Co-Creation Workshop

On December 12th, 2012, 12 bright minds and 3 equally bright facilitators gathered to co-create on my start up concept, which has working title ‘Creative Mobs’
Where Design Thinking meets Flash Mobs

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The Concept

Imagine. You’re a large non-profit working on sanitation issues in urban Kenya or you’re a new phone brand wanting to move into the Bangladeshi market. You want to get a new perspective or perhaps you need the local inside story. Then you can Call the Creative Mob, there’s sure to be one in your city.  What’s Creative Mob you ask, well it’s where Design thinking meets a Flash Mob. It’s groups of local young people who have been trained in design research, creative methods and prototyping.

A Creative Mob

A creative mob is made up of young people who were previously unemployed yet motivated and living in an urban environment. Through the Creative Mob Learning Circles App, the help of local facilitators and online mentors they have developed their skills and portfolios as design thinkers, gaining badges for, for example, design research. They work both live, doing local design research and online via the Creative Mob crowd platforms creating ideas and prototypes for whatever question your organization may have.

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The Open Creative Mob System has three main tiers:

1. Learning, How to be a design thinker for Creative Mob, Resources, Mentors,
2. Mob Jobs. Linking Mobs and assignments. And to inspiration from the crowd.
3. While some local Creative Mobs are also able to develop full-scale apps or campaigns, many are not (yet). Social Design questions can be uploaded to the platform, for people and companies who want to deliver the full solution.

The overall aim of The Creative Mob: to Create Work and Value, Creatively, for the users, the design thinkers, and the clients, globally.

The Co-Creation Workshop

The aim of the workshop was to, get a feel for the potential of the concept and to gain insights into its methods. The workshop program was 5 hours long, moving from Ice breakers with found objects, then me presenting what I knew, such as my Manifesto, the basic concept so far, and my vision on creative thinking. Then we got to Envisaging the Potential in Combinations, to Drawing the Clients and Mobbers Journeys, all followed by a group think and interspersed with food breaks. Here are the Persona’s we worked with to envisage scenarios. Here is a flickr set of photos.

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So what came out?

First off, very encouragingly the feedback on the concept was very positive, ok these folks are people in my network, some of them good friends, so they would say that, yes, yet this positive feedback transpired more in the number of and variations in scenarios they came up with on how a Creative Mob could add value, to communities, non-profits, companies and in schools. For example:
‘One group came up with several possibilities where clients could use the help of creative mobs,
including market research, helping scale up small companies, marketing of new product and facilitate or host new creative spaces. Problems such as waste management or traffic could use a new creative approach, like the use of collaborative space or creating new products out of waste. Also important to note is that they imagined creative mobsters as connecters, connecting local and global and making unexpected links between existing markets.’

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Second. In three groups, the co-creators worked on: the happy flow of a based on one of the characters in the education model; how to enroll participants in Dhaka; and the ecosystem of actors in a school system who could engage with creative thinking there.

Conclusion

A viable social concept and with some business potential, sounds like a good start to me!

What’s Next?

I have noticed that before you know it, it’s down to operations, work work work, making it happen. That was a warning sign to me, that I need to first concentrate on the essence of this concept. To explore and describe the space, the space where new ways of thinking come from, the unknown potential, the moment before you choose, when you look sideways and wonder.  This difficult to describe essence is the core of the concept. I am calling this essence: Unexpect.

To Unexpect: To actively create opportunity for the unexpected. 

Thanks so much to Mercedes, Bjorn, Valentina, Eveline, Klaas, Marieke, Marije, Merel, Gerd, Kim, Kevin, Robbert, Sara, Coen and Klaas. Excellent people. More about them Here

Why we should all start ‘Unexpecting’

To Unexpect: A Verb
Definition: To actively create opportunity for the unexpected.
Unexpected thoughts, views, feelings and experiences.

Why should we Unexpect?
1: Because to unexpect is the step before new and creative insights form
2. Because we need new ways of looking at ourselves, our lives and the world in order to tackle intractable global problems
3: Because it’s fun
4: and because what we think and believe is something we can change, it’s within our sphere of influence.

‘There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all.
Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever be repeating the same patterns.’
— Edward de Bono

‘Creativity is inherently joyful, challenging, and absorbing.’
— Caine and Caine, Making Connections

How to Unexpect? Next Post

Personas from Amsterdam, Nairobi, Dhaka

Persona’s from three cities, Amsterdam, Nairobi, Dhaka.
These are fictive amalgamated persona’s, they are all based on people I have met in my work. Personas is a design thinking approach, I am using it in order to help me envisage who I could work with in these cities. Work with in creating new ways of looking at the world.

Sofia, a Student

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Sofia is 24, and has just started studying international business at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. She started college late due to visa problems, her parents are from Columbia and while she grew up in Amsterdam she became illegal at 18 years. Sofia would like to qualify and eventually do work to help young people in poverty.  She also considered going to art school but she loves the international aspect of her current study. Sofia wants to get a good education and as much education as she can. She also wants to help others. Sometimes she is held back due to family issues.
Superpower: User research, Drawing

Miriam, the Youth Worker

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Miriam is 18 and lives at home with her parents and three younger sisters in Amsterdam. She is studying social work at 3rd level at the ROC in Amsterdam North. She is very good at interacting with young people and serves as a role model for lots of girls and young people. She is not sure yet what she wants to be but things it’s at the cross-over of social work, young people and the education sector. She has a number of different part time jobs to earn money. She likes to have her own money to buy clothes and wedding gifts for friends. Freedom and family are important to her.
Superpower: Working with groups of young people

Daniel works at Mc Donalds                                             

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Daniel is 21, he lives in Amsterdam, he has just finished studying to be a primary school teacher however he is working in McDonalds to pay the rent. He thought he would get a job in a school first for the experience, but there are very few jobs to be had right now, now he is thinking to maybe travel to Cambodia for a year to work with orphaned children, teaching them drama skills. He is interested in new opportunities.
Superpower: Working with young people.

Ian, is Inventing

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Ian is 20, he lives in Amstelveen with his sister. He started studying at TU Delft as his whole life he has been inventing things, only he found the study too technical and far away. Now he has applied to go to the Rietveld Art school or maybe study psychology. He is fascinated with how people think and come up with new ideas. He has a part time job walking dogs for rich people in the park.
Superpower: Creative Thinking


Nairobi, Kenya

Kimani, the Jeweller

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John spent one year at art school in Nairobi which he loved but dropped out due to needing to get work. He lives in his own house in Kawangare in Nairobi. Now he makes his own jewellery from old bones as part of a group who also trains young people to make jewellery. He would love to be able to make a living out of his art, now he has a very uncertain income. Once he went to Tanzania on a student scholarship to take part in a creative festival there.
Superpower: Working with young people.

Faith, the Designer

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Deborah is 20 years old, she did one year of nursing college and then had to drop out due to having no money for further study. She also designs and makes hats and bags from flattened beer cans and sells them to tourists. She thought about setting up her own business. She lives in Mathare in Nairobi with her family, she has two older brothers and two younger brothers, her parents struggle to pay the bills.
Superpower: Creative Thinking

Jackson, can draw

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David is from the countryside and moved to the city of Nairobi where he lives in the slum with his auntie and cousins. He finished secondary school and gets some work at the community center organising soccer matches for younger children. He is talented in drawing and lettering. He has gotten a few jobs painting signs for shops. He would love to go to art school.
Superpower: Drawing

Sannah, making Fashion,

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Sannah is 23, she lives just outside Nairobi, her family, are of Indian decent. She is studying fashion and design at college and is fascinated by recycled materials. She can make hats and bags and pretty much anything out of old materials. Her dream is to be an international designer and she would like to know more designers and makers as she often feels quite lonely and there is no one in her community who is artistic.
Superpower: Creative Thinking

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Priya, a Peer Educator

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Priya is 20, she lives with her parents and younger siblings, she is lucky that her family support her freedom. She has always been engaged in youth activities and since two years she is a peer educator. That means she goes out to other young people and talks to them about preventing early pregnancy and HIV/aids. She is good at getting a group of young people together and putting them at ease. She would have liked to study fashion, except there is only one college for that and it is too far from her home. Now, she is thinking of trying to start her own community organisation to help young mothers start a business from home.
Superpower: Working with groups of young people

Farid the Filmmaker

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Farid grew up in a very poor background, he was lucky to get a training as a film maker from a ngo. Now he makes videos of weddings but really he would love to be a filmmaker, his head is full of stories about the people of Dhaka. He would love to share his stories on film.
Superpower: User Research

Chandi the thinker

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Jewel studied design at Radcliffes design school in Dhaka, her parents are middle class and allowed her to get a career. Currently she cannot find a full time job but she is making designs on websites such as designcrowd.com where she has gotten some paid work. She wishes her country would teach more creativity at school, because there are some wonderful old traditions of drawing and painting in the country, which are dying out. All the schools focus on is getting high marks.
Superpower: Creative Thinking

 Tarek the traveller

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Tarek lives in Dhaka now but his family moved around a lot when he was small, he has also loved in Pakistan. He speaks three languages. He loves colours and is an expert painter of Tuk Tuks. His skills are in high demand, as the flashier and more colourful a Tuk Tuk the more work the driver gets. Yet Tarek would love to get better paid work. If he could afford it he would study architecture. Sometimes he gives workshops to children in painting  and that pays better.
Superpower: Drawing.

Fab People, Co-Creation Program

My Thanks to these 12 Fab people who gathered on the 12th of December, 2012 to Co-Create.

Kevin Power , Visual artist, theater maker. www.kevinpower.org

Marije ten Brink, Interaction designer, thinker, educator, @Brinka http://www.brinka.nl

Gerd Junne,  Network University and expert on international conflict resolution.

Eveline Jansveld, Psycho-social skills trainer, ex-Warchild program developer.

Mercedes de Miranda, Business development, Finance and Entrepreneurship, @THNK,

Sara Kolster, Digital octopus, visual & interaction design, concept, www.Sarako.net

Bjorn Uyens – Online business, innovation and marketing, Situation Factory

Marieke van Dijk – Innovation management, Design thinker. www.picnicnetwork.org/marieke-van-dijk

Merel van der Woude – Lead Education Designer, Butterfly Works, www.butterflyworks.org

Kim Nooij, Interaction designer, African coding expert. www.kimnooij.nl

Valentina Rao, Phd, Persuasive Game design.

Robert Wolfe, core faculty, THNK, www.thnk.org

Coen Bergman, Playground tactics.

Klaas Kuitenbouwer, Crossdisciplinarian, Virtual Platform, Rietveld. www.otocron.net

Program

17.00 : 17.15 welcoming
17.15 : 17.30 Opening, Why we’re Here & The Question
17.30 : 18.00 Introductions & Ice Breakers with found objects
18.00 : 18.45  1st Round – Envisaging the Potential in Combinations.
18.45 : 19.15 Break
19.15 : 19.45 2nd Round – Draw the Journeys & Routes
19.45 : 20.15 Group Think
20.15 : 20.30 Break
20.30 : 21.15 Brand, Open Space?
21.15 : 22.00 Sharing and Next Steps

I’m Starting an uh . . a StartUp.

Since I transitioned from Butterfly Works last July, (now on the advisory board), I have been reflecting and exploring envisaged futures.

One might think that I have been doing what I love, already for years, which is sooo true, innovative education projects in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Kenya and Uganda  and yet there has been this niggling feeling. A feeling that, I want one big idea to unify, what I love, what I’m good at and what I find important into one program. A sort of personal ‘Theory of Everything‘.

In my search, I wrote my manifesto,  drew up my conditions, (a social enterprise, scalable, globally relevant) talked to lot of people, started the THNK program, did nothing (when the most reflection happens), hung out with my children (most inspiring) and came up with 5 promising concepts.
Still I kept flip flopping as to which of these concepts I REALLY wanted to do. Plus people were asking me, so what are you doing now? To which I could only answer ‘ I’m Starting an uh . . a StartUp’

Breakthrough

Back to the drawing board. While drinking coffee with Lino Hellings, she advised me: ‘Do what you love the most and even if no one else cares, you’ll still love it’
What I love the most is the creative thinking, design research and helping others to explore their creativity. As I wrote in my manifesto I see creativity as close to divinity.

Wow!  So simple.
For years, I had been choosing what to work on, as a social innovator, on the basis of: What does the world need? and what doesn’t exist already? I had been doing things that were 60 – 70% of what I love. not bad, but now I’m taking a different starting point. Creative Thinking is the leading ingredient, What I also love contributing to is, the resilience of young people in disadvantaged circumstances and I love the potential of amplifying it all via the internet. I drew the diagram above to investigate the intersection of these 3 main ingredients and plot my concepts. My start-up will at the middle point, where the star is.

The working titel is Creative Mobs, where design thinking meets flash mobs, and on December the 12th I’m holding a Co-Creation workshop at Thnk in Amsterdam to take this concept to the next level.

THNK School: MineCraft for Grown Ups.

What is THNK ? It’s a new postgraduate program in Amsterdam, called the School for Creative Leadership. It’s a school with an ambitious mission: to positively impact society at scale.

And Minecraft ? Minecraft is a sandbox game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. If you haven’t come across it yet you probably will soon via an 11-year-old in your network. It’s like Lego 2.0

So back to THNK, I have just finished my second, 10 day long, on-campus module, at THNK with a feeling of having been turned inside out, upside down, while on a roller coaster and all in a good way.

Some of the novel moments on this roller coaster included: meeting fab people such as Esther Wojcicki a new role model for me, the fiercely engaged Princess Maxima and the charming Ravi Naidoo; gaining deep insights into my accelerator project during a session of meditation, then hands-on creation; and best of all getting to know the fabulous group of people known as the THNK participants.

A typical day at THNK, if there is such a thing, is a feast for a Learn-o-holic like me. It starts with Andra’s ‘Body and Mind’ lesson, which is kind of like playing with magic, the magic of the invisible field of energy between people and how to influence and change it. After that – and it’s only 9 o’clock – we either work on our challenge project or the Quest team may have some other surprise in store for us. During the Challenge we work on one of two themes: ‘The Future of Education’ or Carbon Reduction using M2M technologies using tools, which are a mash-up of Design thinking and Socratic questioning. In the evening we have a ‘Forum’ where we get to meet wonderful people and question them in-depth.


VIsual concepting by one of the ‘Future of Education’ teams, photo by Jason Hsu

The 10 days were further sprinkled with ‘Quest’ activities, which included amongst others, a number of high energy improv sessions;  making a 1-minute video with another participant on your top three achievements; an active workshop on the art of storytelling and reflecting on your Accelerator Project. Personally I love the Quest parts the best. The total THNK program being largely directed towards facilitating the growth of each participants accelerator project, it is a fabulous platform of playful investigation which perfectly suits the stage I am at.

Not that everything is perfect in the program design, yet, I guess you could say that THNK is in beta, there are some hiccups in the program delivery and design, which we get to chance to give feedback on (or vent on as the case may be) via the daily feedback forms. And that’s something I really appreciate about THNK, the faculty want to learn and improve the program, so open discussion is ongoing.

So what’s this got to do with Minecraft? Well, both THNK and Minecraft have a number of building blocks, some instructions and an ‘Interesting Form of Freedom’ for you to create your own fantasy in. And grown-ups basically don’t play enough (at least this one). At Thnk we get to do this with a group of people who hail from every part of the world, bringing a wealth of cultures, experiences and curiosity with them.  I love for example watching Ellen joyously investigating, or Sharon pondering quietly before sharing her broad wisdom or Gunter throwing sand in the machine. I’ve already worked in Team Holland-Taiwan and Team Dodgy whose motto was ‘If’s it’s not Dodgy it’s not Real’ and had a singsong that would do the Irish proud.

Before this all sounds too cult like, I’ll stop here.
 Check out THNK here.
My next post will probably be on my Accelerator project.

Ravi Naidoo @ THNK Forum, Pockets of Excellence

Ravi Naidoo of Interactive Africa from Cape town, is our expert tonite. Usually we have our forum sessions at the THNK home at the Westergasfabriek only today everything is different.
A couple of the participants were at the Stedelijk Museum this afternoon which happens to be across the road from the hotel where Ravi is staying, one thing led to another and now we are all in the Ravi’s hotel, the Conservatorium hotel, on the third floor, with two cases of South African wine and Eric as the facilitator. We introduce ourselves, people invent a variety of new backgrounds and origins and it’s great to meet my transformed co-participants, many of whom are disaster mitigation experts from France.

Ravi kicks off with telling us that he thinks ideas are great but it all comes down to implementation. He says ‘I get up early and I pedal hard all day’


photo from kulturnett.no

Ravi leads us through what he calls a whistle stop tour of a number of amazing conceptual and visionary projects across Africa, for example the Wimpy TV ad targeted at blind people, by writing with sesame seeds in braille on burgers, the advertisement is here. Check out these young new animators – the Black Heart gang from Cape Town who have been commissioned by United Airlines to make a new adadvertisement for them. And Die Antwoord who are a fake white trash band from South Africa. called Zef Ninja Rap Rave Crew.

Now we’re into the Questions and Answers

Menno is asking about South Africa as a country, which he finds most amazing, and he wonders why Ravi even feels the need to defend South Africa and remind us of the wonderful things there. Isn’t it obvious by now?
Ravi says good question, he says what I am presenting is pockets of excellence, there is no critical mass – yet – there is not yet a body of work. And that still needs to happen. And it’s been worked on. He refers to the recent Economist cover which asks the question why is South African growth numbers lagging behind those of other sub-saharan countries. So there are some questions there.

Gunter asks where Ravi thinks the future of design lies in the South African context. Ravi says, design is not to serve as brands or a handmaid for consumption, but design to improve the quality of life. To design services for the real needs of the bottom of pyramid. Ravi has a vision where people don’t design for B2B or B2C but for Business to Community.

Tim would love to know what the new titel of World Design Capital for Cape Town means, he asks especially because Taipei is bidding for this titel for 2016 and Tim and Jason are working on this.

Jesus would like to understand Ravi’s take on what the impact of the apartheid system still is now on parts of the South African population, he makes the connection with the context in his own country Mexico where indigenous people often underperform.
Ravi says that it’s hard to underestimate the importance of confidence and when you come from a family where no one has done well or expects to do well that that is an enormous obstacle to overcome. Now Jesus is wondering if then that the Truth and Reconciliation forum was a success. Ravi says that regardless if this process was perfectly delivered that for sure the genie is out of the bottle, the issues are on the table, they haven’t brushed it under the carpet to fester as many places.

Kaz wants to know, the details, like how to you really make it happen, as in Ravi has so much charisma, how key is that charisma, basically how does he do these amazing things. Ravi says he has – after 18 years of practice – being a commercial activist, as he calls himself, he has found a sweet spot, he is an activist at heart, knows the history of his country, and is equally at home in an executive boardroom, in fact none of his projects have been subsidized by government, they are subsidized by business and corporations, he says he has a gift of understanding the business side. Ravi sees that many social entrepreneurs never get past the struggle for financing, they never get to the flow situation where you really look at, how can we make impact. Get out of the rut!

Short interlude – Did i already say that Ravi brought us 3 boxes of fabulous wine to enjoy during this forum discussion.

Sofana ask about the role of creativity, that being someone who works on elevating the role of creative industry in Saudia Arabia. Ravi says leveraging your heritage, expressing yourself, telling stories, is so important and he says, the African story has yet to be told on the world stage. As a scientist and a business man one of his main aims is to get people to pay attention to the real estate in between the ears and not the real estate under our feet.

All the names of people asking questions refer to THNK participants, you can see them here, 

Ravi now presents us a pitch of his that he wants us to get excited about, Your Street
First, Screw GDP. The world is in a rough place at the moment, and this is not a recession it’s a fundamental reframe of how we do things. So Ravi has started a movement, a call to action, called Your Street and It’s gone gangbusters. From Capetown to Chile 10 cities are running Your Street competitions are being run. People are claiming back the power.

On the way are some flame throwers and game changers and my laptop battery is dying so the last round of the evening will be online 2moro. watchy this a space. 🙂

Esther Wojcicki @ THNK Forum, a woman after my own heart.

I started the Creative Leadership program at THNK.org last September, which is all about social innovation, at scale and how to make it happen. This is the second 10 day module and we have already had an amazing day today, days here start at 8am and run till 10 am at least, full of activities, work groups, improv sessions and prototyping. We had guests this morning from the Dutch business, the advisory board of THNK and not least Princess Maxima! and I loved exchanging ideas this morning with Ravi Naidoo.

Esther Wojcicki has been with us for the last two days while we have been pitching our new ideas, practicing story telling and envisioning. I will probably add her to my list of role models, since she is one of the earliest promoters of taking children seriously in education (and in general) and the open use of technologies to support education.


Esther at an earlier interview

Esther opens by telling us that she has thoroughly enjoyed the last two days and that’s she’s really happy to be amongst ‘soul mates’ people who are committed to social innovation. Esther takes us through the advantages of Creative Commons and shows us how easy it is to use and apply Creative Commons licenses to your work. She’s a big proponent of Open everything, and tells us about the recently launched School of Open which is a initiative of Creative Commons and P2P together.

Business models in Open Educational Resources (OER) ?

So does OER, open educational resources mean that there is no more money being generated in the education sector to fund further work when you work with Open?
Esther names three models she knows of, she’s certainly not against folk making money.
1. Just as with open source software, you can give away the educational resources for free and sell the support services, this is being used in Curriki
2
. Freemium models
3. The foundation model, whereby a foundation is willing to pay for work involved in getting open education resources online.

A Forum at THNK, involves a version of a flipped classroom and then supported by Socratic method of questioning, so we have all watched Esther’s TEDxtalk and read some of her articles beforehand and are now geared up in groups to ask questions.

First up is the group who want to explore further the relationship between creative commons and scientific research. Main point I took away from this is to note for the scientific community there is no CC for patents, so only the IP of scientists which is publishable in text and word is covered potentially by a CC license.

Next up, Peter, Kaz and Niels are hacking the forum system with a schematic for saving the world with everyone everywhere and what they introduce as a good cop, bad cop style of questioning. It looks like a representation of the Do Gooder’s internet, and without a load of curation of contents wouldn’t necessarily be better than a portal. but hey they made it with Princess Maxima so it must be good. This conversation ends with the ‘Enforcement’ question, how do you police usage? Esther would love to see a data tracking method for CC licenses and is pushing for that from her position on the board, but it’s not the main focus of CC and as Kaz points out regular copyright is pretty hard to police for the regular author too.


Photo from forum Esther (left) Gunter (middel) Tim Wong (right)

Tim Wong asks if Esther knows of any GIS data licensing systems and
Gunter is wondering, now that we have just learned that all our DNA’s is patented if he could license himself? We all laugh, but it might not take so long before this comes into the realm of possibility

 Esther on Pedagogy

Esther tells us about the Tiger Mom and then a french follow up book, which are all about parenting techniques which are based on competition and if anything this trend will continue ramping up. How do you encourage collaborative learning? Esther says the only way is if the tests start testing it, because testing drives the system. Apparently 80% of learning happens in the breaks.
And a good point on white boards in the class, they are called interactive white boards yet they are seldom used in any interactive way in the classroom. In fact this being the only technology that has been successfully introduced in the classroom and that’s directly explainable by the fact that it uses the same pedagogy of old. So no change there.
Unusually teacher’s seem to be the most tech phobic types on the planet.

OER and the Education DotCom Bubble, curated contents, 

We talk about the huge number of educational startup in Silicon Valley, and the likelihood of them being successful as businesses. So questions like how much are they making now and how much are they going to make in the future. Esther is skeptical that they won’t make that much money. Esther looks to the ones which teachers or students likes the most or potential success. Also if they haven’t been picked up fairly quickly or if they have a bad interface they won’t make it.

And then we’re back to the OER’s and the university’s models and if any of them are making money, Esther adds to the three options above for making money from these courses, aka Coursera or Udacity.

Model 4.
Because we wish to know more about how people learn, and all the data is registered as to how people use the systems then a coursera or a Udacity can sell this data., mine the data, analyze it and then sell the analysis and the data.

Model 5.
There is a global shortage of computer scientists and many aspects of this is captured in online learning courses. So potentially the course builders can sell data to companies on how students perform in their online courses. In this case, they are selling the information about top students to companies, the same way that Educational Testing Services sells information about top students to universities.

Jason Hsu mentions Floating University, which is maybe the newest in the space  it’s from Harvard, Yale, and Bard College, they do have a business model,  you can get a university credit, you pay 39 to 199 dollars for various courses, and then profits get put back into the schools to cover the cost of tuition for first years.

to be continued!

My Manifesto

I’m working on my manifesto, in order to hone in on what is most important in my world view,
this in order to fuel my next adventure and social entreprise, let me know what u think!
It’s work in progress.

Core Values

1. Everyone is born to live, to learn, to create, to connect and to give back.

2. Creativity is essential. Everyone is essentially creative

3. Take young people as seriously as you take adults.

4. (Young) People who have suffered through conflicts or poverty deserve the best and most innovative education to leapfrog their accumulated disadvantage.

5. Inequality is unacceptable

6. OverEstimate people.

7. You can’t solve a problem for others. You can increase their agency.

8. It’s Urgent

On Education

All of the above plus:

1. Why educate people

  1. To give them tools for their natural creativity
  2. To believe in themselves and their dreams
  3. To give back to the world
  4. To give them tools to learn what they need to know, understand or be able to do.
  5. To alert them to what they don’t know exists.
  6. To manage their emotional self.

So they can live in harmony with themselves, their community, the planet and creatively contribute in their unique way to a better world.

2. It’s now possible for people (almost) anywhere to connect to quality learning materials on (almost) any topic.

3. Doing ‘real’ things is the best way to learn

4. Mentor supported learning is powerful, if just one person shows genuine interest in you and encourages you when you’re young you can make it.

5. Lifelong learning, we never stop learning and should consider reinventing ourselves every 7 years.

6. Students need structure.
Interest-powered Learning …Research has repeatedly shown that when a subject is personally interesting and relevant, learners achieve much higher-order learning outcomes.

4. Cognitive and social intelligences such as adaptability, divergent thinking, and collaboration are as important as Math and reading,

5. Education is a global religion, with many different sub sects.

6. Any learning system should recognise the Inherent value of every person

7. Teach people to make things and they’ll never go hungry.

Slogan:

Nurture your talent – Create your Life –  Share your fortune