Fishing in the sea of knowledge

I am into week 3 now of my Coursera online course on sustainability. This week we are looking at “The Tragedy of the Commons” which is about the fact that individuals follow self-interest and not the greater good which inevitably means the depletion of the Earth’s resources.

The depletion of the world’s fishing grounds was looked at. I was given a link to something called “Catch Shares“that was presented in a video as one answer to the fair fishing of the oceans that would prevent huge over-fishing in the future because it encouraged everyone to preserve stocks so as they could grow and they would then get a greater and greater “share” of the growing stock of fish.

This sounded like a great idea to me so I decided to do some research into the subject. I started where most people might start with a “Google” Search. I looked particularly (as I do these days) at a video search and found the first named link was this one:

The Problem with Catch Shares – YouTube

youtube.comNEW4 days ago – 5 min – Uploaded by GoodFoodnH2O
At a fishermen’s rally in March 2012, Food & Water Watch spoke to several fishermen in the industry about a 

I then watched this video and found a completely different take on the subject of “Catch Shares” from the one that my original link had presented me with.

I followed the video link on “YouTube” to an organisation called Food and Water Watch. This led me to look at a whole raft of environmental issues from the perspective of this particular group.

This whole experience made me realise the importance of learning to  to “navigate” the huge over-populated oceans of knowledge that we now have in our world. This is one particular ocean that cannot be over-fished but is adding stock in gigantic amounts on a daily basis. Indeed this stock is increasing exponentially…. imagine what that would mean if applied to our depleting fish stocks in our polluted oceans!

The world of getting knowledge has certainly changed. My online course has been as much about learning to “fish” for relevant and important knowledge in the increasingly murky and densely populated waters of the ocean of knowledge. We need to be getting our students to become proficient in this because the old ways are now dead and gone and if they cannot learn to navigate they will surely be at a huge disadvantage to those who can.

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