Wednesday, October 31, 2012

charlie kouns


During the coming years, our vision is to create a small sanctuary for all life that either lives or travels here.  At some point we will offer a few small cottages for those whose work in the world is to help in its transformation.  Butterfly Farm is offered as a haven for them to rest and reneergize, revision, repurpose, and/or express new creative energy.It will also be a space of nourishment for those groups and organizations who may gather here from time to time to envision their future, to celebrate their work together or to build community.For us, it is a place of wildness and nourishment that feeds our hearts and souls and teaches us the natural ways through all of the many glorious manifestations of nature and community. We will serve as stewards, working in partnership with the land and our community to re-learn the natural ways to bring forth growth, healing and possibility for all life - plant, animal, rock or human.

web site ideas

ideas from wix

could the t-shirts be videos like simon hoegsberg's site?

Seth's Blog: Getting over ourselves

Seth's Blog: Getting over ourselves

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

attachment & authenticity - pisa et al


again... very frustrating that we are thinking we are seeing the bigger picture.. poverty... while completely missing the bigger picture solution. 
im thinking the solution isn't better academic success.. esp as we've determined it by any tests.. esp Pisa. why aren't we questioning that definition of success? it's in all of our hearts.. most of us just don't think it's legal or legit to think for ourselves.

authenticity:be you -talk to yourself everyday.. it is legal
attachment:be us -everyone is known by someone

we keep letting attachment.. doing what we're told... what we've always done... trump authenticity.   -Gabor Mate

i'm thinking the problem is we're not addressing the two most basic needs of people:
attachment and authenticity.
gabor mate has a talk that addresses them beautifully...
attachment being the connection with one adult 
[our - being known by someone - be us]
authenticity being the real you 
[our - talk to yourself daily - be you]

gabor says that the problem is - attachment trumps authenticity.
our school system makes people believe that relationship is not macho enough.. so we scoff at separation anxiety and say that we need to toughen up at 5 - and get used to being with mostly 5 year olds. and on and on. creating adults that have bought into consumerism - or whatever - in order to pacify their missing of attachment. every effort we make for that missing attachment draws us farther and farther away from ourselves. so that many aren't even around to attach to youth before age 5.
oscar wilde: most people are other people. their thoughts are other people's opinions. their lives a mimicry. their passions a quote.
we've created adolescence and midlife. 
no doubt.

it's an incredibly simple fix.
exactly why most academics are missing it.

attachment & authenticity - olpc et al

Roberto Greco (@rogre)
10/31/12 12:06 AM
@fat4thought @monk51295 I have a system to sell you. ;) In other news, a little space goes a long way.…

Roberto Greco (@rogre)
10/31/12 12:28 AM
@monk51295 @fat4thought Did you see "Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction"?… via @Matt_Arguello

What the OLPC Project has realized over the last five or six years, though, is that teaching kids stuff is really not that valuable. Yes, knowing all your state capitols how to spell "neighborhood" properly and whatnot isn't a bad thing, but memorizing facts and procedures isn't going to inspire kids to go out and learn by teaching themselves, which is the key to a good education. Instead, OLPC is trying to figure out a way to teach kids to learn, which is what this experiment is all about.


The idea of dropping off tablets outside of the context of schools is a new paradigm for OLPC. Through the late 2000s, the company was focused on delivering a custom miniaturized and ruggedized laptop, the XO, of which about 3 million have been distributed to kids in 40 countries. Deployments went to schools including ones in Peru (see “Una Laptop por Nino”).
Giving computers directly to poor kids without any instruction is even more ambitious than OLPC’s earlier pushes. “What can we do for these 100 million kids around the world who don’t go to school?” McNierney said. “Can we give them tool to read and learn—without having to provide schools and teachers and textbooks and all that?”
In an interview after his talk, Negroponte said that while the early results are promising, reaching conclusions about whether children could learn to read this way would require more time. “If it gets funded, it would need to continue for another a year and a half to two years to come to a conclusion that the scientific community would accept,” Negroponte said. “We’d have to start with a new village and make a clean start.”
maybe not that long.. no?
maybe it's not so much about the scientific community accepting it - as it is about what works..
imagine we do it in the us alongside - showing both ends are currently impoverished of learning and curiosity.. of attachment and authenticity
imagine it only taking 10 months..
what tech wants.. no?

exactly - Why I hope kids in Ethiopia can teach the rest of us something profound about education.

As we industrialized learning and created schools, we needed to measure the system’s efficacy and each child’s progress. What you really want to measure is curiosity, imagination, passion, creativity, and the ability to see things from multiple points of view. But these are hard to measure other than one on one, and even then, the assessment will be subjective. So instead, we measure what a child knows, and from that we infer that the child has learned how to learn. This is the real aspiration we have for our children: learning learning.
so true - connections are gold - who are the richest..? 
our bling is keeping us from what matters most.
our obsession with proof is keeping us from what matters most.

we have now turned our attention to the 100 million kids worldwide who do not go to first grade. Most of them do not go because there is no school, there are no literate adults in their village, and there is little promise of that changing soon. My colleagues and I have started an experiment in two such villages, asking a simple question: can children learn how to read on their own?

Whether this can happen has yet to be proved. But not only will the results tell us how to reach the rest of the 100 million kids much faster than we can by building schools and training teachers, they should also tell us a great deal about learning in the developed world. If kids in Ethiopia learn to read without school, what does that say about kids in New York City who do not learn even with school?
The message will be very simple: children can learn a great deal by themselves. More than we give them credit for. Curiosity is natural, and all kids have it unless it is whipped out of them, often by school. Making things, discovering things, and sharing things are keys. Having massive libraries of explicative material like modern-day encyclopedias or textbooks is fine. But such access may be much less significant than building a world in which ideas are shaped, discovered, and reinvented in the name of learning by doing and discovery. 

Nicholas Negroponte Guest Contributor

Nicholas Negroponte is the founder and chairman emeritus of MIT’s Media Lab, and the chairman of the One Laptop Per Child foundation.

monika hardy (@monk51295)
10/29/12 9:09 PM
unaware of the importance of… #Kindle

Roberto Greco (@rogre)
10/31/12 12:16 AM
@fat4thought @monk51295 Questions I am tired of answering: What about socialization? How will they learn to be with kids their age?

Amy Lewark (@fat4thought)
10/31/12 12:27 AM
@monk51295 who are the grandparents now? Born 1950's... See Sheehy's

Amy Lewark (@fat4thought)
10/31/12 12:37 AM
@monk51295 research shows that before age 3, vocabulary, IQ, and brain size determined by attachment to *adult*

gabor mate on attachment and authenticity

i'm thinking the problem is we're not addressing the two most basic needs of people:
attachment and authenticity.
gabor mate has a talk that addresses them beautifully...
attachment being the connection with one adult 
[our - being known by someone - be us]
authenticity being the real you 
[our - talk to yourself daily - be you]

class dismissed


bravo guys..
it is legal to think for yourself..
your kids are your kids..

thank you Amy
you go Lisa ..

now let's hasten equity..

Monday, October 29, 2012

carl bass

thanks Bernd

CoCreatr .@kishizuka yes, and here is why the textbook is obsolete: via @presentationzen #edtech cc @monk51295

innovation is about making things better - a process in changing the world.

you've now been handed the most powerful tools ever - and it's virtually free.

the one's successful at breaking the rules - are creating the new rules..

crowdsourced hyperlocal city guide


grazie paul - cool

future of ed - your school design it



thank you Nikhil

gabor mate -

Gabor Mate- Bio-psychosocial View on Neuro Degenerative Diseases Part 1
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try to understand disease... we try to look at the disease in isolation of the body.. problematic

idopathic - we don't know the cause...

treating asthmatics with stress 

how does 0 and 0 add up to 9.
it doesn't , but not talking mathematics - talking people

stress - stewing on your own stress juices if no relationship

the immune system of one human being is modulated by the interpersonal relationship with other human beings - can't look at people in separation... not from inception to death
inter personal neuro biology - daniel seagal

the biology of our systems is modulated by our environment and particularly our psycho/emotional relationships - so can't look at disease in isolation

greatest risk factor for disease - compulsive regard for the emotional needs of others while ignoring your own

the good die young.
a sentimental blindness that keeps us from seeing what's in front of us.
we celebrate in each other - that which kills us

2nd major risk factor - rigid obligation to duty and role - while ignoring self

belief - that you must never disappoint anyone - 15 min in

lou gherigs - don't know what causes them - only because we aren't looking
17 min- characteristic was their attempt to be cheerful and to not ask for help
why are patients with als so nice

lou gherig - dutiful - regardless as how he was feeling
never missed a game

when young fellow couldn't play - gherig pulled him out - but wouldn't do that himself

unconscious patterns that come very directly from childhood.

how to compensate - by making yourself indispensable
22 min - our coping mechanism.. if we're not loved, we become charming

suppress yourself.. lose your personality

26 min - the emotional states of the parents program the brain of the child

suppress my pain - because i better not create more noise, more stress

not blaming anyone.. unconscious implicit memories and patterns that are automatic
none of these are our first nature...
you weren't born suppressing yourself...
children (people) have 2 needs:
1. attachment2. authenticity - to be ourselves, to speak our truth

everyone knows what it's like to betray yourself - to not be yourself..
what happens when authenticity threatens attachment...
the attachment will trump the authenticity

which means i'll be stressed the rest of my life

the assumption - the mind is inseparable from the body and people are inseparable from environment
now proven 100% correct 
the medical profession talks about evidenced based practice and i (gabor) say....
if only we had evidenced based practice - evidence is mind and body are inseparable - it's past the point of controversy - we know the pathways
psycho- neuromonology - 
number of systems all connected into one.. nervous system.. nerver fibers go everywhere

1.  constant two - way communication
2.  constant biochemical cross talk - receptors
3.  the brain gut connection

thank you Amy
as you said - huge

brian solis

Brian Solis (@briansolis)
10/29/12 12:20 AM
"How can you get people to be more engaged?"

andrew hyde

Andrew Hyde (@andrewhyde)
10/29/12 2:56 AM
Killing Your Startup on a Thursday


Deb Mills-Scofield (@bluelobsternets)
10/29/12 5:34 AM
My 8 favorite “ninja” productivity tools and strategies: You know the feeling: You’re swamped w... by@RockThePost1

Sunday, October 28, 2012

bruce benson

idec is at cu in august - getting familiar with the campus.. et al

tweets oct 24

Melissa Techman (@mtechman)
10/28/12 7:40 AM
@chrislehmann @irasocol @KarenJan IEP gave my son some power to ask for stuff he shouldn't have needed to...

Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann)
10/28/12 7:36 AM
@irasocol @KarenJan Saddest thing is that the converse can be true. Education can be dehumanizing, SpEd is sometimes the only humanizer.

Melissa Techman (@mtechman)
10/28/12 7:49 AM
@MissShuganah @chrislehmann @irasocol @KarenJan until things are vastly different in education (keyword vastly), IEP is a very useful tool

Debbie (@MissShuganah)
10/28/12 7:48 AM
@mtechman @chrislehmann @irasocol @KarenJan Seems to take away autonomy from my standpoint. Difficult for parents to advocate.

very cool.. insightful:
Hans Rosling (@HansRosling)
10/28/12 7:43 AM
Today welcoming my daughters family back to Sweden after 2 years in Blomington, Indiana. Here´s the grandkids packing:…

from yesterday:
nsharoff (@nsharoff)
10/27/12 7:09 AM
Tony Wagner is saying we need to reinvent education. Not sure I agree. Hope he provides solid suggestions

pammoran (@pammoran)
10/27/12 7:06 AM
When do U need 2 do a box/whisker plot? 2 do test items sold to states by the "test" machine

Will Richardson (@willrich45)
10/27/12 7:02 AM
@mcleod But if it's qualitative, how do we beat Finland???

hope in jest?...

Deb Mills-Scofield (@dscofield)
10/27/12 7:03 AM
.@bfeld's thoughts Play Offense When Predicting Revenue: I got an email today from an exec at a company who I

Ira Socol (@irasocol)
10/27/12 6:46 AM
Listening to @chrislehmann at #sljsummit Philly kids, $6k a year, suburbs $23k#mattheweffect

ReachScale (@ReachScale)
10/27/12 7:00 AM
#Intrapreneurs to systempreneurs aim 2do what Occupy & others have called for: change system itself… #NI12

repeat tweet - repeat post - that important... start up of you... not the same thinking

yes - vastly different, and asap.
let's do it.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

alanis morissette

if we believe that we are totally connected.....
no way i would be happy with you losing and me winning..

looking through the lens of love

grazie Bernd

saul kaplan - bif 8 videos
story studio...

whoa guys.. nicely done on the site.
love it.

love bif.

richard byrne - mit for k12 videos

via mit-k12-educational-videos-for-k-12

diane ravitch - money to buy school boards

The only way to stop them is to build an informed public.

from comment:
the amount of money involved to me means a level of preparation that goes beyond just putting a few signs out on lawns. If that level of aggressive subversion of democracy is being used to wrestle control of local schools away from local people, THAT’s the kind of “class warfare” we need expose. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

michael myer - nicodemas

04 nicodemas

michael myer

02 central park

i empathize

via michael

bud hunt - presents

Bud Hunt (@budtheteacher)
10/25/12 11:11 AM
New blog post: Make/Hack/Play Session at the 2012 K12Online

Karen Fasimpaur (@kfasimpaur)
10/25/12 10:33 AM
Hack the curriculum! Watch @budtheteacher 's #k12online12 vid. It's thought provoking.…

managing things

ReachScale (@ReachScale)
10/25/12 7:20 AM
Social #intrapreneurs working 2 create change inside biz is as valuable 2 society & econ as #entrepreneurs@FastCoExist

Jose Baldaia (@Jabaldaia)
10/25/12 7:20 AM
When organizations talk about innovation and do not talk about people…

What organizations need is to look at people as people across its human dimension, not just as carriers of information. People are carriers of explicit knowledge and tacit knowledge, this more difficult to express and encode.
To convert the knowledge into value and therefore a more explicitly, it is necessary to create a spirit of cooperation to a common project.

people as carriers of things of value -  not measurable..

Thursday, October 25, 2012


"You're not likely to ever feel the existential pain of not belonging or even the simple stress of arriving late. Your community makes sure you'll always have something to eat, but peer pressure will get you to contribute something too."

"People stay up late here," Leriadis said. "We wake up late and always take naps. I don't even open my office until 11 a.m. because no one comes before then." He took a sip of his wine. "Have you noticed that no one wears a watch here? No clock is working correctly. When you invite someone to lunch, they might come at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. We simply don't care about the clock here."

Just 15 kilometers over there is a completely different world. There they are much more developed. There are high-rises and resorts and homes worth a million euros. In Samos, they care about money. Here, we don't. For the many religious and cultural holidays, people pool their money and buy food and wine. If there is money left over, they give it to the poor. It's not a 'me' place. It's an 'us' place."

"People are fine here because we are very self-sufficient," she said. "We may not have money for luxuries, but we will have food on the table and still have fun with family and friends. We may not be in a hurry to get work done during the day, so we work into the night. At the end of the day, we don't go home to sit on the couch." 


thank you Amy

five elements

Our latest post on, five elements we believe are key to redefining public ed in a community (the chapters of our little book). Click here to read the rest of the post.

dave cormier - mt analog

david preston - & gang


monk51295: love this: i underteach - thinking more about thinking...

hrheingold: Underteaching is powerful if the students are empowered to take charge of their learning. &

love - ian as expert - same message - different messenger - makes a huge difference

blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate people... - d preston
getting people involved..
stereotypes that were once helpful.. but now are getting in the way

love - hangout night for parents to teach other parents

Interview of David by @hrheingold is a great intro to David's work:

hrheingold: In regard to critical thinking, what is Dr. Preston's approach to using Wikipedia in th classroom?
david's answer - a great place to start - an awful place to stop

"getting done to people" - is antithetical to open source learning..
on pushing ideas on other teachers

via super - first example of a classroom being a powerful learning network - using tech in a different way to connect people

monk51295: that's an amazing statement in 2012, no?
monk51295: allowed to suggest things..
amazing that we are asking if it's legal to think.. share our thinking...

another huge statement - rather than it being cheating, it's collaborating

monk51295: assumption: positive view of human nature

open up the obvious...

jonbarilone: Reminder: we'll have a full video recording and other curated content up later today at

tweets oct 25

Teju Ravilochan (@tejuravi)
10/24/12 12:05 PM
Due to our servers being down yesterday, we extended the #Unreasonable2013 app deadline to 10/26 @ 12pm MDT (GMT-6)

nancyflanagan (@nancyflanagan)
10/25/12 7:13 AM
All-states map of gender income inequality. No state is close to equity. Many have shocking gaps. Like…

HungerFreeCenter (@HungerFreeCtr)
10/24/12 12:03 PM
MT @FeedingAmerica@CNNMoney article "over 30 million Americans are living just above the poverty line" #talkpoverty

the start up of you - toward hastening equity and esp toward ongoing-ness

sandymaxey (@sandymaxey)
10/25/12 7:12 AM
.@makower As long as Walmart continues rent-seeking, they are just increasing supply chain efficiency, not "scaling sustainability"

idec & boulder

via @andrewhyde & @bfeld cc @samchaltain- icec & boulder
The best stuff at conferences happens in hallways and the after-parties, so I thought about simply structuring an event as a giant hallway. We could just create a free, decentralized event—no badges, no specific venue, and no checking in. The entire event would be one big hallway through the Boulder startup community.

monika shared from Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City by Brad Feld
Accordingly, the CU New Venture Challenge identified three objectives: (1) collapse the campus: convene cross-disciplinary congregations and stimulate interaction across departments; (2) create an entrepreneurial launch pad: provide a campus platform that answers the question, “Where do I start if I want to do a startup?”; and (3) provide a pipeline to the community: The CU New Venture Challenge should be a point of entry for CU students and faculty to get meaningfully involved in the region’s startup scene.
Note: cc @menro @bradbernthal @bfeld @quixotic -aug 2013 launch cu campus.. idec.. start up of you


hastening equity - scale the individual (post on dmlcentral?)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

ray peat

 "J.W. Prescott showed that, in all the societies he investigated, an inferior status for women was associated with sexual repression, self-mutilation, mystical-religious attitudes, militarism, and a hierarchical class system. Prescott suggests a two-state system in the brain, such that people do all those unpleasant things when they grow up deprived of pleasure. Interestingly, forty years earlier J.D. Unwin, a Freudian anthropologist who (unlike Prescott) favored repression, militarism, etc., came to the same conclusions. Behavior affects the hormones, and hormones influence behavior... [and here is the piece de resistance]... Life in a rat-box society makes brains grow smaller, and makes people do the things that maintain the oppressive conditions. Nutritional and hormonal social intervention can change this." - Ray Peat

thanks Amy

adam burk - tree house institute


To this day, when I see them, treehouses invoke wonder, excitement and ingenuity. And so I thought the treehouse was the perfect symbol for the kind of spaces we will create – rooted in their places, adjacent to existing structures, and inviting curiosity and experimentation.

denise pope

Wednesday Live - Denise Pope from Stanford Challenges the Current School Success Model

Join me Wednesday, October 24th, for a one-hour live and interview with Stanford's Denise Pope, co-founder of theChallenge Success program, a research-based organization that develops "refreshingly practical curriculum, conferences and other programs for parents, schools, and kids looking for a healthier and more effective path to success." From the site:
"At Challenge Success, we believe that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores and performance, leaving little time and energy for our kids to become resilient, successful, meaningful contributors for the 21st century...
"We believe that children come with a wide variety of interests, skills, capacities and talents. Children need love, support, limits and a safe environment to develop their full potential. This process of growing up is slow, deliberate and often unpredictable, and therefore requires that children have the time and energy needed to mature into resilient, caring and engaged adults. Challenge Success recognizes that our current fast-paced, high-pressure culture works against everything we know about healthy child development. 
"At Challenge Success we believe that the over emphasis on grades, test scores and rote answers has stressed out some students and marginalized many more. We all want our children to do well in school, and certainly there is content that must be mastered, but our singular focus has resulted in a lack of attention to other components of a successful life - the ability to be independent, adaptable, ethical, and motivated critical thinkers."
A Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education, for the past thirteen years Denise has specialized in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She founded and served as director of Stressed-Out Students (SOS), the predecessor to Challenge Success. She lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. Her book Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (and which she discussed last year on was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal. Dr. Pope is a 3 time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award. She has been featured on CNN, World News Tonight, the Today Show, NPR, and several other television and radio programs. Before Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, California and college composition at Santa Clara University.

if you feel you can't meet expectations, you are less healthy

in chat:

Our first step must be to STOP calling our children "GIFTED!" See Carol Dweck's work:

hastening equity

looking toward idec - as global launch
hastening equity

ericsson - future of learning

the system should adapt to them...

knewton - adaptive learning platform - produce course uniquely personalized to each student

sugata - a question of time - that we're all connected

10-ish - seth - we can't be focussed on grades - corrupting entire reason we have ed in the first place
11 min-ish in - stephen - learning prepares you for life, education prepares you for certainty

seth - at 13 min -ish - can't we get a new convo? if we can - then change will start to happen.
sat makes no sense, famous colleges are a scam

17 min - seth - revolutions destroy the perfect to enable the impossible

heppel - if i was going to make one change.. i would make school better - that will change history faster than anything else...


what are they using in africa? Lois Mbugua and Margaret Kositany

thanks Amy.....
via Amy:
So, I'm not totally sure what this software that Ericsson is distributing in Africa does, but here's an interesting video about using it to connect refugees in Nairobi, Kenya. Another lady (I think Anna Briet) is explaining how it is different from Facebook, because the content put into the software is not "owned" by Ericsson.

Panel on Empowering Communities through Connectivity at the 2012 Social Good Summit in Nairobi, with eLimu founder Nivi Mukherjee, Anna Briet and Bahati Ghislain of Refugees United, and Ericsson's Margaret Kositany.

The second part has a person who is involved in uniting the Minecraft community in Africa, someone starting Hackerspaces in Africa... !! Africa is ahead of us. :)