Gordon Brown’s Ted talk explaining how digital connections are leading to the development of a set of global ethics that are fundamentally changing the way that politicians do business remains one of my favorites because he’s right.

Using just a few digital tools, citizens of any nation can join together and elevate their voices—and elevating voices means gaining influence.  Policymakers can’t ignore—or control—the messages that we create together online.

That’s an important lesson, isn’t it?  Shouldn’t we be actively teaching our students how to use digital tools to join together?  Isn’t learning to influence through electronic media an essential skill for successful participation in tomorrow’s society?

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