Entrepreneurial Learning

This is the meeting for the week of May 15, 2017 through May 21, 2017

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: Entrepreneurial Learning
Program Description: Master educator Aaron Eden shares his experience in developing programs that curate entrepreneurial learning experiences with schools and communities around the world, and discusses barriers and opportunities along the road to supporting entrepreneurial learners.
Speaker: Aaron Eden, master educator & Co-Founder of The Eliad Group

Is this your first time to visit us? If so, welcome to our weekly online meeting! To complete our meeting, please continue reading from here to the bottom of this page. 

Each Monday our week’s meeting is posted early in the morning, U.S. Pacific Time. These meetings are designed so that you can read and watch what we post anytime during the week. The entire meeting takes about 60 minutes to complete, with the video conference recording of the program being the bulk of the time.

Note that you can easily read this meeting with your favorite device, so feel free to take our meeting on the go with you; read it while on public transit, waiting in line for coffee, or even at the park! Please also make sure to complete the attendance form at the bottom and leave a comment. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Message from President Mitty

Happy Dollars this week.

New to our meetings? Then I want to welcome you to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley’s online meeting! Every week we curate inspiring and educational content in an online format like the one you’re seeing here. As you continue reading, watching, and scrolling, our hope is that you’ll leave feeling a little bit more inspired. As an online Rotary club, we have these asynchronous meetings online, but we also meet in-person in the Silicon Valley / San Francisco bay area for service projects and for social events. Keep reading on, and feel free to also join us for one of our in-person events if you can make it!

This week we have an exciting master educator speak to us in our program. I’m thrilled that past president Rushton Hurley was able to introduce Aaron to us via a recording, but also grateful that Rushton was able to preside and to record the program. With my past few weeks full of travel to different Rotary conferences that I have been sharing my message at, it’s been so helpful to have amazing members like Rushton step up to introduce new guest speakers and to initiate recordings. Members, any of you can introduce a new guest speaker via email. And if you have any interest, I would also love to give you the opportunity to preside over a recording — you just let me know! While the recording this week is a little bit longer than our usual recording, it’s packed with very interesting and inspiring thoughts, and I know you will all enjoy it!

Two shoutouts. 

The first shoutout is to new member Megan Breyer. The world is small, and Rotary makes it even smaller. This past weekend when I spoke at the District 5130 Conference up in Lake Tahoe, the Assistant Governor they had introducing me happened to be Lori Breyer, Megan’s mom. While Lori has been scheduled to introduce me for several months now (she was the master of ceremonies for that session), Lori had only realized a week ago that Megan had joined the same club I’m part of. That made the introduction even more meaningful. Megan, we’re glad to have you with us, but your mom could not be prouder about how she’s so happy you’re a Rotarian now. And to the right is a photo as proof. 🙂

The second shoutout is for this week’s happy dollars. Happy dollars is an opportunity every week to put some money into the karma jar, and share with us something good that has happened to you recently. While our happy dollars proceeds usually go towards funding amazing club projects, once in a while we have our happy dollars dedicated towards a special cause. This week and next week all happy dollar donations will be going towards helping sponsor a leadership training for young leaders from ages 18 through 30 at the Big West Rotaract Institute. There’s more information about it in the happy dollars segment, but we’re proud that our own member (and educator) Yvonne Kwan is the Chair of this year’s Big West Rotaract Institute.

Keep up the great work everyone! And please don’t forget to share some info either in happy dollars or in the comments about what you’ve been up to recently!

Yours in service,

Mitty Chang, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley
[email protected]

Weekly Inspiration: The Many Ways to Save the World

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change. This week we are featuring a video from Great Big Story about three ways three different groups are helping to save the world through sustainability.

Sustainability is more than a buzzword; it’s a global movement and a call to action. From backyard DIY projects to companies that hold themselves to the highest ecological standards, sustainability comes in many different forms. When a Girl Scout troop discovered a way to turn Styrofoam into nontoxic glue, they instantly became part of this ecological movement. As did LifeStraw, a company dedicated to bringing clean water to developing countries with the help of high-tech filtration systems. At home, companies like method are championing green manufacturing, starting with their LEED-certified factory. These stories demonstrate how sustainability innovations can come from anywhere—backyard to beyond.

Inspiring to see so many different groups innovating to help make our world cleaner!

Laughing Out Loud (L.O.L.) with our Lady of LOLs

We believe that laughing a little every day keeps you healthier. Every week we try to share with you something that will make you smile! This section is curated by Rotarian Yvonne Kwan, our club’s “Lady of LOLs.”

From Yvonne: “May 19th is National Bike to Work Day! Have you grown two-tired of my jokes yet?
What do you get if you cross a bike and a flower?
Bicycle petals!
Why are bank tellers not allowed to ride bicycles?
They tend to lose their balance.
Do you know what is the hardest part of learning to ride a bike?
The pavement.

Coffee with a Rotarian

A natural part of Rotary is the networking and the fellowship you get out of meeting other Rotarians. Coffee with a Rotarian is a program of our club where we match our members with other Rotarians that they haven’t had a chance to really get to talk to. This program is organized by member Tzviatko Chiderov.

In this week’s Coffee with a Rotarian, we are continuing a feature on a digital meet up between members Kristi Govertsen (USA) and Nathan Gildart (Japan). In last week’s meeting, Kristi talked about what she learned about Nate. This week, Nate is sharing with us what he learned about Kristi!

Here is what Nate had to say about Kristi:

Thanks for sharing, Nate! Check in next week for more Coffee with a Rotarian updates!

For Members Only: Updates

This segment of the meeting is dedicated to our club members. This section includes announcements and new initiatives. Guests, you are welcome to read this section or just skip it.

New Website Updates

“Webmaster Mitty here. (Wearing a couple of hats this year.) Several updates and improvements to the core system of the website have been made over the past week. In addition to moving the website to a significantly faster web host, the website now has caching enabled to help improve the page loading speed. The way caching works is that it tells your browser to save common elements of the site that are constantly re-used (like the header and footer) onto your local computer for a few days, so that the pages load faster for you. We now also have a secure SSL https:// connection available. You might notice a green bar in the browser now, indicating the page is secure. While our donation and payment forms have always been secure since they are embedded forms, the rest of the site is now secure too. (Meaning the data is encrypted as it is sent.) The homepage has also been getting some tweaks, including the new featured programs section at the bottom. The join page has also been updated to reflect new benefits and information. And finally, the Our Members page has been added and updated with all current members. If you want to change your picture on that page, please just email me a new photo at [email protected]  – More website updates coming in the next couple of months!”

Past Member Announcements:

  • Club Fundraiser on August 6 “A Taste of Good with Rotary” in Livermore, CA: Looking for help, donations, gift prizes, etc! Email Andrew Taw
  • Message from Treasurer-elect Heather on Automatic Dues: Make sure to check your emails! We are switching our system over to automatic dues rather than manual payment. Treasurer-elect Heather has more info for you!
  • TRF Challenge coins: Members who donate the following amounts will receive the following coins: $1000 – Gold, $500 – Silver, $200 – Bronze. Go ahead and request your Challenge Coin via the online form here then! 
  • Service Blotter Submissions: Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we hold regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley every month! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of our events and service projects listed here.

Also be sure to join our Meetup Group for automatic calendar updates and to RSVP for our events! These are open to all guests as well!

Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley

Fremont, CA
124 Members & Guests

Calling all service-minded entrepreneurs, foodies, and community leaders! This group is for anyone interested in innovation, community service, education, business networking,…

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Beer O’Clock Networking at Faction Brewery

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 4:00 PM
7 Attending

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Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

More events coming soon! All events are open to guests, unless otherwise mentioned. Feel free to join us! If you ever have questions, please email [email protected]

Network: Online Happy Hour #2 – Tue. May 16, 2017 from 7pm-8pm PT on the club Zoom Channel

Join us for our second online happy hour in May! Everyone brings their own beverage and drinks in front of their webcams as we all socialize across borders and continents. You can join at 7 PM Pacific Time (that’s San Francisco or Cupertino time) on Tuesday, May 9 at this link: https://zoom.us/j/7489282423

Socialize: Beer O’Clock at Faction Brewery – Sat. May 27, 2017 from 4pm-6:30pm in Alameda, California

Beer O’Clock Networking at Faction Brewery

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 4:00 PM

Faction Brewery
2501 Monarch Street Alameda, CA

7 Members & Guests Attending

Kick back with Rotarians and awesome people for a relaxing Saturday social hour starting at 4 PM and running until 6:30 PM at the famous Faction Brewery in Alameda, California! Rumor is that one of our Aussie members will also be flying in to join us for some drinks! Guests are welcome!Come with your favorite stories, jokes, drinking games, or jus…

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FellowShip: Sailing with Rotary – Mon. May 29, 2017 from 9:30am-2:30pm at the Tradewinds Sailing Club in Richmond, California

FellowShip: Sailing with Rotary!

Monday, May 29, 2017, 9:30 AM

Tradewinds Sailing School and Club
2580 Spinnaker Way Richmond, CA

7 Members & Guests Attending

Join the Rotarians of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley as we go sailing from the piers of Richmond to Angel Island on Memorial Day Monday!Our ship will be captained by our own member, “Skipper” Kenneth Oku! We’ll be sharing stories, getting to know one and another better, and exploring the bay as sailors! (No sailing experience required to atten…

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Network: Rotary International Convention – June 10-14, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Join over 35,000 Rotarians from around the world at the annual Rotary convention! This year’s convention will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and features the centennial celebration of The Rotary Foundation! The Rotary International Convention is the largest regular gathering of Rotarians, and is also one of the best networking opportunities anyone can ever experience. Our Rotary eClub will have member events and experiences in Atlanta! Come join us in Atlanta! Members, be sure to let President Mitty know the dates you will be there!

Our club’s event chair: Mitty Chang

Special: Club Charity Fundraiser “A Taste of Good with Rotary” – Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Retzlaff Vineyard in Livermore, California

Save the date for Sunday, August 6, 2017 for our club’s first annual charity fundraiser! This delicious food and wine lunch event will indulge your taste buds while we enjoy amazing company, live music, silent auctions, auctions, and ticket drawings. More info coming soon.

Our club’s event chair: Andrew Taw

Happy Dollars: Do Good by Sharing Something Good

Each week we ask our members to share stories with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal of this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each fellow members and guests, while giving back to a good cause.

Happy dollars is an opportunity to share something positive that has happened in your life whether it is personal or business. Think of it as your opportunity to brag a little, but also put a little bit into a karma jar. The money donated through happy dollars is put to charitable use, and the message that you leave for happy dollars will be posted in our online meeting the following week for the entire week for folks to see! (Pending that it’s appropriate!)

Last week’s happy dollars went towards our club’s general fund. Here were the happy dollars donations from last week:

Thank you to member Rory Olsen for his $15 donation to the Polio Plus fund! Rory had this to say:
“All is well.”

Thank you to member Tzviatko Chiderov for his generous $10 donation to Polio Plus fund! Tzviatko had this to say:
“This week I had the great pleasure of meeting another member of our club – Richard Knaggs for the first time. Richard and I had a nice chat and dinner in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday. He is an amazing human and I’m so glad we had a chance to meet. I’d like to dedicate my donation to Polio Plus.”

Thank you to member C Alexander for her generous $20 donation! She had this to say:
Glad the club has a new member who shares my passion for Swing dancing, Lindy and the Big Band music of WWII!

Thank you to member Kristi Govertsen for her generous $10 donation! Kristi had this to say:
“Life is great, spring is finally arrived in Montana, and I’ve been enjoying connecting with my Rotary friends both here and afar this last month. An extra special, “Thank you!” to Mitty Chang for doing some checking-up on me when I was super-duper sick this last winter. His kind words and lovely notes were definitely a bright spot!”

Thank you to member Brian Liddicoat for his generous $15 donation! Brian had this to say:
“Excited for our End Polio Now update this week”

Thank you all for your donations last week!

This week’s happy dollars donations will be donated to Big West Rotaract MDIO to help sponsor their 4th annual Big West Rotaract Institute, where they train new Rotaract club presidents and officers from across the west coast! Here’s a message about where your money is going:

Happy dollars is also a great opportunity to share with the group about something good that has happened to you, while giving back to a great cause like helping train young Rotaract leaders.

Starting this week, for only two weeks, 100% of the happy dollars contributions will be sent to Big West Rotaract, with our club matching up to $250 of that! Your $5 donation will turn into a $10 donation for supporting the next generation of leaders!

So what are you happy about? Share with us below, and help support one of our future leaders!

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Selected Six

Every week at the bottom of our meetings, there is a comments section for members and guests to tell us what they enjoyed about the meeting or to ask questions to the speaker. We select six comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.

Here are six comments selected from last week’s meeting about End Polio Now Update:

Member Angela Hoang (Sydney, Australia) had this to say:
“Thanks everyone again, distance doesn’t really feel like an issue when you’re part of an E-club so I’m really glad to be a part of this Rotary club and I’m counting down the days to Atlanta – not too many to go now! Thanks Cecilia on your talk on the state of polio eradication at present, at Uni we were taught about the importance of vaccination and polio eradication was always cited as a prime example of how vital vaccination is to eradicating debilitating diseases but watching your presentation really highlighted to me how people are working tirelessly everyday to really crush this disease once and for all. Sometimes it’s easy just to read the statistics but the story behind the scenes are just as, if not even more important. Thanks again for all your hard work!”

Guest Maxi Bustos (California, USA) had this to say:
“Another excellent meeting! Congratulations Megan and Angela for becoming rotarians 🙂 Thanks Cecelia for the update on the End Polio efforts, is great to see that we are so close. Are we already thinking on our next big project?”

Member Mahmood Khan (California, USA) had this to say:
“Welcome Megan and Angela. Love to see you be part of our Rotary eClub. Great update on Polio. Thank you Cecelia. I just hope the next three countries will also join the Eradicated countries soon. Another thought, since we have an infrastructure for eradicating Polio in place and has proven to be valuable (ref – Nigeria), What would it take to TO USE THIS TO ERADICATING POVERTY AND TO PROVIDE BASIC EDUCATION WW? Is there plan for either at world level? I wonder if we can! Thank you Cecelia. PS: I loved the Chicken jokes. thank you Yvonne. Still LOL….”

Member Megan Breyer (California, USA) had this to say:
“So wonderful hearing an update on a project I’ve heard about for as long as I can remember. Rotary really does a lot of good in this world! Thanks for sharing, Cecelia! And thanks for the warm welcome, Mitty!!!” (And here is a link to Megan’s Etsy page in case anyone was wondering!)

Guest Fernando Morales had this to say:
“On an unrelated note, I also wanted to share this picture of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. I worked there with a nonprofit for a couple of years and recently had the opportunity to go back through a work trip. Rotary Clubs, mainly in the US were big supporters of this nonprofit. It was a great trip and it was particularly rewarding to see that a vocational education program that I used to manage- and which was funded through a Rotary Global Grant -was doing really well, growing, and reaching more people. I was fortunate enough to have experienced the impact of Rotary which funded health, education, water and other community development initiatives within our organization. It was good to go back and see that those initiatives were moving forward. I had this eClub in mind while I was there, I hope you like it!”

Member Richard Knaggs (South Africa) had this to say:
“Welcome Megan and Angela, this is truly an amazing club to be a part of. Well Done Kristi for doing the good work of coffee with a Rotarian. I was lucky and privileged enough to meet up with Tzviatko Chiderov, the brain child of this programme, at the beginning of this week in Johannesburg. What a great man. It is good to see that the fight against polio is almost done. Thank you for the update Cecelia. I also have friends who do not vaccinate their children because of the “autism” claims. I just hope and pray their children do not get exposed to the virus.”

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this week’s meeting after you watch the program below, and perhaps you’ll see your comment featured next week!

Tip: If you participate in the monthly photo contest via the comments, you’re much more likely to be featured in the next week’s meeting! Guests can participate too! Read our Members segment of our meeting to learn more about the theme for this month.

Program: Entrepreneurial Learning

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week our guest this week is Aaron Eden, master educator and Co-Founder of The Eliad Group.

Our inherited education system, built during an age of information scarcity on an assembly line model, is actively reducing the skills needed to survive and thrive in the emerging future. While many schools are trying to play catch up by offering STEM classes, entrepreneurship classes, and more, we find ourselves still locked into outdated paradigms. The problems with education are not what we teach, but how. Entrepreneurial learning addresses this problem and provides the skills needed for the emergent future, as the matrix within which all information is learned. Master educator Aaron Eden shares his experience in developing programs that curate entrepreneurial learning experiences with schools and communities around the world, and discusses barriers and opportunities along the road to supporting entrepreneurial learners.
Aaron Eden has been transforming education since way back when he hacked his own high school experience. He has been creating and facilitating novel learning experiences for others ever since. Aaron is equally at home facilitating learning experiences with students, co-creating new definitions of success with cross-stakeholder school groups, and working with school administrations clarifying vision and developing strategic plans. Aaron believes there is nothing more important for a sustainable future than re-framing how we approach education. His education transformation consulting firm, Eliad Group, works with schools around the world to evolve their learning and organizational practices.

Members and guests, please join us in welcoming Aaron!

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Upcoming Program Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 30 to 45 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.

Upcoming Recordings:

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If you would like to join us for any of the live recordings, please email [email protected] with your request. Requests will be checked up until 5 minutes prior to the recording time. Please note the timezone is all California, USA time.

You’re Almost Done! One last thing: The Attendance Survey…

Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done. First, we have a very short attendance survey below for you to fill out to record your attendance.

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  • Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

    Very interesting discussion today. I’m excited to learn about your programs Aaron and hope that more schools embrace your techniques and philosophies. As a huge fan of design thinking in the workplace, and someone who has used it with teens to design programs, it would be great to think that everyone entering the workforce would be prepared with this training! Loved the coffee chat video! And, the jokes always make me smile. Thanks.

  • Rory Olsen


    Thank you for a great, thought-provoking program.

  • Nate – thanks for the tour of Asagaya! Enjoyed the environmental video, too. Aaron, the focus on how to get students thinking about their possibilites in ways that help them see paths for their future is sooo important. Thanks for pushing the conversation forward!

  • Tzviatko Chiderov

    Aaron, great presentation.

  • Aaron, the off camera to help yours is real. As I’m in the film/ video world when you need assistance or simply contacts I’m available. Love your enthusiasm. Your way of teaching ( students learning , more accrately) is the future and we need to embrace and spread the word.
    Great presentation!

    • Chris – great to have met, and I really appreciate your offer of support from the film/video world. Let’s see what develops!

  • C Alexander

    Really interesting discussion on education, plus the video on global sustainability projects and Nate’s wonderful Coffee with a Rotarian evening stroll in Tokyo.

    Aaron, I was glad when you mentioned the need for critical thinking skills. I would also stress a strong need for cultural literacy both as a means to enhance understanding between students engaging in any entrepreneurial endeavor and their targeted group, and as a great foundation which places diverse students on a strong shared footing, regardless of their backgrounds or economic status.

    I received a wonderful traditional education which gave me the tools to feel comfortable while engaging in any topic or situation, regardless of my mastery of particular subject matter. My traditional education also taught me to think outside the box creatively, when approaching new situations or brainstorming ideas, since I had fabulous public high school instructors who were mavericks themselves.

    STEAM rather than STEM is where it’s at, in my opinion. My academic and fine arts training taught me to view what could be, then to produce that new entity with technical tools and materials, both on time and in a polished, completed manner. Those qualities translated later to entrepreneurial efforts, whether working on a team or as a solo designer.

    I think the danger lies in shortchanging students who come from backgrounds lacking in cultural literacy from core knowledge training, then placing them in new entrepreneurial models. Those students deserve a strong background in world history, literature and politics, as well as math and science skills, to give them the best tools to succeed and relate to others they will interact with throughout their lives.

    Ironically, I found Silicon Valley to be stifling when growing up here due to the emphasis on product innovation, project management and computer development. Having a focus on the arts and cutural literacy gave me ( and many of my teenaged friends) the space to develop internal and manifest creativity, despite the huge local push to develop a lucrative career spot in the burgeoning tech industries here, which places so much undue pressure on local students to compete in arenas which may have nothing to do with their internal goals or values.

    In my life as a Silicon Valley public librarian I will never forget the mother who rejected a colorful picture book popular with most toddlers. The mother told me that her daughter, at 18 months, would find the picture book “too silly,” since her toddler was “only interested in academic subjects.”

    • A big “yes” to all of your comments! Especially to the importance of cultural literacy and arts as part of the whole package. Again, for me, the major change we need to make in education is not WHAT we teach, but HOW. I’ve seen cultural literacy taught in command and control ways that are destructive, and ways that are transformative. It’s all about the how. And when you are engaging with learners based on their interests, and supporting them in directing their own learning, the possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing your perspective!

      • Catherine A

        I agree! I learned best in classes which were less structured, more collaborative and more project-focused, where ideas were discussed on their merits, rather than in classrooms where “correct” answers were repeatedly “implanted” by rote, before testing.

        So many creative students fail in the “read, rote and test” system, which is based on test result-based teaching. That model is not the fault of instructors, who are themselves judged by the test results of their students, in school districts. (I worked for a high school district before earning my MLIS.)

        Aaron, your ideas are really refreshing and I hope they become the trend for future educators.

        As a librarian who took library books and programs to a continuation high school, I observed that students in those institutions had tremendous fears about their futures, since their repeated experience was an inability to succeed in traditional classrooms, based on home problems or behavioral issues, or both. Ironically, once these students had “permission” to view success as a career in a non-academic area, they thrived and found a way forward.

        It’s ironic that it also seemed that the most successful adults in my high school were those who marched to their own drummers, who did not do well in the seated, “read, rote and test” system, yet who later created their own businesses (and solid marriages and relationships.)

        Those who tested well in my high school class, placing them at the top tier of my class academically, in many cases did not do as well in their personal or career lives when they had to forge their own paths. Of course, my comments reflect only one school and are certainly not meant to be representational of all students who test well on the ACT or SAT, or those who are among the top academic tier.

        It seems that testing scores and teaching for testing scores in seated classrooms are often not an indication of later success (meaning stable careers, advanced degrees, career flexibility or businesses), nor of personal stability.

  • Nathan Gildart

    Aaron, I was really jazzed about your presentation and chatting with you. I agree fully with your points of view with regard to how we’re missing out on providing our kids with relevant learning opportunities. Mass education ass we know it was designed for the “industrial” economy, which just doesn’t work anymore. A very inspiring presentation. I may contact you in the future asking you to speak to one of our educator groups at future professional development sessions. Fantastic stuff!

    Nice joke Yvonne – I LOVE my mountain bike!

    • Nathan – let’s definitely stay connected. I’d love to visit Japan, so do keep me posted on any opportunities there! Looked for you on LinkedIn but couldn’t find you. I’m here https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronmeden/ if you want to connect. Cheers!

  • Carey Lai

    Aaron, Thank you for sharing.

  • Nicole Pham

    Thank you Aaron for sharing knowledge I didn’t know before!

  • Jaiki Alves

    Amazing meeting! Aron, Thanks for sharing.. Congrats!!!

  • Thanks for your comments, everyone. Loving the engagement!

  • BDL

    Wow; with two kids in elementary school, this program certainly hit home with me! Thanks!

  • ShagsCA

    Very interesting stuff this week. Thanks, Aaron!

  • Brett Sham

    Aaron, thanks for a great presentation.

  • Raquel D. Juncal

    Due to the complexity of today’s world, education demands more knowledge and skills than in the past. It requires a comprehensive education that forms citizens with a broad vision of their reality, and includes a humanistic dimension and contact with the great manifestations of culture and art. Quality education contributes to productivity and economic growth, reflected in better social conditions and more harmonious development of communities. What is important is that the student moves from being a passive observer to an active participant where he thinks, critically, about the arguments that are being presented. Thanks for a great presentation, Aaron!

  • Aaron thanks for the presentation; I definitely could see how separating and giving students this wonderful opportunity could have such great value! Also thank you for the unique perspective on how bullying is being cultivated.

  • Yvonne Kwan

    Turning styrofoam into glue?! How cool!!

    Nate, your CWR videos are always awesome! We get a chance to learn a bit more about you and Japan AND we get to hear you tell us about your partner — sweet! (Also a bit sad now that we missed out on Asagaya during our last trip — oh well, next time!)

    Aaron, thank you for your presentation! I think you’ll be pleased to know that the teacher candidate program I am a part of is working towards shaking up the conventional way we think about school (which is sorely outdated). Everything you’ve said about tapping into the humanness of teaching is where education needs to be. There’s a time and a place for kids to learn how to sit and listen, but for the most part, they need to be up DOING things in order to properly learn. Awesome stuff!

  • Richard Knaggs

    Hello Aaron. I am very excited to make contact with you and what an amazing programme. I agree with you in every way, What we do at our school is we introduce programmes where our kids can solve real world problems as you do. This includes FLL, WRO and Technovation. When our kids have an authentic audience their passion and motivation explodes. Homework is self-driven and is actually self motivated research and development. Our students have done the following:

    – Have developed an app called Simple Learning Time in collaboration with two Junior Preparatory teachers in order to help teach Grade one to three learners how to tell the time.
    – Team Infinity developed around the concept of oceanic preservation. They have built a scale model of a fully autonomous boat that, given a set of coordinates of boundaries to operate in, cleans up large bodies of water with a rotating blade that scoops up buoyant trash from the surface. This trash can be dumped at a collection area once full, where it can be collected for recycling. The goal of this project is to clean the oceans and dams.
    – Team HyperionBots designed a horse bit that massively reduces the damage to horses’ nerve, bone and cranial structure caused by the use of horse bits by jockeys, whilst still retaining its effectiveness.
    – Team AppSoutely SMT created the mobile app, SAFELINE, as an initiative to solve a problem in their community – CRIME. The app is intended to connect communities and neighbourhood watches and unite them in an attempt to reduce crime by allowing the user to report any incidents to the authorities promptly. The app intends to complement existing safety systems and work with the various authorities in an attempt to make the neighbourhood a safer place to live in. The application contains a panic button which tracks your location and alerts authorities, a map feature displaying your current location and a list of customisable emergency numbers. Future plans include the implementation of an in-app messaging service, a profile feature and a detailed report function that will allow you to report a crime or any suspicious activity that you have witnessed.

    Our kids are incredible and have amazing ideas. We need to encourage them to explore and implement these ideas so they can make a real difference in the world.

  • john lozano

    Aaron, thanks for your presentation. As a educator, I always enjoy hearing about different ways to approach education and “how” we teach and engage students. Keep up the great work.

  • mahmood khan

    Thank you Aaron.
    Education is a tool to get out of poverty or should I say “Education is our Vaccine to protect us from poverty.”

    Love the joke about Accountants losing balance. The other reason why they don’t ride a bike is because they can affords several cars!

  • Leanza Tupfer

    The weekly inspiration video really resonated with me, especially the note that sustainability is key, and not meant to be a privilege. I believe that our society is still only beginning to see the importance of sustainability, as many corporations are starting to recognize that to retain millennial talent, their work needs to drive some social good in the world. I hope that the groups in the video are able to scale up their methods so more populations can have access to clean drinking water, green manufacturing, and nontoxic glue. So inspired to see the various ways we can positively impact the world!

  • Kristi Govertsen

    Phew! Made it back from a trip from to Alaska (where I had almost no cell or internet service) just in time to attend this week’s meeting. Thank you, Aaron, for the awesome program, and thank you, Nate, for the groovy walk and talk (with music too!) about our Coffee with a Rotarian chat!

  • Aaron, a fabulous presentation. Your final 10 minutes encapsulate so many of the challenges the education faces, and what I have been saying and doing with students. Thank you for sharing, and I hope we have an opportunity to speak in the future.

  • Maxi Bustos

    Aaron, thanks for your presentation, really interesting stuff.

  • Angela Hoang

    Thanks Aaron for your presentation, the best educators are those who keep striving to have their messages heard and you are no different!


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