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  • Writer's pictureElliot Washor

Elliot Washor's TGIF 2.9.2024

“Are you with me now” A J Ryder


“What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge and not the knowledge in pursuit of the child.” George Bernard Shaw


This is interest-driven learning from a hundred years ago. How does the use of AI grow so the child is in pursuit of knowledge?


“Keep those cards and letters coming in” – Dean Martin


There’s always a ton of stuff to write about with regards to the weekly goings on but there’s also loads of responses I get from TGIF’s so, I thought it might be a good idea to put out some of these musings on the musings.


In response to my quick entry about AI as potentially creating a new caste system of those who tell AI what to do and those who are told by AI what to do Al Sylvia, Principal of the Bronx Lab School wrote back to me about the work he is doing on AI with Yusuf Amhad and PlayLab. I’m game to find out what everyone is up to hoping that we don’t inadvertently create yet another us/them or ‘them that’s got gets’ tech environment of winners and losers. To that end, I always loved the work of Jaron Lanier who seems to have really thoughtful opinions about where all the latest technology can go for better or worse. Here’s a segment from a Lanier talk:


“Lanier addressed how AI’s future is not a black-and-white scenario. He acknowledged how new technology can create and stifle jobs, yet decades must pass before society can have a comprehensive understanding of technology’s effects. Lanier suggests a novel solution to address potential job loss: create a model to “celebrate contributors” who could earn income by enriching open AI models through data input. This diversification of inputs could further promote data dignity.”


I’m going to follow suit about ‘potential job loss’ and keep my eyes on the prize of connecting our youth through their interests to bodies and not just bots.  Human relationships matter. How can AI deliver on relationships that matter especially for youth furthest from opportunities?


Note: This response was not produced by a bot.


Like Charlie Plant, I can always count on getting a thoughtful response back from my TGIF’s from Shannan Johnson, an advisor at the North Bay Met. Shannan has been part of the Apgar group and is always interested in the bigger picture. Last week, she wrote to me about a series of questions from the Global Flourishing Study, a report put out by Baylor, Harvard and Gallop. The questions they asked are on p.50-55 and align with many that we ask around Becomes and not Outcomes. How can more people in the world flourish?



Michael Iyescas, Senior Manager of Social Impact, Fossil Group, Inc. read the continuing thread in my TGIF about the IBPLC so, he set up a meeting for us with Byron Sanders of Big Thought. Byron is excited about the potential for synergy between our groups. He expressed interest in using the IBPLC in the Big Thoughts network. We will continue our discussion at SxSW.


Happy Black History Month –

 Since I was in Winnipeg last week, I wrote about a display I saw for Black History Month in Canada and wrote: Do you know any of these famous Black Canadians? I got a response from Scott Boldt on the question above. Scott recognized the photo of the first Black hockey player in the NHL. Willie O’Ree, NHL Hall of Famer. Willie is the Jackie Robinson of the hockey world. His story of confronting racism as a trailblazer in his sport is bittersweet. Now 88 years old, Willie lives in San Diego. I’ll try and look him up.

Just a quick side note: Scott’s Jersey is in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

At the movies:

This week the movie Bob Marley: One Love opened. On June 18th, 1975 I was in Central Park for Bob Marley and The Wailers at The Schaeffer Music Festival. Tickets were $2. The place usually held about 6,000 but there were 15,000 people at this open arena. At that time the Mayor was Abe Beame. He presented Bob Marley with the Key to the City. I don’t think the mayor even knew who he was and that made their repartee even funnier. The times were very political and I can still feel chills thinking about when the band played Get Up Stand Up as their finale with the I-Threes adding power-packed background vocals and the audience going wild. This was not your Taylor Swift concert, not by a long shot.


 Enjoy the weekend!

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