Who’s Failing Our Kids? Let’s discuss…

Excited to be a part of this important conversation – let me know if you are able to attend and if so make sure you RSVP to c4events@channel4.co.uk

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TedXOrenda

Yesterday I spoke at the #TedXOrenda conference. The theme was Austerity Britain and I was asked to inspire the audience of 200 educators at a time when they face unparalleled cuts and shrinking budgets.

I shared stories and memories of my personal educational journey and my thoughts and musings on the priceless, intangible elements of education, those that are not affected by budgets or cuts. Such as the ability to influence and inspire, to invoke belief and encourage free thinking. The need for young people to be taught how to engage with information and people they don’t know, how to make informed decisions and articulate ideas. I spoke about the dynamic changes taking place in society and industry, and the desperate need for education and curricula to catch up and meet students’ varying needs in order to become engaging and relevant.

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Changing Education Paradigms

This just makes so much sense to me. It really resonates. For so many reasons.

Big up to my homegirl Goldie for the link.

What does learning mean in the 21st century?

Here is a wrap-up video featuring myself and a few other familiar faces from the Channel 4  Education Summer Conference 🙂

Channel 4 Education Conference

I was asked to speak on behalf of The 4WD Foundation with the wonderful Captain Sam Conniff of Livity at this Summer’s Channel 4 Education Conference on “What you really need to know, but never never learn at school“. Sam and I combined our knowledge and experiences that have come from working with young people who aren’t in education, employment or training (NEET) to present the huge impact that educational irrelevance has on these young people. We also spoke about how unhelpful and isolating acronyms like ‘NEET’ are.

Here are some of the main insights that we shared:

The 4WD Insight

Education doesn’t teach students about the lifelong relevance and importance of information. Information is a basic component of knowledge (which is power) and therefore is a micro component of education. In order to succeed in life, a young person needs to know:
– how to initiate, develop and maintain a positive relationship with information
They need to know:
– how best to analyse, critique, demand, exploit, interact with, source and value information
This enables them to go on to live a life making positive informed life choices & decisions.

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Management Futures

I used to live in this castle!

This majestic turreted castle was once my home. Fond memories of illegally cooking meals and countless nights sitting in the drafty corridors at an awkward angle in attempt to siphon enough wi-fi to Skype loved ones…sweet Founders.

Don’t ever question my claims to the throne again!

I was asked to speak at the beautiful Royal Holloway School of Management, my old haunt (once named the most picturesque university in Europe), about what I’ve done with myself since graduation by the Entrepreneurship department.

It was a real honour to be back behind the podium, sharing my post-university experiences (corporate, entrepreneurial and freelance) with current Management and Economics BSc students.

It was also incredibly inspiring to hear about how fellow Management alumni have spent their years achieving great things since flying the RoHo nest.

The Head of School has asked me if I’d been interested in lecturing the Entrepreneurship MSc students… watch this space!

PS- Shout out to the RoHo legend that is Marianne Bowyer! Lovely to see her 🙂

Does School Kill Creativity?

TED ROCKS.

Thoughts?