douglas thomas

douglas thomas bw

[la, ca]

image from Alfred‘s vimeo.

intro’d to Douglas when reading new culture of learning that he co-authored with John Seely Brown

Alfred & Katja are curating/gathering documentaries for a film at..

collaborative society. 

here is their documentary of Douglas:

A New Learning Culture Part II

Douglas Thomas is Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He is also the co-author of the book “A New Culture of Learning”. In this episode we talk to Douglas Thomas about innovation and learning by doing, in the intersection between technology and education. Do you want to know what the mission for 21st century educators is or how gaming works as learning? Or if Plato´s take on writing is relevant today?
Plato on Writing:” If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks. What you have discovered is a recipe not for memory, but for reminder. And it is no true wisdom that you offer your disciples, but only its semblance, for by telling them of many things without teaching them you will make them seem to know much, while for the most part they know nothing, and as men filled, not with wisdom, but with the conceit of wisdom, they will be a burden to their fellows.”

spot on with hp (hp alliance ness)

if you really want someone to learn.. find their passion – and then you can’t stop them..


Provocative New Questions About Education

tedx 2012:

you can’t legislate passion

answers get obsolete – good questions don’t

falling in love 

biggest problem – assessment system


find/follow Douglas:

wikipedia small


douglas thomas at usc



book links to amazon