One-Straw Education

Inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka‘s One-Straw Revolution, I’ve written an article where I apply his ideas to the field of education: Read the article here:

Sands School – What Great Education Can Look Like

If you suspect that state education is falling far short of the mark but you can’t quite imagine what good education could look like…. watch this.  Sands School, an excellent example of democratic education seems to be providing an excellent service that celebrates the creativity and the individuality of their students whilst building mutual consideration.

A Great Documentary about Geometry The Spirit Science series was put together by Jordan Pearce, a young man whose sincerity and passion are unquestionable. I like the way he puts things together and this is highly recommended for anyone who’s interested in broadening their understanding of numbers and how they inter-relate with almost every aspect of human life.

New Paradigm Radio – An Interview with Ian H Powell

Many thanks to Shawn for the invitation and a great interview: Mostly touching on New Paradigm Education Also mentioned: School in the Cloud – a global experiment in Self-Organized Learning Khan Academy – a non-profit organization providing free education online Tamera – A school and research station for realistic utopia  

Salesman for a Better World

I like to consider myself an advocate for the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible.  A salesman offering support for those invested in making that transition. It’s a voluntary position motivated by my own self-interest because I want to live in that world which could be slowly coming into view… a world of… Continue reading Salesman for a Better World

The Peaceful Majority

It seems The salty tears of history Have largely washed away The memories of atrocities By religious and political ideologies. Yet what remains Are figures like stains. The peaceful majority in Germany Failed to prevent 60 million deaths

Are We Destined to Serve as the Planet’s Brain Cells?

If so, we could be in trouble.  Perhaps we’re asleep at the wheel. Joking aside.  This is a beautiful and poetic image I have been developing and embellishing over the last few years. I once heard a talk from a scientist proposing there was a link between the complexity of an organism and its potential for… Continue reading Are We Destined to Serve as the Planet’s Brain Cells?

Ian H Powell is Dead

A name is not a living thing, it is a sound used to point to something.  A name is a part of speech associated with a given entity.  Ian H Powell was a name given to me by my parents… and as an act of trust… they registered my given name with a group masquerading as… Continue reading Ian H Powell is Dead

Who Cares About Jesus and the Winter Solstice?

The first thing I’d like to say is that I do care, very much… in ways that may not be obvious.  This festival is more about stars and mushrooms than fisherman and kings. It’s the time of year when social media will be awash with alternative xmas messages and yet there’s still a couple of… Continue reading Who Cares About Jesus and the Winter Solstice?

The End of the Control Mechanism?

It seems to me that we are perched at a point in time where we see an interesting interweave of circumstances that could provide the means to curb the oft repeated cycle of control by a small minority. This pattern, I believe, has the potential to be disrupted.

Community Building

The video below is a reading of a piece about the formations of communities written by M Scott Peck, a writer for whom I have a growing appreciation.  He asserts that there is a four stage process that will manifest for almost any community be it a family, a business, a group process or living… Continue reading Community Building

What is a Focali$er?

Focali$er – a person supporting a process by bringing focus to areas of need. For many years I have worked under the title of Facilitator which is occasionally seen as a dirty word. Facilitate has its origins in ‘easy’ and ‘to make’, therefore I’ve always interpreted it to mean ‘to make easy’.  However, the word has indeed… Continue reading What is a Focali$er?