A recap of the study tour’s final day comes from Gilda Schertenleib, University of Lugano, and Philippe Fabian, Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
In Search of the Holy Grail
At the end of this incredible week, we probably identify with the gold diggers that came to San Francisco in the 1840’s, a story that our fantastically funny guide illustrated during the Gold Rush City walking tour today.
And here we are, 170 years after the Gold Rush, repeating history with the “Social Media Rush.” A group of avid people, who travelled mountains and oceans in search of the Social Media grail. Like the gold seekers that didn’t actually find nuggets in the city of San Francisco, we didn’t find our grail, either. Simply because it doesn’t exist here, and might not exist anywhere on the planet.
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But as with those Californian ancestors, no grail doesn’t mean no riches for us. Those early settlers found other things and were successful in many other ways. They turned San Francisco into a prosperous city. Likewise, we found a whole lot of inspiration, gained unique insights into shooting stars and pioneers of the Social Media era, came across great discussions and made valuable connections with many people here in the Bay Area and with our Swiss colleagues. We could literally feel the heartbeat of Social Media.
Encouraged and enriched we will try to make the Silicon Valley spirit grow and prosper in our institutions back home. We will try to stay down-to-earth with the use of Social Media as American universities do. But on the other hand, we have to break new ground and not be afraid of stumbling.
Or, in the words of David Harris from today’s final workshop: “Fail forward or fail fast.” Just like the gold diggers did.
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