Some people believe in a linear career path. Others stop waiting for permission to create and make their own path. Entrepreneurial thinkers understand that they are part of a network, not a link in a chain. So why should we treat higher education like a conveyer belt? Decreasing transaction costs in education + rapid technological advances are making it possible to experiment with being a renaissance man or woman AND land an incredible job.
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We systems thinkers... Why do we want so badly to understand? Maybe we want to know the relationship of everything to everything else. Of self to All-That-Is. Maybe we want food on the table and world peace. Either way: complexity is the network of networks. A very BIG idea that we now have better tools to explore. Where is home for this Big Idea? What are its most massive and minute manifestations?
Data is not the end of the story. There is more....
"Life is a game of hide and seek, because life is pulsation. On and off. All life is this flickering in and out, only there are enormous rhythms in it." - Alan Watts
In information theory the smallest unit of information is called a "bit" - yes or no, black or white, beginnings and ends. I think it's useful to contemplate the dance of opposing forces, because the way they work together is the essence of change and creative tension. We create distinctions of meaning by knowing what a thing is not as often as by knowing what it is....