charles leadbeater

charles leadbeater bw

found out about him in 2010 – ted below.

Charles Leadbeater is a British author and former advisor to Tony Blair. He first came to widespread notice in the 1980s as a regular contributor to the magazine Marxism Today.


Charles Leadbeater (formerly known as Charlie Leadbeater) is a British author and former advisor to Tony Blair.

He first came to widespread notice in the 1980s as a regular contributor to the magazine Marxism Today. Later he was Industrial Editor and Tokyo Bureau Chief at the Financial Times. While working at The Independent in the 1990s, he devised Bridget Jones’s Diary[citation needed] (originally a column) with Helen Fielding. He worked onsocial entrepreneurship, publishing The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur in 1997. He advised the British government on matters of the Internet and the knowledge-driven economy. His most recent book, We-think, explores the new phenomenon of mass creativity exemplified by web sites such as YouTube, Wikipedia and MySpace. The book, which in a preliminary version is open to public criticism and revision, argues that participation, rather than consumption or production, will be the key organizing idea of future society. In September 2010 Leadbeater opened the Incubate (festival), in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

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charles leadbeater site


monday, july 5, 2010

charles leadbeater

education innovation in the slums
Charles went looking for radical new forms of education — and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world’s poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become.
vantage point determines everything you see.
  • the question you ask will determine much of the answer that you get
  • where do you look to see what education could become
  • last 20 yrs – go to finland – may be boring and depressive and high suicide rate – but by god they’re doing it right
  • let’s look somewhere else – innovation often comes from best – but also comes from places of need (monkeyhill in rio)
  • where you find the fastest growing young populations of the world
  • 1994 – cdi – owner of 1st laptop in brazil

education works by pull not push 

  • having a compulsory curriculum doesn’t make sense
  • the idea of a curriculum is irrelevant
  • need to start ed by things that make sense to a person in their setting
  • our ed system has a pay off – but way down the pike
waiting is too long if you’re poor
imagine ed system that started from questions not from knowledge to be imparted.. or starts from a game
teach through, attract to learning because it’s a dance, music, whatever project…
attract people through that into learning not adding it on after all the learning has been done and you’ve eaten your cognitive greens
music, etc, as a technology of learning
how do you get learning when there are no teachers... or teachers are teaching another agenda?
find ways through tech
school in a bus
treat learning as something productive – not an analytical activity
trendiest schools do this – that its’ productive – but in poor locations – that’s the only choice
roll out franchises?… why can’t we do it like chinese restaurants. ? there is no chain
mcdonalds scales, chinese spreads
the trouble with staying in improve – not enough teachers
doing more of this won’t lead to deep ed
so that’s why we need
3 more kinds of innovation

1) reinvention:

recognizably schools but look different, big picture, 14 coonscape sonnin in sweden, jaroget in northern queens, highly collab, highly personalized, learning that starts from questions and problems
but because so many issues are just in schools – they’re in family and community – also need

2) efforts to supplement:

italy reggio, harlem childrens – geoffrey canada, change culture of 10000 families in harlem;
completely new and radical thinking , radicalism of the kind we haven’t imagined

3) transform:

can imagine getting info to people in new and different ways
schoolification of the world
radical thinking is more possible and more needed than ever..