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October 2022

Editor's Note

Dear reader,

I never finished school. I blame my dyslexia. Not sure if that is the real reason for dropping out, but it’s the one that makes sense to me. You see… I love learning. I am always curious, asking questions and on the move. But formal education just didn’t offer me the environment and system to support my way of learning. If anything it stifled me, and made me unhappy and insecure.

The one big eye-opening moment for me was the realisation of how I could learn outside of school as well. School did not have a monopoly on learning; I discovered what I now know as informal education. But I did not have access to the internet during those days. Yes, I’m old... No Google, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Reddit or Wikipedia. Just TV, Radio, libraries and friends. How on earth did we manage?

If we look at the landscape of available content now, formal education is not your best resource. Formal education should focus on personal development, how to learn and critical thinking. We should up-skill people to find and make sense of all the weird and wonderful information out there. 
 
Hopefully, this newsletter will help you a tiny little bit as well.

Warm regards,

Arne

This newsletter is curated by the Blue Sky Republic's Editorial Team: 
Arne van Oosterom, Maarten Jurriaanse, Pak Chiu, Hope Seidman, Morgan Duta, Wouter Smeets, and Mimp Jiamton.

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Cristina Andersson is one of the best examples of a true creative leader. In this episode with Arne, she talks about life, dropping out of school, robotics, AI, quantum computing, being a life-long-learning and how informal education is changing education.
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"The Doorstep Realm Project by Amelia Dray" 

Article by Mimp Jiamton
This project explores children’s everyday acts of democracy within the frame of Democratic Experimentalism for the purpose of enriching and extending children’s spatial belonging and democratic engagement in public space. The project argues that children have limited opportunity to engage within a wide range of public space.
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"Futures Literacy" 

Resources by UNESCO

Futures Literacy is the skill that allows people to better understand the role that the future plays in what they see and do and a competency that anyone can acquire. Being futures literate means knowing that there are different sets of assumptions that generate different kinds of imaginary futures and that these different kinds of future change what is perceptible and actionable. 
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"What is Placemaking?" 

Written by Project for Public Spaces (PPS)

Placemaking refers to a collaborative process that inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. It is both a process and a philosophy, centred around observing, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work, and play in a particular space in order to understand their needs and aspirations for that space and for their community as a whole.
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"Tamagotchi Kids: could the future of parenthood be having virtual children in the metaverse?"
Article from The Guardian

According to Catriona Campbell - an expert on artificial intelligence, parents will soon be able to opt for cheap and cuddle-able digital offspring. They will be capable of simulated emotional responses as well as speech, which will range from “googoo gaga” to backchat, as they grow older.

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"The Reggio Emilia approach to early years education"
Article by Viktor Berg

The Reggio Emilia approach was developed after the second world war in the northern Italian town with the same name. Founded by a teacher named Loris Malaguzzi with the help of local parents and citizens. This approach puts children in the driver’s seat and sees them as curious individuals with the power and potential to develop and learn from their environment, and the relationships they build with others.

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