Preparing Citizens for the 21st Century Challenges of the Digital Revolution and the Ecological Crisis
Date: 9:00am PDT July 12, 2014 Location: York 116
Citizens in the U.S. and elsewhere are facing dilemmas not faced before: further computerization of the workplace, the loss of privacy and basic civil rights as personal data is shared with corporations and governments, the increased technology-driven separation between generations, the further spread of poverty, growing tensions between consumer-dependent economies and ecosystems that are in decline, and increased reliance upon digital technologies that perpetuate the linguistic-based misconceptions and silences that underlie the industrial revolution that has now entered its digital phase of globalization.
This workshop will leave participants with conceptual strategies aimed at addressing these issues by focusing on:
- Understanding that technologies (including digital technologies) are not culturally neutral “tools”
- How computer-mediated thinking hides the ways language carries forward misconceptions from the past
- Understanding the importance of local knowledge and skills that contribute to mutual support (the inter-generational cultural commons)
- How digital culture alters relationships and personal identities, and
- The nature of ecological intelligence being exercised in grass roots community-centered movements that represent alternatives to the free market ideology driving the digital revolution
Who should attend?
This workshop is relevant for those working in helping professions such as education and counseling as well as for community members interested in finding proactive solutions to the technological, cultural, and environmental dilemmas facing our society.
Workshop Details & Registration
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Presenter: Chet Bowers, Ph.D.
Cost: $75, includes 6 CEUs or PDUs
About the Presenter
Chet Bowers (Ph.D., University of California) is a semi-retired professor who still writes and gives talks on educational reforms that address the cultural roots of the ecological crisis. He has written 24 books and has been invited to speak at 39 foreign and 42 American universities. His earlier book, Let Them Eat Data, has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. The False Promises of the Digital Revolution (2014) is his most recent book.
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