The search for aha moments

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…

Visualising currency

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?

An interesting infographic shows the proportion of global wealth, and the results are astonishing. Continue reading

The International day of the girl child: a potential to value

International-Day-of-the-Girl-Child.png11 October, the International Day of the Girl Child declared by the UN. According to a UN report, over 130 million girls are still out of school, which means that there are over 130 million potential engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and politicians whose leadership the world is missing out on.

The global picture get gloomier if we look at the stats from the toughest countries for girls to access basic education. In South Sudan, where violence and war destroyed schools and families were forced from their homes, almost three-quarters of girls do not even make it to primary school. In Niger, only 17% of women between the ages of 15 and 24 are literate. In Burkina Faso, only 1% of girls complete secondary school and in Ethiopia two in five girls are married before the age of 18. Continue reading