Empathy is born when we can see, hear, and feel the needs of others. Nothing has pushed the ability to empathize more than social media.
The rise of smart phones and social media platforms have made everyone a reporter, bringing us face-to-face with tragedy and need around the world. We no longer empathize with just those who live near us. Our digital identities have enabled a widening of our purview and perspective, which has in-turn, shaped our in-person identities.
Unfortunately, easier access has not meant easier giving. Although we want to help those around the world, support has been filtered through a series of large organizations, sometimes with little clarity on who is actually benefiting from our resources.
The difficulty of donating to those in need around the world has been onerous… until now.
Education is the elixir of life. With the right access to learning, humans can improve themselves, the wellbeing of others, and the fate of the world. Education and medicine are probably the only industries we can say that about. So why are they both so broken?
Don’t worry, this article isn’t a rant about that. Instead, we’re interested in breaking down some of the main problems in education and figuring out clear solutions with new innovations, specifically within web3. Our previous article about Web3 to Ed3 starts to present a few of those.
There are two ways of thinking about change: revolution and reformation. Most web3 solutions ask for revolution... to upend 100 years of institutional success & failure to restart from scratch. The reality is, that’s nearly impossible to do, especially in public education. If the legacy systems in the US that provide schooling to 50 million children of varying economic and learning levels were shut down in order to be reinvented, not only would kids lose learning, a place to be safe, food to eat, and opportunity for upward mobility, but also, 5 million educators would lose their jobs. The COVID-19 pandemic provided a window into what this post-revolution system could look like. While there was value gained in short-term innovations particularly with online and hybrid learning, the tradeoffs do not justify this level of disruption. Revolution as a point of entry is often a non-starter. But reformation on a path to revolution is far more attainable.