I happen to like books, particularly e-books. It takes time to consume them – different from social media. Forces us to think things through.
But writing them also takes time. In addition; it easily becomes a lonely process, not the kind of feedback we can get from talking to others.
Thanks to digitalization, we nowadays can write books in a different way, make it public.Subscribe. I can ping you when this blog has transformed itself into a book.
In the end, when the content here is good/extensive/relevant enough, a book will come out of this blog, also a digital course. Perhaps called “Disruptive Education – how to become successful on the new business landscape for education“.
I have written books about digitalization before, for instance “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 term disruptive innovation.
Though this book is also about what “Digital transformation“, another often 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 digitalize everything”. Instead, it’s the antidote to disruption.
In the book “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.
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 fun enough; even though we hear the music industry constantly being mentioned as “the case” of disruption, what really happened is seldom that well understood.
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 the books.
Why not also subscribe on my 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, entertaining, hands on – often with the help of stories and metaphors.
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