Warmer Sun Education is creating an Exponential Parenting Community
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I’d like to start a conversation about exponential parenting. In other words, knowing that emerging technologies are progressing exponentially how do we prepare our children to live a meaningful, fulfilling life in the future - in case of a 6 years old that's 12-16 years from today.

Note that I’m not saying “solving education”... that is an even broader larger problem. Though the two are related I’m not focusing on access to education, inequality etc.

Peter Diamandis explored this topic too and as a starter I would suggest to read up on his thoughts if you haven’t already. singularityhub.com/2016/11/14/overhauling-how-we-teach-our-kids-in-a-world-of-accelerating-change and in the Exponential Wisdom podcast episode 39.

Einstein said (and I’m paraphrasing): if I had an hour to solve a difficult challenge I would spend 55 minutes asking the right question because once I had the right question I know I can find the answer in the remaining 5 minutes time.

I find that our public education system is not even asking the right questions. Just three thoughts provoking notes there, to show how bad it is:
  • The Montessori method - considered still modern - is over a hundred years old. 
  • Sir Ken Robinson (and his publisher) has launched the third edition of the book Out of Our Minds. The interesting thing to me is that the first diction came out about 17 years ago, in 2001. So what changed since then? I’m afraid, not much. 
  • TED prize winner Sugata Mitra with his “school in the cloud” work is basically saying it’s better to ask kids a great question and leave them be. Yes, often doing nothing would produce better results than what is being done in education today. 
Meanwhile- as you know - technology is advancing ever more rapidly. The rate at which humanity acquires knowledge is increasing exponentially. One day not too far from today AI will mature and it will be immoral not to have your kids be taught by an AI. If we futurists are correct about the timeline... then today’s kids might be the last generation, the last class, who will be taught by humans all the way through K12. How crazy (in a good way) is that?
"I’m also certain that 99.999% of humanity doesn’t understand or appreciate the ramifications of what is coming." - Peter Diamandis
I agree. Based on my own conversations parents who care and have the means to augment their kids schooling focus on
  • better grades, tutoring 
  • second language 
  • sports 
  • music, dance 
  • creative arts 
usually in this order.

In my opinion teaching kids to code, building LEGO robots or maker education is also a narrow view.
One of the main values of Singularity University and Peter Diamandis's Abundance community is the cognitive framework to think about the future, the progress of technology and to anticipate change.
The goal of what I called “exponential parenting” is to apply this framework to the raising and education of kids. Not someone else’s kids. My kids and your kids. If this is something that resonates with you, interests you, something that you are working on then I’d love to connect. Let’s start with a brainstorming of what are the right questions to ask when rethinking how we educate our children.

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Founder
$1 or more per month 1 patron
You will have access to unlock all content here.


When we run online workshops using group video chat you will see the event details here and you can join and participate - space permitting.

Exponential Parent
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You will be invited to our online community to actively participate in the daily discussions around exponential parenting.


You will also be among the first ones to know about online events.

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You and your product or company will be the sponsor for the month and will be showcased as such.
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We will have Zoom meetings. We will use live group video to connect and have fun together.

Here is how I envision these sessions:
  • parents can work together with their kids from home
  • sessions last about 2 hours
  • they will connect using video chat with other like-minded parents and kids; live, personal, face-to-face
  • the session will have a facilitator, who "runs the show"
  • each session will go through the phases of the design thinking method and introduce some emerging technology
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I’d like to start a conversation about exponential parenting. In other words, knowing that emerging technologies are progressing exponentially how do we prepare our children to live a meaningful, fulfilling life in the future - in case of a 6 years old that's 12-16 years from today.

Note that I’m not saying “solving education”... that is an even broader larger problem. Though the two are related I’m not focusing on access to education, inequality etc.

Peter Diamandis explored this topic too and as a starter I would suggest to read up on his thoughts if you haven’t already. singularityhub.com/2016/11/14/overhauling-how-we-teach-our-kids-in-a-world-of-accelerating-change and in the Exponential Wisdom podcast episode 39.

Einstein said (and I’m paraphrasing): if I had an hour to solve a difficult challenge I would spend 55 minutes asking the right question because once I had the right question I know I can find the answer in the remaining 5 minutes time.

I find that our public education system is not even asking the right questions. Just three thoughts provoking notes there, to show how bad it is:
  • The Montessori method - considered still modern - is over a hundred years old. 
  • Sir Ken Robinson (and his publisher) has launched the third edition of the book Out of Our Minds. The interesting thing to me is that the first diction came out about 17 years ago, in 2001. So what changed since then? I’m afraid, not much. 
  • TED prize winner Sugata Mitra with his “school in the cloud” work is basically saying it’s better to ask kids a great question and leave them be. Yes, often doing nothing would produce better results than what is being done in education today. 
Meanwhile- as you know - technology is advancing ever more rapidly. The rate at which humanity acquires knowledge is increasing exponentially. One day not too far from today AI will mature and it will be immoral not to have your kids be taught by an AI. If we futurists are correct about the timeline... then today’s kids might be the last generation, the last class, who will be taught by humans all the way through K12. How crazy (in a good way) is that?
"I’m also certain that 99.999% of humanity doesn’t understand or appreciate the ramifications of what is coming." - Peter Diamandis
I agree. Based on my own conversations parents who care and have the means to augment their kids schooling focus on
  • better grades, tutoring 
  • second language 
  • sports 
  • music, dance 
  • creative arts 
usually in this order.

In my opinion teaching kids to code, building LEGO robots or maker education is also a narrow view.
One of the main values of Singularity University and Peter Diamandis's Abundance community is the cognitive framework to think about the future, the progress of technology and to anticipate change.
The goal of what I called “exponential parenting” is to apply this framework to the raising and education of kids. Not someone else’s kids. My kids and your kids. If this is something that resonates with you, interests you, something that you are working on then I’d love to connect. Let’s start with a brainstorming of what are the right questions to ask when rethinking how we educate our children.

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Tiers
Founder
$1 or more per month 1 patron
You will have access to unlock all content here.


When we run online workshops using group video chat you will see the event details here and you can join and participate - space permitting.

Exponential Parent
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
You will be invited to our online community to actively participate in the daily discussions around exponential parenting.


You will also be among the first ones to know about online events.

Sponsor
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
You and your product or company will be the sponsor for the month and will be showcased as such.