For The Love Of Learning

Voices of the Alternative Education Movement

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Show Title:

For the Love of Learning Episode #100

100th Episode Extravaganza!! FTLOL Producers & Hosts

 -During the showtimes, watch the show live by clicking this link-

Monday April 17, 2017, 8pm-10pm EDT

Tuesday April 18, 2017, 1am-3am BST

Guests:

Nina Downer
Anne Boie
Miranda Ortiz
Rebecka Koritz
George Kaponay
Lainie Liberti

 

Description: 

Meet the team behind the show, For the Love of Learning, Voices of the Alternative Education Movement, ask your questions live and discover what we have in store for the next 100 episodes!

 

Guests’ Bios:

Nina Downer

Nina Downer was born and raised in Germany. After finishing traditional school, she took a “gap year” exploring Central America and East Africa. Nina believes through travel her “real education” began.  She reluctantly returned to Germany to study International Tourism Management and continued adding to her cultural education by living and working in Zanzibar a few months every year.
Feeling disheartened with formal education, Nina sought out a different path that included traveling, connecting with people around the world, discovering new cultures and hands-on learning. She found such an opportunity in Panama where she spent two semesters abroad participating in organic farming and sustainable tourism. While in Panama, Nina met her future husband, and is now living on a small island off the Caribbean coast with her husband and three sons who are growing up as natural unschooled self-directed learners.

Nina is passionate about learning, global justice and creating community online. She has created a Facebook group called “(un)schooling the world” and is active in the movement for educational freedom in her birth country Germany.

Anne Boie

Anne Boie is an entrepreneur and partner in work, family and play to her husband, David Leahy. She is a dedicated unschooling mother of the four Leahy children, ages 4- 16. Several years ago after the birth of their fourth child, they decided to pursue their dream of leaving rural Texas for a more exciting urban location. After researching several options with the help of their children, they chose Hackettstown, New Jersey, located between New York City and Philadelphia, and moved their warehouse of more than a million Lego bricks, two dogs, three cats, four children, one Nana (David’s mom) and all their belongings halfway across the country. Having previously been active in the Dallas-area unschooling community, Anne next set her sights on the surprising lack of unschooling gatherings in the New York/New Jersey area and decided to fill the need herself. With the help of David, their kids, and a few friends, she created the Life Without Instructions Conference as a means to meet like-minded families for shared learning, fun and community.


Anne was very excited to take on the role of co-producer of the For the Love of Learning show, as a means of exploring ideas about education from people all over the world, and to help create a better world by showing parents that there is another way, they don’t have to blindly follow the crowd when it comes to education and raising happy children.

Miranda Ortiz

Miranda Ortiz was born in Mexico City and moved with her family to Canada at the age of 8. She graduated from McGill University with an honours degree in International Development Studies which she was able to help form as the area was only being opened at the time. Her work has touched local communities as varied as the Zapotecos from the hills of Oaxaca in Mexico, the Mohawks from Canada and various groups from northern Papua New Guinea.

Currently she resides in an off grid home in southeastern Mexico. Over the last 9 years she has been working to help women achieve natural births. The focus of her Enlightened Birth -Parto Iluminado program is to share information and deep relaxation techniques with families so as to empower them to take independent decisions for themselves and their families. Her own children were born at home and are being educated within the family circle.

As an outgrowth of this, she founded Centro Bek, a centre aimed at bringing tools and support to families and individuals so they too can create their own independent realities. Alternatives in birth, education, health, and living lightly on the earth, are all part of the integrated, consciously created, sustainable future which the centre promotes.

Links
www.facebook.com/PartoIluminado
https://www.facebook.com/centrobek
www.centrobek.com

Rebecka Kortiz

Rebecka Koritz is a school entrepreneur, pedagogical visionary and harsh school critic. She is an author, lecturer and former language teacher. For fifteen years she has been training teachers and giving workshops for parents, teachers and psychologists. The last seven years she’s dedicated herself to starting up and running several alternative educational projects: Papalotes in Oaxaca (2009) and Papalotes in Puerto Escondido (2012) – both Waldorf initiatives, La Casita – a Waldorf inspired kindergarten and Explora – an Agile Learning Center in the form of a youth club/after-school program (both 2016).

In June 2016 her book A School From Scratch was published in Swedish in Sweden. It is, on one hand, the exciting story about the challenging journey of starting up alternative schools in one of the poorest states in Mexico. On the other hand it provides the reader with some serious philosophical reflections on the theme “why do we have schools, and for whom?”. Rebecka is originally from Sweden, but has lived in Mexico since 2003 where she can freely unschool her son who has Asperger’s syndrome.

 

Explora: www.exploraALC.com

More on Rebecka: www.rebeckakoritz.com

A School From Scratch: www.enskolafranscratch.se

George Kaponay

Bringing projects to life that touch people and create meaning in their lives is a passion for George!

George Kaponay, is a dedicated explorer, social entrepreneur and life learner who along with his wife Bobi and their twin children, daughter, Réka and son, Lalika, have been traveling the world since 2011 on a journey of learning and discovery, which has seen them visit 32 countries on six continents. Committed to experiencing life together, George and his wife Bobi made the decision to take their children out of the traditional schooling system over six years ago and have not looked back. The entire family is committed to a life of learning together, while traveling and embracing change as a constant inspiration for their growth and development.

In 2016 they are engaging on a tour of the UK and USA to promote their 15 year old daughter’s debut novel Dawn of the Guardian which was released earlier in the year. George and Bobi are also shortly launching their Labour of Love Incubation Program (www.labouroflove.us), designed to provide a face-to-face, live working forum, intended to assist people, families and groups to find, define. launch and bring to fruition their very own Labour of Love pursuit.

 www.dawnoftheguardian.com
www.labouroflove.us

Lainie Liberti

Lainie Liberti, a mom and recovering branding expert (whose 18 year career once focused on creating campaigns for green – eco businesses, non-profits and conscious businesses) and her now 18-year-old son Miro Siegel, set out 8 years ago on what became a life changing journey.  In 2008, California’s economy took a turn causing the closure of many local business. Lainie and then 9-year-old Miro decided to “be the change” instead of victims as the pair began the process of redesigning their lives, with the dream of spending stress-free quality time together.  After closing her business, selling and giving away all of their possessions, Lainie and Miro hit the road for what was to be a one year adventure mid-2009.

Eight years, twenty-four countries (and many personal changes) later, Lainie and Miro continue to slow travel around the globe, living an inspired possession-free-lifestyle, volunteering and learning naturally from the world around them. The pair are following their interests, learning in partnership, as the planet has been transformed into the ultimate classroom. Both Lainie and Miro have been forever changed, inspired by diverse cultures, histories, languages and traditions, often encouraging the pair to examine their own humanity and interconnectedness. Often you will hear Lainie say “we are blessed to be accidental unschoolers.” Lainie and Miro have become advocates for life learning at any age, combined with travel. They call it “worldschooling.”

In 2011, the mother and son duo co-founded Project World School in hopes of bringing this experience to others. Project World School was born from an inspired idea: co-create temporary learning communities around the world with teens and young adults, in order to collaborate in rich experiential and social learning. During the retreats, both natural and academic learning occurs through immersive cultural experiences while encouraging social learning, teamwork and leadership. Participants create strong connections with other participants, the world around them and community through a rich collaborative environment. Teens who participate are inspired to continue their worldschooling explorations (and most return for other retreats).

Learning from the world since he was 10 years old, Miro has developed a passion for writing and literature. Currently writing a collection of poems and short stories, he spends most of his time tapping away on his keyboard or reading. You can read his writing here.

When not co-facilitating retreats with her son, Lainie can be found hosting conversations about alternative education on her weekly show For the Love of Learning, Voices of the Alternative Education Movement. Currently with almost a hundred shows in the archives, she credits her insatiable curiosity about everything everywhere and is happy to have a forum to ask questions about learning and education.
Lainie and Miro also share stories about worldschooling and travel at the their blog, and see their TEDxAmsterdamED talk here.


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Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teen son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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Show Title:

For the Love of Learning Episode #99

Young Global Changemakers

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Monday April 3, 2017, 8pm-10pm EDT

Tuesday April 4, 2017, 1am-3am BST

Guests:

Kaitlin Murray
Cassidy Murray
Alex Kuch
Kieryn Darkwater
Miro Siegel

 

Description: 

In this episode we are going to speak with five youth changemakers. This episode will be co-hosted with my son, Miro, who is among one of the five changemakers on tonight’s panel.

What is a changemaker? The term changemaker is simple to understand, just from the words it’s made from.

So, what kind of change do changemakers seek? For the most part, the only change that really matters: social change, or any other kind of change can help people. Changemakers can be described as social entrepreneurs, activists, or any other number of titles.

There is one main difference between changemakers and the rest of the world. Most people desire change; many know what they would like to see different in the world, and some even know how it could be done best. There is a higher class of people who act to see their change happen; many of these fail. However, this is where changemakers differ: they make their change happen. Using a combination of knowledge, resources, and determination, they push through until their dream becomes truth, and then push some more. Changemakers are the force of social evolution; everyone can become one, and everyone should. Welcome to episode number 99 where we’ll meet a few of these special youth.

 

Guests’ Bios:

Kaitlin Murray

Kaitlin is a traveler, humanitarian, and human rights advocate. She is 17 years old and has been traveling her entire life with her family. She was born in Holland and also lived in the United States, Germany, France, and Rome, Italy all by the time she was seven. For the next 7 years, she lived in Venice, Italy where most of her childhood memories were made. When Kaitlin was 14, her family decided to step out of their comfort zone and explore the world on an open-ended journey to see the world. So far they have visited over 50 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America, and Asia. She believes that the world is her classroom where she learns through the cultural diversity of its people. Through her travels Kaitlin has found a love for archaeology, literature, history, theater, and sharing her adventures and stories through her writing – opening hearts and minds to the realities and amazing people of the world. She discovered her passion for volunteering and humanitarian work after volunteering with Syrian refugees in Turkey in 2015. After this experience, her and her sister started a non-profit organization called Kids Unite 4 Hope where their goal is to help kids in need and encourage kids and teens to make a difference in their communities and around the world. Since then she has volunteered globally and given numerous presentations to teens about the refugee crisis and the importance of using their youth to make a positive impact on the world.
You can follow Kaitlin at travelinkait.com and kidsunite4hope.org.

Cassidy Murray

Cassidy is 15 years old and not your typical teen. Because of her family’s desire to learn about the world firsthand by exploring it full-time, Cassidy left her home in Venice, Italy in 2013 and has traveled to over 50 countries across the globe – developing a passion for art, languages and culture. She became a devoted volunteer and human rights advocate while volunteering during the refugee crisis in the Middle East, US, and Greece and found that she is happiest when she is helping other kids and teens and creating lasting friendships with them. Cassidy is also a co-founder of the non-profit organization Kids Unite 4 Hope which she and her sister started in 2015 to help kids in need and to inspire kids around the world to volunteer and make a difference. You can find her at ciaocassidy.com and kidsunite4hope.org

Alex Kuch

Alex Kuch was born in Romania in 1995 and was adopted in 1997 from an orphanage in Cluj- Napoca, Romania by a German couple. He also has a younger brother adopted from Romania by the same family. The family moved to New Zealand in 2006. Alex is the leading voice for children’s rights in New Zealand and he seeks to reopen international adoptions from Romania, which have been closed since 2003. There are currently approximately 70 thousand orphans in Romanian institutions. Alex studies International Relations & Politics and Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is a Youth Ambassador for a New Zealand NGO: the Leprosy Mission NZ. He travelled with 7 others on a full scholarship to Nepal in 2016 to see the humanitarian work being undertaken by this group. He is actively involved in civil societies, contributing his unique experiences and passions. This includes the youth accredited organization of the United Nations (Model-UN) and AIESEC, the world’s largest youth movement to engage in cross-cultural dialog and to promote world peace. AIESEC is also a partner of the United Nations. In addition to this Alex is an active member of Toastmasters International, a world renowned organization that he utilizes to challenge himself and grow in his public speaking career and leadership abilities. Furthermore Alex has completed an Internship for one of New Zealand’s leading humanitarian aid and development organization, Tearfund, where he researched gender-based violence prevention methods in Nepal in a post-disaster context. This included then coming up with practical ways to implement this. Alex used an innovative approach which was possible due to his unique set of experiences in Nepal. He is delighted that Tearfund are now putting into action parts of his input and advice.
ASPIRATIONS- Alex is in the process of beginning his own children’s right social enterprise, as yet un-named, which he aspires to make a leading global organization, helping the lives of abandoned children everywhere. In 2018, he hopes to undertake his Masters of Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights degree at the University of Potsdam in Berlin, Germany. ​
www.alexkuch.com

Kieryn Darkwater 

Kieryn Darkwater is a blue haired fairy boi you can find making art and being an activist. They spend their time advocating for housing with East Bay Forward and protecting homeschool students as the Tech Director of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. When they’re not writing, organizing, or otherwise doing activisms, you can find them drawing comics, talking about what HRT is like, learning any new art skill, or playing video games.
https://www.autostraddle.com/author/kieryn/

Miro Siegel 

Miro Siegel is an 18 year old traveler and youth facilitator for Project World School. His learning is self directed and influenced by the ever changing world around him. To him, this is Worldschooling. He is interested in, and is an advocate for children’s rights, travel as education and a spearhead of the Worldschooling movement that he and his mother helped create. Miro Siegel traveled to Amsterdam in April, 2016 to present at the TEDxAmsterdamED conference and to bring a slightly more ‘unconventional’ view to the table. He aspires to bring cultural awareness and immersion to more people, because he truly believes that travel can bring peace to the world and inspire learning without measure.

This episode is produced by Anne Bioe

Episode hosted by Lainie Liberti

 


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Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teen son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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Show Title:

For the Love of Learning Episode #98

Sudbury Schools

 

 -During the showtimes, watch the show live by clicking this link-

Monday March 27, 2017, 8pm-10pm EDT

Tuesday March 28, 2017, 1am-3am BST

 

Guests:

Brooke Pazoles
Cassi Clausen
Aryeh Grossman
Jessica DuPont
Neil Karkhanis

 

Description: 

Coming soon…

 

Guests’ Bios:

Brooke Pazoles

Brooke Pazoles is a recent graduate from the University of Delaware, where she studied elementary and middle school education. Even though she has a teacher’s certificate on paper, her experience at UD was not like any other up and coming teacher’s. After spending time in real classrooms during her early college career, Brooke soon became aware of the atrocities taking place in public school systems today. She almost dropped her major to pursue a totally different career, but was steered to research Sudbury education by a professor who specialized in alternative education models. Brooke was hooked immediately, and spent the rest of her time at college pushing the University to support her in her quest to complete her student teaching placement—and eventually become a full-time staff member—at a Sudbury school. Brooke was able to fulfill her student teaching requirement at The Philadelphia Free School, a Sudbury school in South Philly. While at PFS, Brooke’s passion for Sudbury education blossomed and grew. Her time as an intern there solidified her dream to pursue staffing at a Sudbury school as her career. Brooke is originally from Bainbridge Island, a tiny island off of Seattle. She spent most of her childhood outside, building tree forts, picking blackberries, and getting intro trouble with her cohort of neighborhood friends. Brooke enjoys biking and walking through Baltimore’s neighborhoods with her husband, writing, practicing yoga, and snuggling with her three cats. She also cares deeply about community service and giving her time and resources to those in need. She spent much of her time at college volunteering for organizations like Habitat for Humanity, and spent her final spring break rebuilding homes that were destroyed by hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Brooke is a type 1 diabetic and is an active member and advocate within the worldwide diabetes community, spending much of her free time mentoring others with the disease, scouring research papers, and attending and speaking at diabetes conferences.

www.aisudbury.org

 

Cassi Clausen

Cassi Clausen was the original founder of The Open School, and began the journey in February 2012. She has a Bachelors from Westmont College, a Masters of Education from UM St Louis, and a Masters of Arts from University of London, Goldsmith’s College. She has dedicated her life to giving a voice to kids, and advocating for respectful parenting and education. Cassi has three kids, two of whom currently attend The Open School, with the third acting as its mascot. She enjoys nice restaurants, junky television shows, and traveling with and without her kids.

http://openschooloc.com/

http://www.facebook.com/theopenschool

http://www.instagram.com/the_open_school/

 

Aryeh Grossman

Aryeh Grossman is a Graduate of Fairhaven School, a Sudbury School in Maryland. As a student, he was president of the school’s assembly, school meeting chair, fire safety clerk, and an active member of several corporations. Since graduating, Aryeh has pursued his love of working with children in both teaching and camp positions. Aryeh is passionate about human rights, always looking for ways to educate himself and make a difference for good; he also enjoys playing the occasional video game.

http://www.houstonsudburyschool.org

 

Jessica DuPont

Jessica DuPont lives in upstate New York and is the mother of four children aged 14,14,12 and 10. They all have almost exclusively attended a Sudbury school. In her spare time she runs a used bookstore.

http://halfmoonusedbooks.com 

http://sudburyschool.com

 

Neil Karkhanis

Neil Karkhanis is 14 years old and attends South Jersey Sudbury School, a democratic free school where the students decide how to spend their time. He enjoys discussing politics, education, world events and nutritional science. He has been involved in community theater since the age of six. He spends a few months out of the year living in Tampa, FL and the rest in New Jersey. He’s very excited to have this platform to share views and ideas with others.

http://www.southjerseysudburyschool.org

 

This episode is produced by Nina Downer

Episode hosted by Lainie Liberti

 


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Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teen son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

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Show Title:

For the Love of Learning Episode #97

Thriving Learning Communities

A possible future for collaborative communities / societies

-During the showtimes, watch the show live by clicking this link-

Monday March 20, 2017, 9pm-11pm EST
Tuesday March 20, 2017, 1am-3am GMT

Guests:

Paul Mulryne

Erin Daniels

Sonya Olthof

Special Guest Host:

George Kaponay

 

Description: 

Thriving Learning Communities -Possible futures for collaborative communities / societies

The development and maturity of independent learning communities created for homeschoolers heralds more than just a gathering place for groups of homeschoolers or alternative learners to come together in regional areas. Do these centres potentially hold the key to the small collaborative communities of the future?

While the world hurls towards a belief in the inevitability of Globalism and The World State, there are growing ranks amongst anthropologists and futurists who believe that it will be the micro-communities of the future that will present the most viable and effective ways to solve economic dependencies, which will only be exacerbated by the reduction in the need for a human workforce. We speak with key and leading proponents of independent learning communities throughout the UK, USA, Canada and Australia to get their first hand experiences of the potential of such groups, how such groups evolve and whether our guest feel and can see that the collaborative, independent learning going on in their communities, has the momentum to carry beyond the experience of the so called schooling years and extend to a fertile collaborative testing ground for the meaningful ventures of the future. Are these learning communities the ones that will create the seed for these new ventures, which will not only add to the quality of life of their children, but have a purposeful need and assist in the creation of societies that are built on happiness, health and well being as their profitable ventures? Are Collaborative Independent Learning Communities the litmus test and proving grounds of sorts to support the theory that collaboration and not competition are the most productive, creative and effective ways for humanity to move forward? This is what we will discuss and explore in tonight’s panel.

Guests:

Paul Mulryne

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Paul Mulryne comes from a family of educationalists and has been involved in education in one form or another all of his life. After being a gap student in Australia, he attended Leicester University, studying Sociology.
He qualified as a teacher in 1999 and has taught in secondary schools in the maintained sector as well as private preparatory schools. He was a deputy head for two years, before returning to his preferred role, teaching English.
In 2006, he and his wife made the decision to home educate. Neither of his children have been to school and they are part of an ever-growing home education community in The United Kingdom, in York and the surrounding area.
In 2009, there was little in the way of a home ed community in York. A small group, including Tracey, began to organise things in a more collective way.
A couple of years ago, the group moved to Facebook and it is now a place where people can organise events and share events or ideas they find. People are able to be as involved as they wish and the group has expanded greatly to the point where there are over 300 members. Some of these members are from other areas, so that information can be shared beyond York. Harrogate, Selby, Pocklington and Malton have established their own satellite groups after meeting through York district.
The group’s activities are as varied as its membership: drama, music, science, English and maths are all offered as well as martial arts and parkour.
At the core of the group, are a number of families who have created a particularly nurturing community, which we would describe as a home ed family.

Erin Daniels

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Erin Daniels has become an active member in her New Jersey homeschool community since she jumped in 7 years ago and began homeschooling her 2 sons. She is a founding member of Village Homeschool, a parent run cooperative, Harmony Homeschoolers, a NJ NP corporation which offers part-time enrichment programs to elementary school age homeschoolers, and Education Elsewhere, a NJ NP corporation which offers part-time enrichment programs to middle- and high-school age children, promotes homeschool awareness, and offers homeschool community events such as National Geographic Bee, Scripp’s Spelling Bee. Five years ago, Erin was asked to lend a hand with 11th Annual NJ Spring Prom for Homeschoolers and Their Friends, as the then organizers and their children moved on to other endeavors. Though Erin’s eldest son was also moving on to college, she delightedly helped and has organized this event for the community for the last several years. Homeschooling has been the right choice for Erin’s children as they have been able to explore their own passions and work at their own paces, but she is most grateful to homeschooling for continually giving her the confidence to take a less traveled path and the awareness to enjoy the journey.

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Sonya Olthof is the mother of two boys who are homeschooled.  She is also the founder and coordinator at Centre Communidée, a bi-lingual community centre for homeschooling families in Montreal Canada. Centre Communidée is also part of a hub of learning that is open to the families of homeschoolers, incorporating Atelier Communidée, which is a community workshop for families with children 7+ and individual artists looking to work in a collaborative space.  The environment is set up with basic woodworking tools, a pottery wheel and kiln, several sewing machines, a knitting machine, a small loom, and various supplies and treasures aimed to inspire building and fixing projects. The Group participates in a large variety of activities both indoor and in nature and engages in a multi-generational approach to community based learning and living.
http://communidee.ca/

Special Guest Host:

George Kaponay

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Bringing projects to life that touch people and create meaning in their lives is a passion for George!

George Kaponay, is a dedicated explorer, social entrepreneur and life learner who along with his wife Bobi and their twin children, daughter, Réka and son, Lalika, have been traveling the world since 2011 on a journey of learning and discovery, which has seen them visit 32 countries on six continents. Committed to experiencing life together, George and his wife Bobi made the decision to take their children out of the traditional schooling system over six years ago and have not looked back. The entire family is committed to a life of learning together, while traveling and embracing change as a constant inspiration for their growth and development.

In 2016 they are engaging on a tour of the UK and USA to promote their 15 year old daughter’s debut novel Dawn of the Guardian which was released earlier in the year. George and Bobi are also shortly launching their Labour of Love Incubation Program (www.labouroflove.us), designed to provide a face-to-face, live working forum, intended to assist people, families and groups to find, define. launch and bring to fruition their very own Labour of Love pursuit.

 www.dawnoftheguardian.com
www.labouroflove.us

This episode is produced by George Kaponay

Episode hosted by George Kaponay

 


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Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teen son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

For full archives of this show and programming schedule, please visit:

ForTheLoveofLearningShow.com 

Find us on facebook: For-the-Love-of-Learning-Voices-of-the-Alternative-Education-Movement

For comments, questions, suggestions or if you’d like to be guest on the show, please contact us here.

 

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For the Love of Learning Episode #96

Emotional Intelligence

-During the showtimes, watch the show live by clicking this link-

Monday March 6, 2017, 8pm-10pm EST
Tuesday March 7, 2017, 1am-3am GMT

Guests:

Kathy Brown
Ceci Hyoun
Brigitte Kupfer
Anna Partridge

Description: 

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is the capability of individuals to recognize their own, and other people’s emotions, to discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and to manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt environments or achieve one’s goals.

Studies have shown that people with high emotional intelligence have greater mental health, job performance, leadership skills and of course greater ability to learn. 

Kathy Brown

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Kathy and her husband, Joe, wanted to parent differently than they had experienced and witnessed. They researched parenting practices that met their need to treat their son with kindness and constant respect — even when he cried, threw temper tantrums or “misbehaved.”

By the time Justin, now 20 years old, was “school age” they had already observed how well he learned on his own. They also had been practicing non-punitive discipline from the start. Kathy and Joe believed emotions weren’t wrong or bad, they just needed to be felt and heard safely. Knowing that the educational system wasn’t ready to adopt new ideas around learning, discipline and emotions, they chose to unschool.

Overcoming decades of avoiding and suppressing their own emotions while trying to accept all of Justin’s emotions was – and continues to be – challenging, especially in a society that doesn’t value healthy emotional expression and is entrenched in punitive practices. But it becomes easier with support, resources and practice.

In an effort to find local support during Justin’s childhood years, Kathy founded Parenting the Soul, a grassroots organization to provide parents and child care professionals with tools, techniques and new perspectives to help them better care for children and the “child’ within themselves. She also wrote a parenting column for a local women’s magazine on her personal challenges with raising a son compassionately. Kathy also created courses for homeschooled children to help them understand and process negative emotions safely, and offered support for parents to help facilitate safe emotional release in the home. In addition, she spearheaded an alternative educational program based on several concepts she holds dear: non-punitive discipline, natural learning, the acceptance of emotional release, and Non-violent Communication, which focuses on making observations instead of judgments and identifying feelings and needs.

Kathy’s real education came after Justin’s birth but before becoming a parent she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and spent 10 years as a reporter and editor at the Tampa Tribune.

For more information, support, and resources on the benefits of healthy emotional release, you can check out Kathy’s Facebook page that she’s had for seven years called, “For Crying Out Loud,” at https://www.facebook.com/For-Crying-Out-Loud-92181584093/


Ceci Hyoun

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Ceci lives in Venice Beach, California with her husband and two children. Seeking a way to ease the hard, emotional work of parenting, she was grateful to find Hand in Hand Parenting in 2011.

While working in the time-intensive field of film editing, she used the Hand in Hand tools to connect meaningfully with her children despite their very limited time together. Embracing the power of connection and learning to listen to children’s emotions, she watched her entire family transform and become more connected and playful. She credits Hand in Hand with nothing less than giving her the emotional tools to parent well and to save her family!

Ceci is passionate about sharing these tools because connected families have more fun, more joy and are the foundation of a more connected and just society. She sees the work of parenting with connection as a revolutionary one and sees changing the life of one child, one family as a triumph in the war against dysfunction and disconnection. She enjoys sharing Hand in Hand with all parents and child caregivers and especially those with children who are homeschooled, highly sensitive, emotionally intense, asynchronously developing and the gifted as well as supporting families healing from the effects of trauma.

Together with her husband, Ceci part-time homeschools their two children with the support of a hybrid homeschool charter school. She gives regular talks at her children’s school and also to her local community in the westside of Los Angeles. She is slowly working on the translation of the Listening to Children Booklets into Korean with the help of her parents. Her biggest fans of her Hand in Hand work are her children who wonder, “Why can’t all grown-ups listen to feelings?”

Look for Ceci’s upcoming events and classes on her Facebook page or send her an email at: ceci@handinhandparenting.org


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Brigitte has been working in arts and cultural change projects as a puppeteer and poet in Europe and later as a psychologist in Germany, USA and Australia. She left her career as clinical and research psychologist 21 years ago after a “wake-up” experience, realising how personal and planetary health are linked and that she no longer wanted to participate in a system which was not life-affirming (like the psychiatric system and medical model). This was a huge leap towards aliveness and she sees her personal transformation as part of the planetary shift.

Since then Brigitte has been guided by her intuition and learning to trust life which led her to discover Australia, her life partner and a few years later at the age of 44 motherhood.

Choosing to become a mother consciously, experiencing the power of birthing with a gentle birth at home and continuing the amazing co-learning journey as a parent has been an empowering experience on the one side, and on the other an eye-opening and challenging one, facing our culture’s standardisation, commodification and pathologising  of childhood.

Brigitte has worked as a relationship psychologist and couple therapist in Australia but her focus is on systemic change and environMental education. She is an experiMentor and host, cultivating conversational intelligence, participatory leadership and community well-being. She has worked with school and community groups.  One of her current projects is a Parents Initiative, a community which sees the parent as the learner in their role as an evolutionary transition leader .(PILLARS: Parents Initiative for Lifelong Learning And Resilient Societies)

https://au.linkedin.com/in/brigittekupfer

https://www.facebook.com/brigitte.kupfer.5


Anna Partridge

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Anna Partridge is a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, a school teacher and a mother to three highly spirited, beautiful children. She loves nothing more than helping parents raise resilient and confident children, build strong and connected family relationships and strive for calm, fun and happy families.

Anna completed a Bachelor of Communications in 1999 and worked as a Public Relations professional in both Australia and London across many and varied industries and organisations. On the way home from London in 2002, she spent 4 months trekking across Africa and fell in love with the idea of one day being a school teacher.

She came back to Australia, met the man she would marry and had her first child in 2005. She went back to University and completed her Bachelor of Education in 2007 when her children were small and taught at a lovely Independent school in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

Being part of the PR team of a non-profit organization taught her invaluable skills for working with some of Sydney’s most marginalized people including empathy, compassion and resilience.

In 2014, Anna started the mummy blog, Bombardedmum.com to stay abreast of the parenting and education world and provide information on raising kids well. It was so popular, she left her PR job in February 2015 and started her business, Positive Parenting with Anna Partridge working with parents to raise confident and resilient kids through online courses, workshops, resources and in person.

www.annapartridge.com

This episode is produced by Nina Downer

Episode hosted by Lainie Liberti

 


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Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website  RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teen son at:  ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

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