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Holistic Education and Regenerative Community Development

Vision: Spectrum Academy leads learning and living communities in assisting ‘at-risk’ to ‘at-hope’ youths and adults to heal their emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual wounds which create positive and profound changes in nature-based community development and thrivability.

Mission: Provide an alternative nature-centric state-of-the-art holistic educational and living environment for youth and adults to find direction and purpose using proven programs that result in healthy and productive young and aged adults who contribute to society.

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Re-Build.co Presentation - Spectrum Academy

  1. 1. Commerce, Education & Community in the 21st Century Zen Benefiel, MA, MBA ZenBenefiel.com
  2. 2. Premise: – Natural Order is Universal Order, which can be experienced in a community. – Our Natural Design is to function as One within a community arrangement. – What we do not know we can learn with the common sense intuitive questions. – Holistic Educational Practices Evolve through sensing and prototyping Fingertip Exercise – Feel/Think
  3. 3. • Vision & Mission Revisited • 21st Century Education • Spectrum Vision & Mission • Culture and Normative Beliefs • Holistic Charter School & Village • Community Technology Centers • Collaborative Alliance & Stakeholder Incentives
  4. 4. • Why do you need to know this? • How does it affect our community? • What are the results of status quo? • What potentials exist for new communities? • What can be done collaboratively? • How do we continue to… ?
  5. 5. Spectrum Academy leads learning and living communities in assisting ‘at-risk’ to ‘at-hope’ youths and adults to heal their emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual wounds which create positive and profound changes in community development and sustainability.
  6. 6. Provide an alternative state-of-the-art holistic educational and living environment for youth and adults to find direction and purpose using proven programs that result in healthy and productive young and aged adults who contribute to society.
  7. 7. Ten Educational Trends Shaping School Planning and Design – The Lines of Prescribed Attendance Areas Will Blur – Schools Will Be Smaller and More Neighborhood Oriented – There Will Be Fewer Students Per Class – Technology Will Dominate Instructional Delivery – The Typical Spaces Thought to Constitute a School May Change – Students and Teachers Will Be Organized Differently – Students Will Spend More Time in School – Instructional Materials Will Evolve – Grade Configurations Will Change – Schools Will Disappear Before the End of the 21st Century (Or Will They?) Kenneth R. Stevenson, Ed.D. Department of Educational Leadership and Policies College of Education University of South Carolina September 2002
  8. 8. – Aptitude and Ability – Multiple Intelligences – Emotional Intelligences – Holistic Understanding – Free Play & Special Needs – Systems Thinking Awareness – Holistic Systems Understanding
  9. 9. • School • Holistic Design – Body, Mind, Spirit, Earth • Academics - character, communication, consciousness • Aquaculture, Horticulture, Permaculture • Residential • Behavior, emotions and character development • Natural cycles and processes for community • Natural amphitheater/Gathering place • Community Technology Center • Data Center – Connected, Storage & Delivery • Co-working and Incubator Areas • Community Meeting Space
  10. 10. • Cottage Industries • Holistic economies and entrepreneurship • Multi-generational activities - OJT • Extended community integration – shops, et al • Residential Housing Development – Concentric Circle Configuration • 1st Phase – Students and Staff • 2nd Phase – Family Residences • 3rd Phase – Student-built infrastructure – Multi-family housing, single units, common areas, gardens, landscaping, bike/walk and waterways
  11. 11. Potential to include alternative energy production using Biomass, Solar, Tesla, Wind, Water Domed, Rammed Earth, Biomass Materials, Formed/Poured Waterways as well as bike and walkways
  12. 12. • Holistic education/understanding • Emotional & Multiple Intelligences • Communication / negotiation skills • Critical thinking development • Live & Technology-based curriculum • Individualized supplemental instruction
  13. 13. • Facilitates Growth of… – Emotional - Perception – Intellectual – Critical Thinking – Artistic - Expression – Creative - Imagination – Social - Communication – Physical – Athleticism – Spiritual - Visioneering
  14. 14. • 13 Structures – Natural Materials • 6-8 students per residence • Counseling & Group Circles • Peer Community Development • Rites of Passage and Celebration • Mentoring Programs • On-going Support Systems • Family Involvement
  15. 15. • Develop Appreciation for Creativity • Learn New Approaches to Solve Problems • Positive Reinforcement Applied in Win-Win • Exposures to Critical Thinking Opportunities • Mentoring and Peer Tutoring Experience • Preparation - Higher Levels of Independence
  16. 16. • Instructional Capacity – Entrepreneurial training • Community Interface – Access to Opportunity • Data/Profit Center – E-curriculum – Distance Learning – Adult Ed – Web-based services Co-Working & Incubator Space
  17. 17. • Power – Tesla Tech – Solar – Water – Wind – Discoveries • Construction Design – Archology Inclusion – Energy-efficient – Environmentally friendly – Frequency familiar – Reflective of Nature – Carbon sequestrating – Agri- & Aqua-culture
  18. 18. • Peer Community Relationships • Scientific and Spiritual Coalesce • Direct Experience of Connectedness • Experimental Nature of Discovery • Needs-Centric Agility and Responsiveness • Ability to Scale Operational Improvement • New Kinds and Types of Deliverables
  19. 19. • Establish core relationships • Create common goals and objectives • Design synergistic activities • Produce tracking mechanisms • Review and revise programs • Develop scalable applications • Create metrics for measurement
  20. 20. • Youth Preparedness for Life/Work • Higher Functional Employees • Choice of Continuing Education • Capable Citizenry for Change • Higher Participation in Community • Facility funding - CTC Operations • Replicable Model for Deployment
  21. 21. • Offer Critical Review/Questions – Check for understanding • Further Contacts / Resources – Expands the Network Capacity • Donors and Funding Opportunities – Tax credits, Grants, Fed/State programs • Letters of Support / Recommendation – Increase opportunities for collaboration
  22. 22. • What kind of future do we want immediately for ourselves and for our children’s children’s children? • How can we work together to achieve it? • What is human nature redefined as One? • How can we include a new living awareness in the organic development of community from concept to occupancy?
  23. 23. • Team Development – Urban designers, architects, landscape architects, transportation engineers, urban planners, industrial designers, instructional designers, leadership • Location & Setting – Region, climate, culture, adjacent communities • Benefactors & Funding – Architectural drawings, business plan, presentations
  24. 24. What’s missing in the concept and creation of such a community? What would this look like in a community development scenario? What is the natural best fit? How do we focus on flow vs push/pull? What are the barriers to development? How could local materials be incorporated? How would Tesla technology and other Earth-centric sources work as energy sources? How to include FREE PLAY? How to co-create a holistic environment? How to include a multi-cultural approach? How to co-create curriculum that matches the students’ independent and collective needs? How to develop metrics and reporting? How to develop Multi-Generational bridges? How to coordinate Architects, Contractors, Designers, Engineers et al, working as ONE? How to develop a Dream Team of collaborators? What are the ‘next steps’ ?
  25. 25. Zen Benefiel – Coach@BeTheDream.com – 01-480-633-7179 – SpectrumAcademy.org (outdated) – Linkedin.com/in/zenbenefiel – Facebook.com/zenbenefiel – hylo.com/all/members/37930 – More info: ZenBenefiel.com

Holistic Education and Regenerative Community Development Vision: Spectrum Academy leads learning and living communities in assisting ‘at-risk’ to ‘at-hope’ youths and adults to heal their emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual wounds which create positive and profound changes in nature-based community development and thrivability. Mission: Provide an alternative nature-centric state-of-the-art holistic educational and living environment for youth and adults to find direction and purpose using proven programs that result in healthy and productive young and aged adults who contribute to society.

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