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Introducing Digital Connectivism: A New Philosophy for the Digital Society

Published: 01 November 2016

ID: G00314838

Analyst(s): Frank Buytendijk


We are creating a digital society that is reshaping who we are and how we live. This new dynamic needs a new philosophy as our old business-driven ways don't work anymore. Digital leaders should embrace "digital connectivism" to navigate the new digital society with skill and in comfort.

Table Of Contents


  • Features of the Digital Society
    • The Digital Society Is a Sociotechnical System
    • The Digital Society Has Less Physical Constraints
    • The Digital Society Blurs the Lines Between People and Things
    • The Digital Society Will Become Both More Human and Less Human
  • The Old Ways Don't Work Anymore, but We Haven't Figured Out the New Rules

Research Highlights

  • The Five Core Tenets of Digital Connectivism
  • Tenet 1: We All Have a Digital Identity
  • Tenet 2: We Need to Be Connected in Order to Exist
  • Tenet 3: We Value Connections Through Context
  • Tenet 4: We Do Not Differentiate Between People and Things
  • Tenet 5: We Treat Our Connections With Care
  • Digital Connectivism: The Practical Business Implications

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