[cross-post from ROI Community]
One pertained to G-dcast, specifically - one student asked if there was any concern that boiling a Torah portion down to four minutes of animation might be an oversimplification of what happens in the Torah portion. I explained that although Sarah (and education supervisor Matthue Roth) could answer that question more eloquently, that my impression was that G-dcast was an entry point - for some people, who just wanted a taste of Torah every week and weren't likely to pick up a book and study, four minutes of animation is perfect. But, I pointed out, G-dcast's site also features free educators'/teachers' guides available that go into greater depth on the themes of each Torah portion.
Another asked a really simple question that may actually be a really important guide for innovators, whether they're creating in YouTube or in other places: Why?
Within the "why" are several questions:
- Why is this product or innovation necessary?
- Why is this the right venue?
- Why should you spend your time in pursuit of this goal?
- Why should other people join your quest to achieve this goal?
- Why should a funder support your project over other projects?
- Why now?
All of these are larger questions, within a smaller question. But my question to you - as friends of and leaders in the field of Jewish innovation - is: what's your big question? And how do you go about answering it?