YouMedia Centers for Teens

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For the past 6 months I've been working with an awesome set of creative poeple (from also very creative institutions) as we tackle the planning for network of Learning Labs across the city to ignite teens and help them discover and explore their passions through digital media.  

With five cultural insitutions coming together, its been an interesting process.  I've added a tom to my knowledge about creating and merging logic models, connected learning theory and informal learning environments for teens.  All great stuff, really inspiring that actually makes me sometimes wish I could go back to being 15 again :-)

The MacArthur Foundation is the catalyst for this huge informal learning movement aimed at connecting teens and digital media.  YouMedia in Chicago, was among the first successful programs, but there are others that are equally exciting.  Here's the latest MacArthur piece worth reading:

YOUmedia Expansions Offer Teens Student-Centered Learning Opportunities with Digital Media

Can't wait til we get to the pilot stage in our planning.  With institutions partnering on our planning, there will definitely soon be some new amazing places for teens in Columbus.


When Values & Behaviors Collide

I discovered this downloaded image in a forgotten “pictures” folder tonight and though I can’t remember where I pilfered it from, I found my response to the message just a strong as when I first encountered it and was influenced to save it in the first place. 

Over the past years, I heard a lot of rants and arguments against the creation of “rules.” This image (&message) does a great job of nailing the rub and root cause – the conflict between behaviors and values.

Think about it… instead or creating rules to curtail unwanted behaviors,  how can your organization use and promote values to encourage positive interactions.  It's got me thinking, how about you?

PS:  If you know the source of this image, please let me know.  I need to provide them appropriate credit.