Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What books would you suggest for young people to study (to prepare for the Global Economy)?

This list is found at http://preview.tinyurl.com/QBEBooks

What is an easy way to get your head into the top 20 or 30 books or ideas for the next century?

Here's a suggestion:

Read extracts of the top 20 books.
Look for the QUOTES

Look for a place where people have posted extracts of those books.

The Destination:  GoodReads.com and Wikipedia.org 
Step1:  Look up a book
Step 2:  Look for the "QUOTES" section of the listing.
Step 3:  Focus on the quotes
Step 4:  Read the Wikipedia summary.

The following links are what I've collected for the QBE European Leadership School in St. Malo, France.   Director Will Sutherland requested a list and (in consultation with Wes Green, Noel Thompson, John Vornle, Enrique Gonzalez, Dennis Littky, Matt Blazek and other mentors) here's a start:

FIRST TIER (one size fits all)
Transformation of education” and “21st Century skills”
What books and questions could inspire teachers to move away from lectures and toward becoming "guides on the side"?

(1) Transparency
Bennis, Goleman and O'Toole
Daniel Goleman
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Biography of Warren Bennis
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(2) Magnificant Brain at any age
Daniel Amen
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“Your brain is involved in everything you do.
Your brain controls everything you do, feel, and think. When you look in the
mirror, you can thank your brain for what you see. Ultimately, it is your brain that
determines whether your belly bulges over your belt buckle or your waistline is trim and
toned. Your brain plays the central role in whether your skin looks fresh and dewy or is
etched with wrinkles. Whether you wake up feeling energetic or groggy depends on your
brain. When you head to the kitchen to make breakfast, it is your brain that determines
whether you go for the leftover pizza or the low-fat yogurt and fruit. Your brain controls
whether you hit the gym or sit at the computer to check your Facebook page. If you feel
the need to light up a cigarette or drink a couple cups of java, that's also your brain's
doing.ACTION STEP Remember that your brain is involved in everything you do, every
decision you make, every bite of food you take, every cigarette you smoke, every
worrisome thought you have, every workout you skip, every alcoholic beverage you
drink, and more.” 

“To feel successful, you must be able to be honest about the things that are really important to you.” 

“It is your brain that decides to get you out of bed in the morning to exercise, to
give you a stronger, leaner body, or to cause you to hit the snooze button and
procrastinate your workout. It is your brain that pushes you away from the table telling
you that you have had enough, or that gives you permission to have the second bowl of
Rocky Road ice cream, making you look and feel like a blob. It is your brain that
manages the stress in your life and relaxes you so that you look vibrant, or, when left
Visit Dr. Amen's website   AmenClinics.com
unchecked, sends stress signals to the rest of your body and wrinkles your skin. And it is
your brain that turns away cigarettes, too much caffeine, and alcohol, helping you look
and feel healthy, or that gives you permission to smoke, to have that third cup of coffee,
or to drink that third glass of wine, thus making every system in your body look and feel
older.Your brain is the command and control center of your body. If you want a better
body, the first place to ALWAYS start is by having a better brain.” 
“Your brain is the organ of your personality, character, and
intelligence and is heavily involved in making you who you are.” 

“Most people throughout the world, not just in
Newport Beach, care more about their faces, their boobs, their bellies, their butts, and
their abs than they do their brains. But it is your brain that is the key to having the face,
the breasts, the belly, the butt, the abs, and the overall health you have always wanted;
and it is brain dysfunction, in large part, that ruins our bodies and causes premature

“Dried oregano has thirty times the brain-healing antioxidant power of raw blueberries, forty-six times more than apples, and fifty-six times as much as strawberries, making it one of the most powerful brain cell protectors on the planet.” 

“Caffeine restricts blood flow to the brain.” 

“Caffeine dehydrates the brain and body.” 

“There is rising concern about pesticides, used on plants for food, causing endocrine disruption, meaning that the residual pesticides appear to be changing hormone levels in our populations.” 

“Dr. Daniel Amen’s 18, 40, 60 Rule: 
“At 18 you worry about what everyone thinks of you. At 40 you don’t care.
At 60 you realise no one was thinking about you anyway!” 


(3) Free Agent Nation Key idea: We are all free agents. Even when we are employed, we can have a website and a business that we are growing.
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(4) A Whole New Mind Key idea: To succeed in the future, projects will need to use Asia, Automation and appeal to Abundance. Pink' quotes include “Designers give us what we didn't know we were missing.”
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(5) Drive Key Idea: Money is an incomplete incentive. Motivators include autonomy, mastery and purpose
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“The ultimate freedom for creative groups is the freedom to experiment with new ideas. Some skeptics insist that innovation is expensive. In the long run, innovation is cheap. Mediocrity is expensive—and autonomy can be the antidote.”   TOM KELLEY General Manager, IDEO” 

“The problem with making an extrinsic reward the only destination that matters is that some people will choose the quickest route there, even if it means taking the low road. Indeed, most of the scandals and misbehavior that have seemed endemic to modern life involve shortcuts.” 


(6) To Sell is Human Many of us spend 40 percent of our day doing “non-sales persuading.” We ask people to alter how they use their time and energy. Dan Pink gives tips including the “new elevator speech” and the “question pitch.” See more at www.danpink.com.



Malcolm Gladwell, 
(7) The Tipping Point
Key idea: Often a trend emerges and fades because there was not enough to “tip” the balance. Gladwell helps us detect the point where there is a change.



(8) Blink Key idea: We think that more information will lead to better decisions. In fact, our decision making becomes clouded and we instead can often find a better decision-making process if we rely on tips from this book.



Outliers Key idea: 10,000 hours to become an expert




Thomas Friedman, 
(9) The World is Flat
Key idea: Do you know why the world is flat? Friedman gives ten factors, including the 11/9 factor (most people think about the 9/11 factor and asymmetrical conflict).



(10) Hot Flat and Crowded Key idea: Energy use and climate change offer opportunities in Environmental Technologies (ET). http://www.etmsolar.com/gsuu/gs/friedman/synopsis.pdf



(11) Carol Dweck, Mindset
Key idea: Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets and how we can alter our perspectives.http://mindsetonline.com/whatisit/about/


Neil Postman and Weingartner, Teaching as a Subversive Activity
Chapter 12 offers tips to turn any teaching situation (and we are all teachers) into a




Innovative teaching methods
www.Transform-Education.com, a web book by Abraham S. Fischler, former president of Nova University and a pioneer of distance education.
www.VisualAndActive.com www.thelearningweb.net the Learning Revolution, described by Gordon Dryden
www.WhatDoYaKnow.com managed by Dennis Yuzenas
www.BigPicture.org and www.MetCenter.org, managed by Dennis Littky and Elliot Washor
https://sites.google.com/site/networkofeducators offers translations of key concepts.

The Flipped Classroom search “Katie Gimbar Why I Flipped my Class”

QBE Academy uses the technique of “flipping” the class. A traditional class involves a lecture by an expert followed by discussion and homework. The Flipped Classroom asks students to (a) study materials and view lectures before the class meeting
b) compile some questions and participate in a pre-discussion before the class meeting
c) At the class meeting, the discussion is led by one or two of the students with the teacher as the “guide on the side.” The discussion leads to a project (often a poster to summarize what was raised and agreed to in the discussion).

To learn about the flipped classroom, the student is encouraged to search “Why I flipped my class” by Katie Gimbar on Youtube.

http://theindependenteducator.blogspot.com/2013/05/what-books-could-stimulate-lets-put.html This list of books is expanded from the list that appears at this blog.

Note:  These books are not in alphabetical order.
These books are just in the order that I've thought of them.  I put the three Daniels (Amen, Pink, Goleman) on top because their work is currently "hot" at my school.

I hope you will contact me with your suggestions to add to this list:   VisualAndActive@gmail.com

I have a SECOND TIER list -- I've kept the writings of Jose Marti off the Main List because most people don't see Cuba in their future.  If you see yourself in Havana someday, then read some extracts from Martí's writings.  How about memorizing the first line of Cultivo una rosa blanco en julio como en enero...?

SECOND TIER (for special interests)

The Writings of Jose Marti

Writings of Tom Peters

Write to me:  VisualAndActive@gmail.com or text me at +1 954 646 8246

Steve           http://preview.tinyurl.com/QBEBooks  this list is found easily at this tinyurl link.

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