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abacusfilm
Aug 20, 2018
In School Frameworks
Punta Mona is a dynamic learning community living off-grid on Costa Rica's east coast. Best known for Permaculture design, but they also offer learning experiences yoga, medicinal plants and much more. in their words: Permaculture is a philosophy and practice of ecological design that doesn’t tell you what to do – it teaches you how to think. Permaculture equips you with the toolkit to create the world you dream of living in. This course is perfect if you are looking to challenge the current paradigm of where our food and water come from, the way we are constructing our villages and towns, and how we live our day-to-day. Our PDC grads have gone on to become changemakers all over the world, designing their own land projects, founding eco-communities, redesigning their businesses, spearheading policy change, and continuing to teach the permaculture principles and ethics. http://puntamona.org/#experience
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abacusfilm
Aug 20, 2018
In School Frameworks
Minerva is an innovative new model for higher education. Students live together in seven different city around the world each semester and take classes in video conferences with top professors in each discipline. From their website: Minerva is deeply principled, never losing sight of our mission: Nurturing Critical Wisdom for the Sake of the World. We are intensely focused on improving the future by enhancing student potential to lead the development of innovative solutions to the most complex challenges of our time. The following seven Guiding Principles inform all of our actions, ensuring our efforts support everything we stand for. Being Unconventional We are unique, standing apart from other universities and other ways of learning. We believe there is a better way and refuse to settle for the status quo. We challenge conventional thinking, anticipating needs and desires, and championing novel approaches. By delivering the unexpected — that which brings a sense of mystery, or a moment of delight — we encourage further discovery. We never do things simply because others do, instead we develop different, more effective solutions. Being Human We are deeply curious and cosmopolitan. We embrace the energy and complexity of the world, seeking to understand the diverse cultures we live in. We build relationships through respectful, personal connections. By celebrating the power of different perspectives, we promote mutual understanding and shared ideas. We eliminate barriers to human interaction, emphasizing meaningful contact. Being Confident We are bold and decisive, unwavering in our commitment and beliefs. We take informed risks and make prudent decisions, without fear of failure. We approach challenges directly, working through adversity and complexity. By acting with conviction, we are able to advance our progressive vision for the future. We act with clear intent and strong judgment, yet understand that confidence does not mean hubris or arrogance. Being Thoughtful We continually analyze, evaluate, and examine, incorporating depth and dimension. We look for things others do not see, including details and information that add nuance and levels of interest beyond what is immediately evident. We are considered in our own views, initiating discussion and debate, and treating those that disagree with dignity and respect. We never accept superficial thinking or lack of due diligence and expect others to engage with the same level of depth and scrutiny. Being Selective We are prestigious, exacting, and rigorous, attracting the finest talent in the world. We focus our time and attention on the people, institutions, and initiatives that are most important for our collective success. We carefully consider what we present to the world, producing high quality with clear intention. We are not suitable for everyone, but neither are we elitist. Being Authentic We communicate openly and candidly, addressing people directly and conveying heartfelt emotion. We welcome honest dialogue, even about sensitive or controversial topics. We impart accurate information with genuine sincerity, building trust and establishing mutual respect. We avoid anything artificial, false, or contrived; hyperbole breeds suspicion and erodes credibility. Being Driven We are ambitious, always pushing to transcend the commonplace. We look for opportunities to improve, refining our approach, and enhancing the outcomes for our students and the world. We work to reach apotheosis, the highest point of achievement. Only by constantly striving to excel will we realize our full potential. We never settle for “good enough”; if we can’t accomplish excellence, we pursue a different route. https://www.minerva.kgi.edu/about/
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abacusfilm
Aug 20, 2018
In School Frameworks
from their website: The intentions of Brockwood Park School, stated in Krishnamurti's many public talks and books, can be summarised as follows: To educate the whole human being; To explore what freedom and responsibility are in relationship with others and in modern society; To see the possibility of being free from self-centered action and inner conflict; To discover one's own talent and what right livelihood means; To awaken a sense of excellence in academic studies and everyday conduct; To learn the proper care, use and exercise of the body; To appreciate the natural world, seeing our place in it and responsibility for it; and To find the clarity that may come from having a sense of order and valuing silence. https://www.jkrishnamurti.org/schools
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