A few weeks ago I was watching with a surprising amount of interest the livestreaming from New Zealand’s NetHui. It was chock-full of honest conversations and observations, including this gem:
Digital illiteracy is thoroughly embedded in government, in business, in education, in health, in the not for profit sector. It’s people who want those who are participating in the digital revolution to give up their benefits and come back and support the status quo. Revolutions break stuff and the first thing they break is the status quo. The status quo is represented by documents, like spreadsheets and word processing documents. I’m sorry, but it’s not going to happen. Our biggest challenge in digital literacy is taking all of these organizations and moving them to a position where they can interact with, communicate with and work with the community that is digitally enabled.
– Earl Mardle, 20-20 Communication Trust (Minutes 41-47, Digital Literacy – Navigating a connected world)
I’ve added emphasis to Earl’s challenge that “Our biggest challenge in digital literacy is taking all of these organizations and moving them to a position where they can interact with, communicate with and work with the community that is digitally enabled.”
Several of the participants mentioned that the greatest obstacle in developing digital literacy in the schools were the teachers who did not want to learn!
Since August 8th is International Literacy Day, I’d like to make a special call out to organizations. How do we work together? How do we collaborate? How do we aspire toward meaningful digital literacy?
More thoughts and reflections online the Literacy Wiki