Norman Macrae Youth Foundation NMYF -net of The Economist's pro-youth economist
OLA = OPEN LEARNING ACTIVITY
Where did the OLA Search come from?
We first heard gossip about this extraordinary human race among leading experimenters in MOOC at Harvard EDX -one of 40 branches of a worldwide partnership experiment in open education. AN OLA is a training module that viralises among students because it is so pivotal to becoming competent at some skill or service that makes your life's work valued.
HOW OLA MATCHES THE ECONOMIST's ENTREPRENEURIAL REVOLUTION (est 1972) OF THE GREATEST HUMAN GROWTH OF POST-INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
At any given time the league of top 1000 OLA's represents how to sustain the greatest growth of the next generation's knowledge economy out of every community. This is a natural consequence of the way OLA multiplies value between collaboratively networked users (the opposite of the scarcity dynamics of consuming up things in the industrial economy)
AN OLA is something you may best recognize because of the viral buzz it connects around youth (and anyone who is growing their life) in a productive way. It mediates the opposite of viral trivia. Here are some of the characteristics that most OLA's exhibit
1 A world's most passionate/practical/entrepreneurial person in a particular skill, can script what students need to know first and viralise through the OLA in under 9 minutes of audio -more eg there will often be sub-OLA's gravitating around the top OLA whose job (as an Open Learning Activity) is to light unquenchable curiosity, self-confidence and collaboration in each person it stimulates.
2 Having listened to a top 1000's OLA content, the worlds of education (online and community offline) offer massive free invitations to practice it -this could be a video game simulation, a set of quizzes, the invitation to linkin to various alumni groups of the OLA, a peer to peer competition on what can be done next that couldn't de done before knowing about the OLA, ...
3 An OLA is often at a junction between disciplines. It frees students who previously were offered long separated curricula who therefore didn't enjoy enough time and real world experience that such a brilliantly connected skill could have empowered them with. In other cases, an OLA is the next step into deeper accomplishment - eg there are many human possibilities that it is impossible to wholly analyse unless you have been introduced to calculus. Globally, over 99% of adults whose living -and life impacts - depends on numeracy don't know this.
4 Many OLA's will be economically most valuable because they can narrow digital and other divides between rich and poor. By definition of millennium goal leadership responsibilities, at least half of OLA's can be expected to be pivotal to the most massive collaboration goals of our human race such as health and nutrition and literacy for children wherever they are born. OLAS can bridge cultures with the youthful invitation to celebrate achieving Impossible Becomes Possible goals due to being connected by a million times more collaboration technology than ever before. Psychologists have evidence that the drive for learning is at least as great as any other drive including sex- why not join in freeing every human being to interact the joy of OLA now?
5 OLAs change the world of education by: reducing the cost of endless repetition and unnecessary separation of professions; celebrating the open self-confidence of the student as collaborative action learner in a more joyfully diverse way than endless examination of over-standardized theory. Parents without borders should demand that OLA's rapidly reduce political arguments over what every child should be freely educated/developed by. If this isn't what the core social purpose of the internet needs to mediate, what is IT?
Current script on top 1000 OLA SEARCH