jodhbir singh

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We connected with Jodhbir – maybe 3-4 years ago. He was following Jim’s work.

After we’d been talking quite frequently, one conversation turned into, what was a turning point, Jodhbir said, Dennis Littky’s book.

Sure enough.

[i had seen his work and loved it, then looked into local big picture schools, sniffed out the remedial math, and carried on. the book was the raw intention.. the model is perfect, The Met – gone wild. in the cityas the day…. city as floorplan.]

wednesday, april 6, 2011

dennis littky

if we didn’t know there was such a thing as school.. what would it be?
learn through passion, then twice a week – with a mentor in the community, then come back and work more on it..
no tests,
providence college and brown
they get to study something deeply
kids weren’t talking about homework, etc, they were talking about passion
have 60 schools around the country
started college unbound
if you’re not standing on the edge you’re taking up too much space
thank you Jodhbir – for sharing that it was Littky’s The Big Picture, Ed is Everyone’s Business

then he came to visit …

introducing Jodhbir via scratch with Amy, Lucy, and Everett:

on perpetual beta:

He and Adam, with some great insight:

working on the web at be you:

sharing qr codes with paul at be you:

on the web at be yourhizomes

getting into it a little more:

meeting up with Jim and Adam:

crazy connections with Adam:


He’s currently in Pune, working for 3M. With all his expertise, he said they didn’t even ask about any of it (his degrees) in the interview to hire him.

books with purpose


nov 2013:
jodhbir and ruchi pal

jodhbir wedding




some more connections via and with Jodhbir:

malte spitz

“Seen individually, the pieces of data are mostly inconsequential and harmless. But taken together, they provide what investigators call a profile–a clear picture of a person’s habits and preferences, and indeed, of his or her life.”

“Betrayed by Our Own Data,” Die Zeit

betrayed by it perhaps – unless we are the ones crafting it..
mesh yourself… no?
thanks Jodhbir

16 hours ago: Hi Malte,
Interesting talk. You might have heard of Sandy Pentland? He’s a professor at MIT & he’s also advocating for better data protection. You should look at his website
At the end, using big data is a very new phenomenon & it’s normal that companies & governments need to learn & experiment on how to best manage it. Personally, I think that regulation will go down the self-determination path & Telco’s will offer prizes / discounts for the clients who agree to share their data. In this scenario, we just need to see how many people will opt-out to see if the crowds are really concerned with data privacy… At the end, I’m happy Google stores my data, because I see the value in the refined & relevant searches

claude alvares

why-a-gap-year-for-kids via Jodhbir.. and Manish gap year collegejacques ellul

Ellul agreed with Jules Monnerot who stated that “All individual passion leads to the suppression of all critical judgment with regard to the object of that passion”.[23]:170
The individual who burns with desire for action but does not know what to do is a common type in our society. He wants to act for the sake of justice, peace, progress, but does not know how. If propaganda can show him this ‘how’ then it has won the game; action will surely follow


children being in the world

thank you Jodhbir

boredom is a disease of the modern world

what a great combo with colin ward’s the child in the city


finding a job

heads up from @willrich45 on this comment, i particularly like this part:
I cannot change this system and I have stopped trying. Mr. Obama was my last hope and he turned out to be a ditherer. But my kids will be fine because my spouse and I have decided to look to the school as a source of socialization and the home as a source of education.
We made several good decisions:
1) We put the TV on the curb when the first child was born;
2) We bought a piano when the first child entered elementary school;
3) We play chess every night;
4) We ignore the education experts and supplement our kids math, science, reading and writing (The teachers say they are ahead of their class but we no longer listen to them);
5) We volunteer at the school and support PTA fundraising but we no longer waste our time trying to change this system. (However, we are politically active for the first time in eliminating the education compensation system.) ; and
6) we buy pre-paid college tuition for birthday presents.however, above that, the writers 5 observations on school, i don’t agree with #2
2) Parents can not effect what children learn in school; they can only raise money and volunteer. In this way, PTA’s help keep costs down and provide an alternate stream of revenue. Every conversation with anyone in the school system from teachers to principals to superintendents about academic rigor has fallen on deaf ears.i think today they can. i think that is how this shift is going to happen – through parents and students. perhaps parents haven’t been able to affect a change in the past because they didn’t really believe in the change they were trying to affect. perhaps their efforts fell short because they weren’t respectfully questioning what success really is. we have to get down to that first.

we are learning a ton about human trafficking and homelessness and suicide in the lab. they are all everywhere.. on so many different literal and non-literal levels. (ie: homeless isn’t about a shelter, it’s not houseless, it’s about belonging. how many of our situations are due to homelessness.. in the classroom in our jobs, …)
we’re finding that the best way to change any of them is twofold:
1) awareness. most happen because the “victim” believes they are alone and in a sense they are… because most around them have no clue of the amount of people each affects
2) seeking the bigger than. more than looking for cures.. we’re finding that zooming out.. looking at bigger than views/values.. provides organic answers… holistic preventive measures.

i like what jon jost has to say.. comment right above linked one

original article here

wow…just read it. the original article. dang.
how is it that everything is focused on finding a job.
who determined that was everyone’s goal in life? i realize most people believe that is their goal in life.. but if given a minute and permission to truly reflect.. is that what we’re really after?
today – we have the means for creating/enabling/sustaining our own life’s passion. not a job.
i believe if/when that happens.. when people start doing that… we will need less money.. . we’ll be sharing more… we will have fewer health problems.. we’ll be doing what matters.. what we’re meant to do.
and we’ll have more time.

so – imagining we do have more time – what would we be doing with that time? i’m thinking – spend it with people, help people, listen more, swim in rich conversations…
we need to take a listen to our kids..
they are on to something.
and we’re missing it.
24/7 connections with people they choose to connect with… that’s the gold we’re after. not a job.

lisa gansky‘s the mesh is a great read if you doubt the possibility of less is more.



jodhbir said…

Monika,You just spoke my mind. Most of the people like me who are in their 20s,young enough to dream, question, and stand without any fear, have been living with their 20th century mindsets.It feel immense disappointment when I join conversation with my peer students about the current job market. They have young bloods, they have so many years to live; unfortunately, they want security and stability at the so early stage of their lives.They are afraid of their future.Uncertainty should be an excitement not fear.After all, it was the entrepreneurship spirit in the US that made it land of opportunity.
November 25, 2010 at 5:57 PM 
monika hardy said…
i totally agree Jodhbir. and at the end of the day.. what matters most? the people? the relationships? or the things we buy with the money we get from the job?i know the main fear is that we can’t maintain our livelihood… take care of our families, etc. but we’ve gotten so far away from necessity. not only is what we think we need false… i believe it’s causing most of the health problems.Lisa Gansky’s The Mesh is a great read for a realistic look at how we can make this shift.. from jobs/things to sharing/people.We are shifting Jodhbir. it’s happening. let’s be very clever about how to bring more along. it’s what they want.