Apping your personality

By Sonja Nikcevic

(See what I did there? Hilarious. I know.)

Once upon a time, not too long ago, the contents of your purse, or pocket, could tell you a lot about your personality, and life situation. Sadly small coins, pieces of lint, and library card usually meant student, while a mix of pop-up books, diapers, lipstick and day planners meant Supermom. Now zip back into the technologically-charged present and you’ll see that not much has changed. The content of your pocket and bag can still tell the world who you are, but now, all that content has been neatly wrapped up into a smartphone shaped super-gadget/mirror into your soul.



Continue reading

Put Your Pencils Down

By Daniel Isler

A little girl sits down in her class to draw a drawing. The teacher approaches her, and asks her: “what is it that you’re drawing, love?”

The girl answers: “I am drawing a picture of God.”

The teacher, confused, answers: “But nobody knows what God looks like!”

“They will in a minute” answers the little girl.

In 2006 (this was seven years ago. Time flies by), Sir Ken Robinson, an expert on education of the arts gave a mesmerizing 20 minutes lecture on TED. This was when TED was still an innovative way to communicate new and groundbreaking knowledge in a fun and direct manner – just a tiny bit before it was adopted by stoned click-the-link-intellectuals, and became a hub for any kind of short lecture, regardless of its significance for human knowledge. This transformation in TED’s status might be yet another example for the message Sir Robinson is trying to deliver in this lecture and in his books. Schools of public education, he argues, had become a mere long process of university admissions. The capabilities and educational desires of individual students are being redesigned in order for them to comply with “market demands”, “academic standards” and so forth. Robinson says that this is not a viable way of educating children in the 21st century. Schools kill the creativity each and every one of us is born with, and standardize us in ways that “delete” some talents that might have been way more important than mathematics or proper writing. Continue reading