Education is, as many agree, our biggest challenge.  However, opinions differ widely over what is to be done.  What sort of education is appropriate for our digital age?

Training a population, as far as the Center is concerned, is something that must anticipate the world into which we are all moving.  Earlier educational reforms attempted to track the changing needs of an agricultural economy which was becoming industrial or the subsequent shift from industrial to service (post-industrial) economics.  Now we are shifting from an economy structured around service jobs toward one with vastly greater automation -- not just of physical labor but also mental/creative labor.  

How can we best educate future generations -- as well as ourselves under rapidly changing conditions -- when the ultimate goal of learning is so uncertain?

We intend to approach this vital topic with a sharp sense of our own history.  When in our past were we undergoing an analogous shift from the need to toil to one in which surpluses generated an abondance of leisure?  What can we learn from our own collective memory?

How did our ancestors educate themselves for "noble" participation in their own societies and what, after all, is the value of the Liberal Arts in our digital future?


Mark Stahlman

The Center for the Study of Digital Life (CSDL) is a not-for-profit strategic research group dedicated to understanding the effects of digital technologies on civilizations -- both East and West.

-Mark Stahlman