What skills are recession-proof? How should you prepare your high school student or an uncertain future?
- Learn why jobs are in decline and what will replace them
- Understand how digital media production will replace some standardized testing
- Gain insight into how digital technology trends such as decentralization and open source could collide to challenge the nation's largest corporations
- Study the history of economic trends and inquire into whether America is bound for totalitarian corporate rule or a drastic expansion of democratic values
- Explore the research on human bias and discover why anti-bias is crucial for economic growth
- Delve into the limits of artificial intelligence and how a digital native future inverts its role in society
- Question whether surveillance capitalism is something we should worry about
Digital Platforms Are the Most Profitable Companies on the Planet, and Poised to Transform Education…
A former software engineer, Principal Zeimer takes readers through an in-depth evaluation of how digital technology and economics are poised to transform education by examining the concept of academic capital.
A MINDSET SHIFT
FROM: INDUSTRIAL TO: DIGITAL
FROM: Students are consumers of information
TO: Students are producers of academic content (the heart of academic capital)
FROM: More stuff represents prosperity
TO: Human attention (active users) represent prosperity
FROM: Students identify "correct" answer as fast as possible
TO: Students think critically about questions that they design
FROM: Boss decides what to produce which is pushed to consumers with marketing ("supply side")
TO: Users decide what to produce and they pull items into existence ("Demand side")
FROM: It costs money to distribute goods and services leading to economies of scale (monopoly dynamics)
TO: Distribution is free and instant leading to network effects (winner-takes-all dynamics)
FROM: Security means armed guards and guns, stormtroopers
TO: Security means encryption, hackers
FROM: Ownership (owning capital leads to profits / Zero-sum dynamics)
TO: Sharing (Uber has no cars, Airbnb no homes, AliBaba no stores / positive-sum dynamics)
FROM: The corporation / "having a job" / centralized
TO: The Platform / "doing work" / crowdsourced
FROM: Movement of physical atoms of stuff
TO: Movement of electrons
FROM: Groupthink of the executive team
TO: "Mass identities" manipulate "the crowd"
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#DNAcredits | A New Deal for The Digital Age.
Nadav Zeimer earned his B.A. in physics at Brandeis University, studied secondary science education at The City College of NY, and public affairs at Baruch College. Nadav worked as a software engineer and automation specialist in Silicon Valley prior to becoming an award-winning physics and robotics teacher and turnaround high school principal.
Nadav's transition from software to education started when he launched his first nonprofit corporation in 2000, focused on hyper-local digital radio production, later known as podcasting. Mr. Zeimer brought podcasting into his science classroom and by 2009 was selected to lead a new school design team in NYC. His digital media focused approach turned a failing school on the verge of shutdown into a top-performing institution for low-income students. Nadav's passion project is to eliminate standardized testing and replace it with hand-on media production.
Principal Zeimer's work has been featured in a range of media from a full-length documentary about his robotics students (the first all minority team to be nationally ranked) which was released at the TriBeCa Film Center, coverage in Popular Mechanics Magazine, The New York Times, Chalkbeat, WNYC / SchoolBook, and DNAinfo among many others. With the help of his wife, friends, and community-based partners, principal Zeimer secured millions of dollars to support hand-on STEAM and social justice programming, with a special focus on addressing the mindset of students involved in the foster care system.
The Zeimers adopted their first child from Japan and currently serve as foster parents to a medically fragile child.
Table of Contents
This book is organized from the broad to the narrow. We start at an elevation of 30,000 feet to view the world our students are graduating into. We dive down from there into the narrows of economic and historical context. Informed by a clear view of the digital economy and a detailed understanding of the platform-based business unit, we put it all together in the final section to define academic capital in detail. The in-depth exploration of economic principles is necessary to understand how a decentralized community of educators can become the gatekeepers of a cash investment in our future.
Preface | by Zachary Stein ix
Introduction | The Other One Percent 1
PART I | SCARCITY AND VALUE:
End of the Industrial Age, Birth of the Digital Age, and Implications of Rapid Change
Chapter 1 | Abstraction Plus Crowd 11
Chapter 2 | Scarcity, Abundance 25
Chapter 3 | Physical Value, Moral Value 33
Chapter 4 | Inadvertent Equality 43
PART II | THE END OF JOBS:
Employment Implications of the Digital Age
Chapter 5 | Macro Blind Spots 55
Chapter 6 | Inverting the Corporation 69
Chapter 7 | Jobs? Overrated 79
Chapter 8 | Job Killers 93
Chapter 9 | The Rebirth of Work 109
PART III | DIGITAL PLATFORM ECONOMICS:
An Economic Organization that Threatens Corporations
Chapter 10 | Costs of Doing Business 123
Chapter 11 | Winners Take All 139
Chapter 12 | From Dow to DAO 155
PART IV | DRIVING PROSPERITY:
Digital Prosperity-Nuts and Bolts
Chapter 13 | Growth Engine Breakdown 169
Chapter 14 | The Dopamine-Opioid Economy 177
Chapter 15 | Fueling the Digital Engine 185
Chapter 16 | BIG Government 191
PART V | PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
Incentives to Rearrange Secondary Schooling
Chapter 17 | Digital Cash as Global Superpower 203
Chapter 18 | The Value of Choice 221
Chapter 19 | Discerning Signal from Noise 233
Chapter 20 | AJ's Story 247
Chapter 21 | Digital Native Academic Credits 251
Chapter 22 | Stacking Skills 267
Chapter 23 | Anti-Bias? Anti-Fragile 277
Chapter 24 | Youth Media as Capital 297
Chapter 25 | In Summary: Think Different 311
WORKS CITED 325
SPECIAL THANKS 339
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 353