Born in Texas. Military-pilot father, meaning different house and new school every 2 years. Went to semi-snotty eastern boarding school + small, eastern liberal-arts college. Straight job for several years in direct marketing/catalog world at Horchow. Consulted in that field for Â±20 years. Lucky to have Stanley Marcus and Roger Horchow as colleagues and mentors for a number of years. Then had heart attack and open heart surgery nearly 10 years ago; with lengthy, problematic rehab. Eventually found myself sick, poor, single. Started teaching, tutoring, listening, fantasizing about educational ideas for young kids. Enamored of KIPP, TFA, Harlem Success, UPLIFT, and their siblings/cousins. TED fan. Curated TEDxRADED in Dallas, 2012.
TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2011, TEDActive 2010, TED2009, TED2008, TEDGlobal 2007, TED2006, TEDGlobal 2005
Areas of Expertise
Connecting people, Post-CABG cognitive changes
An idea worth spreading
a) Children can learn much more complex material than is generally thought. Just not in schools.
I'm passionate about
Educational possibilities; Strange loops; Zimbardo's good folks doing bad things; extensions of Helen Fisher's hormonal-archetype ideas, including thyroid levels; Archie Brownlee/Jesse Winchester.
Talk to me about
People don't know I'm good at
Brief responses, primarily because I am not.
My TED story
TEDActiveRivieraX 2015 is my 21st TEDxxx event. Ginger Reeder encouraged me to sneak into the Mickey Hart drum circle on the beach at Monterey on Friday evening of TED2005. I did. They started requiring picture ID's after that. Too late, I was hooked. Three Monterey TED's, two Long Beach TEDs, three TEDActives, a TEDGlobal in Oxford, a TEDGlobal in Arusha, five TEDxSMU's, four TEDxSMU/KIDS, one TEDxRADED, one TEDxCollegeMound.