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  • Eugene Chan 10:30 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink |  


  • Eugene Chan 10:26 pm on October 21, 2013 Permalink |

    I missed last week’s bootcamp–which looks very interesting and am sorry that I did.

    Relatedly, I ran across a paper published by Aspen Institute on “POWER-CURVE SOCIETY: The Future of Innovation, Opportunity and Social Equity in the Emerging Networked Economy“*

    It’s always dangerous to quote things without *fully* reading them, but this part of the summary paper struck me. Joi Ito, head of MIT Media Lab, offered these principles for education reform.

    • Resilience over strength.
    • Pull over push.
    • Risk over safety.
    • Systems over objects.
    • Compasses over maps.
    • Practice over theory.
    • Disobedience over compliance.
    • Emergence over authority.
    • Learning over education.
    • Rebecca 12:50 am on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It feels like these could apply well beyond education reform. Thanks for sharing! The other Eugene and I did a project a few years back around connected learning and ed reform. This is reminding me of what great, cutting edge thinking is happening in that world.

  • Eugene Chan 6:50 pm on October 10, 2013 Permalink |

    The First Rule is the Hardest to Follow 

    I’m learning this about myself.

  • Eugene Chan 10:02 pm on October 9, 2013 Permalink |

    Boot camp 2 was held in the Hyatt Regency. 


  • Eugene Chan 9:52 pm on October 9, 2013 Permalink |

    Second bootcamp completed. We were joined by Marie Haller from the Hub. She and I worked together for a few months before I switched to a new job. I was excited to get to interact and engage with her.

    Yesterday we had a new exercise—take 5 minutes to talk about project, 5 minutes to write down question presented during and new questions raised afterwards. Then choose one of the questions as a leading question to begin a deeper exploration of the project.

    I’m noticing themes and patterns to the Bootcamp exercises. Active listening, asking the right questions, orienting yourself to the right context, adjusting based upon who is in the room, rinse, lather, repeat.

    This week’s exercise felt less well designed than week one’s. To continue the bootcamp and exercise analogy, strength training or conditioning is often about isolating one set of muscles or fitness goal so that you get better and better at just that. My main critique of this exercise was that the specific emphasis wasn’t clear.

    The exercises and interactions are good fodder for thought and, admittedly, there is part of my brain that is stepped outside of the actual interaction.

    It has been a great process so far. It is a deep privilege to be in this class with Jess and Marie–I knew that EEK would attract stellar people (his tribe) to the bootcamp and this has been proven to be very true!

    • Eugene 2:45 pm on October 11, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for posting your reflections so quickly, Eugene, both good and bad! I definitely try to layer my workouts — I do the same thing when I’m designing. It’s great when it works, but it can also cause problems. (This is what happened in my one disastrous workout from previous bootcamps.)

      The muscles I wanted to exercise this past week were:

      Asking generative questions. In this particular case, I wanted you all to practice listening for questions.

      Synthesizing in real-time. Again, thinking in questions was part of this, but also thinking spatially.


      My followup thought experiment is: What if I had chosen two muscles, instead of three? What would this workout have looked like? Thoughts welcome!

  • Eugene Chan 4:00 pm on October 3, 2013 Permalink |  

    Measuring time, energy, effort and sustainability 

    I’m starting with a time log (on paper) and a fitbit. Any suggestions on what else to use?

    • Eugene 7:21 pm on October 3, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Here’s a description of the dashboard that I’ve been using to track self-care goals, along with a link to the Google Spreadsheet:


      One of the thing that worked well in the early days of doing this was knowing that my colleagues could see my dashboard. If you’d like to try something similar with your fellow bootcampers, that would be an interesting experiment.

  • Eugene Chan 10:45 pm on October 2, 2013 Permalink |
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    Hey Everyone:

    Am excited to be part of this iteration of Changemaker Bootcamp. I’m enjoying the expecting the unexpected aspect after the first workout. I compared the workout to being a contestant on Top Chef–but without the elimination rounds.

    My project is to reorganize how I achieve flow and progress in my work and family life. I will do this by reorienting my management practices from projects and todos to rituals, practices and rules. The idea is to be be more present and be more accomplished (and more satisfied with what I have accomplished).

    It was a pleasure meeting the other participant, Jess and we already share many common connections. I like her a lot already. So this is a first step in a planned transformation–intrinsic rather than extrinsic.

    I’ll keep you posted as to how it turns out.

    I’d do it anyway, but Eugene is making me do it as homework.

    • By way of introduction, I’m Eugene Chan. Currently Chief Information Officer at PolicyLink, formerly of The Hub, and ZeroDivide. Father to two growing kids, and an avid photographer. Cheers!
    • Eugene 11:28 pm on October 2, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome, Eugene! And +1 for being the first of the new bootcampers to introduce yourself here!

    • Anna 5:13 am on October 8, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Eugene Chan! So great to see you on the Water Cooler. I look forward to reading about your experiences and reflections.

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