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The future of education for the world is online. With my home town of Philadelphia which had 30 state-tax funded school closings in the last 2 years and general public interest in liberty on the rise, Mark Twain’s words, resonate more then ever before. He once said, “Never let your schooling get in the way of your education.” and he was right. Today’s internet offers many “go at one’s own pace” options, to counter the authority driven pressures put on our modern students.

From options like http://www.k12.com/ offering individual programs to give your child with traditional academic issues, a way to focus at home, to https://www.khanacademy.org/ offering up fun little badges for educational accomplishments; your child, & everyone else, will have the freedom to educate themselves. Salman Khan quit his job as a financial analyst in 2009, about 3 years after he began his YouTube channel, which now has over a Billion hits. The mission; “…providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” which has created a 10 million student, virtual classroom.  While his mathematics videos engendered enough trust on their own, through getting my son over some stumbling blocks a few years ago, hearing him state how market forces should be left untouched by government, during his Paulson Bailout explanation videos, spoke volumes to his general understanding of Libertarian Philosophies, however, his actions, are more on par with those of a Natural Law Resource Based Economy, considering he’s not charging any fees for learning though Khan Academy.

Massive Open Online Courses(or MOOCs) have also become a new staple for the “Life Long Learner”. Such as https://www.coursera.org/ which has become a new favorite hang out for housewives & stay-at-home dads looking to pick up a few college level statements of accomplishment to round out & modernize ones resume. However, keep your eyes pealed for pitfalls such as, universities pushing Globalist agendas like in week 5 of The Changing Global Order. Where Professor Dr. Rob de Wijk spends 2 videos on the UN, using coercion for “good”. But there are also many possibilities growing from these classes. In Analyzing Global Trends for Business and Society, Professor Mauro Guillén gives a great business tip through addressing how obesity is now as great a problem as extreme poverty through the world. The expanding waistlines of the India middle-class, has opened up a niche market due to the distinct lack of plus-sized clothing manufactures. Even the popular professional social networking site https://www.linkedin.com/ has gotten on-board with a nifty little button that links your Coursera certificates right to your profile. I even failed a class, not that I’m proud of it, & not that I didn’t know while taking 10 of them this year, but this proved to me, that these classes were no joke.

Millennials of all persuasions have been the 1st generation to grow up with the internet at their fingertips. Where once, people needed to go to a library & checkout a book on a subject, today, people can just reach into their pocket to watch an instructional video. Even if you are poor & can’t afford a computer or smartphone, many places from libraries to coffee houses, continue to offer internet access. People, all around the world, really have no more excuses, for ignorance.

We here at Zeitgeist Philadelphia are even getting in on the action with our New Coordinators MOOC. Join the class for free, & learn how to become a confident speaker & advocate on the topic of Sustainability & Natural Law, with people from all over the world in a Virtual Class Room.

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The success story of the largest virtual school in the world, run by a single Individual – Khan Academy

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Education has gone “hi-tech” in the recent past. We have all heard of Coursera, eDX, MIT OCW and Udacity; probably used them too on numerous occasions.

 For Salman Khan – a visionary and pioneer in the field of e-education and the founder of the very famous Khan Academy, it all began as a hobby. In 2004, “Sal”, as he fondly called, helped his 12-year cousin Nadia pass a Math Test. In the process he used Yahoo’s Doodle Notepad. In 2006, this MIT and Harvard Business School graduate started uploading his math tutorials on Youtube.

 

For the uninformed, Khan Academy is a non profit educational website created by Salman Khan in 2006. The stated mission is to provide ‘a free world class education for anyone anywhere’.

By 2009, his You Tube Videos were widely followed; he had a lucrative job as a hedge fund analyst. Discovering his true calling as…

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U2 and Augmented Spam

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Many recently discovered a near UN-delete-able version of U2’s latest album, to have been downloaded on to their mobile devices; Yahoo story here. The issues of the unwanted spam in the “purchased” section of nearly a billion iTunes users globally, is a rather frightening question of the future of spam & advertising. Now, if you are familiar with the Zeitgeist Movement, then you may already understand how most advertising for profit agencies would be obsolete in a future based on a Natural Law Resource Based Economic model. Thanks to modern inventions like the #hashtag & search engines, which already allow for compilations of data to be sorted in the twinkling of an eye & about nearly any subject one could hope to understand, maybe it’s about time we consider the relevance, of advertising all together? While the gaining of profit is still in the plans for U2 & it’s albums distributors, this marketing ploy seems to have backfired in winning the hearts and minds of the ever growing & rightfully louder group of people who believe in something as simple, as asking consent. However U2 & iTunes obviously must seem to think it’s easier to ask for forgiveness, then permission, ….. oh, that’s right, you gave them permission when you signed their agreement to download & access their service. With a click or lack there of, permissions were given some time ago, but that, is in the small print somewhere around the middle or bottom of you likely unread licensing agreement.

Now, not to hop on the slippery slope of fallacy, but let us project the ramifications of this into our near future, say a future where the Zeitgeist Movements ideals are not lived up too? While in my old age, it will be nice to have an app that can control the tiny(cell sized) robots that can dig out the McPlaque built up from the 20th century from ones arteries & augmented reality projections of art displayed into my brains sight centers as one actually looks at a empty space on a living room wall; one must also see, all around it, tiny spam-vertizments in it’s boarder. You can just turn them off, for a fee, but if not, the otherwise free services of our digital future may have some undesirable images pumped into our minds, with out our permission. Now that may be no different then today. One can hardly leave one’s home without seeing a sign or billboard some advertiser has paid for on the side of the roads we travel down. However, when augmented reality has the power to fill up every last area of “free space” in our view with an ad about the latest shoe, show, or service; we may wish we had read the licensing agreements better, after ever hearing about Blippar or Pepsi merging with Apple & U2 to force a concert into our minds eye view, while we’re trying to attend our grandchild’s recital. But don’t, worry you’ll be able to fade the shows opaqueness into the background, so it’ll only be the ghostly image & reduced sound pumped into your head, of a 90+ year old Bono screeching out his show over top of little Johnny’s play. This is the future of advertising & spam, if we do not address these concerns at the earliest stages of their technological implementation.

Personally, I’d rather go a different route, maybe instead we stop this vain-glorious desire of stardom, fame & fortune? Use our technologies to save a piece of graffiti or mural & then swipe it to the viewer, & let another artist wander by & use the canvas for something else unique. When done, all the masterpieces could then be rotated through, showing off how various people used the space. We could let technology raise our conscience to greater levels of creativity, like using augmented reality technology for jokes like imprinting “Bruce Wayne is Batman” shining on to a cloud, maybe a heart on the moon during a proposal, or we could see spam there, like the Nike Swoosh?

The choice, I leave to you?

The best way to predict your future is to create it’ – attributed to many.

Zeitgeist MOOC

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Help Wanted: will train; sincere desire to change the world required!

As many of our readers should know by now, I have been taking a few Massive Open Online Courses(MOOC) this year.

8 of them I have graduated from & 4 of those were with distinction. I even failed a class. Not that I’m proud of it, but I mention it to note how difficult these, college level, courses can be.

The point is, they are such a fun, learning challenge, I had to make one myself. Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom by Melissa Joell Loble, M.A., MBA has been such an inspiring class & professor, that we here over in Zeitgeist’s Philadelphia chapter have begun the creation of what will also be a fun & challenging MOOC.

Come take a look at it’s early stages & offer our intelligent designers some early feedback.  Join us for an amazing new way to learn & grow, with the Zeitgeist Movement. Currently we have already issued 3 lessons(weeks) worth of course work, including; basics on getting connected with the movement, Communications, & Economics. We will also add on more as we progress & create, while we grow & learn together.

Please, click here https://zeitgeistphiladelphia.coursesites.com/ & sign up for free!

Philadelphia’s Poverty : Pitfalls and Possibilities since #Occupy

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As many of you know by now, that I challenged myself to be a better advocate & coordinator for the Philly TZM chapter. Part of that has been taking a Wesleyan University massive open online course(MOOC) on Coursera called How to Change the World by Michael S. Roth. The final choice i made for the assignment is as follows:  #4. Describe the persistence of poverty in your neighborhood or region. What is the most important thing you can do to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty? Find at least one other person with whom you can take an action that makes a positive difference. Describe what you’ve done and why it matters.

This blog post is meant to both, re-present that report, as well as act as my final extra credit assignment for that class, as well as being an look at some of the challenges & recent positive advancements which have been made in Philly, since #Occupy.

I am 40 years old & have lived in Philadelphia, most of my life until moving out to the suburbs of Philly, 5 years ago. While at #OccupyPhilly in 2011 I noticed a large banner posted in front of City Hall saying there are 4000 homeless people in Philadelphia. Indeed if that was true it would be pertaining towards similar numbers suggested in relationship too what ProjectHOME mentions  “Scope of Homelessness in Philadelphia

However, those numbers may represent some over lap considering the other statistics later mentioned from the same source; such as the 650 people estimated to be on the streets at any one time.

In a report on youth homelessness, it showed a doubling of incidents from 2009-2011. Mostly from being kicked out, abandoned, or running away. This same report included, another sad statistic about how as many as 8% of Philadelphia’s high school students had experienced homelessness.

The biggest issue to contend with, is getting people the help they need. This is a challenge because many are eligible for help, & do not receive it, because they are unaware they can receive it. “Julie Zaebst, interim director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, seized on the plan’s message that too many Philadelphians fail to take advantage of benefits that could help them.

Under-enrollment in programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, “is a huge problem for our city,” Zaebst said.”

However there have been great strides in this area. 6 BenePhilly Centers have been constructed recently to help engage the public who needs help the most & cut down on the complicate process of receiving federal benefits. This is very exciting news for those in poverty when coupled other with recent events which have also seen large endowments recently, such as John Middleton and his wife Leigh, making a $30 million donation to Project HOME.

” “The best philanthropy is clearheaded and hard-nosed,” Mr. Middleton, 59, said in an interview. “This is about results, not about good intentions.”

Mr. Middleton said that Project HOME, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has already shown results by helping some 8,500 people get off the streets in a city that has the highest poverty rate, 26 percent, among the 10 largest cities in the country.  “

I have been doing general advocacy for the Zeitgeist Movement Philadelphia Chapter since 2008 & recently stepped up as the Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Region. One of the many fallacies used to attack The Zeitgeist Movement(TZM) in general, is tu-quoque, suggesting “we don’t do anything for those in poverty today.” So I reached out to the other State Coordinators & suggested that when we do come across those in need, we use what resources we can to help, by helping direct those people to an appropriate agency.

This “Do you need help?” page will remain on our cities evolving website.  Jamison Small is another State Coordinator, from Arizona, who has also said they would be happy to “team up” & help provide knowledge of these resources, when applicable.