I’m sure I’m not the only one who has often found the rate of technological innovation both overwhelming, fascinating and scary, yet at the same time also exciting.
I find it’s also often too easy to lose track of where we are going but what has been achieved in such a small period of time. One could even define this as the essence of technology. I can’t remember the real stats but, you know, something like… what we can now achieve in a year is what fifty years ago we did over thirty years, or something like that.
It still amazes me to think back in time to December 1st, 1913 to when Henry Ford cracked the scaling idea to produce motor cars, through an assembly line, for an ever willing spending public.
Luckily, (I reckon I fall into this category) a lot of us have been blessed with our own complex and sophisticated time machines between our ears, which we refer to as “brains”. I’m now going to reach back in time, into mine, to tell you a personal story, about 15 years ago.
After graduating at the age of 24 and feeling rather disillusioned with the idea of joining the rat-race in London, I looked for opportunities abroad where I could put my German speaking skills and media production chops to good use. Needless to say, taking “a great position” in a cut throat recruitment company, pitching to the German IT market, where it was a pre requisite to make around 100 cold calls a day, and lie directly to potential candidates, all in the name of lead generation, did not bear the fruit I was looking for. Nor did it enrich my soul and fulfill my higher purpose.
Alas, I returned to London looking to get involved in what I really loved, which was creative video / media production and trying to add honest value to customers.
I want you to bear in mind when you read this, that around 14 years ago Mr Jobs had not yet disrupted the video production world with the release of imovie, the music world with itunes, nor were Mac desktops, laptops and iphones so omnipresent.
I won’t even get into smartphones just yet, as we all know, that topic is another fast moving beast altogether.
Suffice it to say that creating video media back in early 2000 was doable by means of bulky cameras, but editing the footage and putting the finished content into a finished video package was painstaking and a real challenge, to say the least. If you did not have access to an “editing suite” or know anyone in the video/film production industry, your raw footage would sit on the shelf, hidden on tape, to gather dust. A documentary I was working on at the time became rather stuck and forgotten just simply because I wasn’t able to edit the footage. I’ll elaborate on this a bit later..
I have always thought that I became involved in education some 14 years ago for the simple reasons that I wanted to create and innovate and, essentially, to help others in the world. Inherited from my mother, I certainly feel like a natural teacher and not only consider it my responsibility to pass on what I know and have learned on this funky, yet overly polluted and populated planet.
As many educators who understand their vocation, I take an enormous pleasure from passing on this knowledge. The magic then extends for me when students can go out into the world and make a change, in their own way, with their new found skills.
Part 2/3 next week…