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To do with the price of fish

Ich habe das Beispiel auf der letztjährigen Microlearning-Konferenz in Innsbruck bereits gehört, als es um die praktische Seite dieses theoretischen Konzepts ging. Hier wird sie nicht dem Stichwort „learning“, sondern der Idee des „free flow of information“ zugeordnet. Anyway, have a look:

„YOU are a fisherman off the coast of northern Kerala, a region in the south of India. Visiting your usual fishing ground, you bring in an unusually good catch of sardines. That means other fishermen in the area will probably have done well too, so there will be plenty of supply at the local beach market: prices will be low, and you may not even be able to sell your catch. Should you head for the usual market anyway, or should you go down the coast in the hope that fishermen in that area will not have done so well and your fish will fetch a better price? If you make the wrong choice you cannot visit another market because fuel is costly and each market is open for only a couple of hours before dawn—and it takes that long for your boat to putter from one to the next. Since fish are perishable, any that cannot be sold will have to be dumped into the sea.
This, in a nutshell, was the situation facing Kerala’s fishermen until 1997. …“

The Economist, 10 Mai 2007