Help Make Cool Big Beacon Posters

Check out the new Karen Salmansohn designed Big Beacon poster.  In working with the themes of the BB manifesto (here), a number of the posters played with whole brains as a theme.  Help us design the next generation of posters by answering a few questions:

  • What is your single most favorite web poster?  (send a link)
  • Do you like the ? (mind-heart-hands) poster (here) better than the on-switch poster.
  • What themes should we be using for the Big Beacon posters?
  • Describe in words a poster your would like to see.
  • What else should we be thinking about in poster design that I haven’t asked about?

We will use and credit the best ideas in coming poster designs.  Send your ideas to deg@threejoy.com.

 

Video: Karen Salmansohn and Perfectionism

Friend of ThreeJoy and the Big Beacon, author and artist Karen Salmansohn has a usefully funky take on perfectionism in the video in the viewer below:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGkQP0giXOM

Karen did the cool graphics on the Big Beacon Manifesto and the head-heart-hands poster here.  Her mission statement in life is quoted below:

My mission in one long run on sentence: To offer easy-to-absorb insights and advice to help you bloom into your happiest, most loved, highest potential self – and have fun in the process – because I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas (from the latest scientific studies to ancient wisdom) into short, easily-digestible, life-changing tips.

Read more about Karen’s books and work on her website notsalmon.com

Engineering Students Are More Than Left Brains on a Stick

Whole new engineers are more than left brains on a stick.  Engineers have creative right brains, executive forebrains, emotional brains, and they show up ready in the world embodied in flesh and blood.  See Jorge Cham’s brilliant comic below or go to phdcomics by clicking here or on the comic:

A.B.E. – Anything But an Engineer

Students in developed countries want to be A.B.E, anything but an engineer.  The deck below considers this difficulty.

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It considers also the way in which the Big Beacon (here) may be a way to overcome this difficulty.

Sticky Language for Engineering Change. Watch Chip Heath

The Heath brothers book Made to Stick is an invaluable guide to crafting language useful for changing engineering education culture.  Watch the short clip by Chip Heath below

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZQwvP2VTNk

and read Bill Hammack’s book summary here.

Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner

I heard Tony Wagner at an Olin College event in Palo Alto on Sunday and his thoughts about how to educate a generation of innovators as described in his book Creating Innovators.  See the book trailer  below:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c6_Hzgqfmg

The book is available in hardcover and kindle versions here.

Just What Engineering Education Needs: Dan Pink Video on Intrinsic Motivation

Dan Pink’s RSA Animate video from his bestseller Drive is a terrific way into the potential for intrinsic motivation in engineering education transformation.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

8.7 million people have seen it already, but even you have, its worth watching again. Better yet, read the book (here).

Read the Big Beacon Manifesto

The Big Beacon is a global movement to transform engineering education.  Read the manifesto in the viewer below,

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download it here, or go to the website www.bigbeacon.org.  Follow Big Beacon on Twitter @bigbeacon and Facebook www.facebook.com/bigbeacon.

A Stroke of Insight for Engineering Education

When I attended Brian Bomeisler’s course (here) based on his mom’s book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, he showed us Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED talk Stroke of Insight.  Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroscientist who had a strong stroke that shut down the language centers on the left side of her brain.  In her video, she goes onto describe both scientifically and emotionally her unique experience in a very moving way.  ThreeJoy works with clients to find the joy, happiness, and peace in educational settings, and her description of the stroke has much in common with mindfulness practices that emphasize quieting the mind and feeling a larger connectedness to others.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyyjU8fzEYU

ThreeJoy believes that these practices and an emphasis on noticing and mindfulness are important to the transformation of engineering education around the world (see earlier post here).  For more on Jill Bolte Taylor and her work go here.

Engineering Education and the Power of Vulnerability

The more I’ve worked with schools around the globe for the transformation of engineering education, the more I’ve come to understand that all the important variables in that transformation and in the process of change itself are emotional ones.  In the following video, Brene Brown discusses her work on shame and how it led her to a greater understanding of the role of vulnerability in happiness.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o

The lessons of this video (here) resonate with successful change practices at Olin, at Illinois, in Asia, Europe, and South American, and part of the secret sauce to effective education change is to pay more attention to the compassion, connection, courage, and vulnerability as discussed by Dr. Brown.