I read a great quote today from Hugh MacLeod:
People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.
So let’s go back to the beginning and watch our kids grow up. Think how much they learn and how much they change – seemingly in front of our very eyes.
We – parents, family, teachers – are not changing them, they are changing themselves, driven by a innate curious to understand and orient and reorient, no stone left unturned.
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I often used to annoy my mum with my ‘cleverness’ – y’know, glib responses to important questions, portraying her 40-odd years of experience had nothing on a random school playground conversation with a friend. Very annoying, especially when I was right! “Aaaah, you fiendish child!” she would often retort. It is a term that often now comes to mind when my eldest, Lola, tries on her all-knowingness routine. What goes around, comes around. — When I think about issues and opportunities arising from the discussion around social business and technology and the changing nature of work, I keep searching for something supremely, … Continue reading You Fiendish Child! Letting The Kids Cut Through Workplace Bullshit
The TMWK Manifesto begins with curiosity – and, if push comes to shove, it could end there too. Curiosity is EVERYTHING. The Manifeto says: Cultivate curiosity. It all begins with curiosity. “Our number one value isn’t in any of the skills we have. It’s that we’re essentially curious.” – Jim Coudal via @brainpickings Curiosity is the kick-start, the pre-requisite. It allows us to move forward, in the footsteps of children. John Pilger had it right: “…the first step is to engender an approach, enable the measurement of distances and walking toward. It is show the possible and potential.” – Extract from article in The Guardian … Continue reading The Person To Person Economy: Curiosity
When I am mulling over a topic – like I have been about smiling – I often ask the kids for their perspective. Sometimes some genius insight, always delight. Smiling is good for you yo! https://t.co/bxoQRMZKCY — Jonathan Anthony (@ThisMuchWeKnow) April 21, 2014 Smiling boils down to two concepts: happiness and love. Good enough for me. ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading Curious Kids: Smiling Is Happiness And Love
Ripping out lots of small pieces of paper, each with a little narrative, each meaningless on its own, but compelling as a whole, a capture of the zeitgeist. I wonder where Lola gets it from…? ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading #Unsquirrel 9: The Kids Always Have A Story To Tell
I started this blogging idea watching my kids learning about the world for the first time with “the child’s clear eye…”; and comparing it to my own curiosity I have in unlearning / relearning so many of the social and work rules I have come to question and challenge. It is also to capture those effortless moments of childhood and not to forget them. Acknowledging my kids’ genius is vital work. These posts seem to be popular with mummy bloggers, especially on WordPress. The most popular post: Curious Kids: The Child’s Clear Eye Discover more by searching for Curious Kids. ←This … Continue reading TMWK Best Of 2013 5: Curious Kids
Barf alert to all non-parents, but watching my kids move out into the world and learn is the most magical of things, even cooler than the internet of things! After school, Lola was showing me two ways to write the number ‘4’; her new way, like the keyboard 4, “almost an ‘A’ but not quite! Stop short, move across before you get to the bottom.” To top it all off, she made it a gift for me, complete with check mark as official seal of approval. Genius. ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading Today’s Number Is The Number 4: Watching Kids Learn
My iPhone photo app collates images by date, and calls them Moments. A few days ago I captured Lola in a quiet moment of her own, sitting outside wrapped in a blanket eating a snack, immersed in an imaginary (?) world. “What are you up to, darling?” I enquired. “Nothing.” I left her in peace. ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading Curious Kids: The Quiet Moments
Yesterday, I wrote about where expert practitioners learn: from many sources, iteratively. Often, I parse an idea through my kids – the child’s clear eye of genius unlocks an essence long lost by me. So I asked Lola “Where do you learn?” and she immediately pointed to her brain. Of course! Then, she mimed (and why not?!) school, home, outside; then morning, afternoon, and night. And then, she wrote it all down, to ensure I understood. It was a full-body learning experience. Not only did I learn where she learns, but how. Marvellous. ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading Where Do Kids Learn?