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When: Friday, November 11
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Where: 641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, November 11, 2011
1-2 PM Eastern Time
641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Teaching Kids to be Citizens, not Consumers: Wisdom is not a Product
Guests: Ward Mailliard and Lisa Kimball

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Ward Mailliard is one of the founders of the Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA, and a member of the executive board of the Mount Madonna School, which educates children from pre-school through high school. An educator for more than 25 years, Mailliard helped create the "Values in Learning” curriculum, which includes taking students to interview government and non-government leaders in Washington DC and other countries. Mailliard is vice president of the Sri Ram Foundation, a charitable trust that operates an orphanage, school and medical clinic near Hardiwar in Northern India. As part of the values international travel program, he co-sponsored "Project Happiness” in 2007 with the Dalai Lama Foundation, a project that developed a student-oriented curriculum based on the Dalai Lama’s book Ethics for the New Millennium.Students have visited India and South Africa, and had opportunity to meet students and world-renowned thinkers, including the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Mailliard is working on a community studies curriculum at Mount Madonna that will include small groups, sampling the room, questions we can’t avoid, self reflection, music, art, vulnerability, dialogue, and strangers coming together in positive regard. Students will explore the aesthetics of modern society, the nature of human relationships, the principles of good facilitation and civic engagement. Lisa Kimball, PhD,president of Plexus Institute, is an entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience as an organizational consultant with business, government and nonprofit organizations. As CEO of Metasystems Design Group and Executive Producer of Group Jazz she supported the efforts of teams, task forces, communities and organizations and specialized in helping them leverage the power of new technology and social media. She is active in online community work, organizational development (she’s on the Board of the Organization Development Network) and is skilled in applying complexity-inspired principles. Much of her work has concerned designing meaningful ways to engage stakeholders in significant organizational processes. For the past three years she has been working with hospitals and health care facilities applying Positive Deviance to the problem of eliminating transmission of hospital acquired "superbug” infections. She has trained PD consultants and coaches and designed and developed materials to support hospital teams to use and train others to use PD methods. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology; Cognition & Learning from Catholic University of America where her research focused on problem solving strategies of senior executives in complex systems.


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