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Schools Of Conscience, Issue #012 -- New videos plus monthly meetup kicks off with birthday party
January 05, 2016

A Word From Don

  • Happy New Year!

  • Please join us for our new Schools of Conscience monthly meetup.
    It will kickoff with my 48th birthday party, 7-9PM on January 20th at Hatch, 2420 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR.

  • I recently created several new videos.

    • The Story of School is an homage to the viral environmentalist video Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard and puts the history of schooling into long-term perspective.

      This one should be animated, but it isn't yet, so below is an invitation to aspiring animators.

    • On the join page I put up a new video that gives an overview of the project of building the nurturing capacity of K-12 schools.

      This video is the first time that I put the learning tree model into the context of other scientific models.

      This has the potential to position holistic education in a much more positive way than ever before.

      Let me know if you agree.

  • My workshop proposal to the AERO 2016 conference was approved and was listed first!

    Enjoy,

    Don Berg, Founder

Schools of Conscience Newsletter Contents

A Word From Don

Monthly Meetup Kick Off Birthday Party

New Videos and an Animation Challenge



Schools of Conscience Monthly Meetup Kick Off Birthday Party

It is time for a celebration!

And I can think of no better way to celebrate my 48th birthday than to further my lifelong passion for education.

So, we are kicking off a new monthly meetup for Schools of Conscience with my birthday party.

In the subsequent monthly meetups we will welcome a representative from a school that we want to celebrate.

They will give a brief presentation about their school and then we will have a discussion of how they are working on building their nurturing capacity.

The focus of our kickoff evening will be on the birthday party, but I will give a brief presentation for those who may not have heard about all the great progress we have been making recently.


No gift necessary.

I'd prefer your support for the project in the forms of endorsements for the resolution, memberships, and/or donations.

You are welcome to bring beverages, snacks, and/or desserts to share.

We will provide some of each, but your contribution will add to the variety.


What: Party to Kickoff the Schools of Conscience Monthly Meetup and Celebrate Don Berg's 48th Birthday

When: 7-9PM on January 20th, 2016

Where: Hatch, 2420 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR


Hope to see you there, thanks!



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New Videos and an Animation Challenge

As I mentioned in my "Word From Don" above I made several new videos since the last newsletter.

An overview of the project of building the nurturing capacity of K-12 schools is on the join page.

The Story of School puts the history of schooling into long-term perspective and reframes what is at stake as we work to transform schools for the better.

The script was developed as an homage to The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard the viral environmentalist video.


I don't yet have the budget for animation but perhaps some budding animators would like to give it a shot.

All of the animation for The Story of Stuff was simple black and white line drawings, so the challenge is about as technically simple as it can get, but my version does involve animating some pretty absract ideas.

The challenge is more about how to visually convey the ideas and the stories I tell.

Fortunately the story involves some interesting images, like partying molecules, so you should be able to make it quite fun.

If you take on the challenge here are some things I suspect you need to know:

  • Aspect ratio is 16x9

  • My original was filmed as you see it using my iPhone 6, I did not use a green screen.
    If a professional looking animation that I think is awesome is submitted I will arrange a reshoot with a proper green screen to honor the quality of the work.

  • I can make an original mp4 file available if you would like to do the honors of editing the animation into the orginal.
    Otherwise I expect to do the editing myself in iMovie.

  • Feel free to post your animation regardless of whether I use it on my site or not.
    I am assuming that we are mutually licensing the use of our respective works to each other for public distribution with attribution in some form of creative commons format that we can clarify when we are ready to exchange content.

If I have missed any necessary details please contact me.

Thanks!



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