l i s t e n. n o t i c e
global voices w/in ourselves, ed, healthcare, collabs…
b e. u s e f u l l y i g n o r a n t
embrace what you don’t know, relationships trump…
s h a r e. o n e p l a n e t
role models, spaces, global wifi…
What if we just zoomed out more often..
Fractal thinking simplifies and helps us focus on what matters most.
so …what matters most ….
Richard Lieder Interviewed age 65+ world wide for 30 years: I f you could do your life over, what would you do different?
1)Be more reflective – step back & look at the big picture
2)Take more risks – not climbing mtns,… but of
authenticity & voice in regard to relationships
3)Discern earlier in life what really matters
2 most important days...
when you’re born - and when you …
…figure out your place in the world
…in edwe think we have bang up lessons... but have we asked the kids? do
they carry ideas outside the class? past the tests?
do we hear global voices in our classrooms? do we speak their
language, are we too busy insisting that they speak ours?
are we too busy getting things done to notice.
the bureaucracy we see on a day to day
basis in our schoolsand in our classes is very similar to the
bureaucracy we deal with when seeking global connections
click to play mad world
danah boyd go to where the clusters are alive and find out
Newton’s Law at Harvard, barely any on arrival… little more
than barely any after. from memory
AP classes… asked students as they left class what just went on..
most couldn’t say.. most of learning done after hours in student
organized study groups. from memory
Erica, valedictorian, speaks out against schooling: http://tinyurl.com/2c47m65
2003: South Korea bans American beef imports – mad cows disease.
2008: Korean President Lee Myung-bak lifts ban.
Korean citizens stage Korea’s first family-friendly protest. It lasts over a month.
Over half the protesters are teenage girls.
DBSK, a boy band.
DBSK’s online site, with nearly a million users, provided these girls with an
opportunity to discuss whatever they wanted, including politics.
Massed together, frightened and angry that Lee’s government had agreed to what
seemed a national humiliation and a threat to public health, the girls decided to do
something about it.
- Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus
When kids who are too young to vote are out in the street protesting policies, it
can shake governments used to a high degree of freedom from public oversight.
When teenage girls can help organize events that unnerve national governments,
without needing professional organization or organizers to get the ball rolling, we
are in new territory. As Mimi Ito describes the protesters,
Their participation in the protests was grounded less in the concrete conditions of
their everyday lives, and more in their solidarity with a shared media fandom…
Although so much of what kids are doing online may look trivial and
frivolous, what they are doing is building the capacity to connect, to
communicate, and ultimately, to mobilize.
.. What’s distinctive about this historical moment and today’s rising generation is
not only a distinct form of media expression, but how this expression is tied to
- Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus
…in health carewhat if the simple act of listening could diminish health problems?
Tedmed 2010 spoke about this shift in thinking
via @kevinmd During my training I was once asked in front of a patient to recite
some respiratory physiology equation which, to my patient’s approval, I was able to do
easily at the time. But I wanted to say to the attending physician, “Ask me, too,
what this patient’s story is. I can tell you because I listened. I can tell you
because I can put together and recreate a good narrative. And in the end it will help
me take better care of this patient than knowing that equation.”
what if many of the health care problems can be
solved simply by increased authentic relationships
Dignity. Health. Joy. Love. Hope.
The five things we wanted to spread
while we were in Africa. We wanted
the people there to experience all of
the above but we were unaware and
oblivious that we were experiencing all of it as well.
Do they live in poverty? Politically, yes. They suffer from not having
nearly as much things as we have. When I spent two weeks in Africa,
the people there had more joy and more love than I have ever
witnessed anyone have. I envied them.
Are we in poverty? We’re missing something. It may not be toys
or cars or giant houses. But it’s something.
unfortunately for some.. we’re so far from noticing and listening - because we
feel a compulsory urge to be global. so we go through the motions, and maybe
it’s exciting, and maybe we even feel changed,
.. but do we know each other? do we value each
other... do we notice things that matter about and to each other..
the master at listening...
Ethan Zuckerman’s Global Voices:
Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly
from people just like ourselves. Zuckerman talks about clever strategies to
open up your twitter world and read the
news in languages you don't even know.
celebrate bridge figures
we have to figure out a way to rewire the systems we have
ways of c r e a t i n g
Chimamanda Adichie’s Ted
there’s never a single story about anything
seek all version s of a story
seek stories we often avoid
seek the best stories
Sugata Mitra’s success – provide resources and get out of the way for 3 months
don’t need more resources -need to be more resourceful Alan Webber (fast company)
Erica McWilliams: usefully igornant
Richard Saul Wurman
embrace your stupidity ---read/seen that article? – uh huh.. we do that… how many kids do that….
prestige in knowing things... ironically blocks learning about things that matter
Carol Dweck - growth Mindset
What, I messed up? It didn’t work? They didn’t like it?
…what can I learn from that?
What a waste to go into a room with an agenda, Kim Sheinberg (presumed abundance)
Frustrated I had squandered my time talking about my idea instead of getting to know this man.
Sharing breeds a whole new value system....
Lisa Gansky’s The Mesh
The future is sharing (the mesh directory for ed)
We have the resources we need. We can make a better world.
The Blue Sweater -going into space with
I don’t know a single astronaut who actually thought he or she would see lines on the ground representing
national borders when they arrived in earth-orbit. I do think however, that those of us who have looked back
upon Earth share an increased realization that we are all in this together and that we
all share a very fragile spaceship called Earth that we are all traveling through the
Universe on together.
The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
“Our collective future rests upon
embracing a vision of a single world
in which we are all connected”
Chapter 13: “ In the course of history, there comes a time when
humanity is called to shift to a new level of
consciousness, to reach a higher moral
ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and
give hope to each other.
That time is now.” Wangari Maathai
One of our dreams is to offer a zipbike (or ziplaptop)
program, where we have several recycled/donated bikes
that we paint, say green. People know they’re free for use,
so they borrow when needed, return when found.
More important than transportation, we hope to model a
bigger dream of sharing.
In the 1960's, Amsterdam tried this very thing. They painted theirs white. Their
manifesto: The white bicycle symbolizes simplicity and healthy living, as opposed to
the gaudiness and filth of the authoritarian automobile.
Clay Shirky writes in Here Comes Everybody,
The White Bicycle program would have been just another footnote in the Age of
Aquarius, but for one detail: it was an almost instant failure. Within a month all the
bicycles had either been stolen or thrown in the canals.
Shirky goes on to say that many since have resurrected the idea, those successful
have placed restrictions on the use of the bikes with locked sheds and ID cards for
checking them out. He says, given the opportunity to misbehave, and little penalty
for doing so, enough people's behavior becomes antisocial enough to wreck things
for everyone. A basic truth of social systems: no effort at creating group value can
be successful without some form of governance.
In 1998, Gneezy and Rustichini set out to test a theory of the
affect one simple change has on a culture.
The culture, 10 day-care centers in the Israeli city of Haifa.
The simple change, a late pick up fee.
Before the change, the 10 centers experienced only 7-8 late
pick ups in a normal week. After a penalty at 6 of the centers,
a fine of approx $3 if more than 10 min late. Immediately, the
lateness increased. Increasing to 11 the first week, 14 the next,
and 17 after that, topping off at about 20.
The pre-fine bargain between parents and teachers was what Gneezy and
Rustichini labeled an “incomplete contract.” Once the fine was instituted, the
ambiguity collapsed.. Turning the day care from a shared enterprise into a simple
fee-for-service transaction, allowing the parents to regard the workers’ time as a
commodity. The parents assumed the fine represented the full price of the
inconvenience they were causing, and it seemed to remove any fears that they
might suffer some unspecified consequence for abusing the workers’ goodwill.
Parents saw the day-care workers as participants in a market transaction, rather
than as people whose needs had to be respected. - Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus
How we treat one another matters, and not just in a
“it’s nice to be nice” kind of way: our behavior
contributes to an environment that encourages
some opportunities and hinders others. In the
culture of the Haifa day-care centers, on simple
change had a huge effect. Under the previous
“incomplete contract,” parents and workers had
negotiated an informal but acceptable bargain.
When that culture came to include an explicit fine,
the parents could view the workers as a means to
and end, rather than as partners with a mix of social
and commercial bonds.
- Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus
What if governance comes about through connections teens
What if it comes about from people deciding that incomplete contracts
of human spirit & transparency trump?
What if the power of everybody, the power of culture,
overcome assumed actions?
playing for change trailer:
because music knows no boundaries knows no races it’s
possible for music to bring peace around the world