Israeli city of Haifa
Ten Day Care Centers
By Uri Gneezy and Aldo Rustichini
Our original Culture of Trust slidedeck was heavy on a very
resonating story about people, as told by Clay Shirky
in Cognitve Surplus.
dealing with one another in a
can fundamentally alter
our relationship with
3. Public education has become a market.
When President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law, few
would have predicted that the next decade of education policy would unfold
into a disaster of epic proportions. The law was based on a flawed concept
of a “good education” — high scores on standardized tests.
It’s safe to say that the law has failed miserably.
- Nikhil Goyal from when-students-join-the-battle-for-sound-
Take note of the epic proportions: 500+ policies in a district.
Imagine we redefine public education.
Imagine we give simplicity a go.
Reforms are not enough; only a revolution will suffice.
4. When things are(n’t)
working, the natural
inclination is to throw
more at the problem.
More people, time and
All that ends up doing is
making the problem
instead.. cut back.
5. attachment & authenticity
From Gabor Mate talk..
Imagine we work on both.
That’s the quiet revolution, be you – authenticity, be us – attachment.
Gabor Mate- Bio-psychosocial View on Neuro Degenerative Diseases Part 1
Setting people free,
to be themselves.
Creating (physical & mental)
spaces of permission.
unleashes brilliant minds/art.
The first two years have
been a true disruptive
innovation, where we were
working in the shadows, in
testing and prototyping
and failing and learning.
We experimented with
spaces where people could
tap into their own genius,
their own art. Spaces free
of proof, credentialing,
measurement. We were
seeking ways to facilitate
self-directed learning. Our
findings are not new.
Practicing them, however
will require a change in
It will require a culture of
trust, with (mental and
physical) spaces of
Setting communities free,
to share themselves.
Creating (physical & mental)
spaces of trusting/giving.
allows for gatherings that matter,
The second (one) 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 community wants,
needs, believes 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, and the
silent, globally. We plan to use
that insight and tech to better
listen to each other, locally.
We believe, for any type of
thriving sustainability to
happen within a community,
we must create, be, together.
at our essence, the more
authentically ourselves we are,
we crave co-creation -
9. learning is not about proof.
learning is about learning.
public is not about market.
public is about people.
we need to un-market school
or move on without it.
13. Can we trust
[people are good – relationship matters]
[learning is natural – whimsy matters]
to free people up to… fittingness..?
14. via - Jerry Michalski – TEDxCopenhagen
What If We Trusted You
Stay in the lines.
Pyramid has a foundation. Network does not. You can start anywhere.
- David Weinberger, Too Big To Know
17. We end up with
+ policies, basics…
that very few can take in
and few have a desire to
that could set us free to find
the thing we can’t not do
18. Imagine how much time/money/energy/people we currently spend on policy.
Imagine if we did things differently.
one day next day next day
We live in a reliability-oriented world… so we end up doing things that we assume can be
measured/proven, rather than things that matter. Our beliefs get shuffled to the back end
of the day.. (or the low end of our validity monitor).
~ Roger Martin, paraphrase from The Design of Business)
20. We often end up too tired to be curious, to do/be what matters most to us. Martin says
there is power in simply acknowledging that, power to boldly, and respectfully, question
21. Imagine we change things up..
one day next day next day
Imagine Martin’s acknowledgment is all we need to start respectfully calling into question
how we spend our days. Imagine the stuff that currently fills our days.. starts to diminish,
freeing us up time/energy to do what matters most.
22. Fried in Rework, writes of work being the place you get the least done. What if we just start
thinking about the things we do vs the things we get done in public ed.
People talk a lot of talk about google 20% time. It’s lovely really …. for a business.
But for youth? 20% time? to explore/experiment? – be in a space of permission with
nothing to prove?
Shouldn’t that be 100%?
difference between business and school/learning/public ed
• work done
23. • 100%
click to view video
Can we trust in vulnerability, can we trust in not knowing.
Can we allow ourselves and others to swim in perpetual beta?
25. a lot of time spent:
• seeking accolades
• finding fault in others
• playing defense
need to believe no ill-intent:
• if not, you’ll spend all your
time obsessing over my
• because I (we) do too
many crazy/stupid things
26. a lot of time spent:
• doing the things we’re told
• doing what we’ve always done
need to find the thing you can’t not do
• you’ll put in the 10,000 hrs to
become expert (indispensable)
• we need your (thumbprint) art
28. click to play
It’s a question
many of us probably
mean to ask
But never do.
-Nic Askew films
29. You get to decide how free you are.
It is legal to think for yourself.
Trust learning. Trust the learner. Trust simplicity.
everyone is known by someone
everyone talks to themself daily
It takes 15% to turn a flock of birds, a school of fish.
We can turn this around.