Real World Schools My Open Mike Future Salon Session

TED’s tag line is Ideas worth spreading. The Open Mike Future Salon’s tag line is Ideas worth further exploring. The format is the following: You present your idea for 5 minutes. It’s OK if your idea isn’t fully formed yet, present your current state. The next 5 minutes the audience asked questions or gives comments that may move your idea forward. …

Maker/Hacker Space best Training for Future Prosperity

Just came back from the energizing brainstorming session around creating a Maker/Hacker space in Savannah. Another great event organized by Jake and his team of the Creative Coast. Thanks. The energy in the room was high and the wish list got longer and longer. The audience was diverse from teenagers to retirees with sparkle in their eyes eager to tinker …

Let School Kids Tackle Real-World Problems

Check out Will Richardson’s TEDxNY talk. He points out how our school system is broken. It is built for a time long past. Will quotes Eric Hoffer: In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. Our kids go to schools that train them for …

Lawrence Lessig: Lost Republic Bay Area Book Tour

Cross posted at the Future Salon. Just learned from Joseph Mornin that Lawrence Lessig will be speaking this week at several venues in the Bay Area. He’ll talk about his new book, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, and he’ll sign copies after each talk.

Maker/Hackerspaces the Future of Public Libraries?

The other week, or actually it was the other month, I joined Refresh Savannah, a monthly gathering of people who are interested in positive change. Their guest of the day was  Christian Kruse, the director responsible for Savannah’s Public Library, as well as the county library system. I love libraries. They are great resources and gathering places for local communities. …

KAHNx Academy Please

Just learned that Sal Kahn the amazing force behind the Kahn Academy is visiting SAP Labs in Palo Alto soon. Check out his TED talk. His winning formula has the potential to fundamentally change the way we educate our children as well as ourselves. This is one of the few moments, where I would love to be back in the …

Don’t Teach Them To Fish. Teach Them To Dig Their Own Pond!

Happy Labor Day. A good time to take a step back and check out Douglas Rushkoff”s Life Inc. The Movie. @johnrobb, @pixelbase (Michael) and @GregChase had a little Twitter exchange about this theme too. Everyone’s mind right now is on creating jobs. John posted and I retweeted:  Not sure jobs are the answer though. It just perpetuates dependency. A focus on platforms for micro-entrepreneurs is …

Cracking Poached Egg Gromit

  Cracked an egg that I thought was hard boiled. It wasn’t. So I quickly poached it in the microwave. It is really easy: To quickly make a poached egg in the microwave oven, you crack the egg into a small bowl that stands in a larger bowl that has some water in it. Put the two bowls into the …

Fool Me Once

Today I got a message from Sara El-Amine. She writes: I’m the national training director at Obama for America. My job is to develop the programs and resources our staff and volunteers use to teach others how to grow this campaign in their communities. I’m writing because you or someone you know might want to be among a group of people …

No horse was harmed playing this kind of Polo

Scootering around in the outskirts of Savannah’s historic district Nina and I stumbled upon these 6 guys playing bicycle polo. Just loved it and stayed for a while to watch them. The sticks are mostly created out of old ski polls with a PVC pipe screwed to the end of it. Some of the bikes have plastic in their wheels …