The truest form of happiness does not come from perfection, but the pursuit of it inherently.
Treating your life as if it was some test you can cheat on is not the way to live. Some people slide on by through life, only to wake up on their death bed wishing they had done more. #regret
The future of technology is one that is going to completely turn everything we know upside down.
With the rise of new cloud based tech, and the internet of things; The entire world is becoming more and more connected. We really need to get the less rich countries around the world on the game as well. Not to mention the more rural areas of the rich countries. There are still some very primitive minds in these areas, simply because they lack access to the wealth of knowledge found online. I would go as far to say that the natives of poor countries may be more mentally disciplined simply due to the rough lifestyle.
If we were to elevate these quote on quote “lesser” countries they would become brilliant allies, and create unique technology of their own. This would advance the world in a technological and economical manner greatly!
The ideology of any person, or country, is going to lead the world’s dynamic with the ever connected world we are all establishing right now.
With the highly diverse level of religion, philosophies, and lifestyles all over. This is becoming more and more an issue preventing the unification of the planet. We cannot even get over our differences in politics let alone religion to work together. Religion isn’t holding people back, but their mindsets on it IS. Having a belief system is good for spiritual health most of the time, but when it starts to impact society and interpersonal relations it needs to be reevaluated.
Saying this will probably make some people angry, well that just proves the point even more so!
Philosophy is the love of wisdom inherently, it is needed in order for the world to survive, let alone thrive.
Both the unification of technology and ideology, as well as the unification of the world’s population.
This simple idea of coming together has been the debate of countless people, but very few have even taken the moment to think about how the world would be if we were united. Always stopping at the point of talking about it, never discussing the future as if we were already united. This would lead to some extraordinary and innovative ideas.
Please if you take anything from this it should be this: Think about how the world would be if we were already united. Then you can understand the significance of this, and would be astonished as to why it hasn’t happened yet.
The PolyInnovator Ideal
This post is meant to be food for thought first and foremost, but I do not want to leave you with a cliff hanger.
Being a Polymath of Innovation, means that we create the technology in the first place. If we create with philosophy in mind as well, there can be a unique synergy at play
The point is that we need to unify while our technology is strong, and the level of potential cooperation is high. Doing so would allow the entire world to be strengthened. Doesn’t mean everyone has to be getting along fully, especially right away, but former enemies could become influential allies for the years to come. Think about the potential of disaster, and the lack of preparedness we all face. If an alien race were to come down right now, there a large need for concern for our unity.
Point being we need a way to unify the world, so that we can be prepared when something strikes. Virus, nuclear, super-volcano, meteor, or aliens. Whatever it may be, we need to be ready. I propose a company driven for innovation, and the success of humanity. The United Living Construct is my proposal, as it was made to be a source of inspiration for the world. Inducing self-development, and conducing world unification. With the rise of technology, it will give us a way to do everything smoothly. Simply the cooperation of the world is next.
The U.L.C. is the next step in the future for the PolyInnovator Community.
Here is hope for a new world, and one that works together for the future of humanity!
This is a platform where students can curate
their own degree via MOOC’s, and other resources, as well as provide my own courses. This was the inspiration for PolyInnovator Academy, and the process of pursuing your own Modular Self-Education. Perhaps creating a way to get that Self-Edu accreditation, instead of just how to build them.
I know there has been some websites sort of doing it. People have been talking about MOOC degrees for a hot minute now, but there lacks accountability. Most of the websites that talk about it, simply make a list of courses in a blog post and call it a day.
I do know that sites like www.classcentral.com actively tries to do more than that. At the very least explains what options are available for potential/current students. For those who do not know Class Central is a search engine, discovery platform, and review site for MOOC’s.
Community Aspect of Learning
The CEO of Class Central, Dhawal Shah, said on elearninginside:
” But one thing that has sort of been lost is the community aspect of it…..
You can’t just put a course online and expect that people will learn from it.
But if you build that ecosystem around it…”
I quite resonate with that, for out of all the courses I’ve taken, there hasn’t really been much of a community aspect. Yes there are forums or chat, but none of them quite get that deep level of interactivity.
One of the biggest benefits of MOOC’s is the fact that often a lot of them are self-paced. This can be good or bad depending on how disciplined you. Conversely some Mooc-based degrees focus on a time table system. Even if you are disciplined they often can be quite rigorous despite being online.
This intensity of participation can often come as a surprise to many.
In 2018 there was a lot of new degrees introduced on learning platforms like edX, and I believe there will be more coming this year as well. Already University of Queensland is working on a masters to connect with their Corporate Innovation MicroMasters.
These degrees are quite intriguing partially because of their microcredential counterparts. Such as MicroMaster, or MasterTrack, for EdX and Coursera respectively. They lead into certain degrees, often by the same university, although some can even lead into different schools on edX’s side.
This can open the opportunity to many who may not normally be able to go to school.
Here at PolyInnovator Academy the idea of making a Mooc-based degree is quite accepted, but some places people are still trying to wrap their heads around the idea.
Understanding the Current Education System
The current system works by maximizing accreditation opportunities in order to get more benefits from the government. This isn’t a bad thing in concept, but combined that with raising tuition rates and it paints a different picture.
The challenges many schools face is not providing the best education, or getting enough funding. It is getting enough people graduated, so they can make more money.
This profit-centric system has lead to inflated education costs, and less inclination to make the students do better.
There has to be a system to complete the schooling you sign up for, and this goes for the Modular degree as well. There needs to be, and PolyInnovator is working on it too, to hold students accountable. Loss of money shouldn’t be the only motivation. Not only should there be a positive connotation, but if there has to be a negative it should be much more strict.
Such as if you fail a course it could have repercussions on your degree, or something along those lines. Conversely if you excel at your work, besides having honors, maybe there could be a change in a positive light to your degree.
One way we could go about this is standardizing the system in a new decentralized way. There is too much bureaucracy involving in accreditation. If there was a way to create a measurable impact of any degree or course, then we could use that to quantify a student’s learning.
Universal Learning Unit
“Imagine a system in which we allocate one Universal Study Point (USP) per 25 study hours. “https://www.classcentral.com/report/universal-lifelong-learning-credit-system/
A brilliant idea to create a points system, as an alternative to college credits.
This Universal Point could revolutionize education because it wouldn’t just be the first world countries benefiting. Even third world schools and universities could create their curriculum to a higher standard. This new standard could give people in lower thresholds of success a new path to higher education.
Giving “Quality Education” (From the UN’s SDGs) to a wider range of people.
Coming All Together
All in all I would say the future is looking bright, and maybe some would disagree. However we haven’t had a real revolution in education since the time of Henry Ford. The Internet is giving way for new ways of doing things.
One of which is the Modular Degree, and I hope that in the near future it could consolidate all of those topics talked about today.
Creating a new system of which could be spread across the world.
PolyInnovator is a personal brand for myself, that I built to be a catalyst of content development towards innovation. I wanted to make an impact on how things operate, as I kept seeing too many global problems.
I want to give the people the opportunity to #MAKEACHANGE!
Here are five things you probably did not know about PolyInnovator:
- This may sound like a broken record, however this site is meant to bring people together. Just not always in the way you may expect, for there are courses meant to guide you into a new stage in your life.
- PolyCasts are simply dynamic podcasts, however due to podcasts being coined after the “ipod” I felt that it was necessary to differentiate.
- The community aspect behind the website originated from my other brand I created called the United Living Construct. The U.L.C. was meant to be a hub of innovation, where innovative minds could come together. This is an evolution of that ideal.
- PolyInnovator stands for Polymath of Innovation. Based around the idea of being a modern polymath, and since innovation is the key to being somewhat of a jack of all trades it just fits!
- Despite being a personal brand for me, it is so much more than that. Well beyond just one man, and given enough time anyone can become a PolyInnovator.
No amount of adversity would change my course. It was sort of funny someone (quite experienced) told me that I should have a personal brand. At the time I was focusing on developing the U.L.C., and so I declined the idea as I thought I would get overwhelmed. I even tried to combine the ideas, but it wouldn’t fit.
Now its the opposite, for I have built my personal brand, and perhaps even farther than the company before it. However when I decided to build a new website for Poly. it came to be a social learning platform. This rapidly happened over the course of a couple weeks, so there was much deep thought involved. More of a spur of the moment grand action. I am really glad I trusted my gut too because now the platform you are reading this on is more than could have hoped to make.
That hub of innovation called the U.L.C. may one day still exist, but for now PolyInnovator absorbed that ideal.
Change is something that must be enacted upon by the thoughtful mind. Without it there would be no personal development, innovation, or world revolutions. There has be the mechanism for establishing a new order, and the concept of change is key to that! -Dustin, M.
Father down the line the website may get some changes of its own. These could include quality of life, more courses, or more content in general.
It is my hope that over time people will come to expect great things from the capabilities of the site. It is meant for #innovators, but that doesn’t mean that even the most ordinary person can’t innovate something in their life.
Who knows perhaps you’re an innovator too, and don’t even know it.