Friday, August 9, 2013 - 1-2 PM ET
How Our Schools Can Inspire Emergence of Community Builders
Guest: Ward Mailliard and Lisa Kimball
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 World Thought” 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, 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 also serves on the Board of the Organization Development Network) and is skilled in applying complexity-inspired principles. Much of her work has been around 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 methodology to the problem of eliminating transmission of hospital acquired "superbug” infections. She has trained PD consultants and coaches as well as designed and developed materials to support hospital teams to use and train others to use PD methods.
You can read some remarkable blogs written by Mount Madonna students below: www.santacruzlive.com/blogs/mtmadonna