Apr 242016
 

Adam Braun is the Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit organization that  has broken ground on more than 80 schools around the world and delivered over 3 million educational hours in its first four years. PoP was founded with just $25 in October 2008 using what Braun describes as a „for-purpose“ approach to blending nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles.

Braun’s passion for international education was ignited when he traveled to over fifty countries in his early twenties. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, previously worked at Bain & Company, and was recently named to Wired’s Smart List: 50 People Who Will Change the World.

This speech was given at TEDxColumbiaCollege in November of 2012, on the campus of Columbia University in the City of New York.“

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Mai 272013
 

Derrick Jensen: Walking on Water - Reading, Writing, and RevolutionRemember the days of longing for the hands on the classroom clock to move faster? Most of us would say we love to learn, but we hated school. Why is that? What happens to creativity and individuality as we pass through the educational system?

Walking on Water is a startling and provocative look at teaching, writing, creativity, and life by a writer increasingly recognized for his passionate and articulate critique of modern civilization. This time Derrick Jensen brings us into his classroom–whether college or maximum security prison–where he teaches writing. He reveals how schools perpetuate the great illusion that happiness lies outside of ourselves and that learning to please and submit to those in power makes us into lifelong clock-watchers. As a writing teacher Jensen guides his students out of the confines of traditional education to find their own voices, freedom, and creativity.

Jensen’s great gift as a teacher and writer is to bring us fully alive at the same moment he is making us confront our losses and count our defeats. It is at the center of Walking on Water, a book that is not only a hard-hitting and sometimes scathing critique of our current educational system and not only a hands-on method for learning how to write, but, like Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, a lesson on how to connect to the core of our creative selves, to the miracle of waking up and arriving breathless (but with dry feet) on the far shore. (Chelsea Green Publishing)


Derrick Jensen

Walking on Water – Reading, Writing, and Revolution


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Jul 102010
 

Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish — as kids and as adults. Filmed in Edmonton, Canada. (TEDTalks)


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Apr 062010
 

„Rice University professor Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions, his open-source, online education system. It cuts out the textbook, allowing teachers to share and modify course materials freely, anywhere in the world.“ (TEDTalks)

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Apr 062010
 

„You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called ‚developing world.'“ (TEDTalks)

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