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Making is Connecting

April 7, 2009

I was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Lego Idea conference, alongside the artist Olafur Eliasson. The Idea Conference is where they invite various thinkers about creativity, social issues, the future, etc, to share their ideas – it isn’t necessarily about Lego at all. I’ve always liked Olafur Eliasson’s work (he did The Weather Project – that giant sun – at Tate Modern), and have a good relationship with Lego anyway, so I wasn’t likely to say no.

It was a talk of 20 minutes or so, plus some Q&A. I tried to boil what I wanted to say down to some simple statements … which are even more boiled down here, in this 9-minute YouTube version:

The aim is to take the principles of Web 2.0 – why people want to make and share things – and to apply this to broader creative activities – ones that don’t *even* involve the internet! And then, to argue that this shift from a ‘sit back and be told’ culture to a ‘making and doing’ culture is the best hope we’ve got for the human race.

Therefore, some quite benign-looking statements about people making and sharing have some rather more radical implications, such as a complete rehaul of the education system from scratch, and the eradication of television, amongst others…

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