Sunday, November 13, 2011

You have probably come across this before...

It's not very often that I come across something which literally leaves me stunned, inspired and envious all at the same time. And rather self consciously, I introduce Khan Academy. Self consciously because you have almost certainly come across it before. And by introducing you to it I will be betraying how behind the times I can be in certain departments. But I only came across it this afternoon when out at a kids birthday party while chatting with some parents. For those of you who don't know, it's education taken to a new level. You can stop, start and pause it. You can progress in any direction you like. And you can do all of this at your own pace.

What a fantastic idea. And completely free. Which is where the envy kicks in. I wish I could have a free portion of EthOS exclusively for people to share their realities, priorities and day to day challenges so we can all see how alike we really are. Whether we live in Montreal or Mombassa. Tehran or Tel Aviv. You see, having been raised for a short period of my life in Iran's second city, Mashad and the rest in a small English seaside town. And later on having nested myself inside respondent's homes and lives in places ranging from Shanghai to Stockholm, I can tell you that we share many more similarities than we do differences. And it's similarities that governments and news organisations never seem to dwell on. So whilst the minority loudest among us get all the airtime, the meek, the majority, really can inherit the earth.

All that's left is for me to get my thinking cap on...


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