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Karina Eisner

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Creativity in Action

We can overcome geographical, language, age and political barriers. We can make a difference. Let's take the next step.

This is Stage 2 of the debate on Creativity and Education, do it!

What: Now that we have brainstormed so many possibilities, let's choose a few real world problems from our own group of TEDsters, and begin to tackle them, one at a time.

How: Connecting, cooperating, organizing information, sharing our skills, giving ideas, encouraging, writing or blogging, creating a webpage, reaching out to our own communities.

For example, we could:
...set up of a more permanent online network that remains connected and researches solutions, organizations, resources to make a difference in local communities, like Cairo,
... create an even wider survey of ideas utilizing our current online social networks,
... organize a non-profit of any scale to address improvement,
... start up a collaborative project where we pool our different skills and make an online zine to create awareness and broadcast creativity in different forms (new inventions in all areas, articles, school innovations, video clips, robotics, green solutions, etc.)
… [your idea here]

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Closing Statement from Karina Eisner

The TEDsters here have lived and worked around the globe, and are already in education, creating and causing change in very different ways, in different communities. I am thankful to each of them for sharing how they make a difference on daily basis. Your input, weather in words, resources, articles, or music, has been inspiring, motivational and uplifting. I am looking forward to more updates and collaboration, continue to inspire the world!

JAIME lives creatively, and changes communities through his university work (Mexico and Italy), the "Taller del Asombro" (Asombratorium), and his civic involvement. He does seminars and design courses for designers, arts and crafts workshops for kids, ecological design field courses, exhibitions (art, toys and design), traditional Mexican cooking, book design and print, etc. To take a closer look at his creative explorations, go to his website: http://tallerdelasombro.com/Main.html

AMIRA is a Harvard graduate in Cairo, with a deep desire for positive change in this time of crisis. She teaches at the American University, and also works with private schools and multinational organizations. Her vision is to utilize her training and experience incorporating technology and social networks to advance education and bring people, faiths and nations closer together.

PETER is a global renaissance man -a social innovator with an interest in anything and everything, particularly education. He impacts his community as TEDx organizer, educational consultant to schools and colleges, overall idea generator, and effective communicator. As we could see in both debates, he is a also an impressive researcher.

Thanks to all! You moved me to take action into my hands, actively participate in this network and others, research and study new disciplines, effect change at work, collaborate with the local college strategic planning committee, join others in social impact projects, reset personal & professional goals, and redefine open-mindedness.

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    Nov 5 2011: Karina politica es la dimension colectiva del amor....el Principito lo sabe bien y lo aplica....el Principe lo sabe bien y en ocasiones lo aplica, en otras no....Maquiavelo y San Ignacio son imagenes encontradas en los dos lados de un espejo misterioso que se dio en los siglos xv y xvi...Maquiavelo postulaba..."Es mejor ser temido que amado"...San Ignacio dijo: "Es mejor ser amado que temido".....entre el Principe (Cesar Borgia en este caso) y el Principito (Antoine de Saint Exupery) la analogia es polarizante....del terror a la ternura. Y si ubicamos a Ignacio en el medio,entonces tenemos una solucion que equilibra poder, autoridad y creatividad (tal y como se enseña y acostumbra en la Compañia de Jesùs) en la dimension individual y colectiva. Italia esta presente de continuo en mi desde los 70s, ahi estudie en Milan, luego en Bologna y en Roma...y siempre con los jesuitas....en la Compañia se dice: amar y servir.
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      Nov 5 2011: Poner A San Ignacio en el medio no seria admitir que tiene un poco de Machiavelo? No me atrevo a pensarlo asi al santo vasco (parte de mi familia viene de alli)...

      Que hermosa experiencia en esa edad, conocer tan de adentro la cultura italiana, vivirla asi. Nunca estuve en Bologna, pero mi tiempo en Milan y Roma fue inolvidable.
      Yo acumulo experiencias, no hechos, y siempre tienen que ver con los que me rodean en cada momento, ellos son parte del tapiz que con el tiempo voy haciendo de mi vida. O la pintura... Italia tiene un lugar especial en esa pintura, no desprovisto de drama, veramente italiana!

      Per la Italia, salute! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD8BryVB9d0&feature=related
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        Nov 6 2011: Forza Italia----------
        Karina lo unico malo de Maquiavelo es que tiene mala prensa. En realidad fue un hombre inteligente, con gran sensibilidad y capacidad de negociacion. Un hombre bueno diriamos....San Ignacio rsponde a Maquiavelo con la dialectica contraria y eso no lo hace "maquiavelico"- Por el contrario, usa la astucia para determinar la esencia de la compañia: amar y servir. Maquiavelo tampoco era ingenuo y San Ignacio mucho menos. Ambos usaron la indiferencia sublime, uno en forma de meditacion ingeniosa y otro como un estrategia de la verdad. Aun hoy un pilar fundamental de los jesuitas es la indiferencia sublime o el ingenio, aqui esta la creatividad. Saint Exupery, tanto como Maquiavelo y San Ignacio fueron militares...conocieron de cerca la guerra, supieron de la muerte y los tres nacieron dos veces. Cada uno en su propio renacimiento.....y en este tema Italia es maestra insuperable.
      • Nov 13 2011: hi Karina! It seems that the conversation is still metaphysical. I've been away for the holiday season and I had hoped to find a lot of down to earth,do-able ideas.But alas! I find myself lost in a fog(( I will check in from my laptop tomorrow, typing from an iPhone is not that fun. Bye for now.

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