Design Principles

“Civilization is in a race between disaster and education.” – H. G. Wells

What if our workforce could learn to learn faster?

We learn better in circles than in rows.

“We have been pulled apart from one another and from our communities over the last third of a century.” – Robert Putnam in Bowling Alone

“Over a long period of time, the main force in favor of greater equality has been the diffusion of knowledge and skills.” – Thomas Piketty

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”

“There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.” – JK Rowling

“Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“Technology alone is not enough… it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with humanities, that yield the results that make our hearts sing.” – Steve Jobs

“Anyone can play guitar.” – Radiohead

Most schools just end. Why do we ever say “educated” past tense?

“Serotonin (happiness), dopamine (reward), and oxytocin (intimacy) accelerate learning and addict learners.” – Carl Marci

“We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom” – E.O. Wilson

“Art is anything you can do well. Anything you can do with quality” – Robert Pirsig

“Throw great parties.” – Marc Benioff

“They gotta wanna.” – Jack Stack

“Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“La educación es el arma más poderosa que puedes utilizar para cambiar el mundo.” – Nelson Mandela

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we consent to be less!” – Casio in Julius Caesar, Shakespeare.

I believe virtually everything I read. And I think that is what makes me more of selective human than someone who doesn’t believe anything.’ – David St. Hubbins, Spinal Tap

“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom” – E.O. Wilson

“A Teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary” – Thomas Caruthers

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.– John Dewey

Lifelong learning is a set of skills, habits, and mindsets that can be learned.

Get better at work and you’ll be paid more – in money, time, choices, or joy.

Bodies are strong when cells are strong. In large communities of people, individuals connect to the whole through a few friends.

We learn best from peers.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Virtual teams are stronger when they start out face to face.

Go deep, that’s where the real learning happens.

They key to an effective facilitator is the respect of the group.

“Everyone is reluctant to spend time and money for education. Sell something else.
To rewire the brain, you need recursion, reciprocation, and recurrence.” – Matura

Spaced repetition: it isn’t about learning it is about stopping the forgetting.

“Business is philosophy in action.” – Toby Hecht

Wizard: “Why, anybody can have a brain! But they have one thing you don’t have … a diploma! Therefore, by the authority vested in me, I confer upon you the honorary degree of THD.”
Scarecrow: “What’s THD?”
Wizard: “Why it’s Doctor of Thinkology!”

“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.” — R. Buckminster Fuller