The Daily Find: March 3, 2014

John Quinones Illuminates Heroes
By Bridget Janicki (NAIS)
​John Quiñones has “it.” The Emmy award-winning co-anchor of ABC’sPrimetime and sole anchor of What Would You Do? makes his debut on the stage of the 2014 NAIS Annual Conference in Orlando, instantly creating a legion of fans among the 4,000-member audience. Whether you’ve watched Quiñones for years, or just discovered him at this meeting, everyone immediately feels captivated by the star quality of Quiñones and his magnetic smile…MORE

Independent Matters Dare to Explore
By Julia Grandison
Dare to Explore and Discover, the theme of this year’s NAIS Annual Conference, is epitomized in Mae Jemison’s project 100-Year Starship, which aims to achieve interstellar travel in the next 100 years. What is it about space travel that fascinates people? Why do children like to study space and dinosaurs? She answers simply that we want to know who we are and what our place is in the world…MORE

Rahaf Harfoush Inspires Us to Use Technology to Mobilize the World
By Julia Grandison
​Rahaf Harfoush, a digital innovation and foresight strategist, is excited that we are living in the age of the architect, an age where everyday people can use technology to mobilize the world around them. She provides the example of Molly Katchpole, a 22-year-old nanny, who received a letter from Bank of America alerting her to a new $5 debit card fee. Upset and angry, Molly wrote about it on the web and then started an online petition using change.org. As a result of the press and the 300,000 signatures added to the petition in the first month alone, Bank of America backed down and eliminated the fee…MORE

#NAISAC14, Day One
By Bill Ivey
The National Association of Independent Schools is holding its annual conference right now, and as I have in some past years, I’ve resolved to try and read up on at least a portion of the many wonderful things happening there and reflect on them here. This installment follows the first full day….MORE

#NAISAC14: Opening General Session with John Chubb and Lyn Heward
By Lorri Carroll
The official opening of NAISAC14 was filled with excitement and energy. John Chubb’s first remarks as President were critically analyzed by everyone in the room. I was impressed with his tone and enthusiasm and liked what he had…MORE

#NAISAC14: The Distraction Addiction with author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
By Lorri Carroll
Although I couldn’t stay for this entire session because I needed to set up for my presentation, Alex’s talk was intriguing and I didn’t want to leave.  His book is now on my “to read” list. Being that I consider myself a self-proclaimed…MORE

Being Part of Something Larger than Ourselves
By Jenni Voorhees
This year’s NAIS Conference seemed to focus heavily on how “creative” companies keep their employees loyal, constantly challenged to grow, and personally rewarded for their contributions. We heard from Lyn Heward of Cirque du Soleil, who described the many…MORE

AC2014: Behind Door #3- Creative Transformation
By Ari Pinkus
With their artful uses of image and song, speakers Lyn Heward, John Quinones, and Eric Whitacre played up how transformation takes root and blossoms in our experience. Leading off Day 1, Heward, who was director of creation, president, and COO at Cirque du Soleil, drew on the senses as she urged attendees to “remember the radiance of the flower blossoming in the desert.”  I conjured up the beautiful image in my mind and reflected. Like a flower in the desert, transformation often starts with a small shift and then touches everything in its path…MORE

What’s Dangerous About the Grit Narrative, and How to Fix It
By Peter Gow
There’s been a great deal of buzz lately on the topic of grit. As educators we’re all for persistence, resilience, stick-to-it-ive-ness–the stuff of grit, right? But it turns out that there’s grit, and then there’s the way some people are talking about grit…MORE

NAIS
By Alex Soojung-Kim Pang (Featured Speaker at NAISAC14)
This week my wife and I were at the National Association of Independent Schools annual conference. I was giving a talk on contemplative computing and efforts by schools to promote mindfulness and wiser technology use; my wife was part of her school’s delegation…MORE

OTHER REFLECTIONS POSTED ON NAISAC14 COMMUNITY

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