Universities, created as an assembly of experts in 1088, are as outdated as buggy whips. The cost and rewards of a college education are increasingly under attack. To sustain great universities requires cultural transformation consisting of 5 Steps:
The 21st century transformation of education is profoundly emotional, but why is “emotion” such an uncomfortable subject?:
The idea that we might acknowledge emotion directly in education runs up agains a taboo for men (in many cultures). From an early age, men are urged to suppress their unhappiness, sadness, or other negative emotion that leads to the emotional display of crying. Sometimes this is done with understanding and concern, but oftentimes boys are shamed if they do cry, and the shame continues until they stop.
Read more, here.
David Goldberg shares how learning jazz guitar has shown him new ways to best empower students to learn:
Whereas many music sites and teachers treat their students as largely unmotivated and incompetent, Jimmy trusts that students who come to his site are motivated and competent to take on substantial challenges on their own.
Find out more, here.
The Journal of Petroleum Technology recently published a piece by David Goldberg on how the Six Minds of a Whole New Engineer can be applied to the petroleum industry:
Petroleum engineers have played a pivotal role in the rise of the modern engineer, and they can once again join hands to rejuvenate their own discipline and engineering as a thriving whole.
Read the full article, here.
This three-day workshop develops participant skills and strategies for creating change that “sticks.” In particular, we dive into a set of personal and organizational skills that will help participants develop both personally and professionally as effective change agents:
- Developing coaching & negotiation skills, including noticing, listening, and questioning and 3 critical negotiation distinctions
- Design and use of language in change processes, including sticky language, 5 speech acts, and the art and science of narrative analysis and design
- Understanding and applying integrated change & culture change models, including those of Kotter and the Heath brothers. The course also introduces and demonstrates application of the Big Beacon Change Model (BBCM) for effective engineering education transformation.
- Leading from any chair, leading change both with and without title, authority, and responsibility.
- Designing and implementing innovation structures within existing institutions, including incubators, respectful structured spaces, and change artifacts.
- Using collaborative design process and facilitation as a change mechanism.
- Understanding effectuation versus normal (causal) modes of planning for effective action when uncertainties are high.
- Building and using culture and community to sustain change.
Through provocative readings, transformative experiential activities, and lively discussions we develop crucial frameworks for thinking about change, increase participants’ hands-on skills thereby enabling participants to return home as qualified change agents, and increase participants capability to be reflective and supportive in their teaching practice and their change leadership efforts.