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  • 1. [a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n]
  • 2. be you. why Setting people free, to be themselves. how Creating (physical & mental) spaces of permission. what Soul peace unleashes brilliant minds/art.start with why
  • 3. Click above to hear Simon teaching us about why. The golden circle. Everyone knows what they do, some know how they do it, but very few know why. Why do you get out of bed every morning, and why should anyone care. Working from the inside out. Refocus… on why.
  • 4. Neocortex – (outer) - Neocortex Responsible for rational and analytical thought and language. When we communicate from the outside-in, people understand Limbic vast amounts of info, it just doesn’t drive behavior. brains Limbic brains – (inner two) – Responsible for feelings, like trust & loyalty, for all behavior, decision making, but it has no capacity for language. When we communicate from the inside-out, we’re talking directly to the part of the brain that controls behavior and then we allow people to rationalize it with the tangible [a q things t r e and do. t i o n] u i e we say v o l u This is where gut decisions comeie: Wright bros & Langely from.
  • 5. our [a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n]
  • 6. We wonder Our county is 6th in thewhy nation in suicide rate.people can’t Once every 9 dayswait till 3 someone takesor 5pm, their life.why they can’t The measure we arewait till the currently using towardweekend, success,or summer, the actions we areor vacation, currently using to fixor graduation. problems,We wonder even to determinewhy whichwe all let problems are problems,time slip by aren’t boding uslike that. well.
  • 7. Work (school) is where we get the least done. [a q u i e t r eFriedt, Rework - Jason v o l u i o n]
  • 8. A common complaint about schools, one that is reflected for example, in the recent report of the Carnegie Commission: In school, registered students submit to certified teachers in order to obtain certificates of their own; both are frustrated and both blame insufficient resources - money, time, or building - for their mutual frustration. I believe that the contemporary crisis of education demands that we review the very idea of publicly prescribed learning rather than the methods used in its enforcement.possible translation: - Ivan IllichRather than trying to motivate youth to learn our common core curriculumthrough shiny things, like gaming, or fancy technology, or the latest tools, orproject based learning, or longer hours, etc,let’s call into question our presumption that we must teach certain things.Let’s allow for just in time learning. Imagine being blown away by what wethen notice, dream about, and do. Imagine recapturing a soul peace from theconnections afforded in these spaces of permission to be.
  • 9. our [a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n]
  • 10. be you. why Setting people free, to be themselves. how Creating (physical & mental) spaces of permission. what Soul peace unleashes brilliant minds/art.start with why
  • 11. be us. why Setting communities free, to share themselves. how Creating (physical & mental) spaces of trusting/giving. what World peace allows for gatherings that matter, per choice.start with why
  • 12. be you. The first two years have been a true disruptive innovation, where we were working in the shadows, testing and prototyping and failing and learning. We experimented with spaces where people could tap into their own genius, their own art. We were seeking ways to facilitate self-directed learning. Our findings are not new. Practicing them, however will require a change in mindset.[a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n] It will require a culture of trust, with (mental and physical) spaces of permission.
  • 13. be us. The second two years’ focus will be more on community, how do we become us. This necessitates more visibility, a coming out phase. We are finding out what types of gathering spaces our people want, need, believe in, most. This phase will be heavy on the art of conversation. How do we listen to each other without an agenda on an ongoing basis. Web access has shown us the value of connection and ways to better connect with the invisible, the silent globally. Transparency and the[a ability ito lurk,rfeed into a culturen] trust. We q u e t e v o l u t i o of plan to use that insight an tech to better listen to each other, locally. We know that for any type of thriving sustainability to happen within a community, we must create, together.
  • 14. Imagine like minded Part of our suggested jumpdreamers (perhaps Hsieh, Gates, start investment will comeBuffet, …) interested in financially from a rough analysis ofjump starting this next phase. school district funding, whatInvesting in a mock or incubated we now get from government,community, where red tape is so that the financial model canessentially nill. be scaled across if so inclined.[Perhaps the "district is on sabbatical", Spending will be determined byperhaps the collaboratory becomes a ongoing crowd-sourcing of thesespace for anyone in the world on gatherings per choice.sabbatical, with f2f paid or partial paid.] Something that my seem new willWe believe if we base transactions be the focus we place on spaceson trust rather than policy, we can determined by why we gather,model doing much more with less. rather than the current focus onThis would then fall right into, managing what we do and howperhaps locally, supported microfunding. [a qwe ido t in e v o l u t i o n] u e it, r predetermined and compulsory places.
  • 15. To look more like the solution, a We’re imaginingfirst space we are looking to secure anywhere from threeis in the heart of the city. As a hub, months to a yeara home base, our kitchen table as before more local people feel a pull tocollaboratory, so to self-fund. We believespeak. A place to come together this incubatedlocally and virtually, to notice the community will modelunlikely, dream boldly, make educational funding perconnections, and start doing things census, via an ongoingthat matter, to us. We are especially community voice, is notinterested in a neutral space of high only healthier for itsquality, that represents the value people, but morewe place on this ongoing financially sound andcommunity conversation. sustainable as well. We believe sustainability is (A mile high, pi in the sky, representing [a q u i e t groundedl in living n] r e v o u t i o out 3-ish degrees of separation to finding us.) your why.
  • 16. Partial Freedom is no freedom. - Krishnamurti, The Significance of Life Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. -PlatoWhat if that’s why we still have so many dyingq u i aids, dyingvfrom u t i o n] [a from e t r e o l standardization.What if when we set people free, we find people like Angela Zhang, everywhere.
  • 17. Healthy words… you can’t have anything to prove… Via Traci Fenton of Worldblu, we lose 300 billion a year because people arent engaged in the workplace (yeah... just imagine if we include moneys toward disengagement in schools ... perhaps tack on 600 bill more+). She notes truly democratized organizations hold these beliefs: people are good, and, you cant have anything to prove (ego kills culture of a community, the[a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n] feeling you have to prove yourself, kills value/culture of a person).
  • 18. [a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n] how?
  • 19. create spaces: [a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n]
  • 20. A city as school, as university, as alive. [a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n]
  • 21. solitude spaceThe most spectacularly What distinguishedcreative people in many programmers at thefields are often introverted. top performing- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, companies wasnt Gregory Feist. greater experience or better pay. It wasWithout great solitude, no how much privacy,serious work is possible. personal workspace - Picasso time & and freedom from interruption theyWere often so dazzled by enjoyed. If you havecharisma that we overlook talented andthe quiet part of the motivated people,creative process. they should beWhen we take a stance diff encouraged to workfrom a groups we activate alone when creativitythe amygdala, a small organ or efficiency is thein the brain associated with highest priority.fear of rejection. Gregory - Adrian FurnhamBerns calls this "the pain of [a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n]independence.” private spaces of solitude – Susan Cain
  • 22. Trust in the silence, in the things you can’t see.
  • 23. [a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n] what?
  • 24. art Perfection in making is an art. Perfection in acting is a virtue. - Ivan IllichTrying to get away from acting, being people thatwe aren’t for whatever reasons, and instead, doingwhat matters most to us.Art is that interesting piece inside each one of us.It’s that thing you can’t not do. In providing spacesto be, we allow people to find, grow, and createtheir art. If people are doing, making, and beingtheir art, they become indispensable, rather thansimply virtuous, or bored or delinquent ordepressed.We get so worried about, and expended in, ameans to improve or to prove. If we focus onauthentic art, as opposed to prescribed learning,the proving will not longer be an issue. We’llwonder what all the fuss was. The kids alreadywonder. The art, the sharing of that art, becauseyou can’t not, is its own reward. [a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n]
  • 25. The safest thing they can do feels risky, Take a listen to Seth above. and theTake a listen to his impact on us below. riskiest thing they can do is play it safe. [a q u i e t r e v o l u t i o n]
  • 26. For 20 some years, I’ve stood in front of Today, I stand before you,various groups of kids, with a geeky joy literally or figuratively, with aabout school math, and an unsettled geeky joy about life, andsoul about why. I would entertainingly incredible soul peace aboutand enthusiastically say to them such why. And with great humilitythings as… and love, I say to you…Today we’re going to rationalize denominators. Today we’re going to be about freeingThis is something you are going to need to know people up. This is something you need tohow to do, in your future, ie: if you want to be know how to do. This is something thesuccessful in calc, and college, (which are/were world needs from you.obvious goals for everyone, no?) That’s it. That’s what I do now.That was my job. And, what I was And it’s the most rational (lucid,sharing with all these kids, was/is sensible, balanced, sane,deemed as rational, reliable. It was a normal, ..) thing I haveservice I provided.., helping kids learn to offer you.school math. Because many kids Freeing people up to bedidn’t/don’t resonate with school themselves.math, many stressed over school math, And the way we will do that isso I did feel I was providing a service, by creating mental and physicalmaking math fun, alleviating a little spaces of permission. And whatstress, connecting because I was we’ll have as a result, as a signhelping to alleviate past pain/fear. of success,.. alive people.
  • 27. Take a listen, as Bunker Roy explains how credentialing could come from how well your community is doing.imagine a community such as mine,Loveland, CO. You, a university, or a CEO of acompany, come to me today, asking if Peter is agood fit, if he’s worth consideration at yourestablishment.I say, most likely not. I explain to you, that currently, Loveland has 400+ charitableorganizations, so one would think we wouldn’t be dealing with homelessness, our countywouldn’t be 6th in the nation in suicide rate, etc.I say, what the heck has Peter been doing, letting that happen in his community.imagine you come to me a year from now. Loveland no longer has 400+ charitableorganizations, but rather, one kitchen table. They engage in ongoing conversations,conversations that matter. They’ve freed people who were homeless up to take care of theirsituation. Because they question how we spend our days, health has improved, the suiciderate has gone down.And now, now I say to you, yes, Peter. Peter is perfect. Whether or notvhe helped to change [a q u i e t r e o l u t i o n]our community for good, he has been living in it. He’s associated and with people that arefree and are practicing their art. Peter is gold, he is indispensable.
  • 28. Two things I have learned from the last four years in regard to education/learning/life:Self-reflection is key to success. Spaces of permission are gold.Only you know what you know, only you knowwhat you value. Only you can change you. We Listening without an agenda,don’t take time today, we aren’t offered time believing that there is nevertoday, we are afraid of time, of solitude time, nothing going on…today, to look ourselves in our own eyes/soul, those are like offering peopleand ask ourselves, why am i doing what i’m the most precious of jewels.doing. Does it matter. If that happened, if Sweet honey.everyone did that daily… we would be success. Many of us have been aWe would be finding the problems in the member of the inside of theworld worth solving. We would start seeing school mob.problems as solutions. And none of us would We have experienced school.need money or carrots or rewards or praise, to These are not spaces ofcarry on, the thing our soul insists that we do. permission.That is rigor. It comes form self-assessment. Lovely people dwell in them, no doubt, but all are prisonersStandardized assessment may be good for to some degree.some people, but it is not healthy to insisteveryone participate in order to receive theirmark of value/success.
  • 29. 1) Self reflect. 2) Spaces of permission. I have you right now, for some reason, you are taking this in. So perhaps, I can grant you some permission, perhaps permission you are waiting for, to be you. Take time now, to self-reflect. Talk to you, ask why you do what you do. The next slide is a prompt only if you feel the need, if you feel so inclined, to use it. If you don’t want/need this time to self-reflect, perhaps you could see it as a moment of silence, for all the years, of those 7 hours a day, we call school, where we killed a bit of this person, and a bit of that one, by encouraging them to be.. other people. And if you don’t believe this is worth changing up, perhaps spend some time withSeth Godin’s words, as he so eloquently paints our picture, and as he encourages us to Stop Stealing Dreams. Let’s change the conversation. Change it, change us.
  • 30. rid yourself of mind chatter…
  • 31. Turn the lights down, crank up the volume, take a listen.. behind-every-old-general
  • 32. be us. why Setting communities free, to share themselves. how Creating (physical & mental) spaces of trusting/giving. what World peace allows for gatherings that matter, per choice.start with why

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