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This year's Jewish Futures Competition is soliciting four-minute videos that answer the question:

How will Jewish life, living and learning change as we move to a society in which individuals are not only consumers of information and culture, but also producers of their own and others' experiences?

The submissions should promote a clear vision or idea in response to this question. Although the submissions may refer to specific projects or programs it is the vision or idea that should be the focus of the presentation.

Winners of this competition will be flown to the Jewish Federations General Assembly conference in Denver in November, 2011 to deliver a ten-minute presentation based on the video to the Jewish Futures Conference, whose theme is "The Jewish Prosumer: The Move from Consumer to Producer in Jewish Life and Learning."


Naturally, this all sounds quite relevant to what we're doing here. If we could make one of these videos and end up addressing this conference, it would garner a great deal of attention for our community.

  • What clear vision or idea about Jewish individuals as both consumers and producers can we express, in light of what's going on here?

  • What are some points that a video expressing this vision or idea ought to make?

  • Does anyone here know how to make a nice video?

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  • Are you suggesting a video of what goes on here (screenshots and maybe a couple animations, with cool transitions) or inspired by what goes on here (actors exemplifying the discussions and edifications)? – WAF Aug 12 '11 at 13:28
  • @WAF I'm open to anything that fits the criteria of the contest. My initial thought would be a simple slideshow with voiceover, but that's partly because that's what I could see myself possibly trying to tackle. If you have ideas about either content or format, please post an answer! – Isaac Moses Aug 12 '11 at 13:57
  • Too localized?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ – Double AA Feb 3 '13 at 23:58
  • @DoubleAA, Yes. – Isaac Moses Feb 4 '13 at 0:03
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One interesting point to consider is that this "prosumerism" concept has existed for ages in the form of chavruta learning. One spin on what we have here is that it's like lots of people joining in a massive, flowing, chavruta partnership.


Meaty idea: Jewish learning traditionally happens in a continuum between chavruta relationships and teacher-student relationships. Decentralized online tools help us refresh the chavruta concept in exciting new ways, but the teacher-student concept requires more work.

  • Traditional modes of Jewish learning, and the role and benefits of each
    • Chavruta
      • Also beit midrash for massive peer learning - "ibaey lehu"
      • Sources
    • Teacher/Student
      • Sources
  • J.SE as a case study of refereshed chavruta model
    • What SE is
      • With emphasis on peer learning and community of experts aspects
    • Why J.SE fits this model so well
      • Chavruta learning
      • Plurality of valid answers
      • Community of experts thanks to "Ki heim chayyeinu"
  • Challenges to teacher/student model on the Internet and some ideas for mitigation
    • Website as posek
      • various mitigations on J.SE
    • Guidance about what to be learning
    • Decentralized, transitory communities
    • Ano/pseudonymity
  • Conclude on reiteration of open questions

Comments, edits, and alternatives welcome. I envision this outline initially containing much more than would fit into four minutes.

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