Ivan Illich described it in 1971, so I’m wondering where the Tinder for Personal Learning Networks is? Maybe hyperlink.academy could help us with this?

quote card which reads: "The operation of a peer-matching network would be simple. The user would identify himself by name and address and describe the activity for which he sought a peer. A computer would send him back the names and addresses of all those who had inserted the same description. It is amazing that such a simple utility has never been used on a broad scale for publicly valued activity." —Ivan Illich, in Deschooling Society (1971)


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  1. @chrisaldrich That is really interesting. I don’t know about the Tinder angle, but Illich is definitely describing social networks as we know them. Two paragraphs later: “A publicly supported peer-match network might be the only way to guarantee the right of free assembly and to train people in the exercise of this most fundamental civic activity.” Only, that now we are in the hands of big tech companies and to some degree (worldwide) not free.

  2. Yes absolutely want this to exist & it doesn’t yet. Part of our long-term vision 🙂

    Hypothesis: best to approach in an organic emergent way — start with a fun generative environment, layer on ways to collaborate, bootstrap a p2p learning network…

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