Inspired Countdown 2012.

Looking back….2012….what made you sit up and take notice?

What ideas wormed their way in, haunted you and demanded your attention?

What ideas, phrases or songs flavoured your year with zest and spice?

I sat down to reflect on what videos had inspired and influenced me in 2012.

What has stuck with you over this last year? Would love to hear…

10. Where the Hell is Matt? 2012

“We’re gonna trip the light
We’re gonna break the night
And we’ll see with new eyes
When we trip the light.”

Take away: Find joy in daily tasks, be inspired to follow your dreams and dream big.


9. Allan Watts –What would you do if money was no object?

“All retch and no vomit.” 

“It’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like in order to go on doing things you don’t like.”

Take Away: Don’t get sucked into perpetuating the status quo for the sheer sake of maintaining a norm.


8. Will Richardson – 19 Bold Ideas for Change

“Don’t do work that just exists within your classroom. Do work (with your kids) that changes the world. We can do that now.”

Take Away: Giddy up and get going! We need to keep it real; students need to do real work in real ways to solve real problems. NOW.


7. Chris Lehmann – #140edu2012 Keynote

“We need to stop thinking of school as preparation for life and honour the lives kids are living now by making schools about real life.”

Take Away: “Do real stuff that matters.”


6. Alan November – TEDxNYED

“…it turns out lots of kids like to learn from other kids. In fact, in some schools depending on who your friends are, your progression is very high or very low. Social interaction, peer exchange, if you read the research, turns out to be really, really important. But if you don’t have the right friends sitting at the lunch table, it’s not fair. What if we could combine the social exchange of the groups who are in the right groups with everyone? What if we could make it fair? What if all students began to produce content of tutorial design across the curriculum? Purpose.”

Take away: Kids are empowered when they feel their work is connected to real purpose.


5. PSY – Gangnam Style

“Oppan Gangnam Style 
Gangnam Style 
Op op op op oppan Gangnam Style 
Gangnam Style 
Op op op op oppan Gangnam Style”

Take away: Inspiration lurks everywhere. 


4. Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor – Stroke of Insight

“We are the light force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. We have the power to choose moment by moment how we want to be in the world.”

Take Away: Look for and find situations that allow us to feel connected. 


3. Deepak Chopra – Social Media is the Next Phase of Humanity

“Social networks are the extensions of our minds, they regulate the flow of energy and information across the planet right now.”

“Love without action is meaningless. Action without love is irrelevant.”

Take away: Change is inevitable, but how we interact with the change is our choice.


2. Harold Rheingold – Media Lab Conversation Series

“if like many others, you are concerned that social media’s are making people and cultures shallow…..[then]…teach more people how to swim and explore together the deeper ends of the pool.”

Take Away: We need to work with our students to help them develop skills so they (and we) can thrive online.

*My other take away was to read his book “Net Smart


1. Ewan McIntosh –What’s Next?

“…the thing we are neglecting is to create a generation of problem finders, I don’t want young people who can solve a pseudo-problem, a fake problem generated by their teacher.”

Take Away: Don’t do the work of/for students, students need to connect emotionally to real problems in the world that they want to solve.