My not-polished list of signals to think through

Heading home after another EdCan Network Regional Exchange.

I need to write down some of my ideas for signals that I see in our world. Later I’ll try to apply them to education, to see what might have value in our space. Feel free to comment and help me out, okay?

  • custom, handmade, “bespoke” items (personalized, unique, intentionally different, curated)
  • audience and approval (snapchat and instagram, followers, subs, likes, favourites, pruning)
  • return the analog, the analog renaissance (tabletop games, physical books, visual arts, no-phone-zone)
  • mental health awareness (prioritizing individual well-being over homogeneous requirements, arbitrary time, rigidity)
  • results are greater than conformity and compliance (working from home, staggered or varying hours, managers for productivity instead of compliance)
  • science fiction renaissance (thanks Matt Damon)
  • quiet (yoga, adult colouring, gardening and farming, hiking)
  • inefficient activities (games, cooking, pleasure reading, knitting)
  • blurring of retailer and consumer (creator/producer/manufacturer, 3D printing, Uber, freelance)
  • microtransactions (Patreon instead of subscriptions)
  • curated goods (crates)
  • small and local (yarn, food, beer, retail)
  • digital goods (ebooks, virtual currency, access rights)
  • trade facilitation (connecting consumers, eBay, TCG Player, Deckbox.org)
  • premium/pro version/freemium

Okay, that’s it for now until I have time to think some more. Thanks.

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One thought on “My not-polished list of signals to think through

  1. This is such a rich list of signals.

    I wonder how we could re-organize our work to bring out ALL the signals instead of just a few. This list makes me think very differently than I did yesterday.

    One signal I have noticed is the use of future predicting as a marketing tool. Predictions are put out there to attract funding: “The future is going this way, you’d better invest in it!” ….and people believe it.
    (See this podcast for more: http://podcast.contrafabulists.com/2017/04/23/episode-51)

    Our reality is that nobody can predict the future, but these signals help keep us agile and ready to (as Nora Young would say..) arrive intact!

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