Amazing Stories of Openness on the Web

It was a pleasure to share this story of openness that came out of #philosophy12 with Alan Levine‘s (aka @cogdog) newest incarnation of True Stories of Openness on the Web

We all start out in our educational careers (meaning when we were in kindergarten) knowing intrinsically the value of sharing. Somewhere between there and graduate school, we lose track of this simple concept, be it worrying about intellectual property rights or fearing theft.

The open ecology of the internet can undermine this learned and limiting stinginess. In this session we want to celebrate the True Stories of things that happen to educators when they share something openly on the web. We asked colleagues to share with us a video of their own stories of something surprising, valuable, powerful, or just plain inspiring that happened when that piece of media, that document, that video, that blog post, became valuable to someone they did not know before.

 It was cool to see Inquiry Hub principal Dave Truss’ story of connectedness inspire Shawn White to share his own Open moment in a video, and I’m looking forward to seeing what others might contribute to this year’s collection.

You can share your own Amazing Story of Openness by recording a quick video and filling out the form here.


  1. What an Amazing Open Story Bryan! I need to come and visit you some time soon… We are overdue for a chat. I love how school is rippling out into the ‘real world’ and how “we are blurring the lines between living and learning”, (that’s a Stephen Whiffin quote I’m referencing). Cheers, Dave

  2. You guys are almost neighbors! Meet up willya?

    Thanks to both for sharing the videos; David yours started a nice little fire that brought quite a few more in.

  3. Bryan, That is certainly a great story and example of the magic that can come from openness on the web. Glad to be recently connected with you.

    Alan, Very cool project on your part. I look forward to seeing others’ posts.

    David, Thanks for inspiration to share and be more open. Good stuff!

  4. One more ripple (of others unseen), is that I’m trying to understand what metaphysics actually is… My first realization is that true stories of connectedness are ‘beyond’ the ‘physical’.

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  7. True, amazing, metaphysical stories of openness… Traveling in packets of information, through the air, and reaching me on my phone. Likely to be read later, at undetermined times, from multiple geographical locations. True. Amazing. Metaphysical. Open.

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