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  • ThumbnailAn amazing night, many thanks to Vince for the IT support so we could stream it to our friends from out of town.  

  • ThumbnailTimo introduced me to a new game called Hive. The goal is to surround your opponents Queen Bee with tiles. I’ve played 5 games so far: 1W 1D 3L.

    I was most proud of the draw, because it broke the game. It was […]

  • Abram de Bruyn posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

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    This is ‘The ALC Network Vision Questionnaire’ that I submitted, it has only been edited for formatted and preserved here for future reference.


    Network Vision Questionnaire

    The ALC Network is […]

    • > The problems and challenges of the 21st Century need to be addressed by people connected to their own power and passions.

      I couldn’t agreem more! I think the use of a Bernie meme is a perfect way to illustrate this. Our culture seems to look to “leaders” who will make change which stems from our schooling which has us following authority figures as they decide our fate. People who understand their own power and agency in this world are the real change makers. This is one of the main features of ALC that drew me in.

      > I’m happy to say that I feel that ALCs generally ask the question of our kids: what are you doing to make your dreams come true?

      I find it hard to articulate this to parents when they ask “how will my child get into college”. We support kids choosing their own path and doing what they need to do to accomplish it. Even if someone doesn’t know what they want to do I feel that they will leave ALC with the knowledge to figure it out when the time is right.

      > To this end the community is developing their own ALF Summer program that will directly service these specific needs and others. This is ‘Network level’ work that is rooted in their needs and on their own initiative.

      This is how I see us managing the “scope creep” as communities grow within the ALC Network they can spin off into their own, focused scope. The ability for communities to split from the “main” branch of ALC should be a key part of the Network and further supports a need for a clear scope because it’s hard to split from an amorphous blob!

      > marketing for member schools

      I’m beginning to see the ALC Network as mainly a “marketing coop” which supports members with high level branding support as well as administrative support. Recently on a facilitation call I asked what people wished they had when starting their school and the response was legal and accounting support. Beyond that it’s access to a supportive community. Without the ALC Network to back me up I don’t know how I would have been able to do ALC Everett!

      I love your 5 year vision!

      > I hope that others recognize this diligence as an asset to the ALC project as much as I do.

      Yes! yes! yes!

      > Much like unschooling is un-fortunately defined by a negative.

      I liked @liam‘s interpretation that unschooling is a kind of zen art of moving beyond school rather than opposing it. Though like many things it’s popular definition hounds it.

      @abram this has been a pleasure to read and respond to. I am inspired to submit another vision! We are very lucky to have you playing with us.

    • First off, incredible post, @abram. I’m going to write a second comment, but first a reply.

      Right, John Holt was likely influenced by the “UnCola” ad, but so too was he, and the advertisers that made that ad, influenced by the philosophy of the “Un” as written about by Robert Pirsig and others. Wish I had references to cite here, but . . I don’t The idea is incredibly hard to research online because of it’s wording.

      Here’s an excerpt of something I wrote about the topic a few months ago. . .

      “. . .the Un in Unschooling is not actually the same un that you see in words like “undoing,” “unfair,” “unemployed.” It’s a deeper Un. It’s the un Un. And an Un that is exceedingly hard to define and more or less impossible to find other writings of on the internet due to the United Nations bugging up all the results. Unschooling is not un-schooling, it’s not a different spelling of “not-schooling,” it precisely is a thing, not just an anti thing. It’s schooling, schooling of the Un. It’s the Un that is not a specific thing, but is specifically the thing that the other thing isn’t. And it both is that and isn’t that.

      But that doesn’t really matter, because people think Unschooling is unschooling, so from an outsiders view the distinction is invisible.”

      I think that also applies to the “UnCola” and I think that’s what they were getting at with that ad. And I think the distinction has been lost to history.

      But who cares. . . I don’t why I’m writing this. But now that I’ve invested the time in writing this I guess I’ll just post it.

      Absolutely great writing, Abe!

      • Hey Liam, glad you mentioned the Robert M Pirsig connection – it hadn’t occurred to me at all. I read “ZAMM” years ago and only parts of “Lila”. It was pretty powerful stuff to read as a young teen. Might be worth a revisit given my current pre-occupations. I’m vaguely remembering something of what you are talking about here re: ‘Un’ and that seems right. The reference to the UnCola ad thingy is such a Pat Farenga reference (i.e. the kind of story that becomes disconnected when passed down from its historical time-place, no disrespect Pat), which I picked up from a documentary with him in it.

    • Great answers, @abram!

      >In five years time The ALC Network will be using its own financial resources to support Veteran ALFs moving into member ALC start-ups to work alongside ALF Summer initiated founders in their first year. There will be a clear expectation of the start-ups to repay this cost incrementally over an agreed period of time (months/years).

      Love this! Super well thought out. I think this should happen.

      I really like how you wrote about ALC Networks – plural. This is something I’ve talked with @drew about a little bit as well, and I think it’ll be very interesting to see unfold.

      I personally have a plan to start a second ALC Network – the Agile Unschooling Network, with its own buddypress network website. and everything. Could be cool to see how that works, but honestly that project might not take off quite as well without full time staff and CHs… We’ll see. Planning on working on this at #ALFWeekend2016.

      You wrote about network funding coming from ALCs, which is something I hope we can avoid for a while. I’m not exactly sure how the consulting-funding model that’s been talked about will work long term, but I hope it can sustain the network for a while. Consulting-funding might not be able to support multiple networks, though. Once there’s like a network in each country or state, then funding would probably need to come from member ALCs. Clearly you’re thinking ahead, Abe.

      I have a cold and sick-brain, so those are all my thoughts right now.

      Really well thought out, Abe. I’m glad there are people like you thinking about this.

  • ThumbnailAn amazing second week at the ALC.  I was so busy with all of the amazing things happening: like Liam/Lucy/Ingmar visiting, my parents visiting, a trip to the Uncommons, working at Teachers College and early phase […]

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     Abe and Askani getting deep into the blogging rabbit hole.

    Jacob: “Blogging rabbit hole? Meh. I live here.”

  • ThumbnailIn this session we met and planned to get the wall built.  Having collected a significant amount of cobble in the previous session, the next question was did we need stone bricks? There were actually a bunch of […]

  • ThumbnailWhat a whirlwind start to the year, can’t believe it’s only the first week.  Setting myself up for success at Teachers College, touching base with my ALC family, enjoying the good life of being home, and just […]

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  • This is such a great post, as always. I’ve been pretty lazy in recent years about how i discover new music. This pretty much sums up how it’s done these days. Internet is so wonderful. Research capacity!

    Imagine a time when people spent their days hanging out in the record stores and reading the back of LPs and (in my time) CDs, searching…[Read more]

  • ThumbnailAfter more than a month away from the Shed Men world, it was time to return to it with some fellow travelers.  The key lesson from my last post was that I was much more mindful when I was playing with others. […]

  • Also, looking forward to the spin offs that should be released this year. The one about the team that stole the original Death Star plans. Classic retro Star Wars will be awesome. (Never understood why prequel tech seemed more advanced than the originals, thanks GL).

  • Nice review Jacob. Yeah I’m pretty excited to talk about my theory, thanks @ryanshollenberger for mentioning it.

    Questions we should explore: who is Ray in relation to Kylo? Seems like they are playing out the Vader/Luke struggle of evil/good. I’m expecting a much more intelligent plot twist than ‘cousins’ fighting over dark/light FYI.

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    It has been a busy second week in Australia.  I actually missed out on posting about last week (will I get back to it?) as well as being kept so busy that I’ve got half a dozen other posts waiting in the wings. […]

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