In my former incarnation as The Anti-Yale I attempted to enliven freedom of speech at the Yale Daily News posting board in what one reporter tells me totals nearly 2000 posts from 2009 until 2013, but also to reflect on a secular world gone mad with materialism in a separate 866 posts on the blog of the same name
(link The Anti-Yale).
After reading Yale President Salovey's maiden address to the Yale community (below) in which he seems to solicit more than token feedback, I will give him some:
Time is short. We need to add to Yale's researching what IS and HAS BEEN, the project of imagining and creating digitally what COULD BE, not simply in the quiet laboratories and library stacks of the University, but in public, for all to see and engage.
I propose that Yale devote some academic energy to creating not simply more MOOCS (digital curricula) but YaleGames -----digital games for anyone in the world to play and create new alternatives for, with real world problems as their focus:
- a Middle East peace effort;
- a digital global cooling strategy;
- a digital worldwide water purification and a de-salinization strategy;
- a digital worldwide fertilizer and pesticide reduction strategy;
- a digital teen-violence reduction strategy
- (fill in the blank)
To merely focus on problems without creating imaginary templates for solving those problems is to waste precious time in a world which seems to be hell-bent on drinking its cup of hemlock little by little each and every day, both literally and figuratively.
With the aid of the Internet , these digital YaleGames could unlock the thwarted idealism of millions of non-Yale, as well as Yale, young folk.
Folks need hope in a world drowning in discouraging and incessant news broadcasts. They also the power of real and immediate participation.
Imagination is as important as research, as we know from the new worlds created by Americans, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs.
America is the land of imagination ---- and it is the land of Yale.
What's to lose, President Salovey?
On to YaleGames !
Paul D. Keane
M.A., M.Div. M.Ed