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Innovation Inspiration — #9: Adult Learning

Innovation Inspiration
Innovation Inspiration — #9: Adult Learning
By Lucy Gray • Issue #9 • View online
Today’s edition is focused on finding inspiration via YouTube! First, learn about a particular institution dedicated to informal learning.

Borrow From Our Students' Playbook
YouTube has over 2 billion users. 70% of these users are watching YouTube videos on mobile devices, which means, according to YouTube, the platform reaches more people in the 18-34 year old demographic in the US than any traditional TV network. If you have ever been in the presence of a middle or high school student, you know from experience that they are highly engaged in this platform. Take a page from their playbook and consider exploring YouTube as a source of innovation inspiration! As I was browsing my YouTube subscriptions today, I was reminded about this organization.
About the Chautauqua Institute
This is Chautauqua Institution
This is Chautauqua Institution
A family friend who defines the term “life-long learner” first introduced me to this amazing organization, the Chautauqua Institute. Susan is a lawyer and gerontologist by trade, and she has traveled the world over. For several summers, she has attended this summer Institute in pursuit of even more knowledge. Here is its mission:
Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre community on Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a nine-week season, and a total of more than 100,000 attend scheduled public events.
Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times; stimulates provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and families in creative response to such issues; and promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance and teaching of the arts.
Make sure to check out this grid to see their weekly themes, activities, and guest presenters. Wouldn’t it be great to model professional development as sort of a summer camp experience? (Constructing Modern Knowledge might be the answer to that question!)
Chautauqua on YouTube
If we are to inspire lifelong learning in the children we serve, shouldn’t we model it? Even if you can’t physically attend Chautauqua Institute, you can take in some of the experience via YouTube. Browse their channel’s videos here or listen to their podcasts. Below are a few recommendations from their archives and various lecture series. These are not necessarily education-related but feature a few people whose work is familiar to me.
Does the Deep State Exist? - David Rohde - Trailer
Does the Deep State Exist? - David Rohde - Trailer
How the Black List Revives Dead Scripts - Franklin Leonard - Trailer
How the Black List Revives Dead Scripts - Franklin Leonard - Trailer
The State of the American Education System - Sir Ken Robinson - Trailer
The State of the American Education System - Sir Ken Robinson - Trailer
Diplomacy Matters. - Samantha Power - Trailer
Diplomacy Matters. - Samantha Power - Trailer
Bill Moyers - The Other Face of Power
Bill Moyers - The Other Face of Power
David Simon - Two Americas in One City
David Simon - Two Americas in One City
Karen Armstrong - Religion and the History of Violence
Karen Armstrong - Religion and the History of Violence
Angela Lee Duckworth - GRIT - The Power of Passion and Determination
Angela Lee Duckworth - GRIT - The Power of Passion and Determination
Consider designing your own personal Chautauqua experience as a way of recovering from the past school year. Pick one or two of the aforementioned videos that you think might inspire you. Find a yoga video on YouTube (or Apple Fitness+, which I highly recommend). Indulge an art project, digital or with real materials, solo or with a family member. Eat a great meal. Go to an outdoor concert. Read a book.
Make time this summer to be a learner.
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Innovation advisor and ed tech evangelist Lucy Gray curates interesting ideas and resources for forward-thinking educators.

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