Positive, constructive and proactive ways parents can capitalize on this moment and position children for optimal learning and agency - as well as actionable tips for surviving and thriving through and beyond quarantine, including perspective on:
Google Workshop: Parenting for the Future: 10 Things Schools Should Be Doing to Make Your Child Future-Ready and How You Can Help
As vestiges of the static and predictable industrial era, most schools struggle to keep pace with the accelerating rate of innovation and dynamic change that characterize today's society. Plus, today's digitally-oriented student learns differently and brings new behaviors and expectations to school.
In this talk, Dr. Jennifer Jones will guide parents and educators in how to evaluate a school's "future position" and how to engage schools in 10 practical ways to support improvements that have direct impact on a child's readiness for opportunity in the next 20-30 years.
April 22, 1-2pm
Held at Google NYC HQ
What's this? It's a PACKED HOUSE of #biologists at The Bell House, one of Brooklyn's hippest bars. Have you heard? Biology is what's up.
We stood outside in the cold waiting to hear Kevin Gardner share his frontier work on cells, particularly those impacting cancer and pharmaceuticals. He is both biochemist and biophysicist and part of the evolving discipline of structural biology.
For my colleagues across disciplines, there is an important phenomenon here. Biology is unique among the sciences in rapidly becoming accessible, democratic, even socialist.
Citizen science centers like Genspace NYC are opening in major cities, and biotech is often at the center. Why? In part because many fields are now moving too fast for formal university programs to keep up. Everyone from dedicated biologists to those in other disciplines (especially design) who are eager to tap into opportunity must seek knowledge off-campus.
Gardner was hosted by The Secret Science Club which hosts monthlies across science fields. Look for this trend to grow and for science to continue popping up in unexpected places.
Learning a ton Genspace NYC sold out bioplastics workshop led by Jess Smith. Sitting alongside scientists, designers, educators, and more. Didn’t realize bioplastics were so complex and (gasp) not always more sustainable than petroleum options. It’s all about lifecycle.
Another eye opening citizen science experience. Check out the wild varieties of experimentation by my classmates. Using everything from wood chips to orange peels in building composition and function.
You'll see an increasing number of well-funded efforts to apply AI to current tech (such as solar) to accelerate development, broaden applications, and amplify impact.
Why? Climate Crisis. Really the only way we will "solve" global warming is with accelerated tech. We simply have to move faster and bigger. You separating garbage just isn't going to get us there at this point.
Heliogen Inc. is one such effort. Bill Gates and billionare Patrick Soon Shiong have married AI with an existing solartech to make it exponentially more powerful and thus competitive at an industrial level with fossil fuel which creates the carbon that is heating us up.
Great adjacent article this month on big picture by Brad Plumer "Five Global Trends Shaping Our Climate Future". Spoiler, there's good news and bad news.
This is "my" #mycelium which I learned how to "run" (grow) yesterday in a Biotech Without Borders wkshp led by razor sharp #mycologist Craig Trester.
If you're not hip to mushrooms as a major force of the future, I highly recommend you check out the mind-blowing Fantastic Fungi documentary by Louie Schwartzberg at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Here's the trailer.
Mycelium is about to blow up. We are realizing that it can be a game changer in a host of areas, from sustainable design (buildings to packaging) to near-miracle medicinal properties.
Check out "Six Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World".
In case you're wondering, my mycelium's name is "Fun Guy." 😊
More smart and hilarious #presentationtips for grownups courtesy of middle schoolers at my 24th school (Pine Street School near #WallStreet). If you missed Part 1, you can see it on their YouTube channel here. The kids are going viral at Goldman Sachs and other big corps. Check it out!