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Paul Gowan

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Is there a means of "listening to THEM" as Ernesto Sirolli urges one to do.? Is there a central education idea marketplace/clearing house?

How can someone outside of the slums listen to students and teachers and other stakeholders in education in a local area to design appropriate and relevant educational artifacts and systems that feed the children and not just the hippos? Should outsiders just mind their own cement business and leave the oil pumping to the on-site Alaskan experts?
I'm looking for informative answers about existing institutions and websites as well as proposals regarding how to match designers and ideas with specific regions. E.g. Education Automation" speech by Buckminster Fuller to a University planning group in the 1960's. H.G. Well's celebrity teacher videos and school in a box. Somebody's idea to ship a container of mystic writing pads/magic slates etc.

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  • Jun 6 2013: Thank you for your contribution. The Human Centred Design Toolkit is certainly one possibility to help NGO's, inventors and designers develop appropriate solutions for specific regions. I have heard of one online website that tries to match ideas, inventions and low-income regions but I've forgotten the name. I would like to see something like TED where one can listen to students and teachers in such a way that ideas can be exchanged on improving education and access to education, monitor implementation and work on finding the best methods to use for that specific region. I like Dr. Edward de Bono's emphasis on the creation of value and improving things rather than just solving problems.Recently in China a barter relay that started with some rings ended with the construction and staffing of a primary school for children that had to walk for hours to another school before. I would like to do something similar but by all means avoid unintended consequences where possible and not make things worse.

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