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The bottom line is: it’s about how to achieve “far more, for far less”. It is actually something that digitalization makes possible for us to do nowadays – an extremely interesting phenomenon as such.

But it´s also about how to make sense of what is already happening in the industry for education, figuring out what might happen next, and making good strategic choices.

If you invest your time, resources and energy in the field of education I believe you can have use of this site.

However, it´s also about how to apply theories from the field of “Creative Destruction”, commonly known as “Disruption”, to the case of education – with a focus on higher ed. It is a field of theories that are easily misunderstood. Therefor: here some short words on how I view this field. It can be good knowledge to have, when you make up your own mind about all this.

Firstly: the point by the idea of disruption is its focus on “how” an industry change. Not if, but how. And what tends to happen during that process.

My interest is how this industry is changing, not how it did look yesterday.

Secondly: Digital technology, and thereby also Moore´s law, is extremely important to disruption. Though, it is not the whole answer. Disruption is also about customers, actors, strategic choices, business models, roles, competence, triggers, traffic, prime movers, King Kongs etc.

I am interested in how parts of this eco-system is changing, but also in how the eco-system as a whole is changing as such.

Thirdly: The idea of disruption is about how several parameters change at the same time, and how they relate to each other. We have to think, and act, dynamically, compared to static.

I am interested in how different parts of this system relates to each other and how one actors way of acting tend to interfere with another ones way of acting.

Bear in mind that this site is not, only, about what you see in front of you right now. Extrapolating future is most often just a bad idea. Change rarely happen that way. If one parameter is changing, another parameter have a tendency of also changing.

You can see this site as a way to understand “how” the future business landscape for education will look like, even before it is finally here.

But you can also see this site to be about how to act, already today, in order to be successful in the field of education, the way this industry is already evolving.

The center point for my rifle-scope is set on two different categories of actors: what historically was called “the teacher and the student” (calling them that in the future is most likely not a good idea), and then “the organization(s) surrounding learning”. They depend on each other and without one of them: no business. It would be like the music industry but without music, or music without the music industry.

Below is a clip with Clayton Christensen, professor at Harvard Business School, USA, using the term “disruptive education”. How come he never registered this site, and gave me that opportunity instead? Christensen was/is probably one of the best known analysts on the globe for the basic ideas behind “Disruption”. The clip gives a quick introduction to the way I tend to think.

I better add: It is probably obvious that I seriously believe education can/will become extremely much better with the help of digital tools. This is also a reason why I also like sharing personal experiences, for instance from “Ed-experiments” I make. But; I´m definitely not against learning-IRL. If I was, it would be like being a musician interested in streaming at the same time as one was against playing live. Why on earth would anyone even consider to be that? IRL will remain, also in the future; but in a different way than today.

Do not make the mistake and assume IRL to remain untouched by digital power.

Of course; I don´t know everything about future. But I am trying, hard, to figure out important parts of it. It is important to try. We all need a target and none of us can actually act without a picture of the future in mind, so it is only a question on how we think about future, not if. Practical action is a natural endpoint for analysis according me and in many ways I also seriously even believe that it is actually possible to figure out things about future. Not the least; if we utilize theory, we can. Theory is at least a far better tool to handle future than pure guessing, just wishing, or throwing a dice.

One could even ask; are there really any other relevant tools existing that can be useful when thinking about future, or acting in order to get there?

If you want to know more about the basic ideas behind this site, then I humbly suggest my recent book, see “What“.

P.S. do not miss Christensen’s great story you find in this clip about what happened when he was videotaped by Phoenix Online some years ago. In some sense; we are already in times of “disruptive education”.

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