Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Schoolhouse Project

While I’m very excited to have an incredibly short opportunity to share some thinking at TEDxSydney today, unfortunately it doesn’t give me much of a chance to explain the ‘why’ behind my comments on education innovation.

On the off chance that you have stumbled here after hearing me speak and are curious, it’s all about The Schoolhouse Project. Here’s the blurb…

The Schoolhouse Project is an initiative to open a K-6 primary school in 2016. The project is inspired by many different and amazing progressive education projects around the world, and motivated by our desire to raise kids with competencies and attitudes that prepared for the world they will inherit. Rather than being informed by a particular philosophy or style of teaching, the project draws on many different ideas and learnings to create a truly unique educational environment.

The project is a community endeavour – we’re always looking for people who want to get involved, whether that means parents who are looking for a school for their kids that aligns with their ideas, or creative and passionate people who want to be involved in a truly inspiring and audacious project. We look forward to hearing from you.

Things are only just getting started but I’d love to keep you informed if you are interested, and hopefully get you involved. To stay in touch you can like us on Facebook or drop me an email at

TEDxSydney: What would school be like if we invented it today?

Looking forward to 30 seconds on the TEDxSydney Stage tomorrow, as part of the Fast Ideas segment. I’ll be talking about education innovation, saying something like…

What would school be like, if we invented it today?

Would school buildings look more like prisons or cottages?

Would we have thirty kids in a class, or ten?

Would problems come out of text books or imaginations?

Would diversity be a challenge, or an opportunity?

Would teachers be trying to control kids, or inspire them?

We take school for granted, but it shouldn’t be that way. We need to create schools that teach the skills kids really need, like critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.

What would school be like if we invented it today? Well, what’s stopping us?