Just as a fish that is born in a polluted stream would never consider that water could be any different, our young people today are born into a techno-dependent world, without realising what has been lost in the process of adopting technology. The United States will continue to rely on this strategy to retain military advantage, but the sources of new military technology are shifting.3 In the past, the segment of industry that has supplied both hardware and software to the U.S. military has been largely separate from civilian industry.
Members of modern societies think themselves very clever though we lack even rudimentary knowledge of the biological and artificial life systems that support us. Lacking much authentic wisdom and knowledge, we tend to take vicarious pride in the inventions of others – I, who cannot so much as spark a flame without a match, feel intelligent by dint of my fellow human’s invention of the combustion engine.
What we as progressive thinkers must do – because no one else is doing it – is acknowledge the ways in which technology can serve us, understand the ways in which many technologies have harmed us and develop some kind of rubric through which we can evaluate the merits of existing and emerging technologies.
IMTM actively cooperate with academic institutions at national level, through development of software solutions aimed on providing support to learning and teaching, as well as through recently established Montenegrin Cyber Security Educational Center (MCEC).
Thus, one of the aims of democratic, nature-based learning is to provide an antidote to the common addiction to technology (merely by being immersed in nature and engaging in non-technology-based activities) and to widen children’s understanding of why there is modern technology, how much they actually need them and what effects these gadgets have on them and on the world.