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TED: Tinkering School – The Power Of Experiental Learning

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I’d like to share  this video by Gever Tulley from TED to help you understand the power of experiential learning. At Money & You® and Excellerated Business School® for Global Entrepreneurs, we use the same principals of immersion and experiential learning to rapidly guide our students through learning, with outstanding results.

Gever Tulley uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a rollercoaster!

“This is the exact moment that I started creating something called Tinkering School.

Tinkering School is a place where kids can pick up sticks and hammers and other dangerous objects, and be trusted. Trusted not to hurt themselves, and trusted not to hurt others. Tinkering School doesn’t follow a set curriculum. And there are no tests. We’re not trying to teach anybody any specific thing.

When the kids arrive they’re confronted with lots of stuff, wood and nails and rope and wheels, and lots of tools, real tools. It’s a six-day immersive experience for the kids. And within that context, we can offer the kids time. Something that seems in short supply in their over-scheduled lives. Our goal is to ensure that they leave with a better sense of how to make things than when they arrived, and the deep internal realization that you can figure things out by fooling around.

Nothing ever turns out as planned … ever. And the kids soon learn that all projects go awry —  and become at ease with the idea that every step in a project is a step closer to sweet success, or gleeful calamity. We start from doodles and sketches. And sometimes we make real plans. And sometimes we just start building. Building is at the heart of the experience. Hands on, deeply immersed and fully committed to the problem at hand. Robin and I, acting as collaborators, keep the landscape of the projects tilted towards completion. Success is in the doing. And failures are celebrated and analyzed. Problems become puzzles and obstacles disappear.

When faced with particularly difficult setbacks or complexities, a really interesting behavior emerges: decoration. Decoration of the unfinished project is a kind of conceptual incubation. From these interludes come deep insights and amazing new approaches to solving the problems that had them frustrated just moments before.

All materials are available for use. Even those mundane, hateful, plastic grocery bags can become a bridge stronger than anyone imagined. And the things that they build amaze even themselves.”

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Money & You® – Sufficiency is Heavenly

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Money & You® — Sufficiency is Heavenly

Recently, I read Lynne Twist’s book, The Soul of Money. She had kindly sent me the book about a year ago – and I put it in my stack of books to read, thinking that I would read it along with so many other wonderful publications that are sent to me as the head of the Excellerated Business Schools®/Money & You® Program.

I had an opportunity recently to see and hear her speak at our Transformational Leaders’ Council meeting. And while listening to her I had an epiphany – a realization that was so exciting for me because of the way it touched me, opened my heart, validated my life-time work, and took me immediately to another level of “beingness.”

I knew that my Life Purpose and the programs we teach are right on track. And at the same time, I was touched to the core and transformed… one more time.

I came home, got right into the book, and was transported one more time to being with Lynne. She is truly an inspiration – someone who communicates with so much essence this “idea whose time has come.” I love the way she is able to not only distinguish, but to remind us all how to actualize a feeling of “Sufficiency” in a world that is so often based in Scarcity.

While I do not intend this article to be only on Lynne and her fantastic book, my purpose is to share this same type of experience with you. Choosing to come from sufficiency instead of scarcity has been close to my heart ever since I was very young. It was taught to me first by my loving mother who naturally understands sharing and the power of feeling that one has enough, regardless of our circumstance. And every time I forgot it this powerful force in my life, I found myself faced with challenges.

Our transformational business education and programs have not always been easy to get accepted out in the world, perhaps because, at its core, it is based on the works and distinctions taught to us by R. Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller and several other masters who taught us that we humans are technologically billionaires and it is only our belief in Scarcity that perpetuates the notion that we live in a “YOU or ME” world rather than a”“YOU and ME” world.

It has been a supreme privilege to share these principles since 1979 with so many amazing business people and entrepreneurs throughout the world. It’s interesting that this information is so eagerly received in the Asia Pacific Region because it is so fresh and new to them. And, happily, it is now being re-energized and received wholeheartedly in North America too.

I loved Lynn ‘s book and one of the reasons is because she too was inspired by Bucky. In her work with The Hunger Project and other organizations, she was able to experience first hand the impact that coming from Sufficiency as opposed to Scarcity can have on a village, on society, on the world… It felt like she wrote a book that completely explained what has been my experience, and what Bucky taught us about abundance –that there truly is enough for EVERYONE in this world and that all can have a life with their basic needs (and more) met when we collaborate together.

She reminds us that it is our responsibility for those of us who have more than enough to not only share our knowledge, experience, skills and–“secrets” but also our hearts with those who are “resource poor” and with those that are”“knowledge poor” as many of the rich in this world are.

As some of you may have read some of the other articles that I have written inviting many of you to share your wonderful work world-wide – for you to become a Global Entrepreneur–– now I am inviting you to look a little deeper and take yourself through a self-test of where you stand in relationship to having enough in your life – to being that mega-wealthy human being that not only goes out and makes a difference in the world, but also lives from a place of so much abundance, that those fears of not having enough money, prosperity, that place in your consciousness that can be filled with fear, trepidation and can hold you back from going for your dreams, will disappear because you know deep in your heart that you are an abundant human being that can create anything in his/her life!

I have found in my work as a “Mentor of Nurturing” that many of the mega-wealthy that I meet sometimes have less love and trust even though their “basic personal needs” are met. It’s not about the money – it’s about the experience of abundance, sufficiency and enoughness in their world that really matters.

I remember meeting a friend of mine who had long dreamed of becoming a millionaire. He always had had the habit of spending more than he made – and thus, now that he was making millions, he would still spend more than he had, so he actually had the experience of still being in debt – not having enough! As the money got bigger, so did his worries. He was living completely from scarcity.

What is enough for you? What will make you feel that you have reached success? Do you have a goal, a milestone that will give you the signal that you now have enough? Our society is immersed in the thought of Scarcity – it’s everywhere. Once you begin to see it, it’s like taking a blindfold off and you begin to see clearly.

I have created “firewalls” within my consciousness to remind me of what enough is…

I notice that when I go to that conditioning of scarcity, I feel competitive, I feel that I have to have a better car than others, have a bigger and better home, business, and status… it’s almost a competition with self… it encompasses every area of my life. I seem to want more food, be more beautiful, be more powerful, be more successful – and that I am not enough.–It’s like a bad dream – I almost start “dream walking.” Then out of the grace of the Great Spirit something always brings me back and I am back into my heart again. I start feeling and knowing that I do have more than enough”– and my sharing my wealth, knowledge, resources, tools and wisdom then opens a whole new world of possibilities. I totally resonate with the stories that Lynn shares in her precious book.

What is sufficiency? To quote Lynn: –“When you let go of trying to get more of what you don’t really need, it frees up oceans of energy to make a difference with what you have. When you make a difference with what you have, it expands.”

I am totally inspired by her and feel blessed to have such awesome Masters in my life – Masters who have given me some of the greatest gifts – the gift of their insights and their experiences.

I hope that I inspire you to not only read The Soul of Money, but also read the works of our dear Bucky. His book, Critical Path , is worth the read. It will speak to parts of you that are ready to hear his beautiful information that is just now coming into “vogue.” Bucky would have loved Al Gore with his environmental work – and he would have loved YOU for living a life that includes his greatest message: There is enough for you and me…

May 2009 be your greatest year ever – and that your sharing heart will show up in every area of your life!

By: DC Cordova
DC Cordova is the CEO of the Excellerated Business Schools®/Money & You® Program.

For more information: www.excellerated.com or 619-224-8880.

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