Inspiration is an awakening

11 11 2015

Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements. – Puccini

Opera Squad is ENO’s flagship programme in which musicians and singers take over whole schools in a one-day programme of pop up performance and workshops, introducing young people from a wide range of backgrounds to opera. They tailor visits to the needs and interests of each host school.

For any enquiries about Opera Squad, please get in touch with ENO Baylis, baylis@eno.org





Imagination: in part? no, in whole

7 07 2015

“If (man) thinks of the totality as constituted of independent fragments, then that is how his mind will tend to operate, but if he can include everything coherently and harmoniously in an overall whole that is undivided, unbroken, and without a border then his mind will tend to move in a similar way, and from this will flow an orderly action within the whole.” – D. Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order

Meet the extraordinary team TROTBOT: http://www.teamtrotbot.com/

 

 





Heroes of Kings Cross

3 03 2015

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Global Generation have developed land-based activities and the metaphors of ecological and cosmic processes to support building community between each other and the natural world. They work with local young people, businesses and families in King’s Cross as well as at a campsite in Wiltshire. They developed a methodology based around the three territories of ‘I, We and the Planet’ providing space for people to increase awareness of self, to connect to each other and to connect to the natural world. There are many different ways that you can get involved, whether it be volunteering, doing an internship, visiting the garden, eating at the cafe, hiring out the space for your own party or coming to one of our events. For more information, see here: http://www.globalgeneration.org.uk/ Contact generate@globalgeneration.org.uk

They also created a website to support wider outreach work with schools and other adults who want to learn about how to teach the “story of our universe” to young people as a catalyst for positive environmental and social change.

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http://www.universestory.org.uk/





FREEDOM through humour

12 12 2014

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http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/h3d8hb/america-s-got-torture





Heroes: Suleiman Bakhit

30 11 2014
Suleiman Bakhit in conversation with a group of Jordanian children:
 
Bakhit – Who are your heroes?
Children – We don’t have any heroes, but we hear a lot about Bin Laden, about Zarqawi…
Bakhit – What do you hear about them?
Children – That they defend us against the West because the West is out there to kill us. 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/29/world/middleeast/a-jordanian-spins-comic-book-tales-to-counter-terrorist-ideologies.html?_r=0

Aranim Media Factory is the one and only comic book company in the Middle East. It provides tens of millions of Arab youth the chance to enjoy comics, manga, animation, games and films inspired by middle eastern mythologies. Aranim was created by Arab youth in cooperation with international talent with new heroes grounded in the ancient traditions of the Middle East. Using authentic Arabic art styles, themes, heroes and villains, Aranim tells thrilling stories that capture the imagination of youth around the world with a middle eastern twist. Aranim is entertainment with a purpose. Hopefully, it will change the way Arab youth see the world – and the way the world sees them:

http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/design/aranim-media-factory/

 

 





Reimagining EDUCATION

5 11 2014

An education is a labour of love. It is developing a longing, developing a want to feed an aching hunger of curiosity. An education is the empowerment of the self—in spirit, mind and body—and the self in relation to her environment. An education means attaining wisdom; the wisdom to survive and the wisdom to sustain; mostly, the wisdom to be humbled by mystery—by all those questions our society has yet to find answers to. An education is about reinforcing free will, the will to act and to change, the will to improve the world we live in. An education should liberate the mind, develop the confidence to draw inside as well as outside those lines that contain us. Learning to read, to calculate, to draw, to remember the past, these are ultimately only tools to help children communicate. These skills alone is not what makes for an educated child. An educated child is the child with the most questions, the child with an insatiable appetite for exploration, a child that pushes the boundaries around them in pursuit of a greater truth — a greater truth than that which has already been taught to them.

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Education: in bed w Putin

4 11 2014

“In 2011 after years of resisting, the government announced that the state-owned Enlightenment would be up for sale as part of Russia’s privatisation plan…”

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