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The Black Swan Thinking Project

The Black Swan Thinking Project: Harnessing the Future by Framing the Past

with Innovator in Residence Ruben Puentedura
The Black Swan Thinking Project, with Innovator in Residence Ruben Puentedura, is a 6-month effort to develop Black Swan and Antifragile thinking and a toolkit for k-20 institutions and changemakers that is different from the traditional planning approach.


Stage 1: The End of Fairytales

A multisession course, focusing on entities at three key levels of analysis and planning - systems, agents, and networks - required to identify the nesting grounds of Black Swans, and develop habits of mind and sets of responses to the unknown.  Register now.

I. Why The Little Dutch Boy Was The Little Doomed Boy
Friday October 23, 8-9:30a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (Arizona Time, GMT-7)
II. How The Leopard Didn’t Get Its Spots
Wednesday November 18 3-4:30p.m. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona Time, GMT-7)
NOTE: This event takes place after the daylight savings time change.  After the change, Arizona Time and Pacific Time will no longer be the same.
III. Who Framed The Narrative Of Cock Robin?
Wednesday December 16 9-10:30a.m. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona Time, GMT-7)


Stage 2: Painting Antifragile Learning (Not) by Numbers

A design studio, reframing SAMR as a tool not just for identifying and implementing optimal uses of technology in teaching and learning, but also as a guiding scaffold underpinning learning experiences that do much more than just stand up to rapid change.


Stage 3: The Great Swan Game

A day-long scenario game, inviting teams from a diverse range of academic institutions to leverage and apply the knowledge gained in the first two stages. Their goal: to design organizations and learning frameworks that can thrive amid flocks of particularly ill-tempered Black Swans.



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