I started writing so that I could document and publish old ideas, however, what I discovered was that writing is actually how I develop new and better ideas. Writing is more about surfacing new ideas than it is about documenting old ones.
In locked down Ireland, I learned that pandemics and restrictions can actually be the drivers of reinvention and innovation for coffee and more.
Today, I realized that one thing I said in 2008 is what made all of my reinventions possible. Without it, I would not have made it very far along this crazy journey. Reinvention may not start with this, but it is made possible by it.
Complicated problems often have multiple variables that behave in many different ways and at times, unpredictably. When we look for a silver bullet, we run the risk of investing significant sums of money in an unrealistic solution that will never deliver the expected returns. In this post I discuss a case in education where over $1 billion was spent on an silver bullet that did not work.
While the allure of a silver bullet is difficult to resist, silver bullets stand to do more damage than we think. In this post, I discuss the problem with the silver bullet and other associated problems that are caused by the mere talk of the silver bullet.
What if school opened at 5am and closed at midnight? What if student participated in activities other than class? What if local entrepreneurs also used the space at night as a collaborative working space? What if they became mentors to high school students? What if they became collaborators? What if they became partners? What if working together they started new businesses? And what if along the way, all of this inspired and motivated students to master all of the state-mandated content because in comparison it just seemed so easy? In this post, I discuss all of this and pose other questions.
The sixth experience of my new year’s resolution was a trip the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit. It is a travelling exhibit that has been to Los Angeles and now St. Louis. I learned a great deal about the life of this extraordinary man and had the opportunity to interact with some of his inventions. A great learning experience!