Jean-Baptiste Collinet

Strasbourg, France

About Jean-Baptiste

Bio

I consider myself as an unabashed mentored, coached and taught being, in all areas of life, and I don't plan to stop there. Ever heard about lifelong learners?

I don't care about (the value of) MBAs, PhDs, or any kind of top dog stuff. Not because they are redundant, but because I really don't carry the same values and don't plan to tweak myself to do so.

(Over with the intro rant. It's my trademark. I think you'd be better off taking it with a good laugh!)

I was born in 1982, in the "not-so-golden" eighties, however I think that my real birth was when I consciously decided to keep my brain "dirty" (in opposition of the systematic brainwashing schools practice) in the late nineties, right when I was diagnosed a left temporal lobe malformation, which eventually led me to a left arm paralysis for a decade...

I am far from having achieved the level of self-mastery (nothing to do with the vague word "success") I aim for, i.e being able to overcome the pain inflicted by the "industrial-era" (massive-destruction-weapon) education model, now beyond worn-out. I am a hardcore post-industrial thinker, and brain research addict, and that's why I appreciate so much Seth Godin which blends so well cognitive sciences, marketing and post-industrial revolution approach to quite every aspect of life.

I work on it 25/8. It has become a priority, above money and fancy stuff, daily distractions, lack of plans to achieve goals. Sir Ken Robinson has been and is still the person who influenced me the most. In 2010, I joined Seth's Triiibe network and met the fantastic Angela Lussier (author of "The Anti-Resume Revolution). Since then I started several endeavors, failed a thousand times and came back thousand and one times. You can see where I'm at on my LinkedIn profile, even though I'm at the very beginning right now (april 1st, 2011). There are so many things I could mention here, but that might not really be relevant and linked to TED... In December 2K1, I had a monstrous epileptic stroke and spent six days in a coma. When, I woke up, I was an "after-me". Actually, I carry two lives in one body. Conflicts often occur, but are quickly fixed. I could also mention that I'm a music freak and (I'm not being cocky) that I play a dozen of instruments (including some unreleased iPad apps, which will not be released as they weren't meant to spread an idea and are too intricate to handle. Ease of use is taken for granted nowadays)... Music helped me as much as it hurted me. To be fair, people hurted me more than the fact that I'm not a virtuoso and don't care about being one! I believed that music is the center and core of all of my interests: post-industrial era, education's paradigm shift, tribes, spreading ideas to make the world a better place, and of course cognitive sciences. I don't really know how to blend all of this, but if I find "accomplices" to make it happen... It let you imagine how big the impact could be. Here enters Guy Kawasaki, who believes, like I do, that is "what can be" that matters. Change is my keyword. Change everything that doesn't work and is worth the sweat. I could go on and on, but this is enough to get you started about picturing out who I am. I told you who I am, I told you a real-life story, and didn't throw an impersonal list of features and achievements. We learn everyday... So what's the point in an achievement (or even a degree)? It just kills a momentum. More to come on this bio as I live, give, love and thrive!

Areas of Expertise

Cognition and Learning, Idea Creation, Job Search Coaching and Mentoring, Hiring/Staffing/Coaching, Tribes, Enchantment, De-construction, Educating, Creating, Programming, Objective-C

An idea worth spreading

Totally giving up on getting degrees. As 80 percent of students get out of college with a degree, what is a degree worth? Close to nothing. My idea is to create a hands-on, social proof-based alternative of the abilities of each of us.

I'm passionate about

Post-industrial era education, alternatives/paradigm shifts of education, un-brainwashing of our kids, changing the world to make it a better place, connecting people and making relationships last.

Talk to me about

Talk to me about you, your dreams, your vision, how you will fulfill it. I want to be enchanted. Talk to me about everything. No one knows if it may resonate with an untapped resource buried inside!

People don't know I'm good at

Sending e-mails with less than six sentences while being congruent. I'm good at de-cluttering my life and helping others do the same. I'm good at being stubborn to turn good to great.

Comments & conversations

2d4fea89d0d5eb48aaf07c97e9e582634b6ac299 50x50
Jean-Baptiste Collinet
Posted over 2 years ago
Is modern society's prescription for status and a successful life, even by TED standards, valid?
I think that my comment will perhaps be perceived as off-topic, but... have you watched Susan Cain's talk about introversion? Actually, as Carl Jung put it nicely,"there's no such person as a complete extrovert or completel introvert. Such one will be in a lunatic asylum". Susan Cain questions the value of the hyper-extroverted western culture, in which you have to be loud, fast-paced and ubiquitous to be called "successful". What do you think about this? A relative of president Sarkozy, Mr. Séguéla, famously said that if by 50, you have no pure gold Rolex watch at your wrist, you're a failure! I'm quite puzzled by how far western culture has pushed its values, which are highly debatable.
2d4fea89d0d5eb48aaf07c97e9e582634b6ac299 50x50
Jean-Baptiste Collinet
Posted over 2 years ago
Creating a high-level programming language, breaking all computer-human boundaries, and ending compromises.
As Tan Le put it: "this is just the tip of the iceberg". Let's not forget that we use only a fraction of what our brain is capable of achieving. I am a firm believer in "brain power unleashing". Such a computer will require learning, and would have a pretty awkward learning curve. A lot of research still needs to be done. What I really appreciate is that the headset and the program are capable of learning. Such learning is comparable, in some way, to MIDI learn function on keyboards and sound modules. I am absolutely certain that Tan Le is working really hard at it as I am typing. I trust her and I admire her dedication! About the headset relieving pain: great! This will come in handy at some point, for sure!
2d4fea89d0d5eb48aaf07c97e9e582634b6ac299 50x50
Jean-Baptiste Collinet
Posted over 2 years ago
Creating a high-level programming language, breaking all computer-human boundaries, and ending compromises.
Actually, I was bouncing on the idea of some people who wish to see keyboards and mice disappear, so I'm not interested in typing words of the human language. That is, to a certain extent, what programmers already do. Computers are, no matter how sophisticated, a bunch of on-off switches. one meaning "open" and zero meaning "closed". Our brain is a bit similar as it opens and closes channels through which neurotransmitters go. Does it make more sense now?
2d4fea89d0d5eb48aaf07c97e9e582634b6ac299 50x50
Jean-Baptiste Collinet
Posted over 2 years ago
Seth Godin: The tribes we lead
We're already a tribe here, don't you think? All watching TED talks about topics we're passionate about. Doesn't it gather us? It does. Now where's the movement, the really active part of being in a tribe, no matter leader or follower? I see, hear very few of it. What am I doing, you may want to ask? Currently, I care about something I thought nobody would care about as much as I do. I won't tell you what it is, because telling ideas before you've done anything is like killing them (watch Derek Sivers' talk about that)! I was the lone nut, then there were a lot of people interested in the same thing. I hunted to find them. They didn't appear magically, of course. We fought, but never about money, or dominating. We fought because we had something we share and cherish, and we found it was not enough to be 1000 strong. We were wrong. WE were not enough to the 998 others (a movement always starts with two people. The lone nut, leading, then the the follower, which in turn becomes the leader, and so on)! So we cared more, and to this day we have achieved something which would please Steve Jobs (I hope), but really upset the great names of the music instruments' industry. We were, and we are still mad at monopolies. Those things (monopolies) are outdated, there should be a law or something to forbid monopolies, and another law to make sure that going against the monopolistic status quo won't harm anyone, because that is not what we want. I'm going off-topic, but I think you get the point. Fight for what you believe in, and gather people exactly like you. Gathering is the hardest part, the rest goes by itself. Organize Meetups! It's fast, easy, costless, and it might change a thing or two.
2d4fea89d0d5eb48aaf07c97e9e582634b6ac299 50x50
Jean-Baptiste Collinet
Posted over 2 years ago
Susan Cain: The power of introverts
Katie, you're overgeneralizing... French schools are collapsing, and so are kids' education. That is what should be addressed. I am half-danish and half-spanish, I live in France since my birth, 30 years ago, and I had been taught things "the French way", which is far from working alone. If you want to know exactly what working alone in school is, I've got some finnish friends who can tell you about how their nation is the most introverted, yet their school system the best in the western world. The best as a tested and trusted one. Each kid has a chance. No favoritism....
2d4fea89d0d5eb48aaf07c97e9e582634b6ac299 50x50
Jean-Baptiste Collinet
Posted over 3 years ago
How can we empower kids to reshape the education system? *A TEDActive Education Project Question*
I have no sympathy for this system either. With the decline of the industrial revolution... I think that every industry will be affected and weakened. Whatever kind of education is an industry and should be replaced or at least reshaped. It's before this 12-year long brainwashing process that action must be taken. We may have knowledge, but kids have creativity and hunger to learn...
2d4fea89d0d5eb48aaf07c97e9e582634b6ac299 50x50
Jean-Baptiste Collinet
Posted over 3 years ago
Eric Whitacre: A choir as big as the Internet
This event beyond any wordly world is so refreshing for old disgruntled musicians like me... There is some Godly power in all of this gathering of hearts and souls. Eric's vision is now a part of the history of humanity, and leaving such a magnificent legacy is truly remarkable. Thank you again Eric for giving so much, and thanks to all of those who participated. Your names, even though I don't know them all, are carved forever into my heart.
2d4fea89d0d5eb48aaf07c97e9e582634b6ac299 50x50
Jean-Baptiste Collinet
Posted over 3 years ago
The Creative Spark
Creativity is a built-in feature we all have. If you don't use it, it disappears under the dust of the daily grind and the conventions...Not to mention the self-sabotaging devices that school implanted in our brains. By using it, I mean going to your easel, to your desk, to your music instrument no matter what, without making excuses, everyday, to do what you love. Being creative requires loving to do something. The outcome, at the end of the day, may be awesome, as well as nothing, and that's OK, because it is how it works. Keeping oneself inspired is as necessary as being inspired.