I recently gave a talk about “The Humanities in the Digital World” at DLD Summer in Munich, Germany. The DLD conference (which stands for Digital – Life – Design) bills itself as “a global network on innovation, digitization, science and culture which connects business, creative and social leaders, opinion-formers and influencers for crossover conversation and inspiration,” and it is organized by one of the biggest media companies in Europe, Burda Media. Similar to its much bigger North American cousin TED, DLD seeks to bring cutting-edge topics and ideas to the forefront of the cultural conversation in Europe. I was honored and very happy to see DLD pick up the Humanities topic and let it enter the fray with a focus on the urgency of education for digital literacy, digital citizenship, and lifelong learning.
These topics were also front and center at a panel discussion in which Esther Wojcicki, Gabriele Zedlmayer and I shared our perspectives (with Esther addressing K-12, me speaking about higher education, and Gabi looking at it from the point of view of the workplace), engaging with a lively audience at the Amerikahaus in Munich. Judging from conversations at DLD and the Amerikahaus, Germany may still lag a little bit behind Silicon Valley when it comes to digital learning, but there is a hunger for critical reflection and intellectual discussions of pedagogy that we in Silicon Valley can only learn from.