PLAYING FOR GOOD

First play of our Moral Imagination Card Game developed for HOW WE WILL FORUM 2019

The ‘win’ in this game is to co-create an imagination of systemic social de-cluttering. How Will We awaken humanity’s potential for “doing the good”.   I took part in an early stage of the game design with a focus on education.

FACTOIDS FOR PLAYERS – who will add some during the play

  • “The Mission of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE): “Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”
  • “The U.S. Education Market will reach $2,040 Billion by 2026”. Categories for corporate profit include Audio/Video/Text Content, Virtual Instruction, Adaptive/Blended/Personalized Learning, Hardware – i.e. Whiteboards, Software – i.e. Learning Systems/Platforms/Management, Service – i.e. Accountability i.e. Testing/ Standards Development, Publishing, Analysis/Forecasts … (Zion Market Research)
  • U.S. Govt. expenditure on education % GDP: 5.0; Finland 7.1 (World Bank)
  • There are 132,853 K-12 schools in the U.S. Of these 91,158 are traditional public schools, 7,011 are public charter schools, and 34,576 are ‘private’ schools. (Education Statistics: Facts About American Schools)
  • ‘Achievement Gap’: “…because states with high-stakes… tests are poorer and have larger proportions of minority-group students, …  the damage …more often affects these students than their wealthier …peers.” (“Study: Tests Don’t Improve Learning“)
  • Private schools who want to serve middle- and low-income students are searching for ways w/o compromising independence. (“Report: As Tuition Rises, How Private and Microschools Are Working to Increase Access for Low and Middle Income Families”)

AWAKE PUBLIC EDUCATION CULTURE … players will add concepts during the play

AWAKE PUBLIC EDUCATION CULTURE DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR PLAYERS … the game is to add more, to imagine what else … How will we REMOVE the FRICTION from the EDUCATION SYSTEM? How might we re-design the U.S. educational system around a more awake mission: i.e. to manifest the most likely potential for the power of the mind, goodness, and mutual thriving? United Nations, “Article 26, Universal Declaration of Human Rights”: “Everyone has the right to education; Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality; Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”

  • Core Principles of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education
  • Education Reimagined: Gather education stakeholders together the reimagine education.  Committed to transforming education in America, Education Reimagined brings together ‘learner-centered’ educators with the aim of bridging the work to the national stage. 
  • Thinking Collaborative: Adaptive Schools Seminars and Cognitive Coaching Seminars.
    This is a kind of organizational ‘ontological design’ –  which means the space where consciousness meets design – “we design our way of being, not just design what we make or do together in our organizations” – It’s based on the work of Fernando Flores (who was influenced by Heidegger and in this overlaps with Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom.) Adaptive Schools Seminars are about developing productive teams. Waldorf might call it “inner work”. ASCD describes the practice as “Cognitive Coaching”: Cognitive coaching can help teachers expand their repertoire of teaching styles, exploring untapped resources within themselves.”
  • Passageworks Institute: Engaged Teaching and Learning. Social Emotional Learning; Mindfulness; Cultural Responsiveness; Whole Systems Thinking
  • BIG PICTURE LEARNING  The Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship is an initiative of Big Picture Learning.
  • DEEPER LEARNING EQUITY FELLOWSHIP hThe Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship … “Fellows … provided with the perspectives and tools necessary for effective and expanded Deeper Learning leadership in the the public school sector. Equity Fellows are leaders who can amplify voices and perspectives underrepresented in the Deeper Learning movement. 
    • Chosen as an Equity Fellow in 2019, Aixle Aman serves as the Special Assistant to Dr. Frances Gipson, the Chief Academic Officer of the L.A. Unified School District.
  • Montessori