This is terrific, and free for all, posted here with full permission by the generous sharing of Godin and his contributors. Every slide is great, but my favorites are 14 (Chris Meyer); 19 (Chris Anderson); 20 (Tom Peters); 25 (Dan Pink); 43 (Dan Balter); 54 (Tom Sanders); and 67 (Dan Dougherty).
Chris Meyers (14) writes about the obligation we have to adapt to changing environments: “The shape of companies will evolve as the world changes around them.. they will learn to price and market goods whose marginal cost is zero. They will learn to profit from giving value away. They will prefer collaboration to competition… you have a lot to unlearn.”
Chris Anderson is genius on “atoms.”
“Anybody with an idea and a little bit of of self-taught expertise can set assembly lines in motion in China with nothing more than some keystrokes on their laptop… they are a virtual microfactory…. the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers is now about to be unleashed on the global marketplace. “Three guys with a laptop” used to describe a web startup, but now it describes a hardware company too. Peer production, open source, crowdsourcing, DIY and UGC– all these digital phenomena are starting to play out. Now the revolution gets real.”
This is the world our students are entering, and we need to challenge them, and support them, to be those three guys with the laptop– and respect that many of them already are, or are awfully close to becoming so.
Tom Peters offers 19 E’s of Excellence, and man is that guy still relevant. I think I am going to post this one in my office over my computer; check it out. Many of these are things I am proud of my own achievement in– and some of them are very important, essential, that I grow toward. I will leave it to you to guess which are which. Some favorite E’s: Enthusiasm; Empowerment; Engaged; Electronic; Encompassing; Empathy; Error-prone; and Eudaimonia: Pursue the highest of human moral purpose– the core of Aristotle’s philosophy. Be of Service. Always.
I love Dan Pink, most readers know. His piece is on Autonomy, and is a distillation of his new book, Drive. “After a decade of spectacular underachievement, what we need now is less management and more freedom– fewer individual automatons and more autonomous individuals.” Yes, Amen.
Dave Balter writes on Dumb. This is a valuable short piece on innovation, on what it is to identify an idea as valuable to pursue and implement. “What’s hard is recognizing that the idea you think is just plain dumb is really tomorrow’s huge breakthrough.”
But what makes dumb smart? The ability to look at the world through a different lens from everyone else. To ignore rules. To disregard the “whys” and “how’s” and “never succeeded befores.” Then you need convictions and the ability to stand by that conviction when other (smart) people look you in the eye and say “no way, nuh uh.” So how do you tell a good dumb idea from a bad dumb one? Good dumb ideas create polarization. Some people will get it immediately and shower it with praise and affection. Others will say it’s ignorant and impossible and run for the hills. The fiercer the polarization, the smarter your dumb idea. Of course, dumb can be just dumb. You just have to be smart to tell the difference.
Sanders writes on Confidence: “a rocket fuel for your business life. ”
The secret to unbreakable confidence is a lifestyle of emotional/mental diet and exercise. 1. Feed your mind with good stuff. Stop reading negative information… replace that information with studies about the future or an improved you. You’ll soon emerge as a solution provider instead of a chicken little. 2. Exercise your gratitude muscle. Gratefulness is a muscle, not a feeling. You need to work it out daily… This will focus your mind on what you have and you’ll soon realize your own.
Finally, the Maker Faire guy, Dale Dougherty, writes on my favorite subject, Education in the 21st century.
The 21st c. challenge for education is to integrate learning into the growing richness of digital life where students are active and engaged every day. The Internet is where they already enjoy autonomy, where they see themselves as doers… They make new connections by sharing their experiences, answering the question: Wat are you doing?” They are already producing real value.
We are seeing a DIY approach to education that focuses not on where we learn but how we learn. We are rediscovering John Dewey’s idea of learning by doing… As students realize that the tools for living are the same for learning, they will naturally expand the range of things they can do.