I happen to like books, particularly e-books – which are not really books in the traditional sense. It takes time to consume them, seriously different from social media. Forces us to think things through. That is the big point by them.
But creating them also takes time. In addition; creating easily becomes a somewhat lonely process, and without the valuable feedback we can get from others.
However; thanks to digitalization, books nowadays can be created in a different way, by making the creating-process as such public.
In the end, when the content on this site is good/extensive/relevant enough, a book will come out, also a digital course. Probably called “Disruptive Education – how to become successful on the new business landscape for education“.
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I have published books … and run courses … about digitalization before, for instance the book Stop! Nobody Move – Transformation beyond digital. I wrote it in order to help out on how to think, and act, when an industry, like education, is changing due to digital powers. Stop, don´t move … try it! It starts off with Columbus, 1492, and the consequences of his non-digital map. And Miras smartphone … the one that she used, after stopping, to save her and my daughter when the attack happened year 2017.
But really, the stories in this book are only there in order to help us to make practice of the so commonly used buzzword disruptive innovation. What is actually disruption about, in reality?
Though this book is also about what Digital transformation, another commonly used buzzword, really should be about. Hint: it´s neither about productivity nor about business development – we don´t need a new buzzword for things we already know how to do. And it’s not ”let’s just digitalize everything”. Instead, it’s the antidote to disruption.
In Play it, well: Strategies for digitally disruptive times I use the music industry, actually as a guinea pig. The point is: that industry has already disrupted, but what happened, why and how? And what did not happen, and why? I use it to help us explore what is happening in reality to other industries, like education. There are patterns in how a disruptive process plays out to discover. And when we know them, we can use this knowledge to our own advantage.
The substitution of vinyl and CDs for iTunes and piracy, and nowadays streaming, is an unusually illustrative example of how disruption plays out in practice. But strange enough; even though we hear the music industry constantly being mentioned as “the case” of disruption, what really happened is seldom that well understood. It is actually more common that this industrial change is misunderstood.
As an example from this book: not that many people seem to be interested in why Pink Floyd ones sued EMI, actually for putting them on iTunes … and winning the case … and then, just a couple of months later, coming back to iTunes … but at the same time head for streaming. Pink Floyd ”played disruption”. Will educators start acting in a similar way further on? Will ”iTunes, piracy, even streaming, of education” start to evolve soon? Has it already?
I keep published books updated here.
I run a course at Coursera about all this. You will for instance discover how to use “the rabbit that ones changed Australia” in order to understand what is happening to education. That “rabbit-story” is pretty useful in practice – not the least in order to figure out future. The course can be taken in parallel to reading my books.
I also have a YouTube-channel, Henrik Blomgren Intentional. I make short clips on this topic from time to time. I try to make my them a bit different. There are already far more YouTube-clips out there than needed. Hopefully a bit entertaining, hands on – and most often with the help of stories and metaphors, so we can touch and feel what all this actually is about. There are to many abstract words used in this world, not making things possible to really grasp.
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