This weekend, I watched the first TED talk below, which comes from Lucy McRae. McRae worked at Philips Electronics in the Far Future Design Research Lab. Some time ago, I watched the second TED talk below, which comes from Homaru Cantu and Ben Roche. Cantu and Roche utilize a research lab to design dining innovations for their Chicago restaurants Moto and ING.
If the future of schooling is as important as electronics and restaurant-ing, why aren’t more schools operating research and innovation labs or partnering together to do so? Sure, there are pockets of innovation in many schools – usually particular teachers who are innovating practice. But are there many systemic approaches to building and operating “school laboratories” within existing schools?! There should be! Transforming existing schools may depend on such R&D efforts.
Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body?
Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche: Cooking as alchemy
[NOTE: After I scheduled this post to auto-publish, John Burk left a great, related comment on 60-60-60 #32, so I am linking to it here. Also, @jbrettjacobsen and I talk quite a bit about this “school-within-a-school” idea – that existing schools seem to innovate by leveraging the non-monolithic nature of schools and amplifying the innovative practices, formal or informal institutes, etc. – essentially creating competition with oneself…two versions of one’s school. Interesting how this also relates to creative destruction concept.]
[NOTE #2: Sorry for length of this “60-word” post!]
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To all of you who follow Bo and are in the process of doing major construction or thinking about major construction: we re-built 80% of two campuses ($70 million) over just 7 years. Have won a ton of awards and it is the best thing our school has ever done in terms of program, admissions demand, etc. But I WISH I HAD IT TO DO OVER AGAIN! No matter how much flexibility we THOUGHT we were designing in, it was not enough for how we need to teach in the future. Almost makes me want to go work with architects who are designing schools and help them think bigger and more boldly than we ever have in the past.