Did You Know 3.0 (aka “Shift Happens”)

3 04 2009

UPDATED AUGUST 28: Now you can also download “Shift Happens” as a movie.


This is a very revealing video and worth your time. It speaks volumes about globalization, and the changes that are happening faster than we know.

It’s thought-provoking. Revealing. Surprising.

What’s perhaps most surprising is where it came from. It started as a PowerPoint presentation for a faculty meeting in August 2006 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. In the words of the original author Karl Fisch:

“it “went viral” on the Web in February 2007 and, as of June 2007, had been seen by at least 5 million online viewers. Today the old and new versions of the online presentation have been seen by at least 20 million people, not including the countless others who have seen it at conferences, workshops, training institutes, and other venues.

It’s further evidence that ideas are not only found in big cities or famous universities.

And they’re not only generated for famous conferences.

Big ideas can come from everywhere, and from out of nowhere.

Where will the next idea like this come from? Gudda, India? Ororuwo, Nigeria?

Maybe “Did You Know 4.0” will come from you. After all, shift happens 🙂




2 responses

28 08 2009
Henry Bostick

I teach in a district that does not allow youTube. I would love to present this to my Social Studies class. Is there a way to down load this to a playable disc for presentation?

28 08 2009

Hello Henry,

Thanks for your comment. First of all, it’s sad to think you have to teach in a district that does not allow YouTube. It’s like banning libraries because some books are considered bad. Good for you for working to push past that.

You can indeed download the presentation to burn to disc. Here’s the link: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~mcleod/didyouknow/

Your post suggests you’re probably not the only person to wonder about downloadable versions, so I’ll update my post as well. Thanks for the learning!

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