- Live, face-to-face conversations and interactions.
- Learning in small groups with mutual accountability.
- Empirical method: Theory, hypothesis, experiment, reflection.
- Learning by doing, trial and error, exercises. Why not try it?
- Much learning is tacit, unspoken. It happens through osmosis, just being around the work or activity, learning by watching, mimicry, soaking it in.
- The most valuable things to learn cannot simply be taught; they must be not only learned but earned, by working alongside others with shared goals and commitments, trial-and-error, learning-by-doing, and reflecting together.
- Competition, cooperation, encouraging each other and egging each other on.
- Learning is fueled by curiosity, interest, enthusiasm. What you are interested in matters more than what you are expert in.
- The primary function of a teacher is to inspire a passion for continuous learning, to illuminate a path, to help students learn how to learn.
- Learning works best when people can connect new ideas to something meaningful in their lives
- You can get “the facts” by watching YouTube videos. Don’t just educate, inspire.
- Experiments in the adjacent possible. Leaping from the edges of the known. Exploring boundaries and intersections.
- Projects that explore unknown territory. Explorations, expeditions, voyages of discovery.
- Learning how to learn. In education, what could be more important?
- People who are exploring the boundaries and edges of their interests as well as how they intersect with other people’s investigations.
- Take chances, take risks.
- Ideas flow freely.
- Working out loud, radical transparency, sharing, rapid exchange of tools ne techniques
- Projects have a beginning, middle and end.
- Projects are not theories, they are practice. They are what happens when ideas and knowledge are applied to real life.
- Projects have a goal. Even if learning is the only goal, there is still a goal.
- Projects have leaders. Teachers or guides that frame the goals, lay out the journey, outfit and structure the project parameters.
- Profit is simply another word for surplus. Stuff that you save for a rainy day.
- Sustainability is important.
- Most people need income, and there are many ways to get there. But ideally people can make a living doing something they love. To that end the School of the Possible is a working studio, with practitioners, apprentices, teachers, students, income and tuition.
- There are many ways to participate. Time, money, effort, work and so on. What you can or can’t afford should not become a barrier. Scholarships, apprenticeships, and internships are available for those who ask.
- Customers are important. The relationship you form with a customer is unlike any other kind of relationship. It tends to ensure a value exchange on both sides.
- Not just a school but a philosophy. A school of thought, focused on the adjacent possible, the next best step.
- A shared space for exploring possibilities.
- Minimum viable bureaucracy.
- Skin in the game.
- Everything has boundaries. Even a community for exploring possibility. The School of the Possible is not for everyone. It is for Possibilitarians.
If you’re interested in being a part of the School, consider joining us for weekly office hours, or enroll in our course creation course, now enrolling for our Autumn cohort. You can also contact us for more information, or subscribe for updates.