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Monday, February 27, 2017

Dear Hannah: LEarning - Games People Play (The Story of Monopoly)

Dear Hannah,

All ideas are great. The ones that are developed, financed, negotiated, produced, packaged, and sold make money.




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"LEarning (Games People Play (The Story of Monopoly) - in 90 Seconds)"
By Derrick Brown

Charles Darrow lost his job as a heater salesman at the beginning of The Great Depression in 1929.

He then created, patented, copyrighted, and licensed Monopoly between 1933 and 1935 - but Monopoly was based on versions of real estate trading games whose patents date back to 1904.

Why did Darrow's version flourish - making him the first millionaire game designer?

Well, two lessons come to mind ...

1. Success results when preparation meets opportunity.

A parlor game that families could play together (both to escape the reality of desolate economic times, and to learn financial lessons that could avoid the repeat of such) was just what the doctored ordered in 1935.

2. Opportunities are often disguised as work.

All ideas are great. The ones that are developed, financed, negotiated, produced, packaged, and sold make money.

That takes some grindin'.

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Dear Hannah: LEarning - Why Harriet Tubman Chased Chickens

Dear Hannah,

When they can't see you, learn to take advantage of being "hidden" and underestimated.




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"LEarning (Why Harriet Tubman Chased Chickens - in 60 Seconds)"
By Derrick Brown

Harriet Tubman conducted 13 rescue missions on the Underground Railroad over a 10-year period.

Those long journeys to freedom resulted in lots of hungry people.

Tubman was a professional cook - which provided her mission's startup capital, and creativity under pressure.

She once stopped at a market to buy 2 chickens, and almost came face-to-face with a former overseer ...

... so she dropped one of the chickens and started to chase it.

The comedy allowed her to escape unnoticed - even though everyone could see her.

When they can't see you, learn to take advantage of being "hidden" and underestimated.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Thoughts on History)

Dear Hannah,

my education began when I finished school.

reflection led to a lot of unlearning and relearning.

i realized that i was presented

facts disguised as knowledge,
opinions disguised as fact,
and a whole lot of memorized processes
disguised as problem solving.

it's all good, though - 'cause now I know
... that i don't know.

so i value divergent thinking ...
(seeing many answers to the same question)

... creativity ...
(capacity for original thought)

... reading

... writing

... counting

... and thinking

... as the keys to converting facts
into information
into knowledge
into wisdom
- and solutions to the problems of our existing state.

i have also learned to value biographies.

the stories from someone's life - and their wisdom
earned through lessons learned - inspire and ground me.

how can i stay focused on my setbacks
after i have learned about so many comebacks?

how can i sweat myself
after i see how my path was
paved by their blood, sweat,
tears, courage, ideas, and

how can i stay stuck in convention
when i know the trailblazers who
innovated all of our norms?

check it ...

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"LEarning (Thoughts on History)"
By Derrick Brown

the first Ph.D. was awarded at Harvard back in 1889 ...
... this means that the cats who awarded that ph.d.
simply walked with the self-appointed mantle of authority
and knowledge without having been granted the title.

this kind of authority is established by

a healthy dose of humility
- the kind that only comes through
trials, tribulations, and victory.

it is further established by

creativity, divergent thinking, innovation,
work ethic, patience, grace, forgiveness,
preparation, failure, persistence,
equality, opportunity, and circumstance.

remember ...

dr. benjamin e. mays was MLK's mentor.
i bet they learned a lot from each other!
selah ...

hearing their story told me to stop sweating
myself about all my "mentees".

new m.o. - help them grow, then let them go
- and along the way, let them help you grow.

prepare them and then accept them as your colleagues
if you mentor right, they will probably exceed you.

... doug williams had a six-hour root canal the night
before the 1987 super bowl ...

then watched his washington redskins fall behind
john elway's denver broncos 10-0 before
scoring 35 points in the second quarter
and winning 42-10.

he was the first black quarterback to lead his
team to a super bowl victory ...

... and he lost his starting job the next year.

life is a series of peaks and valleys.

the struggle is real.

teacher jane elliott conducted an experiment on
april 5, 1968 with her 3rd-grade class in riceville, iowa.

she called it the "brown eyes - blue eyes" experiment.

the purpose of the exercise was to let her students
feel what it was like to be treated as a person of
color in the united states.

if you are familiar with dates - she conducted this
experiment the day after MLK was assasinated.

that took empathy, foresight, insight, preparation
- and a lot of guts.

if you are keeping score (and some of you are)

i have told stories about two black men,

one white woman,

two educators,

one "baller" ...

they each have story arcs

that intersect around important ideas of

teaching, learning, mentoring, mediation,
and equality.

they are all connected to the important work
of rev. dr. martin luther king, jr.

they are all valuable parts of my history.

'cause we ain't got much, y'all ...

... but we got exactly what we need ...

we have principles, ideas, creativity, and work ethic.

we are living in some strange times, folks.

but we have come too far to turn back now,

and we have to pay attention to yesterday's lessons

that we oversimplify, take for granted ... or think of as

"old" and "lame".

my role in these times is to challenge a nation ...

a nation of talkers, squawkers, stalkers, and sleepwalkers

to quiet themselves

to remember,

to think,

and to grow.

i love you, and thanks for reading (listening).



Copyright © 2017 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Dear Hannah: Converse

Dear Hannah,

our conversations
have dwindled into
shouting matches
and "people's court" cases

posts and reposts
of articles that
align with our minds
to which we assign

absolute truth
with no consequences

where we want to prove
that our might is right
your wrong is strong
and always have both our say
... and our way

but civil discourse
- especially between dissenters -
promotes growth

it helps both parties
see that they are

two points
diametrically opposed
on the same circle

and that preservation
of the circle

is more important
than our "points"

check it ...

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By Derrick Brown

I'm a speak my piece
but keep my peace
so how 'bout cease
with all that fleece


we ain't sheep
we're just asleep
I know ... talk is cheap
when it ain't deep

and ... you can't keep
thoughts straight
- they creep
your mind's weight

- is steep
mental freight
- you heap
into piles that date

back years - much too late
fight back the tears
can't fight your fate
conquer your fears

slow down, bruh
- it's killin' ya
slowly revealin' ya
pent up with feelin ya

voice ain't respected
always rejected
by newly elected
fools that protected

policies erected
by people infected
never inspected
system perfected

folks who objected
were then subjected
then also expected
to stand corrected

----- begin spoken "random pontificator" interruption ----

hold up, hold up
pardon the interruption
wait just one second, my eloquent
soul brother from another mother.

I feel you, but ... errr ... uhhh
you have offered us a strong historical
context, but have yet to posit a
concrete solution to our status quo.

in other words ...
what are we gon' do?

----- end spoken "random pontificator" interruption ----

para (stop)

siƩntate (sit down)
let us weigh
let us pray

let us say
a new way
no double talk
no cliche'

let us stay
focused on "us"
and never "they"
that we may

make a new day
let us display
a greater sway
is that OK?

let's serve up
a new entree
new food for thought
on how we play

the "talking game"
let's meet halfway
show more respect
show less "checked"

let's converse
by considering
the converse
the diverse

the adverse
the reverse

keep it civil
don't shrivel
no drivel (hot air)
or snivel (whining)

let's graduate
to a level
where we revel
every angle
like a bevel

every minute, second
and degree
to understand
not just agree

that B.S.
can make you b.s.
that M.S.
can make ya "a mess"
that Ph.D.
makes u say
"get like me"

but maybe
you should say
"how come we
still ain't free?"

"come on now ...
for real, tho ...
how can this be?"

happened to

essential questions


future awaits

prepare yourself


CONVERSE is a difficult (moderated) conversation that takes place between two rational humans with differing perspectives.

its underlying principle is that civil discourse - especially between dissenters - promotes growth.

we will use this approach to explore topics like ...

how to exercise empathy with your opponent
when working towards common interests works - and doesn't
why people leave churches

we may produce no answers - but we will ask and answer essential questions.

... and we will LEarn.

we hope that you will come LEarn with us.




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