be book

in case the embed on a be you book page didn’t work, here’s a link to issuu:

online book version (issuu) – rather than slidedeck

pdf version – as link – (trying to embed pdf but no luck

and here is slideshare embed:


we’re in the process of adding/updating the be you book (links to one of original versions) here…

[or maybe not.. kind of stopped doing this.. ]

menu be book

A bit of insight into the book layout:


p. 1 : a collaboration from around the world. dedicated to you.

p. 2: Our county is 6th in the nation in suicide rate. Every 9 days someone takes their life. Globally, the current rate is one every 40 seconds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 11-24 year olds.

The measure we are currently using toward success, the actions we are currently using to fix problems, even to determine which problems are problems, aren’t boding us well.

p. 3: your time is limited. don’t waste it living someone else’s life. stay hungry. stay foolish.        – steve jobs


We’re adding an intro – heavy on perhaps.

Thomas, who introduced us to Ivan Illich, starts us off with a compelling foreward.

Amanda focuses us on story.

Our table of contents was crying out to be non-linear, so we let it.

The rhizomatic model, that Mary Ann shares so beautifully, reflecting her son’s learning, and Leslie shares so poignantly, reflecting her own heart’s song, and Dave shares so boldly, describes the essence of what we have been prototyping. Perhaps, getting at the root of all problems/solutions/life.  [online version only]

We end each chapter with a short summary, a perspective from youth, and one from parents. The five chapters represent five elements we believe could scale this experiment across for anyone anywhere.

Next, a glossary-type communication effort, hoping to paint a clearer picture of what we’re experimenting with. As well as an ongoingly updated faq. [online version only]

And then, the begin being provides a bit of background of some of the players. We want to point out though, that this is everyone, and happening everywhere. It’s not about us, it’s about all of us.

table of contents dec 19