Joe Walz

Director, Sierra Club
Saint Paul, MN, United States

About Joe

Areas of Expertise

intentional community building, Landlording

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Joe Walz
Posted over 1 year ago
George Papandreou: Imagine a European democracy without borders
As you may remember in the beginning of the speech, he didn't point to a solution, but wants us to come up with ideas. We are the change, let's do this, common people start thinking what is is that currently unites us in some way (look at facebook). What new innovative tool can we make in the internet age, to bring people together for a higher cause of making government in our image, and also create a platform for education and economoics which which goes hand in hand in a successful government. This has sort of forum for the new internet age, is something that I have been thinking, plotting about for the last year and want to make it reality. Start being the change that you want to see. Anyone can criticize, but to come up a with a new idea collectively is truly a great thing, I am challenging YOU!
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Joe Walz
Posted almost 2 years ago
Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world
Inspiring. After being a long time viewer of TEDS, i have recently been struck with a vision, that too my surprise has not been developed yet. Either I will or soon someone else will. It is amazing to think about, how it could change education, economics, and potentially politics and all based upon the power of the under utilized in our societies. So let it be written, so let it be done
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Joe Walz
Posted almost 2 years ago
How has the internet changed our lives through the digital age of blogs, twitter, facebook etc..?? What is next for the internet?
Internet and the power on people's lives is just in it's infancy. We will see huge transformation in the possibilites of creating real and physical changes socially for both the good and bad. Next stage will be to bring thirsty minds together from the underutilized in our societies to form teams concentrating on education and economics that will foster people's live to a higher cause. I am working on such a project and it will come to fruition, if not by me then by others, so let it be written, so let it be done.
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Joe Walz
Posted about 2 years ago
How do we re-embody the education system?
Think outside the box (classroom), as these cost money to build/upkeep, the paradigm will not shift unless they are recognized via an accredited system, or review, basically something people will trust. Perhaps peer reviewed or expert reviewed or getting it to TED like popularity where everyone can look at their learnings/portfolio and give credit to their hard learning work or project....
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Joe Walz
Posted about 2 years ago
How do we re-embody the education system?
I recently listened to an Audio book on "How to think like Leonardo Da Vinci" it was a little cheesy, but got to the root of creative thinking and a good way to go about it. That along with listening to Sir Ken Robinson prior to that, got me thinking about the internet age and how it can transform paradigms. For those who have used Facebook, Craigslist, Meetup.org, and I especially like Couchsurfing.org. These are all free, and they bring people together for a focus (social, commerce, learning/hobby; traveling) they are all cooperatively lead/developed. So with all the news about the indebtness of our country with school debt, I posed the question on facebook: "IN this internet age, why isn't there an accredited alternate to the expensive higher education system that we have, one that is co-operatively lead from the bottom up, and not the top down. Anyone can afford this education, and can be replicated throughout the world, so that poor and rich alight can experience and foster their minds to a greater cause. I wonder if this will ever happen. Something I have been thinking about with the great debate about student debt in this country. Basically if you can boil down what employers like in a college education and re-spin it so that it can be accomplished by a group that is co-operatively lead? I think the internet could be a huge boon for cooperatives and eduation is one of those focuses that it could revolutionize What I have been thinking about is groups of like minded thinkers wanting to learn subjects (ex. architechture, sculpture) and having them learn from their peers, the information is out there, they just need to have the will and put the time/effort? Perhaps along the way creating portfolio's of there accomplishments, and distinctions from there peers, along with having a way to accredit their efforts. A group of DaVincian thinkers! I hope I see something develop with the new internet age that helps people around the world like these other website