“The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect — to help people work together — and not as a technical toy. The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world.”
— Tim Berners-Lee
A phrase that I and other Open Badges strategists use often is: “Open Badges work like the web.” Recently, I’ve been asked by those less familiar with the technical architecture of the web what exactly we mean by this. My starting point is “Working openly on the web: a manifesto,” heavily influenced by the work of Jon Udell.
In this post, then, I outline three ways in which I think Open Badges, which can be thought of as “digital portable credentials’”or “web-native certification,” have both the benefits and drawbacks of the web.
and thinking.. not sure credentialing is web like… seems it has to do more with giving permission… where web is more about permission\less space
and wondering.. if we were so bold to agree with ie: verifiability as impossible/inhumane.. how much energy that would save because it would beg we disengage from so many things that currently consume our day.. ie: credentialing/badging/id-ing/proving/defending.. /measuring.. oh my.. all the measuring.. all the bias/inaccurate measuring..
energy.. that we could then put toward a nother way to live (not another way to vote, or another way to restructure a classroom/course, or another way to reinvision money, or another way to resubmit policy #501, ….)
not using tech/us to measure/validate transactions/people/ideas.. rather to connect people/ideas..
really changes everything.. perhaps why we keep not letting go..of it (ie: verifiability ness)