We need our young generation to grow up with the new mind-, skill- and feelset of the next level collaborative society – no longer voters but able, active caring citizens – implementing humanity’s finest solutions in their regions.
I help you make youth leadership / changemaking / creating a good world for all part of learning culture and daily life at school, in simple common sense steps already used in 10,000’s of schools, with win-win benefits for teachers, students, parents and the greater community.
Youth, teachers, citizens from all walks of life, you all can make this happen in record time. Get involved!
Berlin, education law §1 (!!!)
The Purpose Of Schooling
ADD-ONS FOR GLOBAL ISSUES
YL CRASH COURSE "YOUTH LEADERSHIP"
YL EXHIBIT "YOUTH LEADERSHIP"
The most inspirational videos I’ve ever seen. It makes me feel I want to get up and do something, too.
This is what school should always be like.
Students want you to come back, and learn what they can do.
Treating global issues has turned from doom and gloom to inspiring and empowering.
The posters were a smash hit with the students. You should have been there!
The most energized lesson ever. Even the most quiet ones had something to say. Students are inspired and wish to get involved.
The best role models. I need this for all my classes.
The exhibit was the best of the entire school project day. All students and teachers agree,
The stuff that makes you say – Sign me up!
This should be at all schools.
YOUR ULTIMATE TRAINING
A self-guided, self-paced multi-media immersion in youth leadership, with stories, videos, reflection and feedback forms. We use it as training for YL staff, but this makes it perfect for anyone who should have a proper understanding of the most important phenomenon of our time. It’s great for teachers, student leaders, and can also be used as a class assignment, and for a certificate. After viewing, reflecting, following leads to fav’ heroInes and their latest actions YOU will have your OWN feelings, passions, anecdotes to share, making your presentation and dealing with this more “alive”, “spontaneous”, “flow” = you’re a great messenger. Easy! So take 2 hours, lock the door, dive in, take the course.
YOUR GOAL #1 : SPARK A TEAM
So … now that you all love this, what’s causes, heroInes you like to support right away? Shall this be part of life at school? Ok, let’s found a student club, you have my support, and get started with the first set of actions – using the “High Impact Actions Starter Pack”.
HIGH IMPACT STUDENT CLUBS
You have an enormous lot of fantastic tools, resources and partners at hand. Spend some time exploring. Pick a couple. Stay connected via newsletters and social media, DISCOVER MORE on the go.
Keep in mind, YOU need not organize all those activities ALONE. You have an EVER GROWING TEAM OF COMPETENT YOUTH around you. That’s why the team / student club makes all the difference.
THE NON-FORMAL YL CURRICULUM.
Here’s a big, fat magic trick: Make every teacher of a class … be it music, math, geography, chinese … include youth leadership / better world action ONCE per semester … a topic, a video, a presentation … with 10 subjects this makes 10 activities in 20 weeks … at school, every second week feels like “all the time” … thereby, creating a world of awesome is no longer a fringe luxury issue for crazy “anomalies” but becomes NORMAL part of education and life. THIS has huge impact on young people’s worldview. We call this the non-formal YL Curriculum. All it takes is for the student club to gather with their fav teachers to agree and get all teachers involved.
NOTE: Do it fun, casual, with genuine passion for the topic and activity you choose to do this ONE time in your otherwise conventional subject teaching. #StopBeingBoring
SKYPE / SPEAKERS
Encounters with Eric, YL staff and changemakers, on youth leadership, specific heroInes, cases, topics, your local challenges and projects… via Skype, at school … prepare with stories and resources to spark burning questions, meet at a shared level, or even celebrate common achievements and plans for follow-up action.
UN ACTION DAYS CALENDAR
A YEAR-ROUND STREAM OF ACTIONS unfolds by alignment with current UN Days … of water, girls, youth, forests, friendship, family, peace, food, charity … giving rhythm, perspective to the abundance of causes and optional activities AND acting on occasion of UN Days also helps connect with teachers, journalists, the city, and organizations FOR GREATER REACH & IMPACT. You*ll love it. We’re shaping the future together!
YL WORKSHOP "PATH OF THE HERO"
That is how we shape the now and future, and how we empower an entire generation to grow up learning and implementing thumanity’s finest solutions for peace, joy and abundance, in real-time collaboration with the Einsteins, Gandhis and Griffindores of our time. The model is already active at 12,000 schools with WE SCHOOLS, and can now be upgraded to include more heroInes, social entrepreneurship, and
transformational solutions. #MakeSchoolAwesome
I have met several founders and captains of avantgarde education networks, the fathers of the Finnish success model, have seen model schools and learning methods from France to Russia, the USA to India, state, democratic, and UNESCO schools, in New York City, the Bronx, forest schools, eco-villages, in dictatorships, in the inner, village and slum.
I know Montessori, Service-Learning, Living Values, Global Learning, Intercultural Education, Global Citizenship Education, WE Schools, Wilhelm Skole International, Un-Schooling and more.
I have collaborated with Education for Sustainable Development ESD projects on five continents. led a project with 4x Decade for ESD status, been a member of UNESCO’s National Round Table for the Implementation of the DESD in Germany.
And … I know a ton of precious stuff that educators don’t know – the world of youth leadership, changemaking, positive news, sustainability solutions, personal development – like a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural scholar – operating at the heart of the changemaking movements, and the tidal wave of the new, good, planetary civilization.
I can give you simple, efficient, quality tools, steps and support for making “creating a good world for all” part of life at school, occasionally or daily, meshed with learning culture – with countless win-win benefits, without stress on time, training or finance – wherever you are, whatever the setting of your school.
We, Young People
By doing so
- we live our values, cherish each other’s talents, build bonds, common vision, and evolve into able, active, caring citizens, into co-creators and stewards of peaceful, thriving, sustainable societies.
- we override, “overwrite” and dissolve remaining patterns of racism, sexism, chains inherited from earlier societies of monarchy, fascism, totalitarian religion.
This is exactly what the world needs. Cultivate the light, and darkness disappears. Bliss heals trauma. Abundance ends poverty.
The New Role Models
“You never change things by criticizing existing reality. To change something, create a new model making the current model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller
This happened to the horse cart, the steam engine and bonded labour. Now, the new solutions for a sustainable society exist, and are to be implemented.
We shifted from minions of monarchy to voters in toxic, unsustainable, “bugged”, newbie democracies. Now we shift to the next NEW HUMAN MODEL able to co-create and run a new level of co-creative, sustainable society.
This new human model runs on hi-speed, creative, joyful, multicolored software. The powerful, passionate energy that today’s young changemakers display.
Older generations that were early pressed into a restrictive straight jacket through rigid work discipline at home, boring schooling, and forced to “obey and listen” to ideology, superstition and racism of unsustainable societies still run on a win 95 operating system. They cannot even run this passionate software. Youth leaders run on a fluid, opensource, non-proprietory operating system that is ever evolving, its heart meshed with the living cosmos and planetary organism.
Attention : Outdated adult generations forcing / copy-pasting their mindset on today’s kids forces them to also fail, be unsustainable and non-peaceful, poor, poisoned and polluted by ever more pervert media. Listen well and learn from the few geniuses who succeed :
“The idea (of education) is not to turn us into your kind of adults. But into better adults than you have been.” – Adora Svitak
“Education is not a product to be bought and sold, but a public good to be protected and shared. As vital as our waterways and our national parks, the mountains outside and the air we breathe. You, as educators, do the work of nation-building.” – Adora Svitak
Youth leaders clearly represent that new ROLE MODEL. They are the new “highly gifted”. We respect talented ball dribblers, musicians and artists, and many follow their example, to feel like them, and unlock the same skills in oneself. Here is the new species that shows us how we can solve the enormous chalenges of today. They tick in a certain way, they have a certain “inner alchemy”. They live the cardinal virtues in action.
Now, let’s make their ways, priorities, activities part of daily life for the young generation.
The Experience & Learning Environment
Youth Leadership, “(training) young people as agents of change in their communities” learning how to detect problems, design projects, manage them and pass on leadership to younger peers once one moves on (e.g. leaving one’s hood to go to college).
However, this must not be done by boring, annoying people, forcing youth to obey and function, and “like” things and “open their heart” and care. Help, this would make things worse. Stop forcing youth to do things that close to zero adult is able to do! These youth now have to solve the abominations that adults KEEP piling up on them, and are uncaring and incompetent to solve. So drop the dominant teacher bullshit, stand back humbly, and take time to learn from the pro’s.
For example, WE SCHOOL educators, or Earth Guardians gently, informally make “creating a good world for all” present in young people’s lives. Intrinsic motivation moves a certain %age of youth to find their passion, dream up, propose and implement activities. Next, a larger %age of youth making the experience of how enjoyable it is, join in. Like trees and plants, human nature unfolds organically and slowly, with its right dose of sunlight and shade, water, wind and fellow plants and animals.
Kick Off and Evolution
Key 1 are inspirational stories, in authentic, memorable form.
- “The most inspirational videos I’ve ever seen. It makes me feel I ant to get up and do something, too.”
- “I never knew young people could do this. This gives me so much hope.”
- “This is sensational. I am floored by the potentials.”
- “This should be at all schools.”
Key 2 is an abundance of heroInes, actions, vivid videos, and their music. This is included in the YL PRESENTATION PACK
- “The most energized lesson ever. Even the most quiet students had something to say.”
- “Students are inspired and ask how they can get involved.”
- “This is what school should always be like.”
Key 3 is long-term presence, for example using the YL POSTER EXHIBIT to reach one’s whole school community
- Everybody agrees – the best thing at the school project day was the exhibit.”
- “I want to do this at my local public library.”
Key 4 is a deeper understanding of tactics and tools how teenage heroInes succeed. The YL WORKSHOP PACK follows the footsteps of teen heroInes from start to mega success.
- This is impressive. I know that I have 100 simple, powerful steps to inspire people and get into the media, now.
- I am sure that this is going to work with most young people, anywhere
Key 5 is the foundation of a local group, a student club
- with instant cool actions to take
- YL HIGH IMPACT KICK OFF ACTIONS
- FUNDRAISING MAGIC MEGA PACK
Key 6 is continuity, countless options to join ongoing global campaigns
- YL ANNUAL UN DAY CALENDAR of actions, to connect with teachers, media, organizations for greater fun, reach and impact
Key 7 is support
- skype meets
- crash course
- field partners
Key 8 is to feel part of something greater
- global community
- actions documented on YL, social and news media
- adventure reality game style to UNVEIL that we are actually living Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings in the shape of this world.
Impulses can be given in class, in projects, on school fests etc., but the real, long-term action has to unfold self-paced, in self-organized group activities, preferably in student clubs, which are practically youth-founded organizations – uniting caring students across classes and grades, and reaching out to like-hearted youth at other schools, too.
Inspired student clubs shall not be hidden away in room 302 on wednesday afternoon, but get the best, brightest spaces in school to set up their common headquarter. Their meeting spot should be like a “hub” co-working space used by social entrepreneurial communities, a casual gathering space with posters, exhibits, films, yummy food, like a changemaker fair. From a pedagogical perspective, this is an Informal Sustainability Learning Environment, ISLE, powered by students, serving the entire school community. And it’s the favorite hangout for all the cool people. How cool is that?
Of course, not ALL students will be super actively involved. There is diversity among humans. Some are eagles, others butterflies, moles, sheep. My experience is that 95% appreciate, respect, honor, love youth leadership, 80% agree that it should be part of life at school, and are ready to get involved at some point, 20% are willing to get active right away. Hey, if just one per class joins the core team, that’s 20 or 50 at school. That’s an army. And their actions will reach and influence all their peers every day, for years. That’s what WE teams do at 12,000 schools. And we can do this wayyy bigger now, with
- 100+ heroInes
- 400+ actions
- exhibits, presentations, field partners, speakers, visits
- missions, warrior clans
- badges for completed missions
- credits for impact and headlines made
- level up for 3 missions, maximum to Level 100
- documenting activities in YL magazine, social media, app
- an in personal Warrior Chronicles, as a CV of Awesome
“The epitome of youth leadership.”
“A game changer for humanity.”
In short – let’s make school awesome.