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New Knowledge Ecosystems: How & What Do We Know?

Knowledge has always been social - it does not exist in a vacuum. Systems of knowledge, like newspapers and books, and research have been in place for hundreds of years, and due to the affordances of a print world, specific practices were embedded within the systems. Digital technologies have radically changed everything, offering new ways of communicating information quickly and easily from the paparazzi on the street to research scientists, and everyone in between.
But how do we know whom to listen to? When should we jettison the old methods? When do we embrace the new? How can traditional forums be retooled to meet the needs of the users of all stripes while still providing us with information rather than misinformation?
Hear from four different thinkers who are actively changing the knowledge landscape while still holding onto some of the traditional values. How far can we push our traditional knowledge systems to embrace alternative ways of knowing?

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Questions Answered

  1. What do we value from traditional knowledge authorities and methods? What do we value from traditional knowledge authorities and methods? And when should we question it?
  2. What do we know from challenging traditional knowledge authorities and methods? Who decides what is important? How can we get the best knowledge from broad participation?
  3. Where does tradition fail us? What happens when the system breaks down?
  4. Who and what are the new knowledge authorities?
  5. What does this mean for science, health, safety, the environment, education, and the current systems in place?

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Marguerite Avery MIT Press


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