We have engaged in discussions with Tampere3 employees, students and interest groups on how they see the future and the prospective TAMPERE3 community. Based on these preliminary discussions, entering a new era seems to raise a lot of questions, and yet some of the first words mentioned are ‘opportunity’, ‘international’ and, in particular, ‘how’.
The significance of close cooperation has often come up in these discussions. What we need above all is a dialogue between technology and humanities, and in this endeavour, Tampere3 is a strong player – as long as we trust that understanding other sciences generates enhanced expertise. We will cross and bring together interfaces between different sciences and also between science and culture. An artificial boundary is often built between science and art. At one time, such fences did not exist for researchers and innovators like Leonardo da Vinci. He painted, wrote, studied biology, medicine and technology, and built with his own two hands. In other words, he was a one-man Tampere3.
I browsed through our Twitter account and the discussions around Tampere3. The following themes keep recurring: Are we breaking loose from the old-time administrative models, and are we seeking new and more effective ones? Do we dare to place the students at the heart of our operations and open up the interfaces – by going as far as establishing Tampere3 on open source code? Will this transition give us the courage and ability to do things differently?
Universities and the entire higher education system are undergoing major changes. In the U.Lab experiments of Otto Scharmer at MIT, the following principles started emerging early on:
1. Learning must be scattered and taken out of the class rooms and into authentic operating environments, e.g. the streets.
2. An entrepreneurial attitude and passion come together in research and teaching; creating the ability to understand ideological and social questions.
3. Promoting people’s self-knowledge in higher education
4. Activating and enabling self-organized learning groups operating in open environments
5. Providing methods and tools for sensing and shaping the emerging future
6. Shifting from big data to deep data
7. Raising awareness and developing tools and methods in issues that are significant for collective action.
According to Otto Scharmer, developing tomorrow’s leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship, deep insight and the ability and willingness to change requires corresponding forms of learning and cooperation. In other words, using one's brain, heart and hands. Could this be something to pursue with Tampere3?