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From Old School To Bold School

One of my friends in professional education just shared this on LinkedIn (scroll down for the source file and original blog post):

From Old School to Bold School, indeed.

For me, I think that this slide totally speaks to the new culture of social collaboration we are creating on a daily basis. One quote from the author’s post really seemed to hit the nail on the head at least for me:

“Too few schools are incubators of curious and creative learners given their cultures of standardization, fear, and tradition. No doubt, external pressures exist that drive that culture. But if there ever was a time to shift gears, this is it.”

Replace “schools” with “companies” or “organizations”, and think about it for a minute.  This is the kind of message we need to bring to the forefront when explaining what social collaboration is all about, and why it is not only relevant, but vital in this day and age.  It’s all too easy for organizations and companies to stick to their playbook of tried and true norms when engaging in the daily grind… but no organization will survive in this new economic reality if they let their own “external pressures” (and fears about change) rule their decision-making processes.

Principal Reflections | From Old School To Bold School.

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A slide straight from Will Richardson’s  NHASCD workshop on  April 4, 2014

The ease of rhyme in Will Richardson’s workshop title (old to bold) doesn’t diminish the difficulty of Will’s challenge for all of us in education. In 2014, we are faced with pressures from many directions creating enormous inertia against doing the right thing. We live in a land of compromise where we have to be satisfied with partial wins. For example, Common Core is probably better than what we had for standards, but most of us aren’t crazy about the way it rolled out. And, isn’t it irritating how the educational behemoths are profiting from Common Core? We also know that poverty is still the greatest impediment in student achievement, but most of us feel powerless to influence the broken government to fix this. 

Will spoke last Friday as part of NHASCD’s workshop series in Concord, NH…

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One Seattle Politician Explains Why She Voted To Regulate Uber

Here’s an example for those looking to stifle innovation, from the People’s Republic of Seattle, WA.
And to think, I always thought that the Lenin statue in Fremont was there for reasons besides art and irony.

TechCrunch

Prominent tech leaders flooded Twitter with outrage at Seattle’s decision to severely limit the number of private ride-sharing drivers from companies  such as Uber and Lyft “Corruption. Literally. Seattle’s politicians are corrupt,” wrote early Twitter investor and Obama supporter, Chris Sacca. “Wow. Seattle. You’ve lost your mind. This is how you fall behind in innovation,” tweeted Box founder, Aaron Levie.

Is this a clear-cut case of public corruption to protect a powerful political lobby, or is there a rational opposition that the tech community will have to win through hard-fought debate?

Fortunately, unlike some of the more rushed, secretive council meetings to regulate ride-sharing companies, Seattle has had plenty of time to air their grievances in public. And at least one local representative is refreshingly honest.

“I don’t want to ‘temporarily’ kill innovation, but I do want to buy a year for the taxi world to adapt,” wrote

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