It was a lot of fun to go back to Drew where so much of my interest in education and human development started and give my second TEDx talk, “Re-thinking the 3Rs.” Following on from “The Future of Smart” I was really trying to dig a bit more into what schools that take this kind of an approach do that makes them successful.
So many of us in our work and lives focus on the WHAT. What solution, what product, what advice will help us to move forward? But what if the question is not about a “what” but about the HOW. How are we in relationship with one another, with ideas, with our communities? It is not as sexy or shiny. Not as easy because at the end of the day it requires a fundamental shift in one’s relationship to the work. And yet, the more I see, the more I speak with people about this work, the more I think we need to get away from the quick-fix, urgency of now sentiment that drives so much of the conversation around innovation, and move toward a metaphor that works better for the complexity of human beings. Slow cooking was one that came to mind – see how it works!