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How long do we have schools now?

There seems to be a school in China which was founded roughly 21 centuries ago and is still in operation. Which is obviously a long time and only for that reason an achievement. Its catchment area has been fairly small as well as its capacity, so not too many people have benefitted from it but that is another story. 

I don't mean to say this to belittle our Chinese friends, its just that we still are some way off from universal education in this world. So we need to be careful with such expressions as "we have schools" since some people in this "we" do not have schools.

Nonetheless schools were and to a very large extend still are places where you learn about how things are and work. Knowledge transfer: from one place or person to another. There is knowledge that was there prior to you being here, and now you get it too. And someone says what you need to know, because that someone knows these things. Absolutely useful for centuries, much of what we have achieved is build on this premise. 

But lets take a look at what has happened in last, not 21 centuries, but 21 decennia. So roughly since 1800 CE. In 1800 we could not fly, we did not have electricity, no cars, no telegraph, a horse was still the fastest way of transport of getting messages from a to b. Unless you had a message for somewhere across an ocean. All that we learned in the last 21 decennia. And how has the world changed because of it. And how much more interesting it became to be someone who knew what thre was to know. Encyclopedists, they were called.

Today, we see knowledge expanding at a rate of more new things to know per day, than you can absorb in a lifetime. No-one knows what we need to know, everyone has a tiny part of the puzzle. Even though we don't know if they are all from the same puzzle.  

Knowledge you may need may no longer be somewhere else before it comes to you, you are right in the middle of assembling it. It needs to be made to measure everytime around. We have all become knowledge makers, contributors, working in assemblage.

Thinkin helps you assemble, not at a line, but ad hoc, when you need it, when your friends, partners, associates, colleagues need it. 

We are back in school, a different school, a Thinin-school, with a different blackboard. With questions we create answers to. Together. 

What will the world be like in 21 centuries?

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