Monday, December 21, 2015

An awesome message about Blueprint Education to end the year.

As some of you know, I have been helping out the amazing folks at Blueprint Education in Arizona.  They have been making some changes to their culture as a follow-on to a previous introduction to new ideas introduced by John Miller from Agile Classrooms.

I'm getting ready to relax until the end of the year and saw this message in my FB feed this morning and thought..... It would be really cool to share this to inspire others to perhaps try something new in 2016!  

The follow dialogue has some questions about Blueprint Education and then the following statement from Mark...
"Blueprint education is a non profit. Our mission is to inspire students to make better choices and be champions of their own learning. I'm the CEO. We apply the principles of Agile to elementary and high school education."


Mark French FB Feed
(c) Blueprint Education. 2015

For me at least, this is one of the best messages I could have read all year.

If what you read in some of the following posts inspires you, reach out to John Miller or Mark French. I know that either of them would be more than pleased to share what they have been up to or help you learn more about bringing Agile Values and Principles to your education system.

There are some exciting things happening next year at Blueprint and I can't wait to start sharing those! Stay tuned.

For now.. Here is a selection of previous posts to get you up to speed.....


References....

Agile Classrooms

Blueprint Education

John Miller

Mark French


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mental Model Culture Diagrams

Sometimes the coolest things come when least expected.....

Saravana Bharathi (@AgileKarma) shared the link at the bottom of this message today over at FB.  Thanks !!

Although I am not a fan of the stereotyping in the post...

The picture representations of complex mental thought differences are intriguing and simple to understand.

Imagine if we could facilitate discussions toward commonality using this type of diagram?

I wonder if one could facilitate a team to draw their own diagrams?

I wonder if one could facilitate separate groups in an enterprise to draw their own diagrams to find commonality or places for discussion.

One thing is for certain (to me at least).  The simple diagrams convey a strong message without the need for a large, written report.  

I do have some personal reservations about this accidentally turning into a "categorize everybody into the same group" type thing. 

I do think if the diagrams are created by people as self-representations, stereotyping might not happen.

I'm looking forward to trying something around this idea out.

If anyone tries these diagrams out before me, please let myself (and the community) know how it works out! 

Here's the link.. Enjoy...

http://qz.com/567479/the-cultural-differences-between-east-and-west-according-to-one-artist/

To reach out to Saravana, you could find him here...


https://twitter.com/AgileKarma


https://www.facebook.com/saravana.bharathi