Friday, October 14, 2011

the work progresses...






I have now been at the Bellagio Center for 11 days. It has gone very quickly. I continue to be thrilled and intimidated by the fact that each morning presents a theoretical blank canvas that I can fill at my own rate and pace.

The other residents here are amazing - some of the smartest and most interesting people I have ever met. About half are professors from various universities in the US, Australia and Mexico. Their expertise includes public health, international law, world arts & culture, political science and musicology. A poet from Oregon, a political writer from New York City, a novelist from Athens, an artist from Vietnam. The director of Healthabitat an organization providing housing to aboriginal peoples in many places around the world and a member of the board of Transparency International.

It is with regret that you miss a meal - the conversations range widely and are always extremely interesting. We are treated like royalty - breakfast from 8-9, lunch at 1, tea and a sweet at 4, cocktails at 7, dinner at 7:30 then retiring to the Music Room for after dinner drinks and discussion.

I am developing workshop materials for my *metacognition and reinvention* concepts - hoping to make them portable and more broadly accessible. Hard work but very exciting to have the opportunity to focus solely on this work. More updates later...from beside the lake.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Working in the villa






Our room in the Villa Serbelloni overlooks the small village of Bellagio where a miniature economy rolls along. The waterfront is a busy place. Various ferries criss-cross Lago di Como - from here - to Lenno, Varenna, Mennagio, carrying passengers and cars and freight. The street level spaces call out to the meandering tourists, buy a silk scarf here, taste local wine there. And of course, many restaurants offering everything from wild boar to rabbit to fish caught steps from where you are sitting. All typical of any resort town.

I feel a kinship with the day to day activities that rumble along in the streets below. I am here to do work as well, albeit in a different mode but still - work. My focus is on a somewhat more distant objective while these folks make sure the cars are all safely on board or that the guest has selected the appropriate bottle of Valpolichella.

The challenge: how to influence and inform the children of Bellagio and their children's children to the way they will live and work in a new global paradigm. Describing how what lies ahead will appear as magic to the ferrymen and waitresses and shopkeepers living and working blissfully unaware on these ancient streets here in the early 20th century.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bellagio: month on the lake - Saturday



I am enjoying the delicious irony of reading on my Kindle the letters of a former local - Pliny the Younger - written around 100 A.D. It is said that he had a villa near here - one of many. How surprised he would be to see his work live on almost 2,000 years later delivered through the air to a device that would seem like some magical tablet to his eyes. And yet today’s teenagers might deride it for only being gray-scale and not color.


Would that I could create something that would have such an impact or provide value or even passing interest so long after I have passed and left this mortal coil.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day One in Bellagio - Wed. Oct 5 2011



First of all I have to say that I can not believe that I am actually at the Bellagio Center. It is an extraordinary place and I am so honored to be here.


To have a chance to contemplate my life and capture the various paths I have taken is a once in a lifetime opportunity - and the fact that the Rockefeller Foundation thinks this is valuable is just fantastic - what an endorsement.

I feel deeply indebted to them and am eager to create actionable materials designed specifically to help today’s learners be successful in the global borderless workplace.

I have already have fascinating conversations with many of the residents. A gentlemen who is the global CIO of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent,
mapping approaches for cooperation among NGOs around the use of technology. A woman writer from Greece. A university professor of Public Health from Sun Yat-sen University assessing health issues facing migrant Chinese workers. Another woman author from New York reflecting on her life and family. And a musicologist/bass player from Houston working on the modes in Italian Baroque music.

What a delight to be around all this brain power and creativity. Very Bennington-esque in a way. Diverse population, all smart people, passionate about whatever topic they are pursuing.

I have started to map out guidelines and content for a workshop to support my metacognition and reinvention concepts. What lies ahead for my month on the lake? Creating and exploring and learning with a group of very special people.

ve to say that I can not believe that I am actually at the Bellagio Center. It is an extraordinary place and I am so honored to be here.

To have a chance to contemplate my life and capture the various paths I have taken is a once n a lifetime opportunity - and that fact that the Rockefeller Foundation thinks this is valuable is just fantastic - what an endorsement. I feel deeply indebted to them and am eager to create very actionable deliverables as a result on this month long residency. taht will help today’s learners be successful in the global borderless workplace.

I have already have fascinating conversations with many of the residents. A gentlemen who is the CEO of the International Red Crescent mapping approaches for cooperation among NGOs around the use of technology. A woman writer from Greece. A university professor from Changdou University assessing and evaluating health issues facing migrant Chinese workers. Another woman author from New York reflecting on her life and family. And a musicologist/bass player from Houston working on the modes in Italian Baroque music.

What a treat to me around all this brain power and creativity. Very Bennington-esque in a way. Diverse population, all smart people, passionate about whatever topic they are pursuing.

I lam really excited about creating and exploring and learning from these people over the next month here on the lake.