Shift Happens, 2008 ed.

On Tuesday, President-elect Obama, in his speech nominating Chicago superintendent Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education, alluded to the reality that our education system faces a world that is changing more substantially and at a greater speed than at any other time in human history.

The video below is worth watching again (I posted a way less cool version way back in 2007), if only to remind us that the world in which our parents came of age does not exist anymore … and the one in which we are coming of age will not be the same even a few months from now.  This has untold implications for the way we communicate, educate, exercise our faith, do politics, create families, work, and generally engage the world around us.  Just the rapid spread of this video from a few years ago up until now is a case in point.

Here’s a brief history of this video from the Shift Happens wiki:

Did You Know? originally started out as a PowerPoint presentation for a faculty meeting in August 2006 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, United States. The presentation “went viral” on the Web in February 2007 and, as of June 2007, had been seen by at least 5 million online viewers. Today the old and new versions of the online presentation have been seen by at least 15 million people, not including the countless others who have seen it at conferences, workshops, training institutes, and other venues.

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