Saturday, March 1, 2014

One Day...

I'll speak at TED Talks, The Feast, Aspen Ideas Festival.


There was this project I was invited to be a part of.  


365 people would share their day with the world and the curators would upload it to the site.  My day was May 14, 2011.  And this is what I shared.

I may just run for Mayor of New York.  I have a campaign strategy that I proved today will win the hearts of the buppies, old ladies, store owners and babies.

Campaign Strategy #1: Be generous.
I wake up with an orange OSHO book on the bureau. I didn’t put it there.  So, being the information whore that I am, I read the first page.  A quote from Socrates strikes me; I tweet a message to the world: “I want to be the kind of person where wherever I move, with whomsoever I move, I am loving. #ReminderfromOsho” 

Campaign Strategy #2: Be accountable and count-on-able.
The practice of self-discipleship begins. Today’s message from the self-love jar: “I bring fabulous things to fruition.”  Perfect. Hit compose on my Gmail account, autofill finishes Frank’s name – my Wealth Building Coach. Subject line, the usual: #ProsperityPowerHour.  I type the four areas – Spiritual, Mental, Material, Physical – and begin my process. 

Campaign Strategy #3: Be empowered.
What can I wear today to make a cynical and resigned New Yorker smile... Rock my crown! Open the door of my building and play “Breath of Fresh Air” – my iPod morning playlist.

Campaign Strategy #4: Be personable.
Step on the train, and what do I find? A little girl is also wearing a golden crown. 
“Look mommy, a Queen.”
“Yes, she’s a Queen and what are you?”
With a toothy grin, she says, “A princess.”
 “Your crown is amazing,” I tell her. “Where’d you get it?”
“Me and mommy made it.”
“You did a great job.”
I spend the train ride with Jasey, her mom and little sister.  Before we step off the G train I tell her, “Jasey, you made my day. If I didn’t do another thing today but have this train ride with you, it may very well have been the best day ever.”

Platform: Crowns, wings, and magic wands for everyone.
Today there were many deep bows, “Birthdays?“, “All hail the Queens!”, and children pointing and yelling out “Look, a King!” I’ve never seen so many smiles in New York City.  Mayor Bloomberg may want to use his one dollar a year salary and invest in a Burger King crown.

(365 exactly)

Sallomé is a Social Architect for PlanIt Brooklyn. She makes living itself an art, by any dreams necessary. Follow her musings @Sallome.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Education? Business. As usual.

Educator, KC Wilbourn tweeted: "The only time an institution is willing to change is when their way of doing business is threatened."

I once suggested that we work with young people to choose a school year and refuse to take standardized tests. A sit-in focused on the business of education. I believed that if we educated our young people about the industry, they could own a movement to transform public education in this country.

It would start with students from one school, getting students in their district, then in the city, then spread via social media across the nation. And educational policymakers and leaders would be forced, willing or not, to change. But I listened to those with more fear, more logic, and ditched the idea. 

Daily... I imagine the impact it would have if students came to schools on the day of a major exam, sat at their desks, were handed the test, and each and everyone in 1, 2, 5, 20 schools sat through the duration of the exam without opening a page. And with a few students as spokespeople in each school, a national conversation with young people demanding that test makers, leaders, etc speak about the lack of assessment that matches their individual needs.


Defining Education

Decided to look up the word EDUCATION today.

I realized that when we agree to education being a public service provided by the government, we must understand that we are complicit in the maximizing of a system they are delivering, a process that is systemic and without consideration of the nuanced ways in which we uniquely flourish.

Education must be guided by the individual's interest, passion and defined purpose and simultaneously one's relationship to our ecosystem. When education became synonymous with a content delivery system, an institution, a building, the powers that be successfully bamboozled us into thinking tests, textbooks, and grades - hell even the building itself - reflect the capacity of our people to be Genius. Standing on the shoulders of my forefather W.E.B. DuBois, I would contend that the problem of the twenty-first century is the problem of schooling.

the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, esp. at a school or university.
 ◦ the theory and practice of teaching.
 ◦ a body of knowledge acquired while being educated.
 ◦ information about or training in a particular field or subject.
an enlightening experience.

:the action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university
:the knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university
:a field of study that deals with the methods and problems of teaching
1. the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
2. the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.
3. a degree, level, or kind of schooling: a university education.
4. the result produced by instruction, training, or study: to show one's education.
5. the science or art of teaching; pedagogics.

The Free Dictionary
1. The act or process of educating or being educated.
2. The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.
3. A program of instruction of a specified kind or level: driver education; a college education.
4. The field of study that is concerned with the pedagogy of teaching and learning.
5. An instructive or enlightening experience: Her work in the inner city was a real education.
Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of others, but may also be autodidactic.  Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. Education is commonly divided into stages such as preschool, primary school, secondary school and then college, university or apprenticeship.

NOUN the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university an enlightening experience

Business Dictionary The wealth of knowledge acquired by an individual after studying particular subject matters or experiencing life lessons that provide an understanding of something.

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"If you're an architect, if you're a world builder, if you have all these ideas… and you want to build buildings, if you don't ever get that out, what's gonna happen?…" -K. West, Zane Lowe

Saturday, January 25, 2014

6 Ways to Develop as a Dream Director

It has been a privilege to serve as Chief Dream Director for The Future Project.  The results we have achieved as an organization are astounding.  And I am clear that it has everything to do with the genius known as Dream Director.

Six Ways to Develop your Dream Directing Skills

  1. Get Curious. Find out the big and small dreams, goals and aspirations of people you care about.  Start asking people what legacy they are working to leave or dreams or goals they are actively pursuing at networking events, impromptu gatherings, and on first meetings.  It is a true conversation starter when you are on a date and ask, "So what legacy are you hoping to leave on the planet?"  But most importantly, you start to learn so much more about people and what drives them when you get curious.  It sets you up to assist them in actualizing these things.
  2. Contribute.  After you have a sense of the passions, goals, and aspirations of others, look for resources that could push them.  Someone tells you they dream of running a marathon, send an email to that person and your one friend that completed the ING recently and connect them.  If your 10 year old mentee dreams of being a DJ, send them to Scratch DJ Academy or Dubspot.  If a friend says they'd like to turn their side hustle into a lucrative business, send them to
  3. Challenge Yourself.  Always be in pursuit of your own dream and practicing your own passions.  How can you support others in fulfilling on a dream if you're removed from the emotional, mental, spiritual, and sometimes, physical effort required.  It is imperative that you can say: "I understand what you're talking about.  I am (was) dealing with something similar just last week as I was working on..."  You are better able to offer sound advice when you presently share the passion for the completion of something.
  4. Be Bold.  Try out the thing people are most afraid of doing: speak publicly, skydive, create a dating profile or go on a blind date, travel to a new place alone, pose nude for an art class, leave a job to pursue a dream, write a book, perform at a talent show, read all of the world's holy texts, do a triathlon, share your dreams for the world, start a business or organization, be vulnerable, offer your help/volunteer, take on a challenge, borrow money!  If you can relate to the things others are most afraid of doing, you can help walk people through the emotional freeze that leads to no action.
  5. Be Interested.  Read books and take classes that give you better insight into yourself and others. Read about seemingly unconnected ideas.  Use your library card.  Allow yourself to go down the Wiki rabbit hole and have links that interest you guide your learning.  Go to talks and watch TED Talks.  Ask friends to suggest books, conferences, print and online magazines that they most value.  These could lead to a breakthrough for you or someone you know.  This also requires that you listen and read carefully; be discerning, ask questions, challenge your mind and your heart.
  6. Create Opportunities.  Organize dinners, potlucks, panels, brainstorming sessions, and 30-day challenges for yourself and others regularly.  You'll meet amazing people with tons of resources and experiences and push everyone to be better, do better, and dream bigger.  Many of the successes of people I am close to can be attributed to making a connection at one of these events.  And when people invite you to these kinds of things - go!
I have lived the Dream Director life for nearly 28 years.  As my fulfilled dreams get bigger, so too does my ability to assist others in doing the same.

Our family, peers, elders, and children deserve to focus their life energy on what lights them up.  How will you grow your Dream Directing skills today?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Heart Led Rebellion

I am honored to call these women (and many of the people featured) my family.  My tribe.  Stand up! This is a Heart Led Rebellion.

You can see my contribution at 1:25.

"We are standing on the shoulders of the ancient ones." - Climbing PoeTree