OSL Road Show: Dent 2023

In September I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico to share Open-Source Learning with the Dent Conference.

Rather than describe the experience, I thought I’d show it to you. Feel free to dive deeper by checking the time-stamped annotated notes below. Enjoy!


00:01 Consciously reflecting on and understanding our reasons for taking action helps us focuses our attention and do everything better. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motivation

00:10 The concept of fun is vastly underrated in our culture. Systems of formal learning and work emphasize… well, work. Which is ironic, since research suggests that fun accelerates our acquisition of new information, and learning improves the quality of our work. https://www.apa.org/monitor/jun06/learning

00:29 Novel experiences cue our neural mechanisms for learning and enhance our memory https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/learning-by-surprise/

01:36 “Repetition is a key to learning.” – Hall of Fame UCLA Men’s Basketball Coach John Wooden

02:04 Learning is the process of changing our minds. https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/opinion-learning-means-changing-your-mind/2021/02

03:01 “L’esprit de l’escalier” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L’esprit_de_l’escalier

04:40 “Time for Success” by David Preston https://www.amazon.com/Time-Success-David-R-Preston/dp/0966718402/ref=sr_1_1

05:08 “Have the time of your life” https://davidpreston.net/2022/06/21/have-the-time-of-your-life/

05:17 Video of Steven Wright https://youtube.com/shorts/iqSB0RG7EBA

06:15 Opportunity cost: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opportunity_cost

06:46 I began the talk (before the video started) by saying that, just before I started speaking, all things were still possible – until I started talking and those possibilities resolved into one reality. I called the idea “Schrödinger’s Chat” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erwin_Schrödinger

06:51 Adult learning and schema https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4005174/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schema_(psychology)

07:29 Unlearning https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-gen-y-psy/202004/the-power-unlearning

07:42 For more on the power of the question: https://davidpreston.net/2022/01/17/whats-your-big-question-2/

09:24 Open-Source Learning as a response to school’s closed systems: https://davidpreston.net/2021/09/13/back-to-school-not/

10:07 Did you see what I did there? Master teacher Madeline Hunter wrote about dignifying all responses in order to encourage participation. I built this into a practice I call “organizational aikido” – I’ll post a link if (a) there is interest, and (b) I can find it

10:35 Cognitive dissonance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

10:38 Leon Festinger: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Festinger

10:54 Meta: This is me, curating this talk over a month “after the fact”

11:11 Curation: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/curation

12:53 Synaptic pruning: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synaptic_pruning

14:07 face vase

14:55 Visual cortex: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_cortex

16:10 David Goggins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Goggins

16:22 John Wooden: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wooden

16:39 Grantland Rice: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grantland_Rice

17:56 Learning to play golf: https://davidpreston.net/2023/08/15/a-good-walk-spoiled/

22:40 “Never Split the Difference” by Chris Voss https://www.powells.com/book/never-split-the-difference-negotiating-as-if-your-life-depended-on-it-9780062407801

23:01 Waldorf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldorf_education

23:01 Montessori https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_education

23:01 Reggio Emilia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggio_Emilia_approach

24:51 Predeterminism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predeterminism

26:41 Angel and other hombre art from the Preston household

31:23 Sensemaking: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensemaking

32:28 Mindfulness research: https://labs.psych.ucsb.edu/schooler/jonathan/research/mindfulness

32:42 “The Art of Happiness” by Dalai Lama https://www.powells.com/book/art-of-happiness-9781444714227

33:18 Laozi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laozi

37:36 Physiological sigh: https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/stress-relief-stanford-breathing-technique-psychological-sigh.html

38:56 “The OSL Making of an Ironman” https://davidpreston.net/2022/12/06/the-osl-making-of-an-ironman/

44:49 Charlemagne and education: https://www.britannica.com/topic/education/The-Carolingian-renaissance-and-its-aftermath

45:08 A deeper, more critical dive on Horace Mann and the Prussian model of education: https://hackeducation.com/2015/04/25/factory-model

45:14 For more on Alfred Binet, the IQ test, and the history of assessment see “The Mismeasure of Man” by Stephen Jay Gould: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mismeasure_of_Man

46:50 What is your big (interdisciplinary) question? https://drprestonsrhsenglitcomp13.blogspot.com/2013/05/whats-your-big-question.html#comment-form

48:59 “Will this blog see tomorrow?” https://drprestonsrhsenglitcomp14.blogspot.com/2014/05/will-this-blog-see-tomorrow.html

49:11 Observer effect: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observer_effect_(physics)

49:18 Unanimity is the most robust form of collective decision-making. It’s also the hardest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unanimity

51:34 It’s true that the iPhone is way more powerful than NASA’s Apollo computers, but it’s also way easier to break: https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a25655/nasa-computer-iphone-comparison/

52:20 Addiction https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addiction

56:01 Carl Rogers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Rogers

56:13 For more on the difference between position-based bargaining and interest-based, collaborative problem-solving, check out “Getting to Yes” by Fisher and Ury: https://www.powells.com/book/getting-to-yes-negotiating-agreement-without-giving-in-9780143118756

56:36 Pleasure Principle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasure_principle_(psychology)

58:06 Andrew Huberman’s podcast explains neurological concepts and research in ways that all of us can understand and apply, and this episode is a particularly thorough treatment of dopamine: https://www.hubermanlab.com/newsletter/tools-to-manage-dopamine-and-improve-motivation-and-drive

01:04:17 The history of blue is absolutely wild – the poisonous truth about Prussian Blue is stranger than fiction, but stories are the most entertaining lies that tell the truth, so check out Benjamin Labatut’s “When We Cease to Understand the World” https://www.powells.com/book/when-we-cease-to-understand-the-world-9781681375663

01:07:17 Our OSL Dent community lives online here: https://osldent.circle.so/home

01:07:39 Paper on Information Width: https://www.santafe.edu/research/results/working-papers/information-width-a-way-for-the-second-law-to-incr

01:08:06 “Peripheral hearing” was just a fun verbal mistake I made, but panoramic hearing is a real thing, which involves taking more in from our acoustical environment because it includes more than a typical auditory cone of focus. Visually impaired people are often really good at this. The visual equivalent is moving our eyes side to side, which is consistent with a state of optic flow, such as when we scan our environment as we walk. One benefit of sweeping our environment in this way is that it calms our amygdala, the threat response center in our brain, which lowers our stress level and calms us down.

01:08:15 On the cognitive benefits of visual note-taking (aka “doodling”): https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-thinking-benefits-of-doodling-2016121510844

01:09:47 I’m still looking through old hard drives for this article, which I’m almost positive is “The Art of Teaching” by Elliot Eisner

01:11:03 made some powerful observations about the Manhattan Project and I hope we have the chance to unpack this in a future conversation!

01:11:37 “The Medici Effect” by Frans Johansson: https://www.powells.com/book/medici-effect-breakthrough-insights-at-the-intersection-of-ideas-concepts-cultures-9781591391869

01:15:17 Our groups focused on issues such as health care, social justice and oppressive structures in our society, and the connections between Manhattan Project-style collaboration and the use of genetic biology to solve decades-old murder cases. Makes me wonder what we might have accomplished in the next 10 minutes…

01:18:10 Bill Schopf: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._William_Schopf

01:19:21 In “Crimes Against Logic” Jamie Whyte makes a brilliant case for argument as a collaborative search for truth: https://www.powells.com/book/crimes-against-logic-exposing-the-bogus-arguments-of-politicians-priests-journalists-other-serial-offenders-9780071446433

01:22:45 I based this comment about verbal and nonverbal communication on the work of Albert Mehrabian, with whom I was lucky enough to study at UCLA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Mehrabian

01:23:09 It’s important to remember that the verbal v nonverbal communication issue only matters when there is incongruence, i.e., what’s being said doesn’t align with what is being conveyed via body language, facial expressions, etc.

01:24:32 Kintsugi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintsugi

01:25:00 Bruce Lee’s two finger pushup:

01:25:03 Martial artists breaking cinder blocks:

01:25:49 Tikkun Olam: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tikkun_olam

01:26:07 “Orbiting the Giant Hairball” by Gordon MacKenzie: https://www.powells.com/book/orbiting-the-giant-hairball-a-corporate-fools-guide-to-surviving-with-grace-9780670879830

01:29:30 POST: https://osldent.circle.so/home

01:30:38 This is me curating what I talked about for the reason I talked about it! :)))

01:38:53 Here’s what “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury is really about: https://prestonlearning.medium.com/passing-periods-thoughts-on-fahrenheit-451-59159a4dfa8d

THANKS FOR GETTING THIS FAR! Please comment with any questions, ideas, or observations. Have a great day 😀