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  1. 1. a collaboration from around the world.dedicated to you.we and itbe us.
  2. 2. copyaway © 2013share. reproduce. remix.we did.
  3. 3. We written and a lot of it has come to be.Let’s write and create societies for good.1/intro
  4. 4. 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, noted atthe 2013 Skoll World Summit that much of science fictionhas now become reality.He then suggested that if we start writing social fiction,the society we crave/imagine/dream of,might also become reality.We have been experimenting with and dreaming of,a vision for 100% of humanity.We’re penning/sharing/modeling it.for you.for us.here.now.
  5. 5. 3/intro
  6. 6. understand by intuition/empathy;merge/blend with it, become it
  7. 7. Afor5/intro
  8. 8. contents1 a problem (sinkhole)2 a solution (loophole)3 a framework (syncwhole)4 a people (thumbhole)5 a public (holistic)
  9. 9. 1 a problem (sinkhole)Many of us are sick,stressed,not ourselves.
  10. 10. 9/ch1
  11. 11. http://gawker.com/all-my-friends-are-dead-489716639My new life started in 10th grade at a desk in my science class in my public school on theUpper West Side of NYC. I remember the exact moment ….the Ritalin kicked in.define normal.11/ch 1
  12. 12. I don’t feel resentment over theyears I was on speed because I knowI’m in good company.I’m a statistic in America’s drug problem.1 in 5 high school boys are diagnosed with ADHD57 million anti-psychotic prescriptions filled (2011)400 percent spike in antidepressant use (1990-now)1 in 5 American women currently on an antidepressantPeter Moskowitz
  13. 13. 13/ch1
  14. 14. We live in a world that ends most sentences with..and they did/didn’t do well on the test.Because the (assumed) belief is that some common/basic knowledge/skills will bridge some(given) achievement gap, in order to gain an (apparently) accepted definition of success -economic growth - health.15/ch1
  15. 15. Everyone appears happy. They must think this is ok.I must be theonly one notcomfortablewith this.
  16. 16. I must be theonly one notcomfortablewith this.I must be theonly one notcomfortablewith this.I must bethe onlyone notcomfortable with this.I must be theonly one notcomfortablewith this.I must bethe onlyone notcomfortable with this.I must bethe onlyone notcomfortable with this.I must bethe onlyone notcomfortable with this.17/ch1
  17. 17. contents1 a problem (sinkhole)2 a solution (loophole)3 a framework (syncwhole)4 a people (thumbhole)5 a public (holistic)
  18. 18. 2 a solution (loophole)Perhaps public education as a vehicleto social change.Redefine success/profit/proof/health.Restore authenticity & attachmentvia trust.
  19. 19. redefine success.21/ch2
  20. 20. If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one thereto hear it, does it make a sound?If there is no fixed standard of educational success…23/ch2
  21. 21. intro/13
  22. 22. Imagine…in the life of a day.. you wouldmeet up for one hour (or 30 min – whateverpeople decide) with a group of maybe 8people. Five days a week. You could have aset place [in redesigned school buildings,public libraries, coffee houses, parks ...] orchange it up each time, up to you. You justwould need to come together. No agendafor the time spent, just sharing space, with agoal of eventually getting to know eachother.Imagine everyone –being known bysomeone.27/ch2 [1 of 2 – redefinition of public education]Imagine …we believed it was legal to talkto ourselves.Perhaps ... we awaken indispensablepeople, change the world for good, withthe simple act of 7 billion people talking tothemselves everyday.is asSo imagine, everyone talking themselveseveryday as a playing out of#2 in theredefinitionof public ed.Imagine everyone –being themselves.
  23. 23. Currently, public education is defined/financed/played-out/victimized via 500+ policies per district.If all i’s are dotted and all t’s crossed, according to those policies, the government/powers that be– grant you funding. (That comes from public taxes.)
  24. 24. If all i’s are not dotted and all t’s are not crossed, (a ginormous) part of potential funding/resourcesare spent on investigation of unmet policies.So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors toinspect inspectors. - Buckminster Fuller29/ch2
  25. 25. Perhaps, we are focusing too much time/energy/people/resources on these policies/inspectors andthe breaking/surveilling/maintaining of these policies.
  26. 26. Two policies in particular, feed into most other policies, because theyinitiate/perpetuate the system’s foundational idea/concept/policy ofcontrol.Perhaps, in order to simplify the redefinition, we focus on just these twoideas (policies if you must).[Rather than the current mode of redefinition/reform/re-whatever, asseen when ie: a charter school seeks to break away from the 500+policies. They are told/believed/forced to replace any policy they dontwant to abide by. Cementing the ridiculous number of policies. Which,perhaps, is the thing that keeps getting in the way, the mounds of policyitself.]31/ch2
  27. 27. We propose, rather than drowning in the (often in-humane) data ofseat time, and in the (often non-legit) data of test scores, we focuson two simple things that could turn our world upside down:1. attachment – everyone ismeeting with a small group – everyday for 30-60 min2. authenticity – everyone is talkingto themselves – everydayNow/then, public education would/will be defined/financed/played outvia 2 policies per district.
  28. 28. 33/ch2
  29. 29. intro/15
  30. 30. embrace chaos. alive people.differentiation. to infinity. perpetual beta.35/ch2
  31. 31. breathtaking. by design.
  32. 32. contents1 a problem (sinkhole)2 a solution (loophole)3 a framework (syncwhole)4 a people (thumbhole)5 a public (holistic)
  33. 33. 3 a framework (syncwhole)Imagine a framework that relies/feedson the synchronicity of enough -people,resources/spaces, andtechnology,in the city (optimal ecosystem),as the day (optimal 24/7).
  34. 34. rhizomatic learningdecentralizingbreaking down hierarchyunleashing control39/ch3
  35. 35. controlwhere did it stem fromhow is it working for ushow to zoom us back in – to us
  36. 36. to see41/ch3
  37. 37. 43/ch3
  38. 38. 45/ch3
  39. 39. people. face to face. eye to eye. heart to heart. love.47/ch3
  40. 40. 700 milliononeHow are the people around you doing?..doing/being the thing they can’t not do/be.remarkabletech connectseveryday
  41. 41. How to facilitate/crowdsource curiosities?Perhaps by hastening the time betweenfinding what matters to you & finding your people.closest to now possiblehow to shrink/hasten/accelerate this time period. everyday.49/ch3
  42. 42. Rather than thinking that our measuring/managing/competing is proof of success,what if we question why we feel the need tomeasure/manage/compete. [imagine what we could do with all the energy we spendon defense;]What if the fact that we feel the need to prove/manage/measure/compete is morean evidence of distress than success.
  43. 43. What if we let tech help us get back to us…51/ch3
  44. 44. mightdictateyour daymightfree upyour dayto manage time to facilitate whimsy
  45. 45. An app that would encourage/create/support:1. People talking to themselvesdaily, asking themselves if theyare doing what matters.1. People connecting to people intheir city/community, a strategicserendipity.1. People’s mesh network, theirfootprint or trail.Imagine google glass/siri/everest, et al, via a necklace (or wherever/however you want towear it) as accessible to everyone, under the guise/default/commons of public education.53/ch3
  46. 46. like..chinachina8 yr old70 yr old
  47. 47. Oh. Youmeant aplate..Oh. Youmeant acountry..No big deal. Another match up happening tomorrow. Think Groundhogs Day or 50 first dates.55/ch3
  48. 48. guitar ampGEDvolumeamp15 yr old52yr old
  49. 49. Whoa.That’s howit works?Could youhave yourband test itout?Cool jets. A connection is made in real life. App records it as a trail/node.57/ch3
  50. 50. It is a fact today that 1 in 10,000 of us can make atechnological breakthrough capable of supportingall the rest. The youth of today are absolutely rightin recognizing this nonsense of earning a living.We keep inventing jobs because of this false ideathat everybody has to be employed at some kindof drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right toexist.– Bucky Fuller59/ch3
  51. 51. So we have inspectors of inspectors andpeople making instruments for inspectors toinspect inspectors.The true business of people should be to goback to school and think about whatever itwas they were thinking about beforesomebody came along and told them theyhad to earn a living.– Bucky Fuller
  52. 52. We’d like to prototype this social fiction into reality in a more timely manner. We believe if people could see ithappening, they’d go, we like that, we can do that. We’re seeking 20 million no-strings-attached in order to model asynchronicity that matters. [For more of how we see this self-sustaining anywhere, via true grit, and the trillions wealready spend on school, testing, health, et al, perhaps start here: redefineschool.com/about/business-plan/ or clickgraphic below ]8 mill – ish: for places and resources,buying and/or renting spaces (ie: community-owned spaces) for the crowdsourced gatheringsthat matter, also equipment/resources needed in those spaces, & for traveling to and fromthose spaces61/ch3
  53. 53. 5 mill – ish: for tech,while none of the ideas are new, combining them might be, being able to pay experts [to writecode, for an app to hasten the time between finding what matters & finding yourpeople…] and purchase resources [wifi, devices,..] willaccelerate the ability to make this equitable on a global scale.
  54. 54. 7 mill – ish: for people,people that need income can be supported to play with us, especially tapping into sabbaticals forteachers in the district, and waivers/scholarships into unis/business for students – so they won’tworry about the potential of being punished later for playing, or for taking a year (on) off – tocome back & play our/their dream/vision, also parents/community members, wanting to play63/ch3
  55. 55. contents1 a problem (sinkhole)2 a solution (loophole)3 a framework (syncwhole)4 a people (thumbhole)5 a public (holistic)
  56. 56. 4 a people (thumbhole)The stories of social fiction….to a *t*thumprint
  57. 57. unique thumbprint67/ch4
  58. 58. sharing/becoming stories/dreams(social fiction)69/ch3
  59. 59. what’s your social fiction?assuming complete freedomANDassuming complete accessibility to people and resources you might choose to do/be things withANDassuming a timely means to help you connect/find your people on a daily basis.
  60. 60. mightdictateyour daymightfree upyour dayto manage time to facilitate whimsy
  61. 61. nounverb
  62. 62. nounverbperhaps we verb more.
  63. 63. Julia, age 12, uses a donated/recycled laptop and the donated wifi from the wifi bank, to voice recordthe following before she goes to bed:I noticed a lot of my friends’ parents have cancer. They keep talking about early detection. I askedmy mom and she said if you find out early on, the cancer can usually be cured, but that notenough people find out early. I also watched a video of a 17-year-old that wrote a recipe to curecancer and is now working at Stanford. I’m dreaming about finding ways to improve earlydetection. I want to connect to people who are experts at this and see what I can learn fromthem.75/ch4
  64. 64. Vicki, age 25, uses her iphone and texts while waiting at the doctor’s office:I just found out my mom has cancer. They told her they didn’t find it soon enough and that it’sspreading too fast. I’ve got to research myself, find out some other answers for her.
  65. 65. Tom, age 7, uses his mom’s ipad and his family’s wifi access, to record the following:My mom has been doing this healing stuff my whole life. I’ve never believed in it before. Butshe started doing it with me, because I have/had asthma, and now I don’t have it anymore. I’mreally interested in seeing if it can help people with cancer.77/ch4
  66. 66. The app connects them.A mesh network created for each of these could have one small node representing their intense curiosityand that’s it. Or, it could be the start of an offshoot node, as they advance into the study of health andmedicine. Either way, this cancer node could be detected by the app in a couple weeks by someone elsetalking to themselves about the same things and then they all receive notification of another potentialconnection.
  67. 67. 79/ch4
  68. 68. A space where there are many peopledoing things they love to dopainting, reading, tinkering with Chemistry, building electrical circuits, cooking,gardening etc.Others are encouraged to come along side them and learn from them or work ontheir own projects and be able to ask questions of someone who knows.If a young person arrives who wants to understand math so he can get into a certaincollege course, someone is available to help – and perhaps there are 6 other youngpeople who want to join them.
  69. 69. 81/ch4
  70. 70. The benefits of this model include engaged studentswho are learning when they are the very mostmotivated to learn.just-in-time learningTeachers who get to teach without the stress of classroom management andforcing a curriculum that doesn’t resonate with his students.It would provide a positive alternative to those who are disenfranchised withthe current system – they will continue to learn and teach – their talents won’tbe wasted or lost – they won’t turn to destructive behaviors because they willhave a voice and a real opportunity to be productive and do something thatmatters.
  71. 71. 83/ch4
  72. 72. They won’t get ulcers, become depressed, or hurt themselves or othersbecause they are so stressed from being force through a system thatdoesn’t meet their needs.Other benefits –building of relationships,the ability for young people to see many different pursuits and havethe ability to try out many different things which would improve theirchances of finding their talents earlier –The more people in our communities doing what they are really goodat will make our communities happier, healthier and absolutelyoutstanding.
  73. 73. visions of such spaces:• free access to spaces:maker/hacker; recording studios; dance studios; art studios; gardenspaces; animals and animal spaces; research labs; robotics space;...• free access to people:mentors/players - all ages; district teachers; community members;business people; university students/professors; anyone you want tolearn from or work/be with;...• free access to resources:wifi; devices; travel; stuff to make stuff with; ….
  74. 74. Certified teachers in the district (supported by sabbatical status inexperimental phase) gather daily in different hubs around the city.This group frequents the coffee/book store. Working with theirpeople on their passion/art. One is working on her masters. One isdesigning a city dark room. One is writing a novel.Youth access them here if they like, but also are connected via cell/fb.[Parents and community members are freed up in same way.]Youth working on acity art project stop byto get some resourcesand information theyare seeking.In experimental phase: every (k-12 person) in the city has been placed inor chosen a group of 7-10 people. This small group meets daily for 30min to an hour – with no specific agenda.This is to satisfice #1 of redefinition of public ed – everyone is known bysomeone.To satisfy #2 – everyone has access to adevice and wifi – in order to talk tothemselves everyday – via the curiosity app.The app suggests a local connection daily andcreates an ongoing mind map ofcuriosities/findings/connections.Perhaps..
  75. 75. 87/ch4
  76. 76. Potential benefits for city/district people:Having such spaces in the city – the ability to go there – as a leaving to learn – towhatever degree desired. These spaces are now packed full of what we are missingmost – people. free people.It’s like we are hiring self-directed learners to hang out in these spaces, so that whenwe want to and/or can go to these spaces ourselves, it is already an alive place.. Thatmodels/breathes informal, self-directed learning. [gardens, streets, walls - art]It’s like we are creating organic safe havens in the city.. if we can bring morehomeschooler/unschoolers/drop out/ins back into the open, into the city, to play, wehave a safer/happier/healthier community. Perhaps the more people we have – in thecity, interacting, looking each other in the eye, the less we need false securities/fixes.
  77. 77. the money we’d save:via a global/nationwide social bill we keep supporting (health, et al,would be in the trillions):I want you to consider the frightening possibility that we arespending far too much money on schooling, not too little. Iwant you to consider that we have too many people employedin interfering with the way children grow up – and that all thismoney and all these people, all the time we take out ofchildren’s lives and away from their homes and families andneighborhoods and private explorations gets in the way ofeducation. - John Taylor Gatto89/ch4
  78. 78. The reason Swedes have wiped out what would be 1st and 2ndgrades, is that they don’t want to pay the large social bill thatquickly comes due when boys and girls are ripped away from theirbest teachers at home too early.It isn’t worth the price, say the Swedes, to provide jobs for teachersand therapists if the result is sick, incomplete kids who can’t be putback together again very easily. The entire Swedish schoolsequence isn’t 12 years, it’s 9.The direct savings of such a step in the U.S. would be $75-100billion.$75-100 billion._____________
  79. 79. 91/ch4
  80. 80. Today, people are learning online, on boats, in buses, in classrooms, in schools of allsorts, in other countries, at home, in the city, … this is great. What we are suggestingis that we no longer pigeon-hole learners to any of these spaces. You want to learnon a boat. Great. But let’s not say now, that you are a boat learner only. Maybetomorrow another space will behoove you. Change is good. .Once we understand that learning can and should occur outside the classroom, it will becomecommonplace to see students engaged in learning activities throughout the community.
  81. 81. Perhaps we recapture playof a child,in the city,in the country,in the wild.Perhaps we invite wildernessback intoour spaces, our people.Perhaps we createspaces of permission,where people havenothing to prove.Spaces where we haveno raised eyebrows,because we believe/realize,there is nevernothing going on.93/ch 4 http://redefineschool.com/632/neocortex-not-threatened/
  82. 82. matters.
  83. 83. 95/ch4
  84. 84. If youare so inclined, share/read/create/do/be/believe in more here:http://redefineschool.com/632/social-non-fiction/as seen in the link above – the stories/dreams are happening, all over. no way to record them all.and yet.the huge desire we have is …to hasten the day that everyone gets to play at this.… to hasten equity - everyone getting a go - today.
  85. 85. contents1 a problem (sinkhole)2 a solution (loophole)3 a framework (syncwhole)4 a people (thumbhole)5 a public (holistic)
  86. 86. 5 a public (holistic)What if the secret to sustainability,is true grit.
  87. 87. 99/ch5
  88. 88. Perhaps redefining school in this manner could be the root of all problems/solutions/life.Perhaps if people can see it played out, they will believe enough, to take charge of the day, as the day,in their own cities.
  89. 89. Perhaps we start credentialing per our community. How are the people around us doing?Ie:imagine you come to me a year from now.Loveland no longer has 400+ charitable organizations, but rather, one kitchen table. They haveconnected. They engage in ongoing conversations, conversations that matter. They’ve freed peoplewho were homeless up to take care of their own situation. Because they question how we spend ourdays, health has improved, people start to believe they matter, the suicide rate has gone down….And now, now I say to you, … yes, Peter. Peter is perfect. Whether or not he helped to change ourcommunity for good, he has been living in it. He’s associated and with people that are free and arepracticing their art. Peter is gold. Peter is indispensable.imagine a community such as mine, Loveland, CO.You, a university, or a CEO of a company, come tome today, asking if Peter is a good fit, if he’s worthconsideration at your establishment.I say, most likely not. I explain to you, that currently, Loveland has 400+ charitable organizations, so onewould think we wouldn’t be dealing with homelessness, our county wouldn’t be 6th in the nation insuicide rate, etc.I say, I wonder what the heck has Peter been doing, letting that happen in his community
  90. 90. Perhaps we’ll start to realize, genius isn’t (doesn’t need to be ) rare.Perhaps when we facilitate authenticity…finding all the geniuses inside.. waiting to be seen/heard/loved.Perhaps we call facilitating curiosity/authenticity – school.Perhaps we carry that out - in the city – as the day.Imagine 7 billion such researchers/entrepreneurs/happy people.. no?101/ch5ie: Angela, Jack, Brittany, Ruchi, Jacob, Eesha,Boyan, Adora, Ash, Nikhil, (Socrates at 9), Caine M,Logan, Birke, Oscar, Piper, Xiuhtezcatl, Caine S,Sylvia, Lucas, Albert (et al), 4 yr old pianist, Chase,Satori, Everett, …. you..
  91. 91. 103/ch5
  92. 92. What we have… What we need…1. people whowant their days to1. people (perhaps you) who believe they own the mattering oftheir days [most don’t believe it’s legal/possible to think forthemselves]2. tech that canaggregate/organize large amounts ofdata, et al2. a means (perhaps tech) to connect people in a moretimely/serendipitous manner [ie: to ground chaos & hastenconnections if everyone is thinking for themselves]3. space - wherewe are now3. an ecosystem (perhaps a city) full of eclectic spaces/people/resources [and very few rules - a huge sandbox]4. time – now 4. time (perhaps the day), not tacked on to the already busy day,this can’t be after hours [well it can, but not if we’re seeking #1]
  93. 93. 105/ch5
  94. 94. • how to ensure the focus doesnt go toward the sync, and like agriculture, we lose site of the why,and focus only on some pre-determined efficiency. perhaps we keep the focus on curiosity - thenatural whimsy of a person. becoming more and more natural, the more free the person truly feels.ie: the more they feel they have nothing to prove.• how to create a device (some small chip you can add to your necklace, bracelet, bobby pin, glasses,headband, shoe, cell phone, laptop, earring, ..?) that you determine when to take it off, put it on.• how to be the least intrusive to people - worldwide - who are doing/being - wearable?• how to create/sustain an accessible/abundant data base - via redefinition of public ed - the only askis that you put it on for minimum of 10 seconds a day... to talk to yourself. so then we have aginormous data base.. from every person, for at least 10 seconds a day, to draw on.. to see what wehave been missing in regard to the interconnectedness in our own city.
  95. 95. 107/ch5
  96. 96. redefineschool.com/632/1-2-2-whyhowwhat/
  97. 97. Perhaps until we jumpstart/placebo us backto us,we need to focus on a synchronicity of thingsthat matter..109/ch5
  98. 98. just until we start believing in us, in learning,in curiosity.[again/ever]
  99. 99. Perhaps what has not yet been experimented with:1/a city-wide experiment, to provide an ecosystem ofeclectic people/resources;111/ch5
  100. 100. 2/ an as-the-day experiment, rather than adding somethingor after hours (after school/work).
  101. 101. 113/ch5
  102. 102. ok. so perhaps a crazy book title…say it fast enough.. you hear – bs.but perhaps not so crazy…if it reminds us, that without you (u), this is bs.more on needing you… to be you.a be you book.http://redefineschool.com/about/story/a-be-you-book/

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