds like Croquet, OpenSim and Second Life. WUaS is planning on offering free degrees with matriculating classes beginning in 2014 for B.A.s, Law Degrees, Medical Degrees and Ph.D.s, potentially through partnering with great universities such as MIT, Harvard and Berkeley. WUaS would like it to be in all 3,000-8,000 languages (each as their own school, some degree-granting), and in all (200-ish) countries; Wikipedia is in around 272 languages, by way of comparison. There is already a free Harvard doctoral degree in education for 25 students in 2011 and 2012 (in Cambridge) linked at WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses#Free_Ph.D.s. This January-May 2011, WUaS will stream, in real time, a free, open UC Berkeley Biological Anthropology course with Terry Deacon (Harvard Ph.D.), and offer WUaS credit.
There are already many open, free resources at this open, free teaching and learning wiki, which should grow abundantly over the years. There's even a budding wiki music school (potentially for all musical instruments). With all languages, we would also like to work toward a universal translator building on Google Translate and other translation projects.
(Besides developing World University and School, I teach an open, free course on Harvard's Berkman Island in Second Life on Saturdays - http://socinfotech.pbworks.com).
WUaS is looking for collaborators, particularly faculty and students at great universities, who might enjoy, for example, developing a WUaS 'Subject' page - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects - or helping develop, for example, the Computer Science Subject page (department) in remarkable ways. For all of this, we are looking to develop financial resources, as well.
As a world university, WUaS is a remarkable opportunity for contributing to the paradigm shift from producer innovation to user and open collaborative innovation (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2010/09/vonhippel) which you talked about today.
I hope we might come into further communication about this. Thank you for an edifying talk.
And here's is Eric von Hippel's reply:
Hi, Scott -
I really do appreciate what you are doing and think it is very important - thank you for telling me about it.
On my side, I am so totally swamped - studies going on in 4 countries at once, etc - that I simply cannot interact on this one. I very much hope you understand and I wish you every success!
Thanks for your support, and I'm glad we've made contact.
Here is Webnographers.org - a wiki bibliography focusing on virtual ethnography - with some of yours and Christina Raasch's books
Good luck with all your projects!
All the best,
Just added "Scott McNealy's favourite Sun Innovations" video to Webnographers.org:
as well as a Scott McNealy video "Breaking the Rules":
(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/09/waterfall-pool-paradigm-shift.html - September 14, 2010)