Wednesday, February 05, 2020

"Wholehearted Libraries" Mini-Conference - New Keynote Panelists Added


We've added three new keynote panelists (see below) to our first Library 2.020 mini-conference: "Wholehearted Libraries," which will be held online (and for free) on Tuesday, March 10th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Standard Time (click for your own time zone).

We should bring our hearts to work, and qualities such as open-mindedness, emotional intelligence, and reflective action are all part of this process. Services steeped in humanism, compassion, and understanding should be the cornerstone of what we do, and why we do it, for all members of our communities, including the underserved. Not only do libraries need high tech, they also need staff who approach their work with a wholehearted attitude.

This mini-conference will explore the human side of 21st-Century information work. We will define what soft skills are, how and when to use various soft skills, types of training that can improve soft skills, and how to share emotionally engaging stories. Learn what libraries are doing now to extend services, create welcoming spaces, and engage users with soft skills such as compassion, empathy, creativity, curiosity, and finding balance. Sessions will focus on how we can nurture a positive mindset in our employees, use the power of stories to promote understanding, and extend our reach into our global communities. Soft skills are heart skills.

This event is being organized in partnership with iSchool Associate Professor Michael Stephens.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
REGISTER HERE
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.
We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event. The call for proposals is now open at https://www.library20.com/page/call-for-proposals.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #wholeheartedlibraries on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

See you online!

Steve

Steve Hargadon
Library 2.0
steve@hargadon.com
https://www.stevehargadon.com
@stevehargadon

KEYNOTE PANELISTS (more to come!):


 
 
Michael Stephens
Associate Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University
@mstephens7

Dr. Michael Stephens is Associate Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. He has delivered keynotes, papers, and workshops throughout the US and internationally on topics related to creative and open uses of technology to support and drive library services and learning. ALA Editions has published two collections of his writings: The Heart of Librarianship: Attentive, Positive, and Purposeful Change (2016) and Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance (2019). Michael resides in Traverse City, Michigan.
https://tametheweb.com/about-michael-stephens/


 
 
Loida Garcia-Febo
International Library Consultant
@loidagarciafebo

Loida Garcia-Febo is an international library consultant, researcher and expert on topics such as human rights, advocacy and services to multicultural populations. She is the Immediate Past President of the American Library Association. Garcia-Febo has served communities as academic, public, school, and special librarian in Puerto Rico and New York. She has taught in 27 countries and has advocated on behalf of libraries at the United Nations, European Union Parliament, US Congress, New York City’s City Hall, New York State Senate and on streets and sidewalks of New York. She completed two terms on the IFLA Governing Board where she Chaired the Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP). At IFLA, she also co-founded IFLA New Professionals SIG, served in FAIFE and CPDWL, and is currently a member of the Management of Library Associations Section. Garcia-Febo is the recipient of the 2015 REFORMA Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award. She was named a Notable Member of ALA’s International Relations Round Table, received the ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award in 2010 and was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker Freedom Fighter in 2007. Garcia-Febo holds a BA in Business Education and MLS from the University of Puerto Rico. She was born, raised and educated in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.
http://loidaalaPresident.com/


 
 
Christian Lauersen
Director of Libraries and Citizens services, Roskilde Municipality, Denmark
@clauersen

Christian is based in Copenhagen and is Director of Libraries and Citizen Services in Roskilde Municipality, Denmark. He believe that libraries are crucial institution in every community, public as academic to create a more open, more diverse, inclusive and equal world. One of Christians main professional interests is how shared public places like libraries foster stronger communities. He is proud founder of Library Planet (https://libraryplanet.net/) - a crowdsourced travel guide to libraries of the world - and the very first library bossa nova song. Alongside his libraries Christian likes cycling, LEGO and socks.
https://christianlauersen.net/


 
 
Stacie Ledden
Closing Keynote
@ilovemyanythink

Stacie Ledden is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Anythink Libraries. After joining the district in 2008, Stacie assisted in launching the Anythink brand that in 2011 garnered the John Cotton Dana Award for Outstanding Public Relations in Libraries. Previous to her work at Anythink, Stacie was an editor for a global newswire service, freelance writer and faithful library customer. In 2012, she helped launch R-Squared – The Risk + Reward Conference, which focused on creativity and taking smart risks to move libraries forward. She is also one of the creators and former chair of the planning committee for Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced, a nationwide initiative demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Stacie was named one of Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers for 2013. She oversees the Innovations Department at Anythink and recently took on the role of Director of Strategic Partnerships, focusing on development and building key partnerships to further Anythink’s vision.
https://www.anythinklibraries.org

MORE INFORMATION:
The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Pandemics Resource Page & Forum Discussion - Library Planning & Responding


Given the unknown, but increasingly problematic, status of the (Wuhan / China) coronavirus, I've set up a resource page and a discussion forum on Library 2.0.

The resource page is at https://www.library20.com/pandemics.

The discussion forum is at https://www.library20.com/forum/topics/pandemics. In the discussion forum you can suggest resources to add to the resource page, as well as let me know if you feel it would be good to do a public webinar / mini-conference on pandemic planning and responding, and if so, who you would recommend we reach out to for presentations.

Best,

Steve

Steve Hargadon
steve@hargadon.com
https://www.stevehargadon.com
@stevehargadon

Friday, January 31, 2020

Wholehearted Libraries, the Game of School, Global Ed, Rescuing Self, Namaste Parenting, and Hack Education

Dear Friends:

2020 has started and there is a lot of fun learning ahead!

Here’s the current roundup of the upcoming Learning Revolution events. Click on the images or registration links to learn more.

Hopefully you will find something you'd like to participate in!

See you online,

Steve

Steve Hargadon
steve@hargadon.com
https://www.stevehargadon.com
@stevehargadon



GAME OF SCHOOL | A 90-minute online workshop.
February 5, 7, + 18 | $149 / family | REGISTER HERE
Hosted by: Steve Hargadon.

The Secrets of High School Success - Help Your Teen Play and Win the Game of School. For parent, teachers, and students. Change a student's educational success and you will change his or her life forever. Outside of family, the high school experience is the number one influence on a young adult's success or failure in college and then in the work world. This workshop will show you how a teen you care about can succeed in school, guaranteed. In it, I share advice from hundreds of teachers who contributed to help create this material. Even just one of the dozens of ideas from this workshop could make a huge difference for a student.


 
RESCUING SELF | An 8-week online course.
Starts February 15 | $99 / person | REGISTER HERE
Hosted by: Paul Peterson and Steve Hargadon.

"The trouble with the rat race," comedian Lily Tomlin said, " is that even if you win, you’re still a rat." Life isn’t a rat race, and you’re not a rat. You can and SHOULD feel good about who you are and what you can accomplish. However, it can be really hard to know how to make things better when you are feeling discouraged, hopeless, or even broken. You really want to feel calm, confident, and in control, but those good feelings seem so far away. You need a rescue. This course is a step-by-step plan to get out of the emotional traps that sneak up on us, that take over our lives, and then convince us that we aren’t really that important and that things aren’t likely to ever get much better. It's a plan you can use for the rest of your life, whenever you experience discouragement, to re-engage your core capability and confidence.


 
LIBRARY SECURITY 2020 | A 90-minute webinar.
February 20 | $99 / person | REGISTER HERE
Hosted by: Steve Albrecht.

An extended 90-minute webinar with Q&A, part of a special Library 2.0 series with Dr. Steve Albrecht. As libraries add new programs and services, some things stay the same: the need to keep library employees, patrons, and the buildings safe. Start 2020 with this tool-filled webinar with information and (often entertaining) stories from Steve. This webinar will cover how to best protect staff from harassment, threats, or assaults; how to manage various challenging patron behaviors; and how to both assess and protect your library facilities from crimes or other situations that could shut down operations.


 
WHOLEHEARTED LIBRARIES | A 3-hour mini-conference
March 10 | Free | REGISTER HERE
Hosted by: Library 2.0.

This is the first of the popular Library 2.0 mini-conferences of the year, and organized in partnership with iSchool Associate Professor Michael Stephens. He writes: " We should bring our hearts to work, and qualities such as open-mindedness, emotional intelligence, and reflective action are all part of this process. Services steeped in humanism, compassion, and understanding should be the cornerstone of what we do, and why we do it, for all members of our communities, including the underserved. Not only do libraries need high tech, they also need staff who approach their work with a wholehearted attitude." The mini-conference will explore the human side of 21st-Century information work. We will define what soft skills are, how and when to use various soft skills, types of training that can improve soft skills, and how to share emotionally engaging stories. Learn what libraries are doing now to extend services, create welcoming spaces, and engage users with soft skills such as compassion, empathy, creativity, curiosity, and finding balance. Sessions will focus on how we can nurture a positive mindset in our employees, use the power of stories to promote understanding, and extend our reach into our global communities. Soft skills are heart skills.


 
NAMASTE PARENTING | A 6-week online course.
Starts May 2 | $98 / person | REGISTER HERE
Hosted by: Paul Peterson and Steve Hargadon.

The word 'Namaste' is a customary Hindu greeting that has been popularized because it conveys something very significant. One translation is 'the divine in me recognizes the divine in you.' Namaste Parenting is when we start with a core belief in the inherent worth and value of ourselves *and* our children, helping us to see and act in ways that accomplish what we really want to. In this class we work on practical ways to apply this core belief.


 
HACK EDUCATION | The 14th annual unconference
Saturday, June 27 | Free | REGISTER HERE
Hosted by: Steve Hargadon.

Hack Education is the all-day unconference held the Saturday before ISTE. Now in it's 14th year, it's a great event for beginners and regular attenders alike! Come join us for an amazing community experience filled with interesting conversations in a highly social environment. An Unconference is a great way for people who are interested in the same topic to share, learn, and network in an open environment. Attendees create the schedule, decide what they want to learn, and choose which sessions they want to participate in. Sessions are not presentations but facilitated discussions. You don't need to be an 'expert' - if there's something you want to learn or talk about, come join us!


 
GLOBAL EDUCATION DAY | A 3-hour in-person event.
Sunday, June 28 | Free (must be registered for ISTE conference) | REGISTER HERE
Hosted by: Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon.

Join Lucy Gray, Steve Hargadon and many members of the Global Education Conference community on Sunday, June 28th from 2:00 - 5:00PM at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, for a special annual face-to-face meeting. This participatory event will feature: Inspirational ignite talks by noted educators and organizations working to connect classrooms; Design activities related to bringing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals into schools; A global resource cool tools smackdown in which attendees will share the best resources and tools for creating global experiences for students; Resources from participating global education non-profit organizations.


 
SPONSORSHIP | Online and physical events.
Ongoing | Contact for details | REGISTER HERE
Hosted by: Steve Hargadon.

Would you or your organization like to help sponsor one of my online or physical events for teachers, librarians, and students? This year we have a great set of Library 2.020 events that go to an extensive audience; we're planning Learning Revolution events on online teaching and learning, digital citizenship, and ed tech; and we're excited to produce global ed mini-conferences. Please reach out to me at steve@learningrevolution.com for more information or to talk. Thank you!


Thursday, January 30, 2020

"Library Safety & Security 2020" Expanded Webinar with Dr. Steve Albrecht


"LIBRARY SAFETY + SECURITY: KEEPING YOUR STAFF, PATRONS, + FACILITIES SAFE"

An extended 90-minute webinar with Q+A, part of a special Library 2.0 series with Dr. Steve Albrecht, held live (and recorded) on Thursday, February 20th, 2020, at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Register HERE to attend live and participate in the Q+A or to have access to the recordings by clicking on the JOIN WEBINAR button to the top right. 
You will need to be logged into Library 2.0--if you are not yet a member, you can join for free here.

OVERVIEW:
As libraries add new programs and services, some things stay the same: the need to keep library employees, patrons, and the buildings safe. Start 2020 with this tool-filled webinar with information and (often entertaining) stories from Steve.

This webinar will cover how to best protect staff from harassment, threats, or assaults; how to manage various challenging patron behaviors; and how to both assess and protect your library facilities from crimes or other situations that could shut down operations.

While this session will serve all levels of library employees, it will especially appeal to library directors, managers, and supervisors who have to manage different types of staffs and patrons in different types of facilities, ranging from urban locations to rural.

Steve will talk about best practices for:
  • managing groups of students who come to the library after their school day is over; 
  • helping patrons experiencing homelessness to follow our rules while we treat them with respect;
  • helping staff stay motivated to deal with the same challenging patrons and their accompanying security issues, day after day;
  • protecting smaller library facilities and keeping one-room, one-librarian facilities safe;
  • working more effectively with security guards and law enforcement officers, to create more consistent responses;
  • using facility security checklists to regularly assess the state of your buildings.
Steve will also be ready to take questions at the end of the program for those that attend live.

COST: $99/person - includes access to the recording, presentation slides, and the attendee discussion forum. For group discounts, to submit a purchase order, or for any registration difficulties or questions, email steve@learningrevolution.com.

TO REGISTER: Click on the JOIN WEBINAR button to the top right. You will first need to be a member of Library 2.0 (free) and be logged in. Please click "Sign Up" on the top right and we'll approve you quickly.

DR. STEVE ALBRECHT:
As a trainer, speaker, author, and consultant, Dr. Steve Albrecht is internationally known for his expertise in high-risk HR issues. He specializes in workplace and school violence awareness and crisis response programs for private-sector firms, municipal and state government, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities. His clients include the two biggest municipal insurers in California.

In 1994, Dr. Albrecht co-wrote Ticking Bombs: Defusing Violence in the Workplace, one of the first business books on workplace violence. Besides his work as a conference presenter and keynote speaker, he appears in the media and on the Internet, as a source on workplace violence, security, and crime. His 21 business and police books include Library Security; Tough Training Topics; Added Value Negotiating; Service, Service, Service!; and Fear and Violence on the Job.

He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration (D.B.A.), an M.A. in Security Management, a B.A. in English, and a B.S. in Psychology. He is board-certified in HR, security management, employee coaching, and threat assessment.

“Rescuing Self: A Foundation for Personal and Professional Growth." An 8-week online workshop.


It can be really hard to know how to make things better when you are feeling discouraged, hopeless, or even broken.

You really want to feel calm, confident, and in control, but those good feelings seem so far away.

You need a rescue.

You need a step-by-step plan to get out of the emotional traps that sneak up on us, that take over our lives, and then convince us that we aren’t really that important and that things aren’t likely to ever get much better.

You need a plan you can use for the rest of your life, whenever you experience discouragement, to re-engage your core capability and confidence.

“The trouble with the rat race,” comedian Lily Tomlin said, “is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”

Life isn’t a rat race, and you’re not a rat.

You can and SHOULD feel good about who you are and what you can accomplish. You may argue that you’ve made mistakes and that you are the cause of your own problems.

There’s truth to that. But it’s not the whole truth.

You are on your own hero’s journey, and if you’re seeing your setbacks as permanent, that’s a clue that you’ve lost sight of your own potential.

And once you figure out your personal pathway to rescuing your own self, you’ll discover that you become an incredible influence for helping others to do the same.

Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a librarian, or even a student, your personal sense of self will change how you feel about everything--including your ability to help others.

Join us for eight weeks as we provide you with a self-paced process for rescuing your sense of self.

Each week we’ll send you a thirty-minute audio recording that you can listen to on your own time. Each recording covers an important part of a life-long pattern for personal and professional growth, with ideas and techniques that you can immediately implement to regain your purpose, mission, and confidence.

Throughout the course, we’ll also introduce you to some amazing mental “tools” that you can put into place right away to immediately start to improve your life and the lives of those around you.

You’ll also have access to our online discussion forum for the course, where you can share your questions and success stories with others.

Sign up now and you’ll get a free, 30-minute one-on-one coaching call (phone or video) with Paul. You can use it at any time during the course.

You absolutely deserve to be in control of who you are and how you feel about yourself.

I hope you’ll join us.

DETAILS: 8-week online workshop. 30 minute recordings sent once a week, starting on February 15, 2020. The course outline is below.

COST: $99/person - includes access to the recordings, presentation slides, additional resource materials, the attendee discussion forum, lifetime access to course updates, and a 30-minute individual phone/video consultation with Paul. For group discounts, to submit a purchase order, or for any registration difficulties or questions, email steve@learningrevolution.com.

You need first to be a member of Learning 2.0 (free) and be logged in (please click "Sign Up" on the top left and we'll approve you quickly). Then click HERE to join the workshop and pay.

COURSE OUTLINE:
Week 1: Story of Self
We all have stories that we tell ourselves, and others, which determine how we see ourselves. Our particular story of self can change over time, but we’re usually not aware of how much that story can hinder or hamper us, or how much a different--but equally true--story of ourself can significantly change how we act and feel. We call the process of finding a better story for ourself "restory-ing," and we’ll show you how your personal story can and should be in your control.
Week 2: Tools for Mental and Emotional Change
Over the past century, there have been dramatic discoveries about how our brains work and the ways that thoughts and ideas impact outcomes and even our reality. Drawing from therapeutic practice, we’ll walk through powerful techniques and tools for personal change that you can use right away to make a difference for yourself and others.
Week 3: Self Awareness
Why is it so hard to be focused on the current moment, to calmly bring our best self to the activities and challenges before us? The trap of feeling so busy with both important and unimportant things often means that we never feel capable of being present and experiencing what’s actually going on. When we uncover larger narratives (other people’s stories) that we live in but that don’t serve us well, we get closer to being self-aware, capable of being present, and able to enjoy the experiences of our lives.
Week 4: World 2.0
“Anxious” and “lonely” are the two most common descriptions people give for how they feel right now. The world created by social media has the potential to make us feel vulnerable by the constant comparison with the “best moments” posted by others. We’ll talk about specific strategies for keeping this new part of modern life in balance.
Week 5: Temperament and “Different Gifts”
Just as we’re born with bodies that are of different types, we are born emotionally and intellectually different from each other. Figuring out--and actually loving--how we are built is at the heart of the great work we each have to do in our lives. Once you know yourself better, more doors open for how you can live a meaningful, fulfilling life.
Week 6: Emotional Reactivity and “Response-ability”
Emotions are vital to a meaningful life. However, we can easily get hijacked and de-railed when we are out of touch with emotional balance. We’ll look at ways to slow down, change, and re-story our emotional reactivity to challenging everyday situations, freeing up more of our whole self to be present to what’s going on.
Week 7: Wellness
Our health, the food we eat, even the amount and quality of sleep we get are all part of how we feel about ourselves. The physical has a great impact on the mental and emotional. In this session, we go review known and practical ways of taking care of our physical selves.
Week 8: Taking Your True Self to Others
Humans don’t function in isolation, and most of us seek to find fulfillment in romantic, familial, and professional circles. We’ll focus on how you can bring your best self to those around you so that both you and they leave each experience better, wiser, and more meaningfully connected. The ability to share the personal growth strategies of this course with others becomes a part of your lasting impact.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Announcing Our First Library 2.020 Mini-Conference: "Wholehearted Libraries"


We're excited to announce our first Library 2.020 mini-conference: "Wholehearted Libraries," which will be held online (and for free) on Tuesday, March 10th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Standard Time (click for your own time zone).

We should bring our hearts to work, and qualities such as open-mindedness, emotional intelligence, and reflective action are all part of this process. Services steeped in humanism, compassion, and understanding should be the cornerstone of what we do, and why we do it, for all members of our communities, including the underserved. Not only do libraries need high tech, they also need staff who approach their work with a wholehearted attitude.

This mini-conference will explore the human side of 21st-Century information work. We will define what soft skills are, how and when to use various soft skills, types of training that can improve soft skills, and how to share emotionally engaging stories. Learn what libraries are doing now to extend services, create welcoming spaces, and engage users with soft skills such as compassion, empathy, creativity, curiosity, and finding balance. Sessions will focus on how we can nurture a positive mindset in our employees, use the power of stories to promote understanding, and extend our reach into our global communities. Soft skills are heart skills.

This event is being organized in partnership with iSchool Associate Professor Michael Stephens.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
REGISTER HERE
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. 

We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event. The call for proposals is now open at https://www.library20.com/page/call-for-proposals.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #wholeheartedlibraries on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

OPENING KEYNOTE + CONFERENCE MODERATOR:


Michael Stephens
Associate Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University
@mstephens7

Dr. Michael Stephens is Associate Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. He has delivered keynotes, papers, and workshops throughout the US and internationally on topics related to creative and open uses of technology to support and drive library services and learning. ALA Editions has published two collections of his writings: The Heart of Librarianship: Attentive, Positive, and Purposeful Change (2016) and Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance (2019). Michael resides in Traverse City, Michigan.
https://tametheweb.com/about-michael-stephens/


MORE INFORMATION:
The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Plato's Cave, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Schooling as an Institution

I was invited to submit to speak at a TEDx event about the "learning revolution." Here were the responses I gave to their questions. I've been laughing out loud, honestly, wondering what their response to my rebellious ideas will be!

1.     In a sentence or few brief paragraphs please write your BIG IDEA concept and share why you feel this BID IDEA is helpful and meaningful. What the committee is looking for is a clearly focused idea and a powerful “aHa” or “wow” experience that engages the audience and can make a positive difference. 

My current project is "GameofSchool.com." Basically, the elephant in the room in high school education is that school is a game, and the best students know this and play school like a game... but the students who are not succeeding don't think it's a game--they think (and we let them think) that they aren't the "smart ones." So what our schools do best (our schools which we say exist to help every student reach their potential) is to teach most students that they are not good learners.

This is actually a fascinatingly deep and important topic, because we come to discover that schooling isn't the only institution that says it does one thing while actually doing the opposite. The advent of modern public schooling coincides with the rise of propaganda and psychological marketing, and we've become incredibly used to seeing that what institutions advertise they do is not what's really going on: the pharmaceutical, food, banking, political institutions in our lives are driven by financial interests that are often at odds with their marketed images. And in the age of the Internet, we now have a whole generation that accurately distrusts those institutions--but are often lost without a good alternative model or framework.

For me, that framework is individual agency: understanding that schools exist for students, not the other way around. And teaching kids how the game works, and how to become the drivers of their own learning, is what my project is about. A longer essay on this is at https://www.stevehargadon.com/2019/09/the-game-of-school.html.

2. What makes you a leader in the learning revolution?

Besides owning the learningrevolution.com domain name? Here's my bio: https://www.stevehargadon.com/p/about-me.html.

I've watched for decades cycle after cycle of education reform movements, and the promises of change from each successively new technologies, all kinds of well-meaning people thinking that this large-scale system will just magically turn the corner and fulfill the lofty promises of public schooling. The more I have understood what's really going on in education, honestly, the less of a visible leader I have been in the field. I mean, people still know me, but I've stopped seeking that image. Every day there's some new "leader" riding some new innovation that is going to "revolutionize education." You see enough of these and you realize that something is wrong.

Imagine any other large-scale institution (pharmaceutical, food, banking): actual truths that break existing narratives create an uncomfortable confusion, as so many people depend so deeply on things working they way that they currently do. It's not malicious, it's human nature. People have spent years in school, have personal and financial responsibilities, are doing good things in their communities--if you discover or uncover something that makes much of what they do irrelevant and that doesn't financially benefit them or their company, and you might as well be speaking another language.

The emperor and his retinue continued on after the small boy saw through the charade--they had to. Were they going to just stop and admit they'd all been duped, and lose their privilege? Upton Sinclair said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” Modern public schooling is a disaster by any human measure. I have talked to individual after individual who will actually begin to cry when I ask about their school experiences. They are not the managers and presidents of companies--they are the servers and laborer and "regular people" of the world. The wounds that come from (often arbitrarily) segregating people into good and bad learners, from sorting the successful from the herd, are deep. Play any random game of chance and see if you don't still feel good after winning, even if it's totally unrelated to skill. The culture we've created with schooling has allowed many of us to feel OK about our positions of privilege, to no longer really believe in the value of the common man or woman, and to look away when millions are killed in overseas engagements that have nothing to do with making the world safe for democracy.

As I've looked at revolutionary changes in thinking that have taken place (Jesus, Gandhi, MLK), those changes came from brave individuals speaking the truth. A different kind of leadership. But like the slave in Plato's Cave discovers when coming back to free his fellow slaves after discovering the narrative illusion they had been living in, the emotional and hypnotic bonds we live in can make it really hard those around us to be willing to see through the illusion.

3. Please provide any additional materials (websites, video links, etc. you would like the committee to consider and review).

I ran an interview series (futureofeducation.com) with over 400 interviews that helped to develop my thinking over time. I wrote a report on technology in education that basically said we should use an "Amish Test" for determining first what we really care about, then measuring technology use in education against our actual goals (turns out that's NOT what most schools do) at modernlearning.com. My large online conferences have "democratized" professional development for educator and librarians (library20.com, globaleducationconference.org), and my original Classroom 2.0 network (classroom20.com) was, in it's day, seen as an incredible shift in the ability for teachers to connect with each other--although now pales in comparison with the effects of Facebook and Twitter.

Best,

Steve