Knowing with New Media
Creativity in the Ripples is ingrained in thinking doing of everyday practice.
As Gauntlett (2011) states:
We don’t only say that something is ‘creative’ when it has been recognised with a Nobel prize, nor do we limit the label to the kind of thing that each of us only does once or twice in a lifetime. Because we are inventive human beings, creativity is something we do rather a lot, and understood in this broad sense it includes everyday ideas we have about how to do things […] (p. 15).
Because we do creativity 'rather a lot' in a wide array of our daily experiences and not with a specialised professional approach, the Ripples pedagogy focuses on the type of creativity associated with
a do-it-yourself (DIY) practice.
In the Ripples, DIY culture signifies learning through creating, where
the outcome of the learning process is assessed not by matching it
to professional standards, but by the depth and scope of acquired knowledge and achieved self-design. DIY creativity starts
with individual curiosity, fueled by personal interests and supported by natural abilities and acquired skills. It is charged with willingness to take a risk in experimenting with unique and useful solutions for
an identified problem.
Employing a deep remixability ethos, the Ripples' knower does not rely on pre-packaged and regulated 'one-size-fits-all' sources of knowledge such as educational textbooks. But using heterogeneous resources — real-life circumstances (through interviewing, audio/video recording, taking photos, making observational notes, sketching and
so on) and sampling from the internet — the students assemble their customised, deep-remixability-formations of knowledge. These formations emerge from self-reflective activities conducted by cinematic writing and bricolaged material drawn from the natural and digital realm. Paraphrasing from Ratto and Boler (2014), these personal formations
of knowledge are composed of 'nuts and bolts, bits and bytes', flesh
and neurons, pics and wits: everything that makes us who we are.
Ripples of the Ripplework
Thomas Douglas &
John Seely Brown
Gert Biesta &
Incredible kinetic sculpture of Theo Jansen, Strandbeast.
Amazing cross-fertilisation of DIY engineering, biology and art.
Retrieved August, 2018, from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCtA5kX-Ktg
'DIY means taking matters into your own hands, not leaving it for others to do it for you' (Ratto & Boler, 2014).
In the Ripples, the students take their cognitive development into their own hands by engaging into a circularity of DIY (do-it-yourself) DIT (do-it-together). Continuous looping within the DIY DIT circularity stirs up a tension between the personal belief system and sociological reality. By being examined within a sociocultural context, individual decisions that had initially presented themselves as sound, may surface as unsuitable. By revisiting their beliefs and decisions, the students learn to evaluate the quality of the gained insights and refine them in accordance with the validity for their sociocultural application. In other words, the students learn to know themselves not through an isolated bubble, but as psychological units continuously searching for integration with others and the surroundings.
By taking their learning into their own hands, the Ripples students generate their knowledge by cultivating their grit and resilience. As a result, they customise their learning and develop their personal entrepreneurial approach paving
a pathway to a career or a job efficient
for volatile conditions.