Creating transformative communities worldwide!

Det övergripande temat på årets online-möte, som organiseras av Center for Sustainable Change med Sheela Masand som presentatör och guide. Fem dagar med två sessioner per dag, som alla handlar om det övergripande temat om creating transformative communities worldwide, något som verkligen lockar mig! Jag är en av ”konverserarna” (vi är inte talare i vanlig ordning, utan jag och Brooke kommer ha ett samtal, med Sheela och dig, eftersom du kan delta genom att ställa frågor och/eller ge egen input) på tisdag den 28e februari på den dagens andra session kl 20:00 CET, på ämnet Connecting the spark in educationDet finns många andra spännande ämnen, så passa på att registrera dig (kostnadsfritt) för att lyssna och delta i de sessioner som lockar just dig.speaker-lineup-telesummit-2017Vikten av, och än mer, den påverkan som lokalsamfund har i att skapa varaktig förändring och förbättring, är något jag tycker vi lyfter fram allt för lite. Det finns dock fantastiska exempel, och jag skulle gärna se att vi samtalade mer om dessa, hjälptes åt att sprida ordet, och som ett resultat av det kanske inspirera andra människor att försöka något nytt i sina egna lokalsamfund.

Bright spots. Ljusglimtar, på svenska måhända? Bright spots är vad Dan och Chip Heath (som jag uppskattar dessa två bröder, och om du inte läst någon av deras böcker så rekommenderar jag det verkligen. Börja med Switch: How to change things when change is hard – på svenska heter den Byt spår! Skapa förändring genom att bryta invanda mönster.) kallar det. De små, och på ytan obetydliga sakerna, som kan göra sån enorm skillnad, ibland till och med utgöra skillnaden mellan liv och dör (läs boken, så kommer du läsa om det vietnamesiska exemplet med mödrar som blandade ut riset de gav till sina barn med grönt, till synes obetydliga mängder gröna blad och grönsaker. Det är ljusglimten som fastnade på min hornhinna när jag först läste boken för en 5-6 år sedan. Att dela dessa ljusglimtar som vi vet om, framför allt de som vi varit inblandade i, där vi sett skillnaden själva, är stärkande!

Så gör mig, och många andra runt om i världen, sällskap i samtal om olika aspekter av att skapa förändring över hela jordklotet, från söndag den 26e till torsdag den 2e mars. Du registrerar dig gratis här: http://www.centerforsustainablechange.org/global-telesummit#register

Podcast 37/52 – mindblowing podcast on intelligence

Oh. Perhaps you are getting fed up with the podcast tips I’m providing every Sunday. It’s almost solely Good Life Project or On Being that I’ve featured lately. But heck, those two shows are simply so good. Honestly, if you have yet to actually click on one of the links I’m inserting into these podcast tip blog posts, you really should give it a go.

And, yeah, of course, you’ve probably guessed by now that I’m gonna write about one of these shows today as well. And you’re right. I will. You see, I’ve been listening over and over to an extremely fascinating conversation between Krista Tippett and educator Mike Rose on the intelligence present in all kinds of work.

Mindblowing. Mike describes the intelligence of a waitress, and made me realize what a fenomenal memory many waitresses have. The intelligence of a plumber, who perhaps works in limited surroundings, making it impossible to actually see with his or her eyes what the issue is, but through the help of probing fingers and an ability to paint an internal picture, can solve it. There’s beauty and, indeed, intelligence in all the millions of different work activities that goes on, through out the day and night, all over the world.

MindblowingI’m even fascinated by my fascination over this! And I’ve got a treat saved up for myself as well. There’s an unedited version of their conversation that I’ve yet to listen to. Oh goodie!

Anyway, check it out, and please pay extra attention the last 10-15 minutes of the episode, as Mike and Krista then touch upon a topic very close to my heart, that of the purpose of education, of learning, of schooling. I usually twitterify the question as #WhySchool, and, guess how happy I got when I heard Mike speak about why he thinks it’s so important to be very clear about the purpose of schooling and education. Oh, and if you want to, please let me know what pops up for you as you listen to this episode. Id love to hear your thoughts on the topics raised in this show. Ok?

A leap of faith

I normally don’t blog more than once per day, but Christer Hellberg shared this TED Talk on Facebook, I watched it and I just have to share it with you. So give yourself 22 minutes and sit down and watch Ricardo Semler here:

Some priceless quotes from the talk include:

If you’re giving back, you took too much. 

Why do I want to be remembered at all?

The fact is, what we do with education is totally obsolete.

Ask three why’s in a row. Because the first why, you always have a good answer for. The second why, it starts getting difficult. By the third why, you don’t really know why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you do this, you might come to the question: What am I doing this for?

It takes a leap of faith about loosing control. And almost nobody who is in control is ready to take leaps of faith. 

Dad, why do we exist?

But those are just a few highlights. Listen and see what you hear.

Now, I’ve abandoned the notion of control a few years ago. I’m leaping. You?

What does society want?

Children should see education as an opportunity, not a straight jacket, is the heading of an article in The Telegraph.

We should look at the disjoint between what schools are producing, often by placing children under duress, and what employers, universities and, dare I say it, society wants. – Peter Tait

It’s an interesting article, and it pinpoints many of the issues we are facing within the school systems today, on a global scale, I dare say. However, I am less inclined to ask employers and universities ”what they want”, as the basis of forming a learning system, that will better serve us today. However, when it comes to society, I agree. But the thing is this: 20140225-161259.jpg My answer to that question: Society is made up of me, and you, and my kids, the neighbors, the bus drivers, janitors, brain surgeons, and so on. There isn’t any anonymous mass to point the finger to, because we all partake in the creating of the society we live in. So, since you and I are a part of society – what type of society is it that we want? When did you last ask yourself that question? And if you haven’t ever pondered it – why not start now?

The Ink Bridge

20140217-214705.jpgRead The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant, and found it mesmerizing. Beautifully written, a bit on the mystic side. You know, when it’s not fully clear what is intended with the words? Like there is a hidden meaning somewhere, just waiting for me to figure it out myself.

It’s classified as a young adult-book, but for the life of me I cannot figure out why. Except perhaps that the two main characters are teens during most of the book. Might that be a reason?

In the book are two passages that I returned to once I was finished reading it. One of them reads like this (the other one I save for a rainy day):

Below the metal bird, tiny boats rose and dropped on waves. Islands swelled like mountains from the cloudlike sea. Omed could not believe the world was so big. He had read of such things – towns, cities, oceans, countries, people – but a reader can only imagine with what he already carries inside. His father has said, Omed, you cannot make a cup without clay. You cannot make something from nothing. By seeing, he could gather clay.

That wakes a whole bunch of thoughts inside of me – about books, the art of reading, education, dreaming of a more wholehearted society and so forth – do you get the same reaction?