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A Premise for Government

Random thoughts from my afternoon bike ride, inspired by my reading of Jane Jacob’s Systems of Survival. The book explores the relationship between guardianship and enterprise and the hazardous results of one behaving like the other. A Premise for Government It … Continue reading

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Systems Thinking: A Gharagedaghi Brief

I’m now back from a seven-week summer sabbatical in Chicago. Alongside improv workshops and taking stage to tell stories, I spent much of my time learning about Systems Design. In particular, I grew fascinated with Jamshid Gharagedaghi’s Systems Thinking; Managing Chaos … Continue reading

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What I learned about storytelling from 1-week at Second City Chicago

This summer I had the privilege of doing a one-week intensive course through Second City Chicago’s Training Center. Led by Andy Eninger, head of the writing program, the course was called Solo Performance. We spent most of our time taking … Continue reading

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Mobilise Students, Release Teachers

I find myself thinking a lot about the role of teachers in the classroom. Are students better served through coaching and mentoring support, instead of the direction they tend to receive? And if students are better served by a more … Continue reading

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Exam Week Reflections

At the moment, I am supervising a group of thirty high school seniors as they write a final exam. Their desks are covered in Scantron sheets, scratched notes and eraser shavings. All of us are looking forward to being through … Continue reading

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In the Media: Become More Enterprising

Over the past few weeks, I’ve collected links that make clear the need for education programs that encourage young people to become more enterprising. Our work here at Life Well Spent puts into practice some of the ideas that have … Continue reading

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Need a Job? Invent It.

New York Times writer Thomas Friedman recently posted an article that addresses the value in learning to be innovative. In particular, Friedman discusses the Finnish education system. which has been gaining attention as a framework that the rest of the world … Continue reading

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Students decide what happens in their Classroom

Here’s a terrific video that describes what it can look like when students take ownership for what happens in their classrooms. and a Ted Talk that tells the story of rural students using design process to use the community as … Continue reading

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Building the Plane in the Air

Alan Levine has posted about his open-source digital story telling class, ds106, and it has me inspired in a number of ways. To being with, it’s evidence that when you imagine a classroom as an open community space, people will … Continue reading

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The Happiness of Responsibility

The Christmas holidays proved a happy time in my home. The days were filled with good friends and lots of space to relax. I managed to read three different books, and just about every meal was home cooked (sometimes by … Continue reading

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