A design for a t-shirt that grew out of a recent Apple Distuinguished Educator’s weekend in Japan, I think it’s missing a word: share.
While it may be argued that the idea of “share” might be built in to “create” or in what it means to “lead,” I think this is a problem with our language.
In English, when we think about the idea of creation, it is usually thought of as a process undertaken by an individual. The idea of creation also doesn’t include the idea of sharing. While creations can be shared, they don’t have to be.
This is why I think we need a few more words in the English language.
I’m not sure if this is true or not, but I know I have heard that in several Inuit languages, there are multiple words for different types and ages of snow. As well, in Greece (a nation that for centuries depended on the sea) I’ve heard there are many different idea of “blue.”
I don’t think the idea of “creation” takes into account all of the possibilities of ways that this process takes place in our society.
- Single individuals can create something.
- Single individuals can create something and then share it with the globe.
- Multiple individuals scattered across the globe can create a shared resource for themselves.
- Multiple people can create something which can then be remixed by another group and then added to an already existing resource.
and so on…
Almost anything we can create, from words to pictures, to animations and on and on can be shared easily, globally and inexpensively.
I believe our idea of create needs to change so that by default it includes the idea of sharing what we make.