Tuesday, February 27, 2007

le globalisation, l'education, et...l'amour entre deux oranges?

This morning's keynote was excellent - I was in two minds whether to go or not, but it was definitely worth the sprint to the convention centre and getting drenched by the sprinklers in the park. There's far too much to cover here, but Bruno Lanvin (The World Bank) - look, here he is in a sub-standard picture:





















gave a talk about Knowledge Societies and the Global Education Challenge. Yes, quite, that's exactly why I was in two minds about whether to go - not my kind of thing at all. But it was an incredibly engaging talk and he covered a lot of complicated concepts in very accessible ways. A lot of the talk was focussed on the knowledge economy, the value of information, the rapid outdating of information (eg, in a 3 year degree, by your final year the information you learned in the first year will be outdated; we're currently educating people for jobs that don't yet exist, and preparing them to work with tools, technologies that haven't been invented yet; for advanced and technical skills, lifelong learning will be the rule, and the best thing that anyone can learn is how to learn).

It might be the sort of stuff you've heard before, but it really helped me to focus on some of the conversations we've been having in AI recently, about the need for fluency, adaptability, changing patterns of learning, etc (hint: AI Forum future of learning wiki. get it while it's hot!).

There was a bit about measuring and statistics - about the fact that the digital divide has always existed, but it's just the focus that is shifting; and about the fact the people try to measure economies based on what is measurable rather than what is strategic. Anyway, like I say, too much to cover (and I've probably done the poor man some terrible injustice with this rambling post) but the presentation should be available online. So just two more things...

1) Apparently, when the US VicePresident went to Argentina to deliver a speach about the Global Knowledge Infrastructure (in the 1990s, i think), the initial focus of the speech was going to be termed International Information Infrastructure. Until he got on the plane, and someone pointed out that the acronym was III, and it probably wouldn't go down too well in a spanish speaking country...

2) If anyone can find out firstly, what the "Love of 2 oranges" (or "Love between 2 oranges", or something similar) is, there's a prize in it for you (share your solution as a comment); and secondly, if you can guess what it might have had to do with the presentation, there's an even bigger and better prize.

Right, I'm off to finally engage with globalisation and the knowledge economy. More book shopping at the airport on the way home, methinks...

18 comments:

stu said...

See: http://www.robbiemcintosh.com/images/oranges.jpg

Andrew Middleton said...

I can do 3 oranges: The Love for Three Oranges. (Russian: Любовь к трём апельсинам) Check out the best and most reliable source of information going:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheLove_for_Three_Oranges_(Prokofiev)

Synopsis: It concerns a 'voyage into distant lands in search of three oranges, each of which contains a princess.' Distant land has to be e-Learning. The three princesses have to be metaphors for beauty, wisdom and knitting. All essential aspects of eLearning.

(Do I get a bonus point for the extra orange? and another for the Russian writing?)

Brian said...

Oh dear, I hope it's not a reference to this link, the only one in English I found: http://www.dirigent.be/nieuw.html

Brian said...

Seems there was a marionnette show in Belgium in 2006 where the show was L’Amour des Deux Oranges:
http://www.marionnettes.be/festival_2006_animations.htm

I must admit, the photo is the best:
http://www.marionnettes.be/festival_2006_animations_fichiers/pas_20sage.gif

Brian said...

Did the guy reenact the marionnette show using two oranges during his speech?

Brian said...

Why would III not go down well in Spanish? They could say Tres 'E'. It could even be 'Tracy'

Brian said...

It is the love of two orange cats:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?referrerid=14730&t=90341

Paul said...

oranges are not the only fruit

Paul said...

oranges are not the only fruit

gs said...

andrew and stu get bonus points for misplaced enthusiasm and - quite frankly - because i'm scared of them now. daren't even click on some of the links, but i think andrew's random use of russian deserves a special showing-off prize...brian's marionette reference sounds close (but see earlier comment about being too scared to click on links...)

gs said...

oranges are not the only fruit indeed...a little bit too lancashire focussed for my liking...

Brian said...

Oops, noticed the image link of the marionette show was cut off. I have reattached it so you can enjoy the full effect of two oranges talking to each other.

I'm the closest? Wow...

Brian said...

I'm going to guess the that oranges thing has something to do with Carnival. Perhaps the presenter showed a picture of a float from Carnival?

Brian said...

Menton, a town nearby Nice, hosts a Citrus Festival for Carnival every year. Buildings and statues are made out of citrus for the festival. That seems more like the love for 2 million oranges though. http://www.menton.fr/article.php3?id_article=983

http://www.feteducitron.com/pge/pge_programme.php3

Did the presenter visit the citrus festival that week? It's still going on.

gs said...

ok guys, i'm a little bit concerned about Brian's level of interest in all things orange...but it's kinda fun, dontcha think? it was actually some bizarre form of modern opera about the love between 2 oranges; and the reason it was in the presentation? i'm not entirely sure, but it was something about the structure of the presentation: a prologue, a main bit, and intermezzo and some conclusions. but everyone who posted something orange related will get a prize - possibly a mask, or some preserved clementines...or a boat in a bag :)

Brian said...

I have to admit, it was fun, and not entirely obvious. Searching the internet revealed quite a bit of orange and french related things, but not if you just put a direct phrase in. I think its quite a coincidence that the town next door is doing an orange/lemon festival this week...

gs said...

what, rotherham is having a citrus based festival? oh, right, the town next to nice :)

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