Current co-author (with professional counselor wife: Léonie Naylor) of E-media book series: "Our Musical World: Exploring Humanity's Creative Diversity" -- we have established a non-profit - The World Center for Creative Education... and a production company: Visions and Vibrations International to support it. My personal credentials: Ph.D, Ethnomusicology (relationship of music to cultures/history), MA Film and Media Composition, and B.A. Performing Musician. I've lived and worked in fifteen countries, and have spent most of the last few decades working on the following topics: 1) understanding the nature and power of creativity and arts and "change" mechanisms socially and educationally (beyond display or performance); 2) recognizing that much of the paralysis in our current world is linked to the "vocabulary," institutions, and histories forged by ancestry that had no vision for human commonalities and a "global" country or community, and 3) that technology, the arts, and education -- must be interdisciplinary co-partners in recreating how we teach and learn from a global -- and richly creative perspective. If you would like a C.V. feel free to contact me. Best - M.Naylor
Areas of Expertise
Long time Performing Artist and Educator, Ethnomusicologist, Ph.D., Advocate of the Arts as Windows for global skills, Advocate of transformation of education
An idea worth spreading
Our world's values, institutions, visions of "success" or worth, and means of "propagating" each (through our education institutions) -- are directly linked to our evolution and historical models of governance and expansion. Imperialism, capitalism, consumerism, and both hierarchies and models of human identity: such as class, race, nation, etc. have been "created" and diffused throughout our entire planet as "fact". As a result: "tweaking" education and expecting that students will have developed capacities to address the revolutionary changes in ecology, economics, politics, culture, or the arts... necessary at present, may be unrealistic. The instruction of life-enhancement skills such as: passionate learning, discipline, global awareness, embracing change, respect of the life cycle/elders/history, through the addressing of diverse human "intelligences" -- will demand that "grading" and assessment be linked to these skills and not merely cognitive or factual retention.
I'm passionate about
Transforming education to models of self-fulfillment recognizing diverse intelligences, creativity, flexibility, within the context of a rich understanding of our diverse global cultures.
Talk to me about
Creative, globalized, and dynamic education models, or ideas related to education transformation especially in Higher Ed. (...where teachers --- are taught :)
My TED story
I really "fell in love" with TED talks -- after having conversations with some colleagues related to education transformation and specifically the dynamic and potentially revolutionary role the arts could play in creating global "life skills" awareness -- and often receiving "blank stares" -- as in: "are you serious... you really are crazy." I was referred to some TED talks -- videos on YouTube -- and honestly, was relieved to know: well... I am crazy... but there are a lot more of US... then I had imagined!