For at least the past decade, we have seen the rising influence of informal channels of education. Internet users have largely by now visited, or at least heard of, Wikipedia and the Khan Academy — websites that provide a wealth of information for the person who wants to educate herself.
Illich would certainly be pleased with these online developments, but he didn’t argue that everyone needs to become a total autodidact. Happily, more social and cooperative forms of informal education are also picking up speed. Skillshare helps to connect the people who want to teach things with the people who want to learn them, no postage required. And hackspaces (such as these in Manhattan and Brooklyn) don’t merely provide tools, they also provide community. [link]