École 42 is an interesting experiment for a number of reasons. First of all, it is a European innovation, a French one to be more precise, that only recently opened its doors in California. Secondly – but it is actually the most innovative factor – it is a teacher-less school. The result is something unlike any other school in France, or elsewhere. How is that possible? Continue reading
I can hardly imagine a father patting his son’s shoulder while congratulating him: “good boy, you failed really well this time, I’m proud of you!”.
Quite surreal, isn’t it? Well, it might be not that weird, if the son in the story had failed mindfully, and eventually learnt a lesson. In this TED Talk, Leticia Gasca tells us how to fail mindfully, instead of failing miserably, and it is definitely worth watching.
I could count the times I hear this sentence every day: “I have no time for this”. It could be either me or anyone else pronouncing it, still I hear it very often, maybe too much. Time is a big issue. In philosophical terms, it could be considered within the boundaries of a lifespan, or it could be seen in a broader perspective as the whole time since the universe existed.
One of the best theories on time I have read of recently is the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking’s. In his last speech before he passed away on March 2018, Hawking wondered whether he became more famous for his wheelchair and disability, or for his discoveries. Despite of his illness, diagnosed when he was in his last year of university, he kept on studying, researching and teaching and, admittedly, he “was not afraid of death, but was in no hurry to die”. Continue reading
The African Leadership University is likely to be one of the most recent examples of life largelearning. They aim at “decolonising” knowledge, broadening the horizons and making knowledge really accessible to every African students.
The issues at stake in this particular process of decolonisation are but irrelevant. First of all, closing the gap – at least, partly – between African students leaving to study in Europe or in America, and vice versa. As of today, the ratio is 10:1. In other words, ten Americans or Norwegians, for instance, exploring South African townships, for one Ghanaian who might make it to the Eiffel Tower. Continue reading
Zhang Ruimin is one of the top 50 global management thinkers, a world renowned enterpreneur, founder of Haier Group, Secretary of the Party Committee of Haier Group, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Haier Group.
In recognition of his achievements in management innovation, Zhang Ruimin has received many awards from the international management field including “Inspired Leadership Award”, “IMD Management Thought Leader”, “Asia Brand Eternal Spiritual Leadership Award”, “Dale Carnegie Leadership Award” and Fortune “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. Continue reading
The village of Kamikatsu in Japan has taken their commitment to sustainability to a new level. While the rest of the country has a recycling rate of around 20 percent, Kamikatsu recycles a staggering 80 percent.
You might have watched this video. You might also have been thinking “Wow”. Because this is what we are, as human beings: we are “wow”. Continue reading
In 1988, Matt Goldman co-founded Blue Man Group, an off-Broadway production that became a sensation known for its humor, blue body paint and wild stunts. The show works on the premise that certain conditions can create “aha moments” – moments of surprise, learning and exuberance – frequent and intentional rather than random and occasional.
Now Goldman is working to apply the lessons learned from Blue Man Group to education, creating Blue School, a school that balances academic mastery, creative thinking and self and social intelligence. “We need to cultivate safe and conducive conditions for new and innovative ideas to evolve and thrive,” Goldman says.
Watch the full talk here…
You know the old say that money does not make you happy, and it is true. Money can help you buy things to make life more comfortable, but cannot buy emotions, nor memories, nor knowledge.
Aside from general thinking, though, have we ever wondered how much money is circulating in the world? Among the main indicators for the well-being of an economy is GDP, which already half a century ago Robert Kennedy contested in a famous speech, because it does not tell us the real temperature of our society.
But how much is this GDP? How big are billions, trillions and so on?