A glossary of special terms used in Manifesto 15

Entreprenerd – A paradigm of emerging, new workers that blend elements of being a nerd with entrepreneurship. Working definitions by Cristóbal Cobo and John Moravec are:

  1. A risk-taking, highly-focused, entrepreneurial individual who engages in activities that spawns unique, new value creation in business and society. A dreamer, a maker, but often not the best communicator.
  2. A person who dreams, creates, makes, explores, learn and promotes businesses or social endeavors, taking risks and enjoying the process as much as the final outcome, without fearing the potential failures or mistakes that this journey includes.

Geek – An intelligent person who may display a preoccupation with a particular field, often in the sciences and technology, but may also include cultural obsessions (i.e., film, theater, manga, etc.). Geeks are better integrated socially than nerds.

Innovution – A portmanteau of innovation and revolution coined by Ronald van den Hoff, suggesting that, to evolve learning, neither is sufficient on its own to create change. Rather, we need a blend of both.

Invisible Learning – A view takes into account the impact of technological advances and changes in formal, non-formal, and informal education, in addition to the“fuzzy” metaspaces in between. Invisible learning recognizes that most of what we learn is done invisibly, that is, through non-formal, informal, and serendipitous experiences, not through formal instruction. (Protoparadigm drafted by Cristóbal Cobo and John Moravec in 2011 and detailed in the book, Aprendizaje Invisible: http://aprendizajeinvisible.com)

Knowmad - A nomadic knowledge worker – that is, a creative, imaginative, and innovative person who can work with almost anybody, anytime, and anywhere. Industrial society is giving way to knowledge and innovation work. Whereas industrialization required people to settle in one place to perform a very specific role or function, the jobs associated with knowledge and information workers have become much less specific in regard to task and place. Moreover, technologies allow for these new paradigm workers to work either at a specific place, virtually, or any blended combination. Knowmads can instantly reconfigure and recontextualize their work environments, and greater mobility is creating new opportunities. (Term coined by John Moravec in 2003 and detailed in the book, Knowmad Society: http://knowmadsociety.com)

Mindware – “Software of the mind” that powers imagination and creativity.

Nerd – An intelligent, eccentric person who is obsessed with a particular field, often in areas of science and technology, frequently at the expense of “normal” social integration.

OECD – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The OECD is an international economic organization of 34 countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.

PISA – Programme for International Student Assessment. PISA is a worldwide study by the OECD in member and non-member nations of 15-year-old school pupils’ scholastic performance on mathematics, science, and reading. Its purpose is to help improve education policies and outcomes. Critics contend, however, that its use as a standardized, comparative test and reporting of data are misunderstood by policy leaders.

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