Author: Todd Hoskins

Open Letter To Business Owners & Leaders

“Power is concerned with what has already happened; strength with what has yet to happen.” — James Carse Dear Business Leaders & Owners, I know you are feeling uneasy. Despite reports of widespread record profits, and the Dow being at an all-time high, you sense a big shift is underway that is shaking the foundations of capitalism. We are facing political upheaval, disengaged workers, constant disruption, and an accelerating pace of change. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity are now common enough refrains that we’ve borrowed the military acronym “VUCA” to describe the nature of these times. Deep down inside,...

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Downshifting

The Peace of Wild Things By Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a...

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A Wildly Inclusive “WE”

Our systems are broken. From economics to education to government, there is widespread agreement that the structures we have created are not working for most people. With smoldering anger beginning to flame, we want someone to blame. Who is ultimately responsible? We crave villains. Our wishes are granted by the faces on our screens, emails in our inboxes, and the pronouncements from soap boxes everywhere. We gather, shake our fists, and agree upon the source of evil. It feels good, for a time, because we connect through establishing a common enemy. We demand victims and heroes, surrogates for our...

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The Holy Grail of Education

“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” — Robert Henri Postcard widely attributed to French artist Jean-Marc Côté ~1910 Despite massive shifts across the globe over the last century, we remain in the industrial age of education. The arrival of the Information Age, or Digital Age, has resulted in new classroom technologies fit into the old models of knowledge transfer. The industrial age has been digitized. Decreasingly eager young learners line up at the service stations of our educational institutions, waiting for their tanks – their brains – to...

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