Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

chris brogan

Launch and Learn

comment by mary - super..
great post Chris.. thank you

Seth's Blog: Caring

Seth's Blog: Caring

ewan mcintosh

gever tulley: killing learning with grades
An infant's picture, graded. C+. I wonder what the + was for.
There are two things I despise ... One is teacher-designed homework, and the pathological belief, against the odds, that it adds any value to the learning process. The other is the use of grades to justify the teacher's existence, while destroying the confidence, self-esteem and understanding of what learning is for amongst our young people.

few instructions, better structures
Encourage people to design experiences, not lessons.
What works better for young people and creative designers alike, is not instruction from on high (with a degree of tacit pre-task knowledge of the outcome already in the teacher's mind - and quite possibly the learners') but structures within which the learning journey, or game, can play itself out.
Structures for learning include ..., the use of learning logs to chart learning and what learning direction the student thinks they need next, design thinking structures, or Gever's Brightworks learning arc structure.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

steven pressfield

holy cow.
i thought do the work was good.
then when i heard this guy is Seth's mentor... i ordered War of Art

holy cow.

some quotes:
  • yielding to the resistance deforms our spirit
  • how many of us have become drunks and drug addicts, developed tumors and neuroses, succumbed to painkillers, gossip, and compulsive cell-phone use, simply because we don't do that thing that our hearts, our inner genius, is calling us to? resistance defeats us. if tomorrow morning by some stroke of magic every dazed and benighted soul woke up with the power to take the first step toward pursuing his or her dreams, every shrink in the directory would be out of business. prison would stand empty. the alcohol and tobacco industries would collapse, along with the junk food, cosmetic surgery, and infotainment business, not to mention pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and the medical professions from top to bottom. domestic abuse would become extinct, as would addiction, obesity, migraine headaches, road rage, and dandruff.
  • 70-80% of people dr's see - has nothing to do with health issues
  • any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity elicit the resistance
  • the resistance wants to kill, but it doesn't know us personally
  • we can use this as a compass - fear is a good sign
  • the resistance feeds off our fear - so it does all it can to let us think we're resisting because of fear.. rationalizing is a friend of the resistance
  • you could turn the tables this very second.. up to you
  • we're wired for community, so not comfortable being alone - we're never alone.. we have the muse of our art
  • self doubt can be your ally - the counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident
  • the athlete plays hurt, we can't wait for healing, or from being a victim. the part we imagine needs healing is not the part we create from. the part we create from can't be touched by anything our parents did or society did
  • the part that needs healing is our personal life, but personal life has nothing to do with work.
  • resistance loves healing - he knows it will distract you
  • rationalizations could be true - but they mean diddly
  • amateurs don't love the game enough, pro doesn't mean you're getting money - it means you've sold out to doing what you love 24/7
  • the pros core is bullet proof, nothing can touch it unless he lets it
  • he separates self from art  [i hear Elizabeth Gilbert talking..]
  • resistance wants us to cede sovereignty to others. it wants us to stake our self-worth , our identity, our reason for being, on the response of others to our work. resistance knows we can't take this. no one can.
  • pro knows limitations.. hires out jobs
  • the most important thing about art is work. nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.

it's paperback. it's a fast read.
i'm thinking it's a lab staple. a first read even.

Monday, May 23, 2011

jeff brazil

learning for everyone by everyone about almost anything p2pu

P2PU: Learning for everyone, by everyone, about almost anything from DML Research Hub on Vimeo.

Imagine a world where you can learn anything you’re curious about.

let you make smart choices rather than us making choices for you.

If you have someone who can facilitate that conversation, it’s probably more important than having someone answering all the questions.

maria bustillos

i posted Maria's insightful article on wikipedia not too long ago.. now finishing the reading of it.
it begs more posting..

such as this:

The truth of a discipline, idea or episode in history lies in these interstices," he said. "If you want to understand something complicated it's helpful to look at the back and forth of competing voices or views."

this meshes with our push for teds and ignites to more of bifs to be conversation..

on lab purpose:
There's an enormous difference between understanding something and deciding something. Only in the latter case must options be weighed, and one chosen. Wikipedia is like a laboratory for this new way of public reasoning for the purpose of understanding, an extended polylogue embracing every reader in an ever-larger, never-ending dialectic. Rather than being handed an "authoritative" decision, you're given the means for rolling your own.

But there continues to be resistance to the idea that expertise itself has been called into question, and we can expect that resistance to continue. Experts, understandably, are apt to be annoyed by their devaluation, and are liable to make their displeasure felt. And the thing about experts is that a lot of people still feel disinclined to question them.

So long as we believe that there is such a thing as an expert rather than a fellow-investigator, then that person's views just by magic will be worth more than our own, no matter how much or how often actual events have shown this not to be the case. For us to have this magic thinking about "individualism" then is pernicious politically, intellectually, in every way. That is not to say that we don't value those who can lead the conversation. We'll need them more and more, those "who are able to marshal the wisdom of the network," to use Bob Stein's words. But they might be more like DJs, assembling new ways of looking at things from a huge variety of elements, than like than judges whose processes are secret, and whose opinions are sacred.

Maybe disagreement doesn't have to be a battle to be fought to the death; it can be embraced, even savored. Wikipedia as it is now constituted lends enormous force to this argument. The ability to weigh conflicting opinions dispassionately and without requiring a "decision" is invaluable in understanding almost any serious question.

wikipedia on wikipedia

thank you Maria..

chris brogan

running till you fall

seth godin


the exhaustion from overextending yourself creatively is some of the best exhaustion you will ever feel. An organization that provides a platform for people to push into their fear will produce both better work and a better workforce.

richard byrne

Go Pileus - Drag and Drop File Sharing

Sunday, May 22, 2011

maria bustillos


written by Maria Bustillos
found by tweet from @anterobot

haven't finished reading it yet - but what i've read rings of mark pesce..
anxious to finish.
wikipedia. there's an incredible game going on there. we can learn much from it. we should join it.

barack obama

We need to reward reforms in education that are driven not by Washington, but by principals and teachers and parents. That's how we'll make progress—not from the top down, but from the bottom up.
what are we reforming to? 
we need this to be a people agenda... not a curriculum agenda.
that's great that they overcame.. super. lovely.
but did they become themselves? or did they just succeed at a definition of success given to them. how many of them will be happy and successful per their definition 5 years from now, 10?
again - great. but we can do better. we can't not do better.
nothing is for everyone. let's facilitate that.

gunter pauli

sustainability - the capacity to respond to the basic needs of all with what we have.

if we are only teach the children what we know, they can never do better than what we are doing today
create a degree of freedom - that space

what is the most abundant sorce of energy freely available?

look at the possible future with what you have - nothing else
waste - resources that are eternally guaranteed

between you deciding to do it and implementation - japan - 6 mos

thank you @CoCreatr

Saturday, May 21, 2011

mark pesce

said peshy

mind share
Here’s my address to the Royal Institute of Australia, about the age of hyperconnectivity, hyperintelligence and hyperempowerment.

the greatest changes we ever experience in life are often the most invisible
because they are so deep.. if we looked at them, our eyes would explode

we don't even notice the fact that no one is late anymore, just delayed.. because we can call and see people are coming.
our lives are more coordinated than ever
we refuse to recognize the adjacency of that capability

i knew 115% when they didn't.. dang

who wouldn't want to be connected

the power of connectivity has always been intertwined w/economics, has always been closely connected with the lure of money, but until now it was difficult to see the relationship clearly
this relationship is now so revealed
the mobile is the most potent amplifier sense the metal ax head
for that reason it becomes impossible to resist it, to resist it would be stupid

the future is here.. and started to be equally distributed,
but very few of us know because we're too busy staring down and connecting

japanese government, simultaneously overwhelmed and eternally cautious - they are the advance mobile infrastructure on the planet, connected people communicate
it's inherent - don't need to teach it

it's easier to be afraid together,, it's easier to panic together
but the pressure lifts when we share it

safecast - observations of the radiation around them.. like weather reports

the idea is very simple, people armed with connected devices - crowd sourcing
vast numbers of people, may not even know each other, but in towards a common purpose
it was always too difficult for it to happen before..

power of the people.
people connected in their numbers simply overwhelm, out perform, and thrust aside all obstacle that you can put in your way.
this is where we are just now. this is the edge of the present.

wikipedia has changed the way we make knowledge
from each according to their ability, to each according to their need

wikipedia activity - all post up something - 5 planned to add a lie - see if they can sniff out the truth and the fiction

who makes better decisions, who is more successful
all things equal, the connected out outdistances the disconnected peer
that is what has started to happen to us
wikipedia helps us make decisions, better than we could have otherwise made
because we see the value in that, we are more likely to use wikipedia in the future, ... caught up in a feedback loop, and we redefine ourselves..
this is not about wikipedia, could have used safecast, checkpoint software, suki,

it's about anything that allows us to use our hyperconnectivity to share knowledge..leading to hyperintelligence.. leading to hyperempowerment
this is happening everywhere you care to look closely enough
it's unstoppable.
not because of any platform, it's because of us.
we all want it. we all want to be hyperempowered.
everything is started to reconfigure itself around these connections. something not even thinkable a generation ago
16 yrs ago - hardly anyone was connected
16 yrs from now - being connected will be part of being connected

being connected does not make us all of one mind
everyone seeks advantage.. that won't end, rather it's being amplified

who you know becomes how powerful you are.. all sorts of players are at the table. they have a seat now because they are connected

who is better connected, who is sharing more effectively, those who do win

we're outsourcing functions of the human brain
gives us the option to fill it with other things
so time freed up - but also - types of attention you'll be able to maintain that were impossible before

it will take a lot of human kindness and thought to keep this hyperempowerment bottled

we need to think of human beings as sensors
people need to be coming up with good ideas.. but good enough that everyone else agrees

in 5 years we have become a culture that is connected from a culture that wasn't. and we're bad at it.
we need to think about this as a whole, the need for disconnected time is as important to your soul
for t vs f - the people who will not fall for false things will be the ones that are surrounded with a knowledge network - more a human component than a machine

quiet and solitude is hard to come by now
part of it is because we like it
we do need to think about the requirements of solitude and reflection

connected hygienne (devijver)
anyone that tells you that privacy is over has an invested interest in your revealing yourself to them
without private life there is no private thought
and without private thought - you are nothing, no longer an individual

we're discovering a shared humanity we've never had before

we're making things up as we go..

there's a lot of weirdness and craziness and confusion right now
confusion is all right as long as you admit it

shelly turkle's alone together

mark pesce

The Social Sense

We can do more than act as sensors and share data: we can share our ideas, our frameworks and solutions for sustainability. We have the connectivity – any innovation can spread across the entire planet in a matter of seconds. This means that six billion minds could be sharing – should be sharing – every tip, every insight, every brainwave and invention – so that the rest of us can have a go, see if it works, then share the results, so others can learn from our experiences.

yes - worth a repeat post...

steven pressfield

interview with seth's mentor via the Amber Rae of the Domino Project

the pain of running away from the work is greater than the pain of doing the work

running first thing in the morning - sets the pattern of overcoming a small resistance first thing.

he refers to Elizabeth Gilbert's ted
the art is not coming from us - we need to remember that in humility

trust instincts, be bold, turn of self-sensors
boldness is very key

mostly - it's just a mindset


yesterday was bitter sweet.

the last day of school..
i've never much liked the beginning or the end of the school year
maybe it's my aversion to change (yeah - go figure)
maybe it's how unnatural the starting and stopping feels to my soul
the tensions of building up of new trusts and in a few short months saying good bye
maybe it's the unknown
maybe it's the chaos
maybe it's because that's where policy and structure seem most enforced, most needed
maybe that's why they're unsettling, they beg for a structure that feels foreign to my being, a make or break beginning, where the story goes, it's best not to smile, a labeling with a grade at the end
maybe it's because on reflection, it's the time i've focused more on me than on others
as i've felt those beginnings and ends are my responsibility, i'm the setter of the scene, the tone, i'm the closer of the plot
maybe it's because the essence of a school is the people, and yet the essence of our tradition can de-value people as each may/june we
label (good or bad grades/evaluations can leave us with a false sense of ourselves)
renew or not (the affordance of staying vs the strain of being let go - there's a balance of remaining mindful of our why)
honor or not (the absence and the presence of recognition can have much the same affect)
maybe it's because of my inadequacy in getting to know a person fast, 100 persons well enough, and then just as i seem to, my reluctance to
...let them go

the last day at my school..
the last day with that unique tie to my peers
the people you see day to day, year to year
the people sharing your struggles, your joys
the bonding from a school's flavors, it's colors
the love coming from a common goal, a common language, a common yearning
i've certainly kept my distance this year
did i see this coming, this day of bittersweet, this day of letting go
did i sense a year of defending my craziness, when i knew focus was key to moving forward
have i lost out my time in this place with these people
do they know what i do is in love for them
i know so very little
but i know too much to not break away
i know too much to fold
faces, looks, comments, loss, call out to my gut to stay
it would be so much easier if they could understand where this is headed
it would be so much easier if they could see it's for them as well
...for us

the last day at my kids school..
what am i thinking, wasn't this part of the master plan, to be at my kids school when they came
it played out perfectly - couldn't have asked for better
subbing at their elem 4-5 days a week - lunch with them every day
feeder school to their middle school, their future home would be less of a mystery
yet here, only half way through, i'm leaving
what am i thinking
will i be losing time in this with my darlings
do they know what i do is in love for them
i know so very little
but i know too much to not do this
i know too much to fold
longing to stay in the comfortable during their last two years rips at my being, awakens my senses
it would be so much easier if they could share beliefs that this is legit
it would be so much easier if their friends' families could talk about what we talk about, acknowledge what we acknowledge and move with us
...change is much easier in mass

the first day..
to test my own voice
to really dig in
to rally the forces
to make this happen
to awaken indispensable people
to focus on community
to build a culture of trust
to not just know that i can't not
...but to do the work

Friday, May 20, 2011

mark pesce

it’s uncontrollable, it’s ungovernable, but all this sharing serves a need.  This is all human potential that’s been bottled up, constrained by the lack of connectivity across the planet.  Now that this barrier is well and truly down, we have unprecedented capability to pool our eyes, ears and hands, putting ourselves to work toward whatever ends we might consider appropriate.

Even so, we can start to see how all of this information provided by our things feeds into our most innate human characteristic – the need to share.

the social sense

venessa miemis

can reputation be a currency

Currencies are not just money, but mechanisms and systems that change the flows of attention, trust, participation and value in an information economy – like frequent flier miles, eBay ratings, votes, coupons, gift certificates, and social scoring metrics.

How we create and measure value is going through a change that has not been seen in over 600 years—since the emergence of the first systematic nationalized currencies. It is profoundly affecting the central vs. distributed control of value, and the archetypes that surround how we measure value. by Stan Stalnaker of Hub Culture.

perfect timing Venessa - thank you.
why is everything based on making money?
why is all we talk about based on getting people to buy our stuff.
schooling the world.. what if our stuff is not even needed?
so - you say - but how else will i have money to live on..
maybe the excess is keeping us from soul peace
maybe the excess if blinding us to all that is needed.
maybe the excess if keeping us mindless to the possibility of us not needing money, but rather needing each

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

zoe weil

humane math

richard feynman

via leonard susskind

Dick Feynman always made me feel smart. always made me feel we could solve anything together.
he would always win.. but if he lost, he would always laugh and seem to have just as much fun.

a feynman sandwich had a ton of ham but absolutely not baloney.
he hated false pretense

feynman thought it was a necessary part of being a great physicist.. having a father like he had

hist scientific style was to find the simplest solution. he believed if you couldn't explain it simply - you didn't understand it.

feynman diagrams to understand particles

how to honor feynman? by getting as much baloney out of our own sandwiches as we can.

dennis littky

on conversation
30 sec mba

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

adam mackie

you go Adam...
new literacies dictionary: http://wac.colostate.edu/books/mackie/

Adam's first video log on his drive home..

mark fenske

Mark Fenske, co-author of The Winner's Brain: 8 Strategies Great Minds Use to Achieve Success.  We'll explore the current scientific progress on understanding the brain and cognitive processes, how that is informing psychology, and what the implications for education might be.

MARK FENSKE, PhD, a neuroscientist and former faculty member at Harvard Medical School, is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Guelph. His research combines neuroimaging and studies of behavior to examine how the brain’s attention and emotion systems
can enhance performance. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

everytime you watch others doing something - you take yourself into the mode of doing it yourself.

we can learn a lot about ourselves by watching other people

physical exercise critical to brain function

Sunday, May 15, 2011

joni mitchell

thank you for sharing this Rakesh.

and thank you Anna for this version 30 years earlier

oh what music does..

Saturday, May 14, 2011

deborah frieze

Two Loops: How Systems Change from The Berkana Institute on Vimeo.

esp like the part of providing experimental space..
and i believe the coming together, the connecting in order to make the shift in ed - is just about to happen.

thank you for this Carol Black - creator of the beautifully poignant film, schooling the world.


Friday, May 13, 2011

drafting bold dreams

joi ito

whoa - this interview explains so much of what we're thinking..experiencing.

what cool comments..
thank you Joi

huffpo article on measuring creativity

love 146

human trafficking
can you see me..

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

lisa nielsen

may2 archive of parents as partners

wish every parent could hear this.

george siemens

interview by Howard Rheingold

stop providing spaces for learners to interact and allow learners to bring their spaces with them.

we were the teachers, and her instructors were the evaluators

have the social interactions produce the content. started off with set of readings, etc, so they weren't just "running through the meadows"
this starting content isn't what you are supposed to master, it's a catalyst, a conduit for connections. once the course ends, uni typically severs those connections, with the web, the connections still exist

individuals need to own the space, not the learning institution
elluminate, moodle (still too centralized, so did away with moodle completely this last course, a networked course doesn't have a center, moodle still too much of a center,)
when first did moodle, had a central discussion form, this last time used grasshopper (rss aggregation tool) designed by Steven Downes, has a daily newsletter that is archived, all parts have potential of ongoing dialogue around it.
dissillusion of the boundaries the institution hold
form a sense of coherence
need outcomes in uni
no research that says linear structure produces better outcomes than chaotic meanderings (langer)

traditional course - learning outcomes
moocs - essays, concepts maps, final project
other students not taking uni credit - design their own (videos, artifacts, etc)
2000 students, rich pool to draw from, gift economy

the web gives people a lot of new things to do
learning to think as a global citizen
design distributed learning models...
the economics of a global faculty member vs local -

wayfinding.. educator is a contributing guide
social sense making (sars)  - distributed complex networked knowledge

how do you frame an institution that can effectively help learners mirror their learning process with the actual point of knowledge..

me wondering about


Saturday, May 7, 2011

steven pressfield

the domino project
intros do the work free on kindle
and if you don't have a kindle no worries - free kindle for pc - is what i use
free kindle for mac - well you know

our job is not to control our idea - it's to figure out what our idea is and then bring it to being.

my check list from reading:
  • get a recorder
  • read (listen to) 3 books without taking notes - ouch
  • remember that research can be the resistance as can rationale
  • get do the work/poke the box on audio for kids
for the 12th - killer opening scene, 2 major set pieces in the middle, a killer climax, a concise statement of the theme  [1) stats for money time not spent on classroom management/tests and training/personal goes for both, along with stats of number currently falling through cracks - esp on a longevity scale 2) parents/students unleashed in their thinking about options, parent/students creating an egypt a mad cow protest a bloodless revolution 3) your district coming full fledge, the marriage of art and science in practicality not just theory, walking your streets 4) choice is the ultimate empowerment, we are all connected

why does this purely instinctive, intuitive method work? because our idea ... is smarter than we are.

there will be more..

steve jobs

 social media and story telling

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition…

seth godin

brilliant brave kind man

PressPausePlay - Animated Content from Stuart Langfield on Vimeo.

i love this Seth.

Friday, May 6, 2011

joi ito

new mit media lab director

The fact that MIT appointed me, even though I don’t have a college degree, shows a certain amount of flexibility on their part, and that made me feel safe.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi

mothers come together. a most beautiful story.
we all told our stories.. and we all connected.
we have to try to know other people.
be generous in your hearts, minds..

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

will richardson

posts on the big summit - right to learn white paper (download)
great post, great read, great questions.

my answer - that is too long to post:
Have schools as we know them reached their limits in terms of real student learning?

I’m thinking yes.
But I’m not sure how much really needs to change, I’m thinking we just need to change who’s together in a room, or out in the field, or in the art hall, or the engineering hall, or going on a walk, etc. And it seems that change simply need to be: per choice.

And should we be shifting our focus away from how best to "deliver an education" to our students to, instead, building a new framework around each child's inherent "right to learn" from cradle to grave?

There’s so much research on the mind, on mindfulness, and on ownership of learning. We know better, or we can. Either by research or gut feeling, we realize our current focus is more on things that have been proven to matter for only a small percentage of us. Nothing is for everyone yet we keep perfecting standardization. If we get 1-1 web access yet still push a curriculum, we’re missing the ownership potential.

Facilitating the curriculum inside each learner is possible. A human connection, when you are known by someone, unleashes space for natural curiosity. Imagine if we revitalize our communities by matching up 1-1 mentors per passion. An authentic no-child-left-behind would really be about equity. And equity seems really about setting all learners free, interdependently free.
Dennis Littky tells of his push back for this community mentor idea when he started it at the Met over 10 years ago. People said there would never be enough mentors. He found that in Providence, RI, there were 500,000 some working adults to 40,000 hs students.
I’m not suggesting this would be cake, or that it would happen over night, or that it could all happen locally, but with the capabilities of tech and networking, I see organizations like http://www.seeclickfix.com/ and http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ as prototypes to our potential future of interdependence. Your school, design it.

I recently heard Michael Wesch in an interview saying that in the US when we say “real-life” we automatically think of - outside of school. Homeschoolers/unschoolers biggest pushbacks is - how will they survive in the real world, as if a classroom is the real world.
I see this disconnect both on a daily basis and over the course of a life-span. School should be real life  literally. We need to start being mindful of what our current schools provide for everyone, (students, parents, teachers, admin, community), and respectfully question why we keep supporting it. (If we’re not helping to change it, we’re supporting it. This is like a massive multi-player game.)
Imagine if a community becomes it’s own school. Existing high school buildings are meet ups and resource centers. That would lead to walking more, noticing more, doing more.

Ellen Langer writes in Mindfulness, our focus on outcomes encourages mindlessness.
I’d guess (gut guess) 75% of our efforts and energy and time and money in ed go toward outcomes. Academic outcomes, behavioral outcomes, etc.
A focus on mindfulness could lead us to a culture of trust, where there’d be no need to spend ourselves on policy. Isn’t policy mostly evidence of distrust?
If instead we facilitated spaces where true ownership perpetuated hunger, we’d see wholehearted participants in life, and we wouldn’t be able to tell what part was school.