The @BreakDrink Campus Tech Connection (#CTCX)podcast posse discussed our thoughts on social justice and technology today. If you missed the recent podcast you can take a listen HERE and/or read the show notes that have been Storify-ed. A few of the key themes we touched upon include:
I. How Technology is Created & Used – the global impact & consumerism.
II. BYOD & Social Economic Status for Students on Campus – no student left technologically behind.
III. How Technology Can Support Issues & Causes – how to engage our learners.
We had many questions about what others in higher education and student affairs thought about social justice and technology:
- Does technology provide our students with tools for revolution or activism?
- What does our technology & consumption mean for our students and educators?
- Who has access to technology on campus?
- Are we really contributing and engaging in the global community with a RT or Like?
- How can we have better collaborative and collective modes of technology paired with social justice actions at our institutions?
We just touched the tip of the talks for what it means for technology & social justice.
What got me thinking further was an interesting presentation by @maymaym (Meitar Moscovitz) at the 8th Public Anthropology Conference titled “Dreaming of Compassion”. This talk discusses how the internet now affords social changes and issues to come together and be valued beyond cultural, geographical, economic, and political boundaries to the entire human race in our connected realities.
“In the network economy, the more plentiful things become, the more valuable they become.” Kevin Kelly
This principle of “the more, the merrier” brings into question of how we value of different relationship types in the social network and how our objectives can be intertwined with others social pursuits and needs in the world. Similar social networks provide both connections and shared intelligence. There is a great amount of power that can be influenced and perpetuated in a collective organization. A few examples we discussed include:
Open Ideas http://www.openideo.com/
Since social networks and viral activity have the ability to spreads news and information at an accelerated rate, it is possible that online action can start an actual reaction. The question we put back out there is to find out how other educators engage learners to move their connections of goodness beyond a RTs or Like, and put it into action?