Saturday, July 30, 2011

children being in the world

thank you Jodhbir

boredom is a disease of the modern world

what a great combo with colin ward's the child in the city

seth godin

good exposure
In fact, most people I know (in every field) don't do nearly enough work for free, they're not contributing enough to their community, not adding their expertise or their ideas to the conversation. As a result, they're either invisible or seen as not interested.

working on a culture of trust...

i'm thinking i got this from Thomas first..

Reality as failed state - tl;dr version (I like doing this)

I can only offer these leads – the power of unflinching awareness, of looking directly at the crisis we find ourselves in; the natural centrifugal tendency of human consciousness, when it is given the necessary time and space, free from distraction and negative stimulus; our minds’ ability to re-coalesce, despite ourselves, into unified singularity; and, perhaps most importantly, the remediating power of joining together in reality with other human beings: of connecting the ideas, the facts, the data, the lonely realities discovered in the long watches of the night lit only by the ghostly lantern-light of a laptop, with the immediate, pulsing, reviving, hope-giving reality of mutual conviviality and of shared human presence.

the web is allowing us this space now., that is part of the new..
the cool thing.. the boldness we gain from that new is allowing us boldness to call out physical spaces.. mimicking the web as it were, as not only - not ridiculous, but something we can't not do... for youth.

(youth, you to whatever degree you decide)

from organic playgrounds to random and rhizomatic and ongoing conversations on video chats, to mental/physical spaces of permission to be..

self-directed learning

really talking about mentor alongside:

also via alfie kohn:
 five reasons to not say good job - along with the be a mentor alongside - that we're gathering 

north star teens

guiding principles to north star teens

school as life
everything i do counts now...
learning is natural, school is optional

huge thanks @schoolingworld - Carol Black

sounds like kool beans ben

also look into Bennington College in Vermont


child in the city

can a playground be too safe

great combo with the book i'm reading.. the child in the city, colin ward


Thursday, July 28, 2011

jeff lebow

i met Jeff because of google + hangouts..
when a hangout and the coop collided.

been following some of his ustreamed hangouts...
the other day, one in particular, on mooc, Jeff said something to this effect:

the other guys in the hangout were giving him a hard time of his geekiness.. like - how much superppower can Jeff take on.. and that they hadn't even tapped into his capabilities in facilitating conversations on hangouts and ustream chat... etc.

Jeff said.. that's what i do.. i bridge things.. when i see conversations going on in different places, i can't not try to bridge them.
(go to the july 27 edmooc ustream to hear for yourself

that's huge.
that's the huge element of what we're after.
in essence.. that's a huge piece of the definition of innovation.. connecting ideas, unlikely ideas even..

posting it again because this site is huge

stephen downes does hit what i've been thinking of circles on the head.. they are a filter for you - and others -  but in a transparent way..
also - adding facets of people to circles

dang... didin't know this existed:

dang. huge.
remix is innovation, is learning, .. can change the world..



calm embrace of the unknown

drop out as measure

darn -i thought it was going to say something about dropout rates not being a legit form of measurement of success..
why is dropping out of school a non-questioned standard of measure... perhaps a better question... what's so restrictive of schools that so many drop out...
not that schools are bad, just too restrictive.. that can be changed..

simon sinek

alan november

langwitches: Keynotes and selected session videos from #blc11-

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

john holt

"A person’s freedom of learning is part of his freedom of thought, even more basic than his freedom of speech. If we take from someone his right to decide what he will be curious about, we destroy his freedom of thought. We say, in effect, you must think not about what interests and concerns you, but about what interests and concerns us." ~John Holt

thanks Amy..


gregory hill

incredible insight..

is respect for every voice a part of your soul...


clay christensen

disrupting uni's

via harvard business school - working knowledge


ben meyers

whoa, empty school:

thanks Val


Tuesday, July 26, 2011


detroit trailer

Lemonade: Detroit Trailer from Erik Proulx on Vimeo.

thank you Amanda

john dewey

a picture is worth a 1000 words...
let's not limit it to 1.
or 1000.

i'm not saying narrowing is not good, but what if our answers aren't showing up because our questions aren't allowed in the picture.

ie: nclb

Dewey's words in How We Think


Monday, July 25, 2011

alex pappas

Roberto Greco:

core standards

ianchia @monk51295 @MaryAnnReilly @ktenkely & Pearson's next-gen roadmap to 2014 & US states overview (PDFs)

ianchia @monk51295 @MaryAnnReilly @ktenkely fyi Assessments+Common Core bigpicture Pearson's roadmap #edchat

thank you Ian.
but oh how sucky.
some of the most depressing tweets i've received of late.
we're curating a slow death. - unless of course suicide is involved.
350 bill to make sure we are all assessing the same, wrong, (right for a small few granted) things.
and now we're gearing what moneys we spend on what tech - for that same reason.

why can't we be smart enough to focus on learning. and focus on the resources we do have.
and focus foremost on minds. curiosity.



seth godin

no such thing as business ethics

Saturday, July 23, 2011

lawrence lessig

taken for granted thoughts
network neurtrality

there is nothing unfair for communities to provide resources

say - enough
calling what is obvious to most - absurd

change this: via Arnold Hiatt, merely because we are wealthy.. we have the right to make the decisions..
it won't be politicians that will wage that war - it will be us - rootstrikers

thank you @MaryAnnReilly

one day on earth

One Day on Earth - Motion Picture Trailer from One Day On Earth on Vimeo.

thank you Yaacov

Friday, July 22, 2011

design for change.. had seen this ted before..
but today was led to the #imaginationsummit
where the only little blurb i heard was by Alfonso Romo, from mexico?
part of the design for change - i can

talked about this process of learning... rather than all else..

so cool.
want to connect.. learn more..

ashoka changemakers out of washington

also riverside school in india - principal
Kiran Bir Sethi is the founder/director of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad. She has a design background, having got her diploma in visual communication from NID. She is also the founder of ‘aProCh’ - an initiative attempting to make our cities more child friendly, for which she was awarded the Ashoka Fellow in 2008.  In 2009, she was also presented with the ‘Call to Conscience’ award from the King Centre at Stanford, for the citizenship/liberation curriculum that Riverside School implements. In 2009, she conceptualized and promoted India’s largest Design for Giving contest for school children which got over 100,000 children to design solutions for some of India’s most challenging problems. Currently, she is promoting the world’s largest “Design for Change” contest, which has over 33 countries participating and aims to reach 60,000 schools across India. She was a speaker at TEDIndia in Nov. 2009. She was a symposium member at the Rockefeller Centre, Bellagio – looking at Design for Social Change.  In May-June, 2010, she was a Keynote Speaker at the M.I. Symposium in Beijing, alongside Dr. Howard Gardner.  In July 2010, she was a Speaker and Panelist at a Conference titled “Where do we go from here: Achieving Global Peace with Justice in a Sustainable Environment?” at The Martin Luther King Jr. Research & Education Institute, at Stanford University. She was a Plenary Speaker at the WISE Summit in Doha in November, 2010, as also at Design Indaba in Cape Town – South Africa, in February, 2011. She has recently been chosen as one of 12 Thought Leaders of the World – an Innovation Knight for the i4P (Innovation for Peace) Society – formed by the Culture of Peace Forum, New York, U.S.A.  She was the Inaugural Speaker at “X Entrepreneur Open Day 2011 in Bilbao, Spain in MAY2011and in end JUN2011. she was a Panelist at the “XVI Future Trends Forum – Searching an effective Education for the 21st Century”, held by the Bankinter Foundation in Madrid, Spain.

first met up with Kiran in jan - the i can button via @shellterrell

also check out @improvlearning and their site

Carrie Lobman, EdD is Associate Professor of Education at The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. She is the director of the Developing Teachers Fellowship Program at the East Side Institute.
Gwen Lowenheim has trained educators throughout the country in cutting-edge learning theories and the use of performance and improvisation for community and team building. A former junior high school teacher, she has co-written the nationally disseminated Adolescent Decision-Making curriculum.
Jim Martinez, PhD is an independent educational technology consultant and a former New York City Teaching Fellow. He is a graduate of the CUNY Graduate program in Urban Education and holds a certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

ah cool - now they are talking about cameron sinclair - yay


Thursday, July 21, 2011


In a few days, nearly 8000 educators from over 40 different countries are expected to attend a free 3 day virtual conference, The Reform Symposium, #RSCON3. This free award-nominated e-conference is going to take place on July 29-31st, 2011. Participants can attend this online conference from the comfort of their homes or anywhere that has Internet access. This amazing conference provides educators new or currently active on social networks the opportunity to connect with educators and professionals in the field of education worldwide. With over 12 Keynotes, 80 presenters, and 3 keynote panel discussions you are bound to be inspired!
We would like to thank the incredible organizers- Shelly Terrell, Kelly Tenkely, Chris Rogers, Lisa Dabbs, Melissa Tran, Clive Elsmore, Mark Barnes, Ian Chia, Cecilia Lemos, Jerry Blumengarten, and Kyle Pace- and Steve Hargadon of Classroom 2.0 and The Future of Education online communities for making this incredible conference possible.

We hope you can join us for this incredible professional development experience!

what i'll be sharing on behalf of the lab:

it’s ok that this video sucks right now.
if it would have been perfect, this guy, and this guy, and this gal, and this gal, might not have felt the pull/allure to join us, to help us create/do better.

the why brings people together in ways that will matter most.
work on your why.
find a topic/speaker/person at rscon11 that will strengthen your why.

and don’t wait for perfect, just do. do what you can’t not do.
waiting is, well, waiting.
and perfect never comes.
imperfection creates spaces/invitations for unlikely people to become indispensable.
what’s next?...
it’s happening.

perpetual beta.


alex pappas

met up with Alex yesterday on skype.

his and Ruby's hourschool had such similar beginnings as the lab this year.. with homeless people.
their idea - that the best thing, their sign of success.. unlikely people teaching.. so say, a homeless person making maybe $5 and hour per person for teaching/sharing their art/gift/genius with others.

what a great connection for working on the 1-1 face to face local mentors.

i guess their idea came to be while he was at the Austin Center for Design -  AC4D

.. which are the what did you learn videos like what we're thinking for detox booth videos..
and the wicked problems

what a great connection - now joining us here


mary ann reilly

ahh. Mary Ann...

teacher training

High Tech High in San Diego has a master’s program with training in project-based learning techniques. Such models, in turn, are part of a national movement emphasizing practical instruction for teachers already in the classroom full time.

a good snippet - i'm thinking - from an otherwise controversial ed article on teacher training

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

rakesh bhanot

i love this one Rakesh:

google +

i joined google + for the video chat..
been craving a virtual space where you felt like you had just left an intimate coffee house convo..
been hanging out with some amazing people working on awakening indispensable people

and last night was privileged to join Paul Allison's hangout:
the entire stream
convincing me to switch to chrome
can mute self - can select main video - by clicking on person, click on again to go back to default
many cam or cam twist - sounds like they are all on mac
using ustream - edtedtalk has a ustream channel
jeff is using 2 computers
many cam and audio from computer 2, computer 1 - gets mic - becomes part of stereo mix? 
how to use ustream
ustream automatically records, Jeff also uses sam cast, which just does audio, but quality is much better
paul's voices: local community, global attitude
you can screen share if you have many cam or cam twist and then in hangout options, click on that camera
in hangout - doesn't matter who starts hangout - if they lose connection, it goes on
cross pollination - so you have a group that is connected and you don't want to keep people from joining in, but you also don't want to bother people
(i'm thinking that's the beauty of circles)
talked about daisy something

the youtube portion:

yeah.. we're getting closer.
love it.

just got this email - 4 problems with google+ that we fixed

seth godin

embracing constraints

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

audrey watters

on khan academy

nadia al-sakkaf

i wish you could see yemen through my eyes
i feel that all the time about people..

told her dad she didn't know who she was.. her dad told her she was the bridge

you can be yourself and have your face.

i'm not so old.. i'm just not in touch

you fear what you don't know and you hate what you fear

shake the dust documentary teaser:

tim harford

the god complex
no matter how complicated the problem - you think you have the correct solution

the complexity of the world is huge.. that's where the tendency of a god complex comes in..
we can solve them, but with humility

as soon as you step back from the god complex and say..
let's just try a bunch of stuff. let's find a systematic way to try a bunch of stuff...
... then you will figure out your problem

why the us economy is the best.. 10% of businesses disappear every year
it doesn't come because you put someone incredible in charge

people tell him.. trial and error is obvious and simple.. why do you keep flapping about it...
his response.. when schools start teaching children some things don't have answers, stop giving lists of questions with certain answers, that some authority behind the desk has decided, and if you don't get them you are either lazy or stupid..

when a politician that wants to work on ed or health stands up and says.. i have no idea how to do this, i've got 6 or so places to start, we'll try those, throw out the ones that don't work...
and when you and i are brave enough to vote for that sort of politician..

then i will admit that trial and error is obvious and simple

great combo ted with kathryn schulz

it feels so much better to be a god, not to be challenged, feels so much better simply to lay down the law
it's very difficult to make good mistakes

maajid nawaz

age of behavior - extremists have been benefiting at this.. communicating across borders to propagate their message

idea=cause, that one believes in
narrative=way to sell those ideas/cause

power of social movements - they bond around these ideas, they're transnational

one of problems we are facing - there are no globalized, youth-led, grass roots social movements advocating for democratic culture across muslim majority societies..
why is it that extremist organizations are succeeding in organizing in a globalized way when demo are falling behind
4 reasons hard to spread as a civilization choice:
1) complacency - those that aspire to demo culture have power, don't feel need to advocate
2) political correctness - we associate believing in a universality as extremists..
3) demo choice has been relegating to a political choice - demo has become 1 choice among many other forms.. when those parties are elected and fail, demo takes the blame
4) ideology of resistance - if world power today was communist.. it would be easier for demo activists to use activism

what's needed is those organizations on the ground advocating for the democratic culture itself
if we start building this on the ground as a culture vs a political party
what we'll have is people voting in a demo rather than for one..

but to get to that stage... we genuinely need to start building demand on societies on the ground.
egypt is a good starting point..
what happened there was a political coalition
we need to move beyond that - to a civilizational coalitions

rebecca mackinnon

how can we make sure that the internet evolves in a civic centered manner.. to improve our lives, not enslave us

Rebecca founded global voices with Ethan Zuckerman

eli pariser

As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy. 

facebook and google's invisible, automated, editing of the web
there are 57 signals that google looks at, what kind of computer, where you are, etc, there is not standard google anymore.
hard to see - can't see how different your searches are than others.

yahoo news, huffington post, washington post, is also doing this personalization 

trying to show us what they think we want to see, but not so much what we need to see.
your filter bubble - you don't decide what gets in and you don't see what gets edited out

netflix cues
the challenge with these algorithmic filters is they look at what you look at first.. so you can throw off that balance

we're seeing a passing of the torch from human gatekeepers to machine gate keepers
they don't have the mental capacity

make sure algorithms are transparent enough for us to see and help control

we need the interenet, to be that thing that we dreamed it would be, that thing that connects us, draws us together, introduces us to new ideas and new people and different perspectives
but it's not going to do that if it leaves us all isolated in a web of one 

google advance search

bret victor

ah Bret.. i love you. i love this:

Interactive Exploration of a Dynamical System from Bret Victor on Vimeo.

kill math using data viz

But the point is that the equation isn't the math; it's not the insight, the creativity, that actually happened inside Einstein's head. What if Einstein didn't have to resort to symbol-manipulation to express and communicate the idea that "matter is equivalent to energy in this exact way"? What if the next Einstein doesn't have to do that? If fact, what if "not having to do that" is how we get the next Einstein?


sounds like Conrad Wolfram's computer based math?..

Bret's site 
his post on this
thanks to David Wees


people not content

50 b by 2015 - on static (or even slowly moving) content.

aren't we smarter than that. don't we realize people/cognitive surplus holds much more value. (@cshirky)



Monday, July 18, 2011

ivan illich

deschooling society

side 1
side 2
i believe that there is a little spark in the darkest of human beings.. it all depends on how we look on it..
institutions don't look at you.. they don't have keys
what we have now - specialized sitting
i can't educate people to be more human  -i can only provide them access to the resources
i'm not interested in the classroom, i want the kids to learn what they want to learn
teacher - find out if people want to listen to you
hop around..
he's totally saying.. school per choice
learning to read is a side product
would much rather people develop along the lines of which they have particular gifts


thank you Thomas
and - yes - i just spent my weekly lunch money on deschooling society and tools of conviviality


competency based learning

report - via Diane L

The report recommends that states begin to transform policies from “rigid compliance” to “enabling policies,” by offering seat-time waivers or “credit flex” policies that allow for the flexibility to offer competency-based learning in K-12 education.
 A “comprehensive policy redesign” would require competency-based credits, personalized learning plans, information technology, professional development, and quality-control in support of individual student growth for accountability, while aligning higher education with K-12 competency-based efforts. The report also offers states a number of approaches toward tackling emerging state policy issues in order to speed the transition to a competency-based approach.

andrew marcinek

epubs - multi district collaboration
bravo =

need to read post better.. just skimmed..

Sunday, July 17, 2011

nic askew

AS I DO NOT AS I SAY from Nic Askew on Vimeo.

there's just one of us
don't separate personal and business - hard to sort two out.. a person at work and diff person at home
that stress and tear rubs on a lot of people 

how might a genuine desire to help others change an organization


isaac asimov

what is intelligence anyway

via @jodh


john mayer

post on his clinic at berklee performance center

from Seth's post in domino project

marco torres

their i can site

marco's site

thanks for sharing it @MaryAnnReilly and @steelemaley

marco is @torres21


adam mackie

cool post by Adam on hastac.

augmented reality

explained by common craft
via @rmbyrne

elizabeth king

stay out of school - because..

post on creativity
via @jhagel


Saturday, July 16, 2011

mary ann reilly

i love mary ann reilly

tony hsieh

about the book

on creating a culture that can deliver happiness

saba gul

participating in boulder's 6 week session - the unreasonable institute - Saba's profile page

Saba Gul 2011 from Unreasonable Institute on Vimeo.

bags for bliss site

Friday, July 15, 2011

a terrible thing to waste

don tapscott

rethinking how we teach the next generation

thanks to @dalejstephens

walter mckenzie

love love love this visual and post by Walter..


thomas steele-maley

his post on stanford - thank you Thomas.

this is our job - radical collaboration. pointillism. connecting the dots of the adjacent possibilities.



their site - cool stuff
love their wicked problems philosophy
bravo to some awesome student work

their videos

08 28 2010 ku from AC4D on Vimeo.

thanks to @rogre

Check out these weeky "POW" (What did you learn? What did you do?) videos from @ac4d. Reminded me of your Detox booth.
You might want to start at the end (page 22)…that they don't have POW titles back then. Note: faculty do them too. :) 
detox videos Rob is referring to



Hourschool from HourSchool on Vimeo.


via @hourschool
via @crowdtogether   richard spiegel

via @AC4D
Austin Center for Design - an educational institution in Austin, TX - exists to transform society through design and design education.
via @rogre

looks like the we've been looking for, trying to create - to match up mentors in the city
cool jets - testing it out now on italian


Thursday, July 14, 2011

anya kamenetz

there's never been a better time to be a learner

The Elephant on Campus | Anya Kamenetz clip #1 from Mind Twin Media on Vimeo.

from her interview with the documentary - the elephant on campus by Mike Newman

same documentary, Dennis Littky:

The Elephant on Campus | Dennis Littky clip #1 from Mind Twin Media on Vimeo.

i'm excited people are finally questioning going to college again - that kind of questioning will lead to some changes that will help educate our country in a more intense, broader way... -Dennis Littky

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

shelly blake-plock

schools that succeed are schools that connect

wolfram alpha

understands natural language - can enter in many ways..
will give back answers and visual aids in many ways
has tons of data
has shows steps button

some just use it to plot

will even plot an implicit function  xy + y^2

nice - wolfram alpha widget builder

wolfram can't do all that mathimatica can do
mathematica allows you to program and make your own things, wolfram is just giving info back

alpha should be able to handle k-12 through bachelors type computation

can you save the results?
wolfram alpha's data changes daily.. so good questions

wolfram alpha pro - coming soon - will have that
with free version - could download as pdf..

there will always be a free version

wolfram alpha communities

do you have any info on Conrad's computer based session in London?.. do you know what the agenda for that is?
plan is to change the math curriculum

fresh yr college - calc 1 90% could tell the 2nd deriv power rule, but very few could tell what a deriv was

you can take jpeg s of images

alpha goes mobile
and series of course apps  - they do cost - but like 2 bucks

can't use on test - shows the absurdity of testing.. not a learning situation

how to help wolfram:
find things missing - send in on feedback form - anything you'd like to see
Crystal is working on projects.. wants to know how to help teachers use alpha
email her at:

on site - submit a lesson plan goes to her as well

starting an educators newsletter - send her an email for that


whitney johnson

take a break

great article for how to be.



a typeface for dyslexics

thank you Pernille



i was driving today. with my kids in the car. and i started thinking...

how is it that when we drive on the street, daily, with our children even, we trust that others will not drive into us - resulting in death - the death of our children.

yet - in regard to learning - we can't trust curiosity enough to guide learners to deeper learning and a better life , a happy, fulfilled life - the life of our children.
even when a worst case scenario might be - that at first many will appear to be lazy, so we will look lazy. and then yet, after a time, there may be a small few still yet appearing to be lazy.

so instead, because of our fear of students owning their learning, we impose a standard agenda - resulting in highly stressed kids who are quite often mimicking the status quo.
as said by our kids - 75% - have either *cheated, or studied right before the test and will surely forget it. so they have the appearances of being ok.
luckily - they believe 15% are getting it. or are they? are they getting it and not loving it. seems a risk there as well.
and there is tons of evidence of this, why we keep ignoring it, i'm not quite sure.

seems the street and compulsory ed, both, involve much more risk than self-directed learning

a lot of brilliance in the way kids get thru the system. we just happen to call it cheating because it's against our agenda. really. we should at the very least, tap into how they are coping with the way we're doing school.


james paul gee

future game industries don't make games, they make experiences
games are about problems
future of learning - is about well -designed problem solving - not learning facts
future of learning - interactive, adaptive in a customized way, copious continuous feedback, production vs consumption, data mining,
not measuring what you did on tuesday at 11, but over time

a passionate social space, where they learn to articulate their knowledge, to carry on the learning
you'll actually not know you got assessed.
that will balance the budget right there - testing system is gone

engagement and discovery 24/7 inside and outside of school

who's going to step to the plate...and make this happen

thanks Mary Ann

pointillism and paradox

Hawkens, in Blessed Unrest, recommends Faith, Madness and Spontaneous Human Combustion, by Gerald Cgoallahan. I snagged up the book for 2 reasons, 
  1. the basis of the book, immunology seemed intriguing to a mindset of being yourself - ie: Gerald talks of your immune system’s job being to determine what is you and what is not you  
  2. Gerald is a professor at CSU, 30 min away from me.
One idea of great interest after reading the book is Gerald's explanations of and references to pointillist art - the art made up of dots..and when you zoom out far enough.. the dots blend together and you see an image.


In John Hagel’s latest post - Resolving the Trust Paradox - he talks about his liking of a paradox. of looking at opposites, seeming contradictions. In an earlier post, John talks about the calm some get, even though, and perhaps especially when, they are on the edge.

Gerald’s pointillist art and Hagel’s paradoxes seem quite similar. They both afford an opportunity of calm. They both encourage a zooming out. They both have the potential to confirm, upon zooming out, something that matters. 

Pontillism, reminds me of all the people in ed on the edge, doing exciting things, trying to change up status quo ruts many have fallen into.
The paradox, the center of the edge thinking, reminds us to not stay in our silos or classrooms or discipline. It encourages and provides a calm even, when we are bold enough to continually zoom out for perspective.

Both afford us a new mindset.
We aren’t doing this alone. there are many others right alongside us. There just happens to be a wall in the way currently. I get this same feeling as google + opens up. It’s like some walls have been knocked down.. some rooms have become suites, some rooms have opened up to an entire hall.

We start noticing more, noticing that we aren’t doing this alone. Noticing what others are doing/thinking is no longer a threat, but an incredible opportunity. Something that once brought tension/jealousy/strife/competition, now brings us calm. We see the big picture, and it's us. We are all connected, we are one. And looking for opposites points of view, for radical collaborations, for parody, for pointillism, is vital to you being/becoming you.
the center, the edge, the center, the edge, out, in, out, in, what's me, what's not me, ...
perpetual beta, continuous feedback loops of doing/refelcting/doing again

You're being that is the alive you - is in the center of the edge, a rhizomatic space.
In mess you find calm, in calm you find/make you.


be you commons

take a quick listen to Chris:
google + is not your blog

the lab is about outposts, places to interact, to enliven, ...toward life

the lab is a mindset rather than a physical space, it's a mental space in essence
anyone, anytime, anywhere, can be/have their own innovation lab... because it is simply the mindset - of finding/making/being you.
innovation is learning is natural

take a quick listen to Seth:
preferred use case

the lab is an outpost, providing free spaces for you to determine your preferred use case...
for you..

the lab is an outpost, jump starting your mind to get back to that natural process of learning..
intellectual learning, that stays with you, that keeps you hungry for more, hungry for learning/being, begins with the curiosity inside each person

thanks for the convo
Ken, Liz, Barry, Aimee, Hannah,
Chris, Seth, ...
perpetual beta

be you commons: spaces and resources for the good of the whole of the community
based on spaces and resources for the good of the whole you.

take a quick listen to parents:
wisdom and salt water
via the lovely Priya per Carol

pointillism - no doubt - happening
how do we speed it along? we don't. each soul their own drum beat. timing, culture of trust, is of essence.
how do we share it today? be you. you are the change. what's next? - is up to you. what's next - is now. time is of essence.
be you now.
be you commons.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

bill cunningham

Bill Cunningham NY - trailer

if you don't take their money, they can't tell you how to do things.

thanks Laura

priya ravi

wisdom and salt water
The film that you are about to see is a video recording of a gathering of families and individuals that met in Deer Park, Bir, Himachal Pradesh in India in April 2011, to discuss and share there learning journeys.

This interaction is a session in which alternative ways to facilitate learning for children was discussed. Parents shared personal stories of how they were inspired or motivated to think of alternative learning environment other than schools, for their children and themselves.

via @schoolingworld

Wisdom and Salt Water from Priya Ravi on Vimeo.

listen to your child, the more you let them listen to their own body, the better they will be, and they are learning
listen to them...

we tend to avoid it.. we are always busy forcing our opinions..

children can sense our expectations

say yes more.
saying yes means changing your life

people have very weird expectations when they are parents,, when can i get back to my life, back to normal
a child schedule is normal, accept this now, and in 10 years you will see incredible results
an intangible pleasure
unlike living your own life and adjusting whenever

if we shame each other because we don't know something.. is that the way to learn?

william joyce

ex-pixar designer makes amazing kids' books for ipad.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore iPad App Trailer from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.

chris brogan



Monday, July 11, 2011

nic askew


LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS from Nic Askew on Vimeo.

frank chimero

rob greco suggested i read him. so i will.

design conf rob will be at

whoa.. met for an hour with Mary Ann and Thomas and Rob
then Rob and talked for 3 more.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

howard rheingold

like this graphic - mapping from howard

mobile networks in a city - from smart mobs

wondering about the above and/or seeclickfix - working in city as floorplan

social lines vs geographical lines..  brought to us by cell phone use
wondering about the value regional sections in idea's community organizers - once you get past a city, does proximity make that much diff today, wondering about the pros and cons of sectioning



seth godin

when did you get old?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

john spencer

why superman would suck as a teacher
i love this:
kids don't want to be saved.  They don't want to be someone's project.  They don't want to exist in order to validate someone else's savior complex.  They want to learn.  They want to think deeply.

via @johntspencer

jesse schell

make games not war

Games for Change Festival 2011: Jesse Schell, "Make Games, Not War" from Games for Change on Vimeo.
so what the hell is wrong with us - even hello kitty
is it that we are just inherently evil or is it just about the medium

a world where:
you can do anything
no one can get hurt
communication is pretty much impossible

will games help people think.. doesn't matter how people look, just how they behave and speak

violence is a way for me to show you how much i am hurting right now

nothing feels better than the feeling that someone else cares what i become

ah  i love the fred rodgers tape..

a war for human attention
fighting the war:
persuaders - make a buck
fulfillers - want to fulfill wishes/fantasies
artists - want to make important statement, bring something to light,
humanitarians - how can we make things that will make us into better people

for 2 weeks at the olympics we put down all our flags and forget all the silliness and care about nothing other than being kids again
if we were better game designers.. couldn't it be the olympics all the time.

wow - great talk


via Craig's post on dmlcentral

my only question.. olympics - who can throw the ball the farthest, who can skate the prettiest..
i don't know..

well - and curious about badges

dave beegle

john hagel

resolving the trust paradox

change in building trust - used to be based on knowledge stocks, trusted people if they always knew the answers

If someone only presents strengths and accomplishments, we know they are not sharing with us the full picture. If they don’t trust us enough to share their weaknesses and vulnerabilities, why would we ever trust them?
and all those credentials and certifications that were so important in the past, what do we think of them now? In a world that is so rapidly changing, they mean less. Sure they provide external confirmation of knowledge stocks, but those knowledge stocks are rapidly depreciating. What we learned or did in the past is much less compelling that we are learning or doing now.
At a deeply personal level, trust is built by sharing vulnerability.
this is exactly the opposite of what we were taught in a world of knowledge stocks. This is why the new approaches to building trust are so deeply subversive - they require us to challenge the most basic assumptions of the conventional wisdom of the past and to act in ways that directly contradict what we believed in the past. 
As we move into more unstable times, the balance of trust shifts from skill to will.

more forward looking (do they have disposition for uncertainty) than backward looking (track record)
It becomes much more a question about personal attributes than impersonal skills.

So, how do we overcome the natural instinct we all have to avoid expressing vulnerability?  How do we build trust today? One way to build trust is to pursue our passion.  
no time for pretense, anxious to present vulnerability - because then they can get better (dweck)

If we really trust someone else, we are much more likely to take the risks involved in sharing tacit knowledge. So, trust builds advantage by providing privileged access to tacit knowledge.

creating spaces of trust and vulnerability 

jason rohrer

game designer/unschooler in nm
on wikipedia

thanks @mrslauer


twitter volume & controls

great help for zooming out.. A Brilliant Data-Viz Idea That Solves Twitter's Biggest Problem | Co.Design


awakening indispensable people

ugh. wish i was better at videos..
but at least a lot of what we're doing, a lot of info is here now

perhaps one of the darlings will remix it all.. so it's easy on the eyes and ears.


video chats

love these are coming around..
facebook and skype

and google + video chats..

still haven't done either yet