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Everything is A Metaphor

Presentation at Imaginarium

Background; I gave a talk about making successful education technology projects in the middle of the second day of the #restartedu project Imaginarium, or Restart Education, in Bucharest Rumania.  I called it Everything is a Metaphor because until you have a new metaphors for new ideas it is difficult to get people to understand them, as we shall see. Everything is a Metaphor is on slideshare I will try to open up some of the ideas on the slides in this post.

Roman Road; The opening image is of a Roman road. This came from a conversation in a restaurant in Bucharest on Saturday where I asked what is historically distinctive  about Romania, and I was told that they stopped the Romans on their conquest of Europe (from AD 101-104). So a metaphor about Roman roads seemed useful. Of course everyone can recognise a Roman road but in fact this was the third use of paving. The first was by the Greeks to build overland canals, the second by Persians to build a national postal service and finally the Romans repurposed paving to create roads; the better to conquer Europe. So which metaphor do you see, travel, services or imperialism? Read the rest of this entry