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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dear Hannah: changED (Volume 1) (The Album / Mixtape)


 
Dear Hannah,

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Everything must change - and STAY changED.

I hope the songs below help to show the path.


Love,


Daddy


Derrick Brown & Knowledgebase Present ...
"changED (Volume 1)"

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1.       
Creating change requires a "real-time" battle plan that can GRASPP, evaluate, and adjust in the middle of a fight.
2.       
You can make a whole new song - that speaks to our present-day plight - out of song & movie titles from albums & CDs that you have "sitting in the crates".
3.       
"Spare me all these details, man ... just tell me what I need to know (about life)."
4.       
Sometimes the cause masks the agenda.

Sometimes the cause masks our issues.
5.       
We have to keep the 7 “mind molding” institutions (religion, medicine, government, arts & entertainment, media, education, and the family) honest, accountable, and true to the game by following the rules of self-control ...
6.       
Power is the ability to work efficiently - that is, via wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise.
7.       
Segments of our society are marginalized because of their knowledge.

They see and say an uncomfortable truth about how we sometimes get in our own way.
8.       
"Culture" and "tradition" are often misnomers for "this is how we do it, and it ain't changing."

Everything must change, though - and STAY changed.
9.       
Equality depends on opportunity AND circumstances.

Work to create both for people ...
10.    
The times, they are a changin' - but the challenges are still the same ...


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Nine Men's Morris (9MM))



 
Dear Hannah,

Nine Men's Morris is an ancient board game combining the speed of checkers, the strategy of chess and the simplicity of tic-tac-toe.

It is easy to play, but difficult to master.

Become a master.


Love,


Daddy


Nine Men's Morris (9MM)

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"LEarning (Nine Men's Morris (9MM))"
By Derrick Brown
8-11-2017

Nine Men's Morris is an ancient board game combining the speed of checkers, the strategy of chess and the simplicity of tic-tac-toe.

It is easy to play, but difficult to master.

Opponents each start the game with 9 playing pieces.

The object ... is to either trap your opponent so he or she can no longer move or to capture all their playing pieces except for two.

The rules ... first person to play puts a piece over any of the white circles on your game board.

Then the second person does the same.

Your objective is to get three of your pieces in a row (which is called a "mill").

All the pieces in a "mill" must be on circles connected by lines.

In other words, diagonal mills don't count.

When you get a mill, you may remove and keep one of your opponent's pieces from the board.

The only time a piece can be removed from an opponent's mill is when there are no other pieces available except those in a mill.

Once both players have put down all their pieces (this is called the "placement" phase), they take turns moving their pieces along the lines in an effort to form a mill (this is called the "movement" phase).

You can only move one space at a time, and you can't move diagonally.

Also, you may only move to adjacent open circles.

You may not bump or jump an opponent's piece.

Remember, the forming of a mill allows for the removal of an opponent's piece.

If you plan well, it is possible to play a piece that forms two mills. If this occurs, you can remove two of your opponent’s pieces.

Play continues until a player can no longer move or is left with only two playing pieces on the board.
 Whichever outcome, this person loses the game.

I can show you better than I can tell you.

Let's see how it is done.

Roll the demo ...

The game's speed, strategy, and simplicity combine to make it a subtle powerhouse.

Let me count the ways ...

1. Folks from similar and different generations can compete.
2. Games end in 5-10 minutes - so several games can be played simultaneously - or in succession - without folks getting bored.
3. "Gameboards" can be printed and placed in document photo frames from Dollar stores.
4. Game pieces can be formal game pawns (like the ones in the game "Sorry"), or any uniform household item with a flat bottom (pennies and dimes work well - so do colored applesauce caps).

These four elements I have shared allow Nine Men's Morris to be the centerpiece of a compelling, inexpensive, intra-generational event.

Imagine middle, high school, and college students - along with professionals and retirees - all playing each other in a large room with 16 tables.

Each table can host two games between two players simultaneously - this means 64 people can be engaged and play 32 games in the first round of a tournament.

Each game requires a gameboard - a printout of the Nine Men's Morris grid placed in a dollar store document frame.

These 32 gameboards will cost $32.

With games taking 5-10 minutes - each tournament round will take 20 minutes.

A 64-player tournament will require 6 "rounds" to crown a champion - which means 120 minutes are required for gameplay.

Add 5-minute breaks between every round - 25-30 minutes are required for breaks.

This means that 150 minutes (2.5 hours) are required to conduct a tournament with 64 participants.

Let's add 30 minutes for breakfast before the tournament.

So, on a Saturday morning from 9 AM - 12 PM - this game provides the main attraction of a great, inexpensive mentoring event.

Man, that is alright.

Selah.

About Derrick Brown (Principal Consultant)
 

I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

My *other* passion is empowering people via methods that balance skill & will, analysis & synthesis, ideas & execution, and activity & achievement.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

I am a publisher, filmmaker, executive coach & registered mediator with engineering degrees from Clemson and Georgia Tech.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes the following classes ...

  • ministry (serving people)
  • entrepreneurship (developing solutions that serve people)
  • stewardship (taking care of relationships, possessions, talents, body, mind, and time)
  • literacy (reading & writing skills)
  • numeracy (math skills)
  • language (communication skills)
  • self-expression (sharing "who you are")
  • self-identity (knowing "who you are")
  • analysis & synthesis (solving problems & sharing solutions)

KnowledgeBase is a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2017 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Now You Know History Quiz Bowl (NYK HQB))



 
Dear Hannah,

The NOW YOU KNOW History Quiz Bowl is a gameshow tells the story of 25 ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

This game is a walk through history, and the embracing of what our world calls diversity, sensitivity, and inclusion.

Writing the game helps me LEarn about and practice all three - at the same time.

It is my hope that playing the game helps us to all do the same.

Love,


Daddy


Now You Know History Quiz Bowl (NYK HQB)

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"LEarning (Now You Know History Quiz Bowl (NYK HQB))"
By Derrick Brown
8-11-2017

The NOW YOU KNOW History Quiz Bowl is a gameshow tells the story of 25 ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

These people have special connections to each other - and to us.

Our connections to their lives, stories and accomplishments help us to relate to them.

This allows them to disciple us - even though we may never meet them face-to-face.

The game is played in the tradition of "Jeopardy" - with a few stylistic departures.

First, I serve as host.

My role is to be the griot.

Each gameboard selection affords me the chance to introduce a person and tell their story - in 15-20 seconds.

Each story ends with a common knowledge "answer" that contestants then "question" for points.

Our second key departure - if contestants do not phrase their question properly, we chew the meat, spit out the bones, and keep LEarning.

Questions, answers, and phrasing are all of secondary importance.

The story and LEarning are our priorities.

Roll the demo ...

Each of these stories used to appear as posters on the walls of my office when I was a school administrator.

They were great conversation pieces, and inspirations to all who engaged them - especially me.

Please note that I call this a History Quiz Bowl.

That is very intentional, and I fully embrace the irony there.

Human nature and conventional wisdom suggest that once the stories of two Black people are shared (within 5 minutes), then this becomes a "Black History" Quiz Bowl.

Au contraire, mon frere et ma chere.

This game is a walk through history, and the embracing of what our world calls diversity, sensitivity, and inclusion.

Writing the game helps me LEarn about and practice all three - at the same time.

It is my hope that playing the game helps us to all do the same.

Selah.


About Derrick Brown (Principal Consultant)
 

I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

My *other* passion is empowering people via methods that balance skill & will, analysis & synthesis, ideas & execution, and activity & achievement.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

I am a publisher, filmmaker, executive coach & registered mediator with engineering degrees from Clemson and Georgia Tech.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes the following classes ...

  • ministry (serving people)
  • entrepreneurship (developing solutions that serve people)
  • stewardship (taking care of relationships, possessions, talents, body, mind, and time)
  • literacy (reading & writing skills)
  • numeracy (math skills)
  • language (communication skills)
  • self-expression (sharing "who you are")
  • self-identity (knowing "who you are")
  • analysis & synthesis (solving problems & sharing solutions)

KnowledgeBase is a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2017 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


Copyright © 2017 Derrick Brown and KnowledgeBase, Inc. All Rights Reserved.