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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    that when we created an environment and a process for people to explore these ideas to create with them as opposed to debating them whole new ways of thinking began to take hold People were hungry to learn a new way they were curious they were scared they were stepping into a new world As Matt and I were driving down those 3 000 feet from Nederland to Boulder where we had our first office our axioms were born They were created as a scaffolding to help participants leave the safety of their existing mental models and begin to get hand holds on new ways of thinking and acting One by one the axioms were created over a couple of months as we watched participants move from one way of thinking to another We spoke the axioms in the car None of them were written or iterated rather they just formed as we watched people do what seemed to come naturally when they were given both the freedom and structure to think and work differently Matt and I spent time exploring the fitness of each axiom Did it seem innate to humans Was it authentic and universal Today the axioms might seem fairly obvious But the idea of everyone having part of the answer was very strange in the 80 s and most of the 90 s The thought of working together to get better answers than we could possibly do on our own was a ridiculous concept Admitting that we didn t know something was dangerous We had our job positions because we knew the answer We held our status in school because we knew or didn t know answers Once we had our set of axioms we began each session with them We didn t explain them We

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    to talking about how he learned to trick the mind into opening up and allowing itself to play with the future Draper left the Rand Corporation and secured his doctorate in education specifically to teach teachers how to engage the future in grades K through 12 He had a hunch and he wanted to run experiments When working with a classroom of 5th And 6th grade teachers he handed out as assignment that simply ask the teachers to write the rest of the story Each handout had a paragraph beginning the story For all the task was to make up a story based on this vague first paragraph Draper left the classroom and retuned about 20 minutes later Many of the teachers were just sitting having written very little Others were several pages into their story He asked them to share their experience of writing What none of them knew was that half the teacher s paragraphs were written in past tense the other half in future tense With few exceptions teachers who had past tense had fun and wrote many paragraphs making up the story as they went along But those writing future tense struggled imagining a story that was yet to take place This discovery led Draper to teach his course very differently Draper began to teach modeling to his students Most of them had no idea how to create models in their imagination or how to use models in their thinking processes To his students the future was something left to the experts to be proven right or wrong over time The future was made up of facts just like in their history books not possibilities and imagination And it gave Matt and me an important insight This is how the axiom you can t get There

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/tag/axioms (2016-04-24)
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    to talking about how he learned to trick the mind into opening up and allowing itself to play with the future Draper left the Rand Corporation and secured his doctorate in education specifically to teach teachers how to engage the future in grades K through 12 He had a hunch and he wanted to run experiments When working with a classroom of 5th And 6th grade teachers he handed out as assignment that simply ask the teachers to write the rest of the story Each handout had a paragraph beginning the story For all the task was to make up a story based on this vague first paragraph Draper left the classroom and retuned about 20 minutes later Many of the teachers were just sitting having written very little Others were several pages into their story He asked them to share their experience of writing What none of them knew was that half the teacher s paragraphs were written in past tense the other half in future tense With few exceptions teachers who had past tense had fun and wrote many paragraphs making up the story as they went along But those writing future tense struggled imagining a story that was yet to take place This discovery led Draper to teach his course very differently Draper began to teach modeling to his students Most of them had no idea how to create models in their imagination or how to use models in their thinking processes To his students the future was something left to the experts to be proven right or wrong over time The future was made up of facts just like in their history books not possibilities and imagination And it gave Matt and me an important insight This is how the axiom you can t get There

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/tag/design (2016-04-24)
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    to talking about how he learned to trick the mind into opening up and allowing itself to play with the future Draper left the Rand Corporation and secured his doctorate in education specifically to teach teachers how to engage the future in grades K through 12 He had a hunch and he wanted to run experiments When working with a classroom of 5th And 6th grade teachers he handed out as assignment that simply ask the teachers to write the rest of the story Each handout had a paragraph beginning the story For all the task was to make up a story based on this vague first paragraph Draper left the classroom and retuned about 20 minutes later Many of the teachers were just sitting having written very little Others were several pages into their story He asked them to share their experience of writing What none of them knew was that half the teacher s paragraphs were written in past tense the other half in future tense With few exceptions teachers who had past tense had fun and wrote many paragraphs making up the story as they went along But those writing future tense struggled imagining a story that was yet to take place This discovery led Draper to teach his course very differently Draper began to teach modeling to his students Most of them had no idea how to create models in their imagination or how to use models in their thinking processes To his students the future was something left to the experts to be proven right or wrong over time The future was made up of facts just like in their history books not possibilities and imagination And it gave Matt and me an important insight This is how the axiom you can t get There

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/tag/draper-kauffman (2016-04-24)
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    to talking about how he learned to trick the mind into opening up and allowing itself to play with the future Draper left the Rand Corporation and secured his doctorate in education specifically to teach teachers how to engage the future in grades K through 12 He had a hunch and he wanted to run experiments When working with a classroom of 5th And 6th grade teachers he handed out as assignment that simply ask the teachers to write the rest of the story Each handout had a paragraph beginning the story For all the task was to make up a story based on this vague first paragraph Draper left the classroom and retuned about 20 minutes later Many of the teachers were just sitting having written very little Others were several pages into their story He asked them to share their experience of writing What none of them knew was that half the teacher s paragraphs were written in past tense the other half in future tense With few exceptions teachers who had past tense had fun and wrote many paragraphs making up the story as they went along But those writing future tense struggled imagining a story that was yet to take place This discovery led Draper to teach his course very differently Draper began to teach modeling to his students Most of them had no idea how to create models in their imagination or how to use models in their thinking processes To his students the future was something left to the experts to be proven right or wrong over time The future was made up of facts just like in their history books not possibilities and imagination And it gave Matt and me an important insight This is how the axiom you can t get There

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/tag/future (2016-04-24)
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    about 20 minutes later Many of the teachers were just sitting having written very little Others were several pages into their story He asked them to share their experience of writing What none of them knew was that half the teacher s paragraphs were written in past tense the other half in future tense With few exceptions teachers who had past tense had fun and wrote many paragraphs making up the story as they went along But those writing future tense struggled imagining a story that was yet to take place This discovery led Draper to teach his course very differently Draper began to teach modeling to his students Most of them had no idea how to create models in their imagination or how to use models in their thinking processes To his students the future was something left to the experts to be proven right or wrong over time The future was made up of facts just like in their history books not possibilities and imagination And it gave Matt and me an important insight This is how the axiom you can t get There from Here but you can get Here from There originated When you begin to frame the future from the present all kinds of blocks show up The present is full of the here and now and of many reasons change is not possible Very little of our school life is composed for facilitating imagination and foresight It is based on learning facts and facts are only within the past or the here and now It is based on test scores and right or wrong To ease the tension Matt and I decided that the first paragraph we wrote from which participants would use as a baseline would insure success It would ask participants to remember their success story Draper s work was an important influencer in the development of our method and process The importance of modeling playing with ideas assuming success became core principles in our work Draper s book Teaching the Future is an important book and still very relevant It is however almost impossible to find Our Curriculum for the 21st Century was also inspired by his work This morning this article on Peter Drucke r showed up in my in box Drucker was quite good at envisioning THERE and bringing it to his HERE Gail Tomorrow Makers Post a Comment Share Article tagged Axioms Design Draper Kauffman Future Gail Taylor Learning Exchange Matt Taylor Rand Corporation backcasting learning in Creativity Imagination Learning design Wednesday Oct 01 2014 A timeline of the use and spread of the term Group Genius Wednesday October 1 2014 at 12 37PM 1980 Inspired by her observations and reflections on her time teaching second grade in the late 1960 s and her exposure to the work of Lawrence Halprin Gail Taylor coins the term It finds its way into the business planning documents and collateral of Taylor Associates in the early 1980 s 1997 Fast Company

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/tag/gail-taylor (2016-04-24)
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    to talking about how he learned to trick the mind into opening up and allowing itself to play with the future Draper left the Rand Corporation and secured his doctorate in education specifically to teach teachers how to engage the future in grades K through 12 He had a hunch and he wanted to run experiments When working with a classroom of 5th And 6th grade teachers he handed out as assignment that simply ask the teachers to write the rest of the story Each handout had a paragraph beginning the story For all the task was to make up a story based on this vague first paragraph Draper left the classroom and retuned about 20 minutes later Many of the teachers were just sitting having written very little Others were several pages into their story He asked them to share their experience of writing What none of them knew was that half the teacher s paragraphs were written in past tense the other half in future tense With few exceptions teachers who had past tense had fun and wrote many paragraphs making up the story as they went along But those writing future tense struggled imagining a story that was yet to take place This discovery led Draper to teach his course very differently Draper began to teach modeling to his students Most of them had no idea how to create models in their imagination or how to use models in their thinking processes To his students the future was something left to the experts to be proven right or wrong over time The future was made up of facts just like in their history books not possibilities and imagination And it gave Matt and me an important insight This is how the axiom you can t get There

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/tag/learning-exchange (2016-04-24)
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    to talking about how he learned to trick the mind into opening up and allowing itself to play with the future Draper left the Rand Corporation and secured his doctorate in education specifically to teach teachers how to engage the future in grades K through 12 He had a hunch and he wanted to run experiments When working with a classroom of 5th And 6th grade teachers he handed out as assignment that simply ask the teachers to write the rest of the story Each handout had a paragraph beginning the story For all the task was to make up a story based on this vague first paragraph Draper left the classroom and retuned about 20 minutes later Many of the teachers were just sitting having written very little Others were several pages into their story He asked them to share their experience of writing What none of them knew was that half the teacher s paragraphs were written in past tense the other half in future tense With few exceptions teachers who had past tense had fun and wrote many paragraphs making up the story as they went along But those writing future tense struggled imagining a story that was yet to take place This discovery led Draper to teach his course very differently Draper began to teach modeling to his students Most of them had no idea how to create models in their imagination or how to use models in their thinking processes To his students the future was something left to the experts to be proven right or wrong over time The future was made up of facts just like in their history books not possibilities and imagination And it gave Matt and me an important insight This is how the axiom you can t get There

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/tag/matt-taylor (2016-04-24)
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