OPEN: How we'll work, live and learn in the future

OPEN: How we'll work, live and learn in the future

by David Price

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What makes a global corporation give away its prized intellectual property? Why are Ivy League universities allowing anyone to take their courses for free? What drives a farmer in rural Africa to share his secrets with his competitors?

A collection of hactivists, hobbyists, forum-users and maverick leaders are leading a quiet but unstoppable revolution. They are sharing everything they know, and turning knowledge into action in ways that were unimaginable even a decade ago. Driven by technology, and shaped by common values, going ‘open’ has transformed the way we live. It’s not so much a question of if our workplaces, schools and colleges go open, but when.

Packed with illustration and advice, this entertaining read by learning futurist, David Price, argues that ‘open’ is not only affecting how we are choosing to live, but that it’s going to be the difference between success and failure in the future.

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ISBN-13: 9781909979024
Publisher: Crux Publishing
Publication date: 10/03/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 742 KB

About the Author

David Price was born in Jarrow, in the North-East of England. He left school at 16, to become the worst civil servant in the history of the civil service. A career in music saved him from further humiliation. For 15 years he played and wrote music. When that fell apart, his carefully crafted career plan took him to college, and from there he began a career in learning, initially helping adults to be creative through the arts, and then to a managerial position in a community college in Manchester.

In 2000 he became a freelance consultant working with leaders of learning in formal and informal learning - at work and in education. After leading a number of successful national education projects, he was made an Officer of the British Empire, in 2009, by Her Majesty The Queen.His non-writing work involves speaking and consulting, around the world.

OPEN is his first book, though he has contributed many chapters in other people's books previously. He also keeps a blog at

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Open: How we'll work, live and learn in the future 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this work to be an easy-flowing combination of "deep" thoughts and inspiring good-hearted wit. A review is not a great place to discuss the merits of the arguments within the book. And this book has much worth discussing. So you'll have to check it out. Whether you agree with the ideas in the book or not, are pessimist or optimist, teacher, student or leader in business or education, if you'd like to have at the ready a primer for a more open way of working with other people, buy this book. I'm planning on buying two more copies for sharing with my local library and my colleagues. I hope sharing it won't seem too subtle a hint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book transform how we think about schools today. From the start, you are challenged by the question of who owns knowledge and call into question the current educational paradigm. David does this with simple examples and a keen sense of humor. As an educator who works with teachers from around the globe, this book will become part of the library of must reads for my students. I  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't remember ever tearing through a book this quickly. It is so relevant and timely. If you are involved in education in any way, you should read this book, right away. It connects all of those questions, current events and challenges of a changing world that echo through our classrooms, each day. As a teacher, I feel both challenged and empowered to embrace this revolution in education that must exist in the "space between an old system breaking down, and a new one becoming established." This is a book to read and discuss with colleagues, friends and your students! It both made me question and strengthened parts of my philosophy of teaching and learning, and most immediately, changed what Monday will be like for the students in my class.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'Open' will cause you to question all of your learning paradigms - from the need for examinations in this world of powerful search engines, to how we should share information socially.  David does it with a charming wit and with a clear conviction that makes it a joy to read as well.  This is a must read for learning executives and human resource personnel.  It casts an illuminating light on how we'll work, live and learn in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent book--all parents should read this to see more options on "shifting from how we should teach, to the best ways to learn"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book claims to be a futurists look at education and the workplace and how society will work in the digital age but it falls flat on all marks for two reasons 1 It uses only a few select examples to illustrate it's points 2 It fails to acknowledge the every an and the reality he lives in. Most of the people highlighted in this book are exceptional overachievers with a drive to learn and suceed. They work well in the incubator/workshops highlighted in this book but do not address how the 'Open' internet world will affect the rest of us. The world is much more than the closed society explored in this book and it has only grown larger in the information age but that fact is ignored in favor of rosy predictions and new age solutions.
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a view point that changing the way we see how we need or could learn life skills of all types, in a new and changing world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me awhile to plod through the book but it did make me think about changes that have occured and what that might mean for the futute.
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