The School of Everything is a simple and cleverly executed idea by a web start-up company who say, only slightly tongue in cheek, that they hate the Internet.
The idea is that we all have something to learn ... and may well have something we can teach, informally if not formally. Why not use an online matching system to help learners and teachers get together? But instead of thinking that can all be done online, help people to meet up and get to know and learn from each other as fully as possible. The comic strip tells it all.
I knew most of this before going along to a workshop today on Designing for the 21st Century, organised by my friends at PRaDSA (Practical Design for Social Action).
Andy invited us all do something really simple: stick post-it notes on a board with corners labeled social, action, free, and (I think I remember) paid for. It very quickly started us talking about what we were looking for, and what we could offer - which is a good-enough way of starting any sort of workshop. The neat hack is that Andy has now invited us to carry on the matching on a little Freeschool micro-site within the main School site.
I met Andy through the RSA Networks site, which he and Saul Albert have developed, and will no doubt see more of him at the Social Innovation Camp where I'm really interested in his Partner Up proposal ... but that's another story. There's only so much Internet-assisted learning I can take before bed-time.
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