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John Seely Brown

The web has just begun to have an impact on our lives. As fascinated as we are with it today, we’re still seeing it in its early forms… My belief is that not only will the web be as fundamental to society as electrification but that it will be subject to many of the same diffusion and absorption dynamics as that earlier medium.


Scholas - peace and interfaith dialogue for youth


Recently Pope Francis joined students in Australia, Cameron, Israel, Turkey and South Africa for a Hangout on Air to celebrate the launch of Scholas―a new education initiative sponsored by the Vatican to suport peace and interfaith dialogue.  It aims to connect 500,000 schools from various cultures and beliefs across the world in projects and learning opportunities that will increase collaboration, knowledge and awareness.

The Pope spoke to the students about the influence of education, sport and culture as a basis for communication and peace.  In response to a student who wanted a world less overwhelmed by 'wars, crimes and poverty, he responded positively saying that the future is "... in your heart, it's in your head and it's in your hands".  This is a powerful message for young people in a world that seems overwhelmed with violence and conflict.  I look forward to following up on this project.



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