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Workshop to start an alternative school


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A workshop to kick start the creation of a space where individual can learn 21st century skills by doing.

The key skills are (1) critical thinking, (2) problem solving (3) creativity (4) communication and collaboration (5) self awareness and directed.

This space is also known as school, hence the name AkaSchool (

The 2-day foundation workshop is for stakeholders to co-create and to seed the project. During this session we will cover.

 The design of the school
 Designing methods for learning
 Designing a sustainable financial structure
 Designing and organizing a crowdfunding campaign

Who should attend the workshop : We invite stakeholders representing :

i). Youngster (16-18 years or 21 years old and above).

ii). The parents or families of youngster.

iii). Local social and business communities.

iv). Actors in the education system (ie. principal, teachers,..).

vi). Supporter and actors of an alternative education system.

vii). The founding members (founder and future board).

The outcome of the workshop is a crowd funding campaign to kick start AkaSchool in January 2016. Here is why I am doing this. (

An "invitation only" workshop. Apply by choosing to attend.


During the 2-day workshop different themes will be explored. Below is a sample of themes (not limited to this) with possible questions to discuss. We are open to other suggestions:

Track 1 : Financial and business model. Objective: create a project that is sustainable. (ie. run for 3 years or more).

- what are the different and realistic revenue sources to consider? (ie. student fees, etc)- what is needed to put it in place? what are the assumptions for each revenue source?- what is the ideal financial scenario?- what is the minimum financial scenario?- what are the expected operational expenses?- what are the in-direct charges (ie. marketing, PR, etc )?- what should we ask for help? to whom?- ...

Track 2 : Develop a learning program. Objective: create the curriculum and desired outcome of the program.

- what are the desired outcome? - what are the skills we want to cultivate?- how to create a program that allow student to practice the desired skills?- how to connect student to their peers?- how to connect student to their community?- how to create self awareness and cultivate mindfulness?- how to learn and practice critical thinking?- how to learn and practice problem solving?- how to learn and practice creativity?- how to learn and practice collaboration?- how to learn and practice communication?- how to learn business design?- how to learn process design?- how to learn leadership design?- how to learn project design?- how to find real life assignment for student's hands-on mission?- what is the number of projects, lectures, missions, etc?- what is the ideal duration (time) to do all this?- which city and projects needed for student?- which partner to collaborate? - what is needed to put in place to achieve this?- what other skills (tools) are needed? (ie. art of hosting, harvesting, appreciative enquiry, etc..)- how to learn about group dynamics, self, society?- how to connect to self?- how does a day look like? and a week?- what should be the ideal duration?- how does the curriculum look like? - learn about theory U. and u.lab practice - co-sensing, learning journey, etc- - ...

Track 3 : Craft the student experience and journey during the program. Objective: create a learning journey with catalyst that leads to different learning moments (a guided path).

- when is the first contact? how does it feel? from the start to the graduation?- how and what is an ideal learning sequence (path) look like? - how does the selection process look like? selection criteria? or readiness? duration?- what are the learning moments that do we want to instigate? - how to instigate a self awareness moment? (ie. break everything down to bare basic to rebuilt?)- how to "extend one's mind"?- how to open one's mind? how to help them look back on themselves? - how to help them feel their 'edge'? - how to to help them go beyond their perceived 'limit'?- how does the journey look like? - what is the path to be taken as an individual? what is the path taken as group?- how to make use of group dynamics to accelerate learning?- how to create urgency for accelerate learning?- how to guide the student? to ensure no one is left behind?- how to build their grit? learn to persist thru adversity? - how to come out stronger that before? - built up their self confidence?- how to navigate and accept VUCA - volatile, uncertainty, complex, ambiguity?- how to be an authentic leader?- how to enable them to create the future they want to have?- how to overcome their fear?- ...

Track 4 : Action and communication plan for a successful crowd funding campaign. Objective : Communicate why we do this, what we want to achieve and how we do it ; and how we can reach our audiences.

- what do we need for the campaign?- how does the structure of the campaign look like?- what are the amount of each giving and their corresponding reward?- should we add a scholarship package? - what are the amount we need for 3 years of operations?- how can we give back?- what actions before the campaign, during and after?- when will we start?- how will we select the platform? how to reach our audience?, ...

Track n : Other subject proposed by the participants.


A detailed agenda will be shared 2 days before the event.