“The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was, is lost.”
That’s the opening of Lord of The Rings but it feels like art imitating life more and more these days.
The world woke up to 2021 in a drastically different place than when 2020 first arrived. The status quo, gone.
New Year's Eve ball dropping in Times Square with tens of thousands packed like sardines didn’t happen. Cities are in lockdown once again. Offices no longer exist and people are looking for new ways to work, live, and most of all survive.
The world is changed.
Not changing. Changed.
We used to find our identity in our localism. The city we lived in. The sports team we cheered for and went to games to experience with forty thousand other local fans. We found it in the office culture and the floor we worked on. The view we had from our office. The high school we went to or sent children to.
Localism is gone. Replaced by a different form of globalism than we could have imagined just a year ago.
Before we talked about globalization because borders were open, travel was plentiful, and it seemed that was the way forward.
But now countries are shut down. No more free-flowing travel. No more long weekend getaways to foreign countries. Instead this new form of globalism where everyone is connected not by travel, but through technology.
Technology connects us now. It allows us to build friendships anywhere in the world.
This change in the world has opened up the incredible possibility to reshape the education system and how people create communities. I saw it in Write of Passage, Building a Second Brain, and again in Part-Time YouTuber Academy.
I saw it in my own course, Performative Speaking.
Now I have the chance to take part in the revolution of education on a grander scale. I see what the team at On Deck is doing in this space and see the nearly unlimited potential. How could I not want to maximize my role in this moment?
I want to be a part of the Fellowship of the Ring.
We have a chance to usher in this new, exciting, and powerful era.
We have the chance to get it right.
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