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Presentation, Zen and Jazz

In my previous post in which I talked about the principales of the presentationーPIAPA, I said it was mainly based on my experience of performance, education, job, etc. But I realized later that I was actually influenced by my entire life experience, what I saw, heard, read, you name it.

And the first book which came to mind in this regard was “Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery” by Garr Reynolds (2011).

This great book shows us that the good presentation is tied to the concept of Zen (Buddhism) as well as Jazz music. As I am interested in three of them, this book was quite striking, and I think some people might feel that way, so I will share in this post.
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Shame and Perfection

What is your weak point? Are you willing to show it to others?

I was asked many times what my weak points were, especially during job interviews. And I have mentioned the same thing several times: tendency to seek for perfection. And from my experience, I get to have an answer to this.

Accept yourself and relax, because there is no such thing as perfection.

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What would you do if you were a school director 3

Almost everyone will agree that education helps to have a better life.
many people would criticize about today’s education system.
Some seem to know what kind of things are needed for the future.
Only a handfull of them actually change the conventional school system.

But is there any kind of specific school model for the future? I think the answer would be NO, and that’s the whole point, because as every student, community and culture are different, the ways to learn and teach are to adjusted to its differences. So is the school design.

In this post, I will introduce one book and one article on re-thinking about school education, then I ask a question (I hope you don’t remember the title of this post by then).

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Development and Debate

Today, I want to talk about three books on development. I think these are good one to figure out the both the history and the current trend of the development.

①    Jeffrey Sachs. (2005). The End of Poverty

I could say that international organizations reflects on his view. Sachs headed the United Nations Millennium Project, putting focus on 8 Millennium  Development Goals, two of which are about education (universal primary education and no gender gap)
Sachs argues that the developed world can afford to raise the poorest countries out of extreme poverty; he agrees with the MDG’s calculation that 0.7 percent of the combined gross national product of first-world countries would be sufficient to achieve that goal.

②    William Easterly. (2006). The White Man’s Burden

He criticized Sachs by claiming that big plan has not been working as it had planned. He addresses that planner uses top-down approach whereas searcher seeks for bottom-up and relevant way to solve the problem. The former tends to fail since it lacks of evaluation and accountability while the latter tends to have both which is the key for success.

③    Alvin So. (1990), Social Change and Development

This is more like a guidebook to understand various theories on development.
For example, Easterly often mansions about the Rostow’s “take off” theory in which developing countries will take off toward the development (Western path) through aid.
In my view, Both Sachs and Easterly make sense, but I take Easterly’s side rather than Sacks’ given that I am starting to believe less in BIG things, which I originally wanted to do when I decided to go for developing career.

Since I started living in the U.S. I realized the importance of debating skills.The material which made me want to improve debating skills is “The Great Debaters”

“Debate is combat, but the weapons are words!”

The End of Poverty

“End of Poverty” by Jeffrey Sachs  (2005)

This is the guy who devoted his life(still alive) to economic study.

This is the pioneer of MDGs.

I’m on his game. We should do something on poverty.

Tommorrow is my last day of the work. I wonder how the future will be when my students become adults.

Trade off

“Tradeoff” by Kevin Maney (2009)

“Quality simple”
The former is to be loved, the latter is to be needed.
To be loved, it has to have aura, personality, whereas the price, usage are needed to be needed.
“You sometimes have to waste and challenge to be eather one of them. If you try to hit two birds with one stone, you will miss both of them”
“Strengthen your strength” I think we have to find the strength, which needs experience.

Think, it’s free

I’ll start my book review. I don’t know how long it will last.
But it’s free to try

“Think It’s Free” Joaquin Lorente (2010)

“DO have time to think about yourself, at least 10 min a day”
“Know that you don’t know many things”
“Brain is sponge, try to absorb, instead of waiting”
“Fear stops you before you start”
“Order is exposing, persuasion is changing from inside”
“Pride <=> attract”

It’s not a review!!