Learning in Flux: The Joy of Purpose-Based Education

At the beginning of the year, I discovered that a local design firm in my neighborhood was opening an incubator/maker/presentation/learning space in a turn of the 20th-century woollen mill. Dubbed Flux, the space was exactly what I have been trying to create in my own school, only about 7 times bigger!   So I had toContinue reading “Learning in Flux: The Joy of Purpose-Based Education”

Innovation: “This Must Be the Place”

When I was barely in 9th grade, I first encountered the music of Talking Heads.  It was the summer of 1983, and Speaking in Tounges was on heavy rotation on my Sony Walkman as I sat on a rusting, red Wheel Horse tractor cutting acres of grass for my house and my neighbor’s. Hours of idle passesContinue reading “Innovation: “This Must Be the Place””

Empathy: The Museum

Museums come in all shapes and sizes.  This one, which I found through @tombarrett ‘s “dialogical learning” e-mails, offers a look at Empathy, and it does so in a rather ingenious way. We talk so much about empathy as the key to design thinking, but the concept is far deeper than the utilitarian implications spurredContinue reading “Empathy: The Museum”

Brains, Cheetos, and a Theory of Creativity

(The final installment of my blog posts about the B.Phl Innovation Festival. Here’s the first post.  Here’s the second.) On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, 31 of the 54 students enrolled in NOVA Lab attended the third day of the first annual B.Phl Innovation Festival. While our trip was somewhat shortened (traffic on the abominable SchukyllContinue reading “Brains, Cheetos, and a Theory of Creativity”