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global voices w/in ourselves, ed, healthcare, collabs…

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embrace what you don’t know, relationships trump…

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role models, spaces, global wifi…



listen notice

with whatever means you have‌..

-Keri Smith


Kevin on building community Ben on building his community (board)

focus on



What if we just often..

zoomed out



Fractal thinking simplifies and helps us focus on what matters most.

so ‌what matters most ‌.

…in ourselves 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


Jason Fried


be you.



‌in ed we 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 schools and 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 why/how

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:

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. Why? 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 social action. Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus

…in health care what 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

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.

Needs? Relationships? Something.

- Megan

‌in collabing 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,

do we know each other?


.. but 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

open up your twitter world and read the news in languages you don't even know. clever strategies to

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

Simon Sinek’s seek all version s of a story

Seth Godin’s seek stories we often avoid


Stanford’s peacedot seek the best stories

usefully ignorant

usefully ignorant

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)

usefully ignorant

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

What, I messed up? It didn’t work? They didn’t like it?

usefully ignorant

…what can I learn from that?

Carol Dweck - growth Mindset

usefully ignorant

What a waste to go into a room with an agenda, Kim

Sheinberg (presumed


Frustrated I had squandered my time talking about my idea instead of getting to know this man.

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Sharing breeds a whole new value system....

Lisa Gansky’s The Mesh The future is sharing (the mesh directory for ed)

Hans Rosling We have the resources we need. We can make a better world.

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

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The Blue Sweater -going into space with Ron Garan 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.

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.

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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.

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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 - Clay Shirky,whose Cognitive Surplus participants in a market transaction, rather than as people needs had to be respected.

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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 already have? 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?

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…use ordinary settings to generate the max effect, … successfully utilizing the majority of our lives …no limit to what we could do. - Morgan

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simple rules/aup/agenda/etc

taken from Will Richardson’s: be safe, be ethical, be efficient

simple mantra:

-Keri Smith

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jump in‌the water’s fine

green about people  
green about people  

connections, respect, listen