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While my professional mission is to support a few key groups of teacher leaders, and student leaders, as they support their colleagues and their organizations, I liked discovering that philosophers can be identified, and differentiated, by their 'projects' or what they mostly thought about.  So, I am thinking more about what I am thinking about...
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In sharing my other interests, I hope to hear ideas and suggestions from other people.  Please email ( or use the blog at the bottom of the 'HOME' page to start a dialogue....

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit Happiness: American Exceptionalism and Scenarios of the Future

History & Civic Responsibility


Meaning, Purpose & Identity...Quality of Life.....Systems Thinking

The Brain, The Mind, Intrinsic Motivation and Mental Health

Balancing The Environment, The Economy & and Our Quality of Life

Timelines & Scenarios

China, Asia & The United States

Current Events & Conversations

Great Issues & Key Trends....Political Wingnuts

NY Times News Blog, Lessons & (scroll down for Weekly Quiz)

USA Today News Quiz

Active Projects

Active School Projects

Active Professional Learning Projects

...Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Engagement, Flow & Intrinsic Motivation
(What if our founding thinkers really did mean that happiness comes from service to others?)

Overview of the Issues

Character Education Partnership & Intrinsic Motivation

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on Flow - This researcher visited Nashville during the early stages of the development of the Bernstein Artful Learning Model, and spent a stimulating morning with our Administrative Cabinet.

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

Happiness & Caring as Transformational Tools


Papers Under Development

Great Issues
"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion."     Thomas Jefferson (1820)

“The cold war was over.  It seemed an almost casual resolution to a sequence of stunning events:  10 years in Poland, 10 months in Hungary, 10 weeks in East Germany, 10 days in Czechoslovakia.  The power of people in one place accelerating the pace of change in the next. The Soviet Union itself yet to come.  China still to come......  (Tunisia 2011....?)

Peter Jennings (1990)


Peter Jennings Chronology [click on all underlined text]

"What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government." 1992 Francis Fukuyama

Balancing the Environment, the Economy & Quality of Life

Hans Roling - Life Expectancy & Income Levels

Informed Civic Engagement

Trends, Futures, & Scenario Planning

2020 Project - 20 views of the Future

China Trends, Studies & Events

Balancing Liberty and Security


Concepts, Metaphors & Hands-On Demonstrations

Meaning, Purpose & Identity

Who Am I?   What Do I Do?  Teaching, Parenting, and other serious Implications - Freakonomics


The U.S. Constitution

Consider the U.S. Constitution, and other founding documents

Math / Science

Timelines, Charts, & Other Useful Visuals

Andreas Nothiger - World History Chart My favorite by far. A 'must buy' timeline which will guide personal and professional development and understanding of historical relationships. Unbelievable visuals and short meaningful narratives.


Hans Roling - Gapminder

Comprehensive narratives, in a timeline format, mostly by Bamber Gascoigne A must see website.

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