Full Sail invited a guest leadership trainer some 8 or so years ago who successfully pounded the phrase “you are the land!” into his presentation. The idea was that our classrooms or managed teams, etc. would follow the rules much like water follows the land. If changes need to be made, then create new guidelines. If you don’t, then, like water, the rules will erode the weak spots and things

Benjamin Zander discusses “The Way Things Are” in Chapter 7 and “Giving Way to Passion” in The Art of Possibility. This is the core of Buddhist teachings as well, as well as a large body of counseling/psychiatric practices. After working lots a factory line and retail jobs through my early 20s, getting paid to do things that I really loved was such a joy. I became one of those people

To contribute is human; whatever we do affects the communities to which we belong – whether consciously or not. Even a smile is a contribution. When we deliberately contribute to a chosen community in a positive way: that is, to give time, energy and attention to it – it is a valuable gift. However, this only works if the contribution is done out of pure generosity  – or as Zander

The first three chapters of the Zander’s book, The Art of Possibility (2000), restate an idea that is resonant in recent psychology, neurology, social science, spiritualism, physics and education which is: We have constructed a left brained world, and our health and survival depends on our learning how to integrate the right side, and body as well. In psychology, it emerges as techniques to integrate our many intelligences with our

The roles that teachers and technology play will certainly change; but they are too intertwined for one to take over the other. How? The basis of constructivism is that knowledge is built/fabricated/realized through relationships that exist in our environment. This is quite different than the classical point of view that knowledge is a mostly a function of computation – and that is the way we build computers – in that

The DoD has to take its training efforts seriously because they are a matter of life and death. Beginning in WWI, the armed forces, dealing with ‘shell shocked’ thousands of veterans began researching for ways to do its job better without sending soldiers needlessly to death or injury. Today, all of the armed forces work with experts in learning science, training, and leader education to develop and integrate its learning

Our eloquent friend, Sir Ken Robinson at TED this February. I agree with his major points, especially that  1) the global warming is more than an external issue: it is an ‘internal’ issue, as well. Desire and consumption are at the root of global warming – not fossil fuels. This same spiritual sickness we suffer as our culture progresses also contributes to our willingness to squander our authentic lives away

As miraculous as they are, our brains are poorly designed for learning. In fact it is not at all designed for efficiency or order and, instead, develops best through selection and survival (Jensen, 2008). The direct teaching approaches that the West inherited from church and state sanctioned universities were the norm up through the mid twentieth century. Throughout history, communication technology, especially those of the written word and image media,

To: Tom Kowaeski I’d like to comment on the Michael Wesch video that you have posted “The Machine is Us(ing) Us” Tracing the evolution of the written word to digital text to hypertext to Web 2.0 mash-ups, this video presents a rhetorical question as to what could come next. Each evolution provided a quantum leap in connectivity – beginning with from one to many and ending with from many to

Clark Aldrich is brimming with ideas and loves to present them for free. I think Alrich’s willingness to put his ideas out for free is because he has so many of them; and knows that his ideas will sell him better than being associated with a blog or two (or twenty). He seems to be quite the pioneer. His scope is both macro and micro – his knowledge stemming from