How education on the 21st century looks like?!

If you know me, you probably know I go on and on about the role young people play (or should play) in deciding their own lives. While many agree we need to empower our youth, very little are ready to create the space and the opportunity for young people to take ownership over different aspects of their own lives.

In many previous posts, I’ve talked about youth-led development.. which is the idea of young people becoming equal partners in development processes that will shape their communities and consequently their lives…

But today I want to bring a question about youth-led education… Have you thought about what could happen if students would design their own schools!?

Sounds weird!? Maybe you should have a look at this!

“Education is not the filling of a pail, it’s the lightening of a fire!”

If you want to learn more about the project, and engage with other people trying to re-think education, make sure you connect at https://www.facebook.com/groups/independentproject/

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What’s this green economy is all about?

If you are quick skeptical about this whole idea of the new “Green Economy” era, and the role corporations can play for the sustainability of the planet, you should watch this!

A very inspiring talk by Mike Zuckerman (@TheOtherZuck) about his work redesigning  sustainability, creating corporate social engagement and impacting the entertainment industry.

“the sustainable movement, and the movements in general are kind of an archipelago system. there are individual efforts and organizations that really need bridges between them so that we can fuse our collective intentions”

Creativity Takes Off!

This year I was very surprised with the very funny Safety Onboard video from Turkish Airlines, featuring some players of Manchester United messing around..

As a very frequent flyer, I was actually quite glad to see the impact of the innovative video.. and how much it catch the attention of everybody in the flight!

But recently, a friend forward me some Safety Onboard videos from Air New Zeland.. who took creativity to a whole new level on their two safety videos:

There is no doubts that the videos keep passengers fully focused on the security features.. and carefully learning the procedures while having some fun…

More than ever it’s clear that creativity is the way to go!!!

The power of a good idea!

If you know me well, you probably already heard me speaking super passionately about Jonah Wittkamper who is a legend in the international youth movement and is without any question of the people who most influenced me in what I do today.

He started with the Global Youth Action Network, who most of you may know, and he have inspired and empowered a bunch of us youth leaders out there right now, who are changing the world acting in different fronts, movements, causes.

And not satisfied about all the incredible impact he already had in the world, for 10 years he has been working to make his big idea come true and alive. And I’m currently in NYC, having the incredible privilege of being part of this dream coming true.

I’m currently at  The Nexus: Global Youth Summit on Innovative Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, and I need to say it’s being one of the most rewarding experiences for me. A bunch of incredible people from completely different worlds, getting together to seek ways we can truly related in deeper levels, trying to collaborate in more meaningful and innovative ways.

I highly recommend you to check out the website of the event: http://nexusyouthsummit.com/ And to try to catch up a bit of this incredible atmosphere through twitter following the hashtag:  #nexussummit

 

I am very excited also that after lunch I will be joining Adam Braun (from Pencils of Promise), Sophia Bush (Actress and Philanthropist) and Yael Cohen (from Fuck Cancer) on a panel to discuss Youth Movements: Transformational Change.

I’m looking forward to the incredible things that will come out of this blast!

Design Thinking na d-USPLeste: Exposição de protótipos HOJE!

A Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades e o d-USPLeste, Laboratório de Design, Inovação e Criatividade, apresentam a primeira Exposição d-USP, que será realizada hoje, segunda-feira (27), das 12 às 17h, no prédio do Ciclo Básico.

O evento apresentará os resultados obtidos e protótipos desenvolvidos pelos grupos que participaram do curso de difusão “Construindo competências colaborativas interdisciplinares e criatividade na resolução de problemas da sociedade – Uma introdução prática ao Design Thinking”.

A exposição é aberta e permitirá que todos (universitários, membros da comunidade ou profissionais das áreas abordadas) se familiarizem com a metodologia de Design Thinking, uma pedagogia de inovação e criatividade que foi inicialmente implantada na universidade de Stanford, na Califórnia, Estados Unidos.

Os participantes do curso de difusão se dividiram em grupos multidisciplinares, compostos por alunos e professores de diferentes unidades da USP, membros da comunidade e de empresas, e adquiriram técnicas que permitem o desenvolvimento efetivo de designs inovadores e eficientes para os desafios abordados.

Se você quer saber mais sobre Design Thinking, vale a pena conferir o site da IDEO, que publicou um Kit de Ferramentas (inclusive em Português!) com tudo que voce precisa saber sobre HCD – Human-Centered Design (em português, Design Centrado no Ser Humano), um processo usado por décadas para criar novas soluções para empresas multinacionais.

http://www.ideo.com/work/human-centered-design-toolkit/

O uso do HCD permitiu a criação de soluções como o computador de baixo custo para o grupo Positivo, a estratégia de crescimento das Havaianas e o Sistema Para Doação de Sangue da Cruz Vermelha – inovações que colaboraram para melhorar a vida de milhões de pessoas.

Mas voltando a  nossa exposição na USPLeste, os temas dos projetos desenvolvidos variam desde, por exemplo, o desafio de atender as necessidades de portadores do mal de Alzheimer até a modelagem de um espaço cooperativo e inovador na Faculdade de Economia e Administração (FEA-USP), utilizando alunos, professores e funcionários como parâmetros para a caracterização das necessidades que o espaço atenderia. Já um grupo da Faculdade de Educação (FE-USP) desenvolveu um projeto que estuda como aumentar o acesso de alunos da rede pública de ensino na Universidade de São Paulo por meio de campanhas de divulgação da própria universidade. Há ainda temas como o desenvolvimento do aspecto cultural de regiões da zona leste através de ações artísticas e esportivas, além da utilização de tecnologia SMS em projeto de Educação para Jovens e Adultos (EJA).

Meu grupo se apresenta entre as 15:50 e 16:10, com o projeto de Mobile Banking (EACH) – Nosso grupo esta buscando desenvolver a região onde operam os bancos comunitários, implementando métodos para facilitar a absorção de moedas sociais e criando práticas de cooperação de comerciantes da região.

Com o encerramento do curso de difusão, a exposição vem também lançar e divulgar a implementação do d-USPLeste, Laboratório de Design, Inovação e Criatividade, que abrigará na EACH os projetos que tiverem continuidade, bem como novas atividades que surjam em torno da metodologia do Design Thinking.

Maiores informações sobre a feira aqui:  d-USPLeste_Design_EXPO_final_6-21-11

For another kind of education…

This story really touched me.

“Relationships are important in education… and really maybe even the key to teaching is the relationships we have with the students… if you are able to touch their minds, fine.. but if you can touch their hearts..than the mind contact last longer and goes deeper I think” by 4th grade teacher John Hunter, while introducing his creation called: The World Peace Game.

John Hunter managed to put all the problems of the world on a 4′x5′ plywood board and challenge his 4th-grade students to solve them.

The World Peace Game is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention.

In essence, as meaning is constructed out of chaos and new creative solutions are proposed, the World Peace Game players will learn to live and work comfortably at the frontiers of the unknown. Beliefs and values will evolve or completely unravel as they begin to experience the positive impact and windows of opportunity that emerge through effective collaboration and refined communication.

At TED2011, he explained how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can.

His work is featured on the film: “World Peace and other Fourth-Grade Achievements”, a production of Rosalia Films, www.rosaliafilms.com, directed by Chris Farina a thought provoking documentary filmmaker.

Hopefully more and more schools and teachers will be able to come across experiences like this, and loose the fear to invest more in new kinds of education…

More information about the game and the film at:  http://www.worldpeacegame.org/

Mais sobre essa historia em portugues: http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/saber/905242-professor-americano-ensina-a-paz-por-meio-da-guerra.shtml

Just do it!

If you are not convinced that Direct Action really works, I think “Just Do It” was made for you!

It’s an intimate documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Emily James, which basically tells the inside story of the UK’s Biggest troublemakers… featuring nothing more than real-life environmental direct action!

As you will be able to see in the documentary that these guys have taken civil disobedience and direct action very seriously – chaining themselves to Parliament, super-gluing themselves to bank trading floors, and attacking coal power stations en-mass, while keeping the good humour and impressing with their creativity!

The movie offers all the behind the scenes which portrait those UK climate activists, and is totally worth watching!

Innovative not only in the content, but also with their approach, Emily and her crew set themselves the challenge of crowdfunding the project, obviously “Just Do It” is the sort of film that needs to be made independently. To do justice to the story they have to tell, they need to be free from the editorial restrictions of a broadcaster.

But crowd funding “Just Do It” means that in order to make this project happen, they really need your help!!!

“So we’ve got to fund the film in a non-traditional way – and so we are asking you, the future audience, to help make this film possible. At Just Do It we are firm believers in the power of crowds to make change happen – together we are stronger, right? So we’re embracing the ‘crowd funding’ and ‘group production’ model. If we all contribute what we can, we have the power to get this film finished and make a real social impact.” – explains the team in their website.

The film, currently in post-production (that means the edit) and is set for release in Summer 2011, so, time to support is NOW!

“We see the activists in our film as ‘agents of intervention’ – people who are willing to put themselves forward, demand change and intervene to prevent runaway climate change.  By supporting us in telling their story to the world, you too can be an agent of intervention. By investing in the film now, you will enable us to make sure it gets finished, which will then inspire a whole new generation of agents who understand that they must intervene when something is just plain wrong.” adds the team.

Not convinced?! check out their website and their blog on http://just-do-it.org.uk/