When Michael Crawford tells me I should meetup with someone, I arrange it with haste. :) So Robin Breault and I arranged to meet while she and Brooke McDonald were in Kansas City at the EShipSummit, hosted by Kauffman Foundation. Robin and Brooke are the founders of Lead Local, based in Arizona. During our hour together talking education and life, we connected on this crazy deep, spiritual level -- and it was AWESOME. We are following up, talking about future work/ideas. Robin and Brooke are the #realdeal. They know their stuff (design thinking, entrepreneurial thinking, global ed, and more) and they are passionate about it. Lead Local will take teams through non-traditional (outside the box compared to status quo PD) thinking/planning processes that result in action and culture shifts. Check out their website. They have a big team and detailed resources, stories, videos. They travel to you.
Michael Crawford and I first connected in 2014 when he worked in KC at Kauffman Foundation. He supported early KCedu ed/city meet ups which I've happily hustled to put on for 3 years with teammates Cindy Fisher, Lyn E Cook and now Katie Boody and Aditya Voleti of The Lean Lab. I appreciated Michael's presence and active tweeting at KCedu meetups in the days when only 10 people showed up. Early ed/city meetups were supported and encouraged by Kauffman and patterned after 1 Million Cups. The meetups are now in unconference/edcamp format. I've met so many incredible people, in education and in the city, because of these collisions and we've got some cool stuff going on in the ecosystem! Michael Crawford is wonderfully invested in entrepreneurialism in the classroom as a way to connect kids into cities and the real world--while they're still in school!
Call to Action
- Seek out and go to meetups in your school, district, city, nation and world. Get your Learn On!!
- Better yet, ignite your entrepreneurial spirit and launch your own meetups, like CoffeeEDU's (thanks to Alice Keeler)
- it's Science! Collisions mix ideas, resources, and people and that is chemistry, my friends. Chemical reactions. New compounds (ideas, projects, potentials) are born that didn't exist before....and that's just the beginning of the story if the people remain connected.
- Remember this: One meetup can impact many lives in the present AND in the future. It's not just content that matters when you meet with someone, it's the human connection you make with them. Additionally, the connections deepen and broaden the ecosystem in your city or region helping you build capacity for innovating education in the future, absolutely benefitting our youth.
Thanks again, Robin and Brooke. :)
Cool ceiling art at the Sheraton Crown Center Hotel where we met. I stopped and took a whole lotta pictures.