Opening Insights: Learn It by Doing It
In many ways, education makes or breaks us. Unfortunately, traditional/industrialized education teaches us what to think and how to be like everybody else. Individual intellect, creativity and problem-solving are traded for knowing the right answer and being able to check the right box. Education became tediously boring, because it stopped being about learning and became focused on data memorization.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid.
They are made stupid by education.
Traditional education trapped many adults in learned social conditioning resulting in a skewed world view. Many adults already know what they know and will resist new information and change. Today’s traditional education system falls short of nurturing the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for making informed decisions. If the adults never learned those skills, how will they transfer them to their children?
This blog memorializes the developing partnership between AwareComm® and community leaders. It illustrates the structure and vision of the UAS Collaboration Laboratory (Co-Lab™). The Co-Lab™ is offered by AwareComm® and funded by philanthropy, local businesses, educational institutions and organizations. Through partnership, an environment of principle based learning, experiential education, interactive mentorship and a community of wisdom is created.
Could unmanned aircraft be the learning tool that helps forge a generation of critical thinkers?
Informational Insights: On the Topic of Change
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are all names for what we know to be drones. Unmanned aircraft (unmanned = no pilot inside) are in the news, at the park, and on sale for less than $50. They are part of an ongoing technological change in our world.
Once creative individuals got their hands on unmanned aircraft, incredible ideas for using them began to take shape. Suddenly, the door to creativity was thrown wide open and an exciting new industry took off (pun intended). Small UAS operators began leveraging this technology for everything from aerial filming, to mapping and inspection, to package delivery and that’s barely scratching the surface!
We talk about stimulus, we talk about stuff to motivate people, but true motivation only comes from a deep place within each human being. Each person comes into this world with a passion to work with their hands, to work with people, to work with paint or a pencil, to plant a seed to help it grow.
For that passion to grow it must be expressed. It must find a useful application, a useful purpose.
For that purpose to grow, the individual obtains and attains skills to enable predictable results to occur, thus a better doctor, a better painter, a better farmer, a better journalist. However, after a while, obtaining predictable results is not enough. It becomes boring, old, begins to lose it meaning.
The individual must go beyond just producing predictable results and must enter into a phase of discovery to begin evoking creativity – the putting together of two or more previously unrelated ideas to discover new outcomes. This is the process of transforming passion into wisdom (Richard Jorgensen, Ph.D (hc), 1997).
Learn How to Learn
The first step in becoming a student is learning how to learn. What if our parents never learned how to learn? What if our teachers never learned how to learn? How then could they pass down the knowledge of learning? The Collaboration Laboratory (Co-Lab™) creates an environment of support, discovery and communication where learning becomes automatic and unavoidable.
Co-Lab learning technology and methodology is built on human understanding and data science. It is based on proven learning models, pure brain science and the wisdom of great thinkers that came before us. Co-Labs utilize Personal Learning Technology (PLT), a patented app-based approach that trains the brain how to think. PLT was created by Richard Jorgensen Ph.D (hc) to help everyone overcome learning challenges and make change possible.
Tools for Life
The UAS Co-Lab™ guides students to become knowledgeable and responsible UAS operators. The most important element in an unmanned aircraft system is the operator. The operator gives the UAS a purpose. The operator plans how the UAS will be used, designs the procedure, implements the design and analyzes the results.
As an example, in the UAS Co-Lab™ students follow a standard process of thinking and answering questions before they act. They learn to see whole picture and the potential results of their actions. They carry out their plan, measure the results and gain wisdom from the experience.
- Students learn principles first: aerodynamics, electricity, airspace, laws
- Students learn models next: safety, responsibility, teamwork, big-picture thinking
- Students apply principles to models solve problems – they answer:
- What is the goal?
- Where will we fly?
- Whose permission must we seek?
- What are the possible challenges and dangers of our operation?
- How will we measure success?
- Students reflect on their experience and ask: “what did I learn?” and gain wisdom for their next UAS mission
This program is offered by AwareComm® and funded by philanthropy, local businesses, educational institutions and organizations working in partnership with community leaders. In collaboration with its partners, AwareComm offers a UAS Collaboration Laboratory (Co-Lab) that stimulates and grows youth interest in STEM education, creativity, principle-based critical thinking, teamwork, and self-management. These are tools for life, not just for safe UAS operation.
The UAS Co-Lab™ brings the community together under a common mission, vision and set of goals. It enables communities and their members to collaborate and create comprehensive programs tailored to meet the specific needs of all stakeholders. Learning program participation and Buddy App customization and development are funded by a balance of crowdfunding, community contributions and grants.
The UAS Co-Lab™ features pre-programmed Employee Assistance Resource (E.A.R.) templates that allow for cost-effective, quick, easy and collaborative program development that:
- Dramatically reduces development costs
- Insures comprehensive application (app) customization
- Incorporates a wide range of powerful plug-in enhancements
- Reduces support and maintenance costs while improving partner satisfaction
The UAS Co-Lab™ distributes an E.A.R. App to all stakeholders. The E.A.R. offers free Human Resource (HR) App-ortunities to businesses, organizations and schools. It provides Research Applications that give human resource departments the power to understand their members. Learn more about the E.A.R.
The E.A.R. is an app-based digital dashboard, developed and customized for student-driven learning engagement in the Co-Lab. This ensures 100% stakeholder agreement and investment in the Resources and Programs.
The design and implementation of the program is a
WIN-WIN-WIN for everybody!
Businesses WIN because they get the resources, applications, tools and training:
- Employees and their Families Benefit – Personal Learning Technology (PLT)
- Fulfills Social Cultural Responsibility (Corporate Social Responsibility)
- Allows Charity Investment to Yield and ROI + a measurable humanitarian ROI
- Boosts organization image and establishes community presence and recognition
Communities WIN because the E.A.R. strengthens, unites and builds communities:
- Enhances education – strengthens a foundation of principles for mature development – participants learn what is right so they can identify what is wrong
- Collects demographic data for education optimization and effectiveness
- Qualitative information to validate goals and cost-effectiveness for funding
- Improve program effectiveness, expand grant and fundraising opportunities
Students WIN through access to technology partnerships with the shared goal of providing a holistic approach youth enrichment through:
- Transformational Learning – (Alvin Toffler) so that emotional maturity can be learned faster and more effectively
- Applied Knowledge Transfer™ – (Dr. Richard Jorgensen) not just teaching students what is important to know, but providing an environment for them to apply what they learned
- Experiential Learning – students learn how to do something by doing it, then practice, then teach what they need to learn, then attain proficiency
The content and methodology were packaged into eModular Online/Offline Delivery (eMod™) Learning Software Apps to ensure consistency and scalability in the application and accuracy of data collection (research). eMods were exhaustively field tested:
- Social Model Rehabilitation Programs (HUD)
- Small Business
- Enterprise Business
- Public Schools
- Sports Teams
- Court Systems
- FAA Addiction Recovery
The results were beyond expectations:
- Self-esteem was increased by greater than 1 Standard Deviation with a “T” Factor of 95
- Addiction Recovery rose to a 91% success rate with emotional, social, financial and spiritual sobriety
- Teamwork and true interdependence became the “New Normal” within all participating member organizations
- Barriers and resistance to change and learning were overcome
The next challenge to overcome was to develop a method of distribution on a global level:
- To support the implementation of individual and organizational empowerment
- To effectively maintain community identity and individuality, while incorporating an aggressive scalability strategy
- To reach the world quickly and effectively a partnership of Social Entrepreneurs was established under the umbrella of a Collaboration Laboratory (Co-Lab), a Socially Responsible Venture Capital Firm seeking Partnerships (Private Branded Co-Labs) in the following areas:
- Addiction Recovery
- HealthCare Alternatives
- Education Alternatives
- Financial Asset Building
- Legal - Understanding Rights
- Travel and Recreation – Cultural Discovery
- Legacy – Establishing and Implementing Heritage Wisdom
Overview of the UAS Co-Lab™
The UAS Co-Lab™ is an app-based platform + process + managed service that allows for an [eco]system of support where all participants experience unity and empowerment. The collaborative platform provides the optimum environment to:
The Co-Lab™ platform plus process includes deliverable eModular Apps (eMods™) that support perceptions, thinking and communication with proven and accepted values, principles and relational models.
The Co-Lab™ architecture allows stakeholders to seamlessly connect and integrate multiple complex platforms into a single [eco]system: Communication Tracking, Analytics and Reporting (complete with sentience measurement).
The Co-Lab™ Executive Team is currently being assembled as presented below:
Mentoring in the UAS Co-Lab™
As Co-Lab participants excel through the program they are invited back to assume a mentorship role. This provides the opportunity for students to teach what they need to learn. Not only it is important that content is packaged, delivered and retained, but wisdom must be transferred in a way that it can be applied to the lives of people: young and old, near and far.
The UAS Co-Lab™ provides a mentorship model for supporting Applied Knowledge Transfer™ through transformational and experiential learning. Students tell their mentors what they want to learn and the Co-Lab provides access to appropriate learning programs and experiential learning direction.
The UAS Co-Lab™ provides training for employees from businesses across the community to become effective mentors. This benefits the youth participants directly, but also follows the mentor back into their workplace, seeding their organization culture in parallel with the principles of Honesty, Selflessness, Understanding, Purity of Intent, and Living in Reality they learned in the UAS Co-Lab. The benefit reaches across the whole community.
Research-Driven: Social Cultural Responsible Projects
The battle to find funding for social projects is becoming increasingly difficult in today’s world. What if we had access to consistently reliable funding sources? What if we could fund research to develop solutions to our social problems that would result in a duplicatable, transferable and scalable methodology (packaged and deliverable) that becomes:
- Self-Funding (Organization Investment & Private Donations)
- Self-Perpetuating (Attraction Based on Proven Success)
- Self-Regulating (Resulting in Active Membership Contribution)
This approach attracts purpose-driven investors wanting to experience their seed funding result in ongoing benefits capable of becoming self-sustaining after the initial startup phase. Seed not Feed.
This approach clearly defines:
- The Problem
- The Cause of the Problem
- The Cost of the Problem
- The Social Benefits of the Planned Outcome to:
- The Community
- Individual Participants
- The Cost Return on Investment (ROI)
- The Community
- Individual Participants
- Research Analytics with Elements of Influence
- Beginning Sentience
- Progress Sentience
- Conclusion Sentience
- Ongoing Implementation
This solution empowers Communities to obtain a sustainable UAS Co-Lab™.
Learning effectiveness and wisdom transfer rely on evidence-based measurements. Today, we see the need for data science to go beyond algorithms and focus on how data is collected to ensure confirmation bias is reduced and skewed data is minimized.
AwareComm® is revolutionizing the data science world with its patent-pending Sentient Analysis™ data gathering and analysis process. The process incorporates the Socratic Method and copyrighted Relational Models to effectively quantify human behavior. It supports and empowers rather than manipulating like contemporary data analysis methods. In addition to learning what people are thinking and doing, Sentient Analysis™ allows us to discern WHY people think and do the things they do.
Encouraging research and development, AwareComm® provides a quick, easy and effective way (see model below) to establish and fund Co-Labs as research institutes. The model ensures Co-Labs are implemented, funded and sustained through community partnerships with businesses and universities. This symbiotic relationship ensures sustainability of all stakeholders through re-investment and recurring benefits from the partnership.
Possibilities for Consideration: Leaders of Tomorrow
The youth are the leaders of tomorrow. They will inherit the responsibilities of our world and will account for mistakes made before their time. Their future will be shaped by how they learn to collaborate and integrate changing technology into their lives.
Change may arrive at our doorstep unannounced and without permission. We may choose to ignore the knocking, or we can get up and see who is at the door. Will we ignore the change and teach the younger generation to do the same, or will we give them tools to take charge of their future?
- What if we could change the way we do education - trading multiple choice tests for Applied Knowledge Transfer?
- What if we could consistently replace fear with learning and a thirst for knowledge?
- What if our youth could tap into the tribal wisdom of the community while learning what it means to be a mentor?
- What would it be like if our industries became pro-active rather than re-active to emerging marketplace and technological trends?
Add Your Insight: Amuse Their Minds
Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness;
but direct them to it by what amuses their minds,
so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
If you are excited about what’s happening in the field of UAS, so are we! Opportunities for students and their communities to explore new pathways to the future are being built now. In the UAS Co-Lab™ we offer experiential education, interactive blogs and a community of wisdom. To join the UAS discussion and begin shaping the future for this technology, simply share your insight below. Don’t wait for the future to come to you…