James Piecowye thinking out loud

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Those People We meet.

Posted on | May 23, 2011 | No Comments

I met Yasser Bahjatt at TEDActive this year.

It is incredible what we can learn from others and never seem to get a chance to.

This is also the magic of a TED conference.

TED puts a group of people together for 6 days and stands back to see what happens.

Yasser and I hooked up on a bus and started talking education and change.

I had no idea, before I met Yasser, that there was an International Electronic Sports Federation based out of Saudi Arabia.

But it is with education that Yasser and I share similar ideas.

What Yasser is talking about is re-thinking the education paradigm around learning relationships and teachers rather than institutions.

Not a new idea but an idea that has fallen by the wayside since the industrial revolution.

I was fortunate to be able to talk to Yasser about all of this on Nightline.


And then there is Yasser’s attempt to go to Singularity University, he needs your help to get there.

Yasser also wants to put on another hat and advance desalination using solar energy!

I keep asking myself what if we hadn’t been sitting beside each other on a bus and started talking?

It truly is amazing what people around us are thinking and doing, too bad we don’t take the time to get to know the people we bump into.


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