The idea and how it’ll be implemented
We have developed a 21st Century Transformational Curriculum that adds an essential missing dimension to traditional education. While most traditional education is ‘informational’, teaching academic knowledge and skills, our Curriculum helps develop vital qualities of the heart and mind, and skills for personal and societal transformation; for example:
- Empathy and compassion;
- Personal and social responsibility;
- Integrity and tolerance;
- Mindful awareness;
- Communication skills;
- Collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution;
- Systems’ thinking, including understanding long-term, or unintended, consequences of actions;
- How to bring about transformational change, and many other key areas of learning.
This Transformational Curriculum consists of 20 Core, and 200 extended areas. We have successfully piloted the core transformational approach in small settings, such as CIDA University, South Africa. We are now at the crucial next stage:
2013-2016: Creating the Open Source technology platform to make the transformational curriculum freely and widely accessible and networking participants
This technology platform has two specific purposes:
1. Free and broad delivery of a full version of this 21st Century Transformational Curriculum across the world via:
- Multimedia on the Internet, including mobile platforms;
- School systems (For example, The 100Hours is partnered with UNESCO’s ASPnet – a global network of 9,000 schools in 180 countries)
2. Powerfully networking the curriculum participants to support one another and to transform society via a mission-based Global Network of (sub) Networks (GNoN). It will connect and coordinate program participants to support them in:
a) Learning and practicing the transformational curriculum and its skills, and
b) Networking and supporting curriculum participants and others in their personal and societal change initiatives, including coordinating project and mission development and execution.
The project will adapt, integrate, and improve existing technologies and platforms; and, where necessary, further innovate in the areas of:
- MOOCS (massive open online courses)
- Collaborative Course Builders
- Teaching and Learning Platforms
- Mobile Platforms
- Purpose-Specific Social Networks
Participant Demographic Focus
Developing Youth and Youth Leaders (especially ages 15-24): Through the curriculum, developing youth and youth leaders sourced from both existing change agent networks (e.g. WE-day, Ashoka Youth, etc.); and from schools globally (e.g. UNESCO’s ASPnet)
“Elders”: Any wise person over 24, especially social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and change-makers from all walks of life
Transform: The difference between ‘Change’ and ‘Transformation’ is:
Worth noting that
- CHANGE is about doing or having something better, different, or more with what is already possible or already exists.
- TRANSFORMATION is about doing what isn’t currently possible – completely changing the game, including changing the paradigms, views and values of our organizations, institutions, and society. It’s about empowering people to create a whole new future for themselves and for the world around them.
(Transforming paradigms and empowering people to transform their paradigms are two of the most powerful of ’12 Leverage Points to Intervene in a System’ **)