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Seeds for a Better World Posted on | by I’m knee-deep in an audaciously large new collaborative project. Who else would like to join in on the fun? If you’re game, here’s the challenge: Imagine a small metal tin filled with colorful index cards — sort of like your Grandma’s old recipe tin, but in this case, instead of each card showing you how to make peach cobbler or yummy meatloaf, they’re showing you how to build a better world To that end, each seed/card must outline something tangible — the sort of thing that anyone, anywhere, can apply and “plant” in their own life and work immediately.
It has been more than fifty years since James Baldwin first named the knotted pathology that has ensnared both White and Black America in an intimate dance of mutual self-destruction for, well, ever. “The failure to look reality in the face diminishes a nation as it diminishes a person,” he wrote. America has failed, he said, because it has come to believe its own myths:
The Dream. Equal Justice. The Melting Pot.
What (& Where) Are the World’s Most Transformational Schools? Posted on | by OK, people, let’s get specific: Out of all the schools in the world, which ones are the most transformational when it comes to imagining a new way to think about teaching and learning in the 21st century? There are a lot of inspiring schools out there, so I want to repeat: which are the most transformational?—?by which I mean schools that are demonstrating, by policy and practice, 10 or more of the 22 core categories from What I find so useful about the QED model is the way it identifies the central pillars of a high-quality education, and then demarcates what each pillar looks like in a traditional, transitional, and transformational setting.
The Art of Jazz Posted on | by “When they study our civilization two thousand years from now, there will only be three things that Americans will be known for: the Constitution, baseball, and jazz.” — Gerald Early Imagine a country: imperfect, divided, diverse, contradictory, inchoate, in search of a more perfect union. Now give that country a sound, a feeling, and a form. Jazz is the soundtrack of American life. It is a prism through which we can see and make sense of our own history. Jazz peels back the layers of American identity.
It is the most complex living system in the known universe, built of hundreds of billions of cells, each as complicated as a city.
It is the primary author of the deeply personal story we tell ourselves about who we are and why we are here.
And it never, ever, shows us the world as it truly is -- only as we need it to be.
This is the conundrum of the human brain, which is why understanding its peculiar science is a prerequisite towards our ability to imagine, and then build, a better world.
We’re doing it again.
2019 is barely a week old, yet everyone seems to be searching for the singular person, policy or program that can restore order and usher in the better world we seek. From the excitement over the looming presidential race (and the promise of a return to normalcy) to the anticipation of the pending Mueller report (and the vision of a president in handcuffs), we are hardwired to hope for the sweeping solution, the quick fix, the reset button.
In reality, life works differently. What if we started to work in closer accordance with life?