Friday, February 22, 2013

Freinet Method

I had the pleasure to read about the Freinet teaching method.
It corresponds almost exactly to what I called before "Conscious learning".

It emphasizes questioning, exploration, and experimentation over responses.

Also Célestin Freinet redacted some invariants on children,

"The child has the same nature as the adult"
These invariant, are true for adults too, any deviation probably means you are living for something else.

"Gaming and fun is not natural to the child, work is"
You don't have to force someone to work, given its own exploration path, he will move forward by himself.

"We prepare tomorrow's democracy in the country with today's democracy at school. Authoritative school can't train democratic citizen."
If we teach children to obey and don't question, we teach them to follow authoritative leaders.

"The child don't like to work and obey like a robot. He like individual work and cooperative communities"
As a developer, I am amazed about how great the open source community is. No master work for its own sake because its one own path.

"Acquisition are not made through study of rules and laws, but with experience. Learning rules and laws first is like putting the cart before the horse."
From questions come responses. Rules and laws are tools to give responses... but first you have to ask a good question. You will acquire knowledge with experience at applying those rules on your own questions.

I won't be able to apply such principle to children, but that's definitively what I am doing during training... Helping to ask right questions, so rules and laws are easily discoverable by themselves and then acquired through experience.

Quote collection

I have the habit to collect quote from the net and books that I read regulary so I can drive my effort to my goals... here are some of them :

"I bargain with life for a penny.
And life would pay no more
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.

For life is a just employer
He gives you what you ask.
But once you have set the wages,
Why you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire.
Only to learn dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of life
Life would have willingly paid."

In other words : Life is a reflection of the subconscious so you get what your primary thoughts are asking. I am amazed to see it at works since I believe and repeat this quote.

"Normal is getting dressed in clothes tant you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it."
 Ellen Goodman

"Normal" is a social concept and its application is weither to be accepted in a group or to become invisible in this group. The normal concept of the group we call "Mass" is what Ellen Goodman is describing.
So I stay happy as long as "Normal people" think of me as a weirdo.

"A fat purse quickly empties if there be no golden stream to refill it."
The Richest Man in Babylon

A quick reminder that the real financial security comes from money streams, bank account balance is just another word for insurance.

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination"
"Do not worry about your problems with mathematics, I assure you mine are far greater."

A reminder that every symbol language (actual language, mathematic, or programming language) are just tools to express your imagination in the outside world.
Without imagination there is nothing to express.

About banks goal : "facilitating the movement of money from point A, where it is, to point B, where it is needed."
Third lord Rothschild

Again a reminder that golden streams are the important stuff.

"The world is but a canvas to the imagination"
Henry David Thoreau

Why the world is needed ? Because you can draw on it then consciousness can switch concept by looking the canvas, pivot, and imagine more.

"Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing"

An open mind will draw imagination by looking consciously its canvas.
A detached mind is conscious that it is only a canvas, it cans tear pages, and erases the toxicity.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Money personal framework

An heavy purse quickly empties without golden stream to refill it.

Popular culture shows us people living as stars thanks to a big number there is on their bank account.
And money become only what is inside a bank account for people.

I have a different vision.

Money only exists as flow. The actual money amount on an (bank) account is insurance, to keep it alives in case of unexpected events. For this reason, I will call it "reserve".
The only reason to keep an account alives, is so money can continue to flow through it.

A flow is a transfer of money in a channel between two accounts.
A channel can be leaky, which means that money on the destination account might be way less than the money on the source account.
And there can be multiple channel between the same two accounts.
A channel has fluidity : You can't flow too much money at the same time in it.

Why is it leaky ? that is a fiscal, and law problems that can only be answered depending on the channel. The framework I am using don't respond to these question.

It means that a sound financial planning, for me, is to build a system where you are free to move money where you want it with minimal loss and maximum fluidity.
In case of exceptional catastrophe, the only goal of money amount in an account is to keep it alives enough time so other flow fill its gap.
A reserve buy time to adapt, nothing else.

What this framework clarifies ?

Financial security of an account depends on the source streams first.
Reserve buys you time to adapt to source stream changes.

If the set of account in your sphere on influence is a system that can also be represented by an account inside a larger system. :

The financial security of your system depends on the source streams.
Reserve buys you time to adapt to source stream changes.

Thus a system and a bank account obeys to the same laws, both will be called "account".

One account with multiple small source streams needs less reserve than an account with a big source stream.

Why ? because there is more chance to loose 1 big source than 100 small one at the same time.

During this time money will flow out of the account, how much time the adaptation can take ?
It depends on the reserve there is, it depends on the source stream that was taken down, and it depends if you can afford to bring down the fluidity of destination channels (that will also impact their reserve).

An account can multiply sources, so reserve can be minimal.
Well managed account is an account with the right reserve.
More money than needed in a reserve is sign of bad money management.
How much enough reserve is ? Take this formula :
Burn rate * time to restore the biggest catastrophe = reserve
Burn rate is the sum of amount of money going to destination accounts for an unit of time.

Currently popular culture is pushing us to fill personal accounts for no reason, and through the most leaky channel. (Salary)
Given that framework, it is clearly the dumbest move.
Why ? Because the personal account is not the only one you can profit. And less leaky channel exists.

You can profit of everything in the system of your sphere of influence. Law can place obstacles, and you will have more question to ask to spend... but that's what make life interesting.

That way of thinking is most likely "innate" for finance experts, but some apply the principle only for their employers, and not for themselves.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Expert Syndrome And Knowledge Diagram

The first training I gave was in my own school to 80 students. I was bad. Really bad.

But by looking back, I am conscious of my weakness. This is what I call the Expert Syndrome.

It happens when we are not anymore conscious of our skill because we practice them everyday.
We practice them enough that most of our skill moved to the subconscious world, we code and solve problems by reflex. This is what I called subconscious learning. It happens with repeated practice.

When an expert gives his first training to amateur, the following happens in his head :
"Why do they understand nothing ?  Because they are not listening me ! Why are they not listening ? Because they are lazy !"

Part of it might be true, but guess what : A great teacher is great enough so that people not only love what he teaches, but continue to practice for no apparent reward, for its own sake.
The great teacher gives intrinsic motivation.

There is four types of knowledge:

The one we know that we know.
The one we know that we don't know.
The one we don't know that we know.
The one we don't know that we don't know.

The problem of the expert, is that there is a mountain of knowledge he doesn't know that he knows.
If the expert wants to get attention of the amateur, he needs to move this knowledge from the "doesn't know that he knows" type to the "knows that he knows" type, so he can teach the missing part that the amateur "doesn't know he doesn't know".

Here is a summary of my last observations on knowledge acquisition :
The subconscious never forgets.The conscious will. A bachelor can fall back to professional without practice.
The expert can fallback to does not know he knows if he stops teaching.
But no expert can fallback, once you learnt how to ride a bike, you will always be able to do it.
The worse for the expert is knowledge obsolescence.
The expert never die but his subject can.

Curiously, once conscious of our ignorance, we never forget it.
I already learnt differential in math classes. I was a Bachelor. I forgot differential, but I know that I don't know differential, and I know I can use google to get back in the Bachelor state.

The power of Lucid Dream on learning and habits

Lucid dream, or the power to be conscious in our dream might happen just by chance, you can train to do it, and maybe, like some people, do them one by night.

Depending on the degree of lucidity, your dream might seems more real than real life, except you have the power on everything, dream character seems real, and can discuss with you.
And pushed to the extrem, some people just think of their dream as a second reality.

Despite the fact that you have all power you want inside, it is not the reason why I pursue it.

The real two powers is that :
  • Creativity and imagination is unleashed. (If you don't know why, back in school, you were able to solve math problem just by sleeping on it, you will understand why)
  • You can question your subconscious about your habits and break them, or form new one.
You can see it like a shortcut of shu ha ri or subconscious learning as I called it.

It has the same result without the repetition step.

Some people practice sport in their lucid dream. Part of Golf is about repetition of the perfect movement, for the same reason of martial art : Letting the subconscious do the work, Lucid dream being a direct access to subconscious, it is a very effective way to learn this kind of thing.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Deniability and Organization Culture

For an an organization member, deniability is a way to contradict accusation from its organization about a misbehavior .
I call it the exit gate, because that's a way for someone to flee responsability.

Deniability increase in value for a member is detached from its organization.
And this happen when the organization treat him like a number, that typically happen when a company wants to scale for growth while keeping centralized and hierarchical management power.
Henry Mindzberg call such organization a machine bureaucraty.

Such organization can stay like this, like our own governments, or evolve into several decentralized and semi autonomous team called Adhocracy.

You can see deniability in action everytime a crisis happens in an organization, and it is nobody fault.

Certification, Diploma, curriculum and any credentials you can get are common tool to use deniability at your advantage. And, as I said, the power of these tools are as powerful as deniability is strong, or as powerful as the company behaves like a machine bureaucraty.

For a student, a Diploma can justify that his failure to find a job is diploma's fault, not his.
For a head hunter, a certification or diploma can justify to its boss that even if the new recruit was dumb, he had everything on paper, and thus it's not the head hunter's fault. The head hunter can then turn his head to the HRD.

The HRD will respond that this rule were made to scale human resource need at lower cost, and will turn its head to upper management. So on and so on.

The real underliying problem is that everybody is concerned about saving its own ass over the organization's ass.

To prevent such event, the organization has to change so the member can identify and attach them to it. If you don't get a job, you will not deny your fault and reject it on your family, because you identify with this organization (within Henry Mindzberg framework, your family is an organization).

One solution is to move to an Adhocracy, by keepings teams small and relatively autonomous. A small community is easier to take part in.
Other solution is to read Delivering Happiness which is Zappo's CEO biography that explain his own solution to this problem. He call the solution the Culture.

How to become a self-employee ?

The world outside is a reflection of the world inside, what we call real world is nothing but a reflection of our thoughts and beliefs.

As in every change becoming self-employee is possible only if current belief and thoughts also change. And here are the main beliefs that employees becoming self-employee should understand:

You are not asking for job.
You are proposing your help.

You don't work for him.
You work with him.

You do not implement his solution.
You are his solution.

You are not serving his customers.
You are helping him to serve his customers.

They don't raise.
You increase rates.

Experience is not in your vocabulary.
Self-learning, portfolio and reputation is.

Your security is not your job.
Your security is your reputation, network, knowledge, and flexibility.

Customer is not king.
Your time is king.

No customers can be worthier than your time.
No money is worthier than your time.
But some people can be more than just customers.
They are ones worth keeping and ones worth more than your time.

My result as a self employee is a reflection of these beliefs. Not the other way around.

As I aspire to become entrepreneur, my beliefs need to change again, but that make a good reminder.