Great Reset Requires Instilled Great Narrative to Create Desired Consciousness to Imagine? Mind Arson Helps Too

In the ten years now I have been writing the ISC blog after finishing Credentialed to Destroy, one of our ongoing gags has been the expression “Yet another lost invite” to show sarcasm at a little known gathering where troubling intent targeting all of us is openly laid out. Most of you may have noticed I have not been writing too much as an unexpected tragedy left me engulfed in the fog of grief about eight months ago now. In fact, I considered closing up the blog and figuring out a new way forward. I may still do that soon, but not quite yet. It turns out the infamous globalist Klaus Schwab held a Great Narrative Meeting on November 11-12, 2021 away from prying eyes (like mine) in Dubai. I never saw any reference to the meeting, but on April 8, 2022 the online journal Nautilus published an article by Schwab and Thierry Malleret called “The Power of Narrative”. Turns out the article was an excerpt from a book forthcoming from them and published by the Davos crowd–the World Economic Forum or WEF–called The Great Narrative for a Better Future.

Since the desired Narrative fits so well with how learning standards and competency frameworks in K-12 actually work (as CtD covered at length) and thus quietly force the effect of cultural evolution through altering values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, let’s take a look at the confessed Power of Narrative. After all, Messrs. Schwab and Malleret were kind enough to tell us openly that these alterations are not just an effect, but actually the purpose. Once I became aware of the meeting, I located this article covering the address Schwab gave last November where he confessed that those of us who are well-informed, nonconformist thinkers–who are not the least bit deterred by complex situations–are obstacles to the WEF plans. After all, as Schwab apparently stated there:

People have become much more self-centered and to a certain extent, egoistic. In such a situation it is much more difficult to create a compromise because shaping the future, designing the future usually needs a common will of the people.

Just like the stated purpose of Critical Race Theory, Equity mandates in education, and what is called ‘Culturally-Responsive Teaching’ per its advocates as I laid out in the last post. Prescribed learning standards matter to anyone wishing to control “What future do we face? What future do we want?” to quote the beginning of the Nautilus article because they lay out the Abstract Ideas and Conceptual Frames or Lenses to be used to guide perception of daily experiences. They create the very Cognition to be used in this expressed aspiration for what Consciousness can now be made to do with the right practices and learning experiences.

We can’t predict the future. However, we can imagine it and even design it; no outcome is predetermined and, as cognitive human beings, we retain the agency to shape the world we want…As the most effective conduits for ideas, narratives have the unique power to help us determine what is going on, what lies ahead, and what needs to be done.

Those of us paying attention to the implications of that intent, especially if we also remember it was former US President Obama who nationalized learning standards when he became President after bringing them from a 1990s Chicago initiative, can see why he has moved on recently to forums at U-Chicago and Stanford on Disinformation and the need to censor certain ideas and offered facts. It’s part of the same overall vision of how to midwife a desired new Just World Order. If the architects see Media/Big Tech censorship, and the agenda in education ‘reforms,’ as a part of a common assault on prevailing consciousness we should really listen. We can simply think of both as attempts to get at adult consciousness prevailing among the masses in case anyone managed to grow up away from a participating local school or district, or before learning standards became nationalized and then tied to global standards.

Long-time readers may remember my long time interest in the concept of Guiding Fiction, especially as a history or science concept, where the authors readily admit that the belief is not true, but believing it is highly useful to someone pulling the strings of behavior in the masses of people. I really had to appreciate Schwab quoting Robert Schiller to the effect that “The human brain has always been highly tuned towards narratives, whether factual or not, to justify ongoing actions.” Well, that certainly explains the desire to use effective techniques with known neural effects on students. It also confirms the repeatedly encountered new definition of knowledge using an emphasis on theories of what should be over what has been and what is (aka facts). Mind Arson, and a limited ability to read fluently, also comes in handy for anyone hyping an ability to:

rely on the power of imagination to get us out of the holes we’ve dug ourselves into. It is incumbent upon us to imagine the contours of a more equitable and sustainable world. Imagination being boundless, the variety of social, economic, and political solutions is infinite.

It is hard to imagine a more fatuous statement than the quote in that last sentence. What kind of Solution is anything that can be imagined if the likely effects, that are knowable to anyone observant and well-informed, are to create More Problems and Pernicious Effects for the mass majority of people? See the utility now of Mind Arson? No ability to pick up on when a prescribed Metaphor is Inapt, a Guiding Idea or Principle is a fiction, or when the Product of Imagination has led to recognized past social disasters. Just use the prescribed perceptual lenses and all of us supposedly can avoid “getting imprisoned in a dangerous cognitive lockdown because of the magnitude of the task.” Now think of the value to anyone seeking national or global Fundamental Transformation of being able to widely control the following:

Narratives provide the context in which the facts we observe can be interpreted, understood, and acted upon. In that sense, they equate to much more than the stories we tell, write, or illustrate figuratively; they end up being the truths, or the ideas we accept as truths, that underpin the perceptions that shape our ‘realities’ and in the process form our cultures and societies. Through narratives, we explain how we see things, how these things work, how we make decisions and justify them, how we understand our place in the world and how we try to persuade others to embrace our beliefs and values. Narratives shape our perceptions, which in turn form our realities and end up influencing our choices and actions. They are how we find meaning in life.

I think Schwab and Malleret are too modest in using the verb Influence in that last sentence, especially when the Exact Narrative being used is embedded in poorly understood K-12 learning standards for children, as opposed to the overt censorship of a Big Tech platform on what can or cannot be said or an HHS Disinformation Ministry. I want to end this post with a point made by blogger Caitlin Johnstone in a different context with a post that makes a crucial and often unappreciated point about the Internet. Learning standards and competency frameworks invisibly censor at the source of perception and become engrained at a neural level by intention. How much more useful than visible, overt action to ensconce a desired Narrative.

The advent of the internet gave the powerful an ability to propagandize the public far more rapidly and efficiently than they previously could, but it also brought the risk of a democratized information space where the public could collectively figure out together that they’re being subjected to tyranny and deceit and decide to put an end to it…The idea is to keep the vast propagandizing power of the internet open while forcing its democratizing power closed…

Precisely the manipulation I can see going on in education now too., especially given the expressed intentions of Ed Tech and prescribed immersive online learning experiences. It’s a great description of what I described in CtD as Transformational Outcomes Based Education which is now all about using schools to get students to internalize the Desired Narrative to reimagine the future and then act to bring that Vision to Fruition.

As a student of history, it is difficult to imagine any authoritarian through the ages who would not have given anything to quietly utilize a tool as powerful as the function Schwab and Malleret ascribe to the Narrative in the above quotes. We will revisit the power of controlling prevailing Ideas in the next post as there have been still more open confessions across the political spectrum since my last post. Everybody wants to control consciousness, it turns out.

You know my motto. If connected people declare something, we get to both discuss it and show why the offered rationales could win a medal in Sophistry. Well, at least if one has not been a victim of Mind Arson.

80 thoughts on “Great Reset Requires Instilled Great Narrative to Create Desired Consciousness to Imagine? Mind Arson Helps Too

  1. Hi Robin, good to see you are still fighting the fight. While I can claim that I have chosen the hill upon which I am prepared to die, I am aging out. I, too, have considered hanging it up and then something inspires me to blog – one more time. I don’t know what your tragedy was, but I hope you are coping. Life has been a struggle these last couple of years for most of humanity. Just when I think we have hit bottom, something else completely insane floods the headlines. How far down will it go before it gets corrected? Hard to imagine. – AF

    • Find a ‘hero’. My current one is a guy named “Joel”. It started with a backyard garden and mountains of vegetables gifted upon his neighbors. It is now 20 acres, with truckloads of vegetables given to those who cannot access such things. Joel is not worried about the great reset. He started his own. Cheers from Vero Beach!

      • Unfortunately heroes are not easy to find nowadays. We seem to be on the downhill slide toward self-destruction. If I recall my history, it took civilization a thousand years to recover from the fall of Rome. I’m thinking, if we are willing to learn from the ongoing cycles of the rise and fall of humanity, we might ought to be thinking about learning how to do without, learning how to make do and staying as invisible as possible. Historically speaking, when ca ca hits the rotating blades, humans revert to survival instincts that tend to be brutal. Mad Max – life imitating art?

        • Could be so, but it is highly possible that the Dark Ages were not actually “dark”, and the Renaissance was not all it was cracked up to be.

          Having just relocated from Japan, here is what I see. The Japanese are risk adverse by nature and tend toward what we would call ‘negative’ thinking. That said, they are NOT broken or demoralized. Honestly, they have so little by way of space, resources but are still possessed of the idea they can address challenges.

          I see relative bounty in the U.S….all kinds of resources, options, yet folks (and, here I exempt FLORIDIANS) seem flummoxed. What gives?

          I sat isolated in a micro apartment for 1.5 years. I consider this comparable to hard time in maximum security prison. After that, ANYTHING looks good. I may go down, but it won’t be w/o a fight.

          To Robin: How would recommend I become involved in Florida politics? I am particularly interested in anti-mandate/anti-lockdown movements (NEVER AGAIN) and the education agendas, i.e. don’t think DeSantis is doing enough, though he is doing better than most.

          • Indeed, the Dark Ages were launched by the Black Plague (among other things) and then the Renaissance was birthed by the Dark Ages. So it goes, life is a carousel round and round up and down. Humans are somewhat predictable. The only thing constant in life is change (i think that quote is attributable to Charles Dickens). I could also add that the only way we see anything is by contrast. You can see what is true about abundance in the US because you experienced lack in Japan.

            My parents were teens during the Great Depression so they understood doing without. My generation, the Boomers, grew up with the dynamic of abundance rising and our kids and now grands have never known anything else.

            I’m a problem solving doer by nature so Making Do is one of my middle names. I only hope I instilled that mindset in my heirs.

            I did counsel my 30 year old grandson that someone with a bit of foresight might look at how well a resale shop would do, when things can’t get manufactured or trucked. We do indeed have a lot of stuff here in the US. I doubt there is any other country that has to have storage buildings for rent so that Americans can store what they can’t fit into their basements or attics.

          • Leslie, thanks for your response re Dark Ages, etc. April, the Dark Ages, so-called, are considered to have ended around 1000BC. The Plague hit Europe in the mid 1300’s. Over a decade I have read exchanges on this blog that proceed from Protestant assumptions, always biased against the Catholic Church, which in that telling imposed a millenium of darkness on the world until it was rescued by the Renaissance and Luther. I always have to laugh, because it is such a good example of how the goal of avoiding a “narrative” and simply “teaching the facts,” at least in history, may be more elusive than we appreciate.

            Leslie, welcome back stateside! You are making FL sound very attractive. Colorado, meanwhile, will probably becoming Disney’s new home and begin a new industry of “destination abortions” for mothers deprived of local access. “Tour the Mountain West! Visit the Garden of the Gods! Dine on venison and wild game! Have an abortion! You will find $500 in your welcome packet at the hotel to help you enjoy the amenities…”

      • Leslie,

        I’ve relocated during the winter months to Stuart, FL.
        Perhaps we can meet somewhere, sometime next year? maybe Robin would join us. Mad mommy too? 🙂

  2. Indeed, the Dark Ages were launched by the Black Plague (among other things) and then the Renaissance was birthed by the Dark Ages.

    I might dispute this scenario…more on this to follow.

    • This quote just explains the entire reluctance around the transmission of knowledge and not teaching reading properly until ‘conceptual frameworks’ could be mandated via competency frameworks like the Common Core and other learning standards. We will be lucky if anyone recalls the Black Death.

      Most scientific research has traditionally been fueled by the innate curiosity of the researcher, by the desire to generate replicable and generalizable knowledge, and by the need to address practical problems. While there are, of course, less-noble drivers of science, most often researchers nobly aim their tools at knowledge creation and measure contributions through publications, awards, the support of funding agencies and our institutions, and various less-tangible forms of personal satisfaction. Yet, today we find a groundswell of support for complementary norms which have been percolating in science for some time. Here we focus on the “three Es”—ethics, empathy, and equity—which have scientists reflecting on and responding to questions such as the following:

      Given that we strive at all times for scientific practices to be ethical, how can science foster empathy and equity as well?

      Will our syllabi and courses attract and address the needs of all of our students?

      Does the culture of science that has evolved over the centuries truly reflect the needs and desires of all of humanity, or is science better at serving some segments of society than others?

      Ethics, Empathy, and Equity–also known as all normative, all the time. Published two days ago and tied to the same NSF programs per the article as the MSPs detailed in CtD that brought us fuzzy math and science.

      Read yesterday that the new head of the White House Office of Science and Technology is a sociologist.

      • Hi Robin,
        I hope you are well. Just finished school and you wouldn’t believe the nonsense at the graduation ceremony. Felt like I was sitting central to all the conversations we’ve had over the years about learning being behaviors and noticing all the younger graduates thinking they are headed into life with so much knowledge. If only they had the right kind not to be triggered when someone pulls the action chords for their emotional responses.

        Glad to see you are still writing.

        • Take a look at this systems iceberg and we can see why the belief system is so targeted to get the desired behaviors you have noticed.

          Events must be noticed and interpreted and that requires a conceptual framework to guide discerning patterns and structures that can still be guiding even if they are fictions and inapt in reality. They can still be predictably guiding in their behavioral effect as every social scientist now seems to know. Notice that both CRT and Classical Ed once its emphasis shifts from Content to modelling the person that is to come create just such an interpretive framework. Remember the old post on how Soviet psychology made its focus on education to produce the person to become? Now despite the rhetoric about School Choice if only the money followed the child, we get all the offered alternatives with a similar change the child focus and a normative vision of the future to be enacted via a restructuring of education and its practices.

          Still getting my bearings, but CtD and much of what we have covered here over the last 10 years accurately guides what is now, unfortunately, coming to fruition. That iceberg also explains so much emphasis on Misinformation that is merely inconvenient understandings that are provably true. They can make us see unapproved patterns and accurately perceive structures best hidden from prying eyes.

  3. I’m thinking of you Robin and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. You have done great work in the last decade. If you choose to keep it up, that would be great. And it’s completely ok if you need a break. Your research has been essential to my fully grasping the plans being made for us. While I don’t have peace of mind exactly, I do have a firm grasp on reality and no one can take that away or prevent me from sharing what is factually known with others who also want to know .

    Thank You

  4. I have been participating in a Florida gov-sponsored career workshop. Well-intentioned facilitators dole out what is essentially the framework of ‘est’, i.e. emotional intelligence (never validated) and the LAW OF ATTRACTION. Interestingly, JESUS and prayer get thrown in on the front-end of every session.

    • Remember when we encountered the Catholic Curriculum Framework that was pitched as the “alternative to the Common Core”? I went through it analyzing its targets, goals, and function and found it to function exactly like Tranzi OBE? Same with the language of so many School Charters and independent school mission statements.

      Yesterday I watched and listened to the Heritage Foundation program “Classical Education and the Pursuit of Truth in an Age of Folly”. Consistent with your omnipresent est by function, they openly proclaimed that they target each student’s ‘affections’ to get at what type of person they will become. The purpose of content is not knowledge but developing the desired Wisdom and Virtues to be a person’s Guiding Star when they are 50, 60. or even 80. It’s a normative vision that functions precisely like UNESCO’s KSAVE emphasis–Knowledge in the Conceptual, framing narrative sense, Skills, Attitudes, Values, and Ethics. Everybody is using behavioral science tenets to control human behavior for religious or political (or both at once). Skinner’s aims with new, improved methods.

      In fact, one of my last thoughts last night before falling asleep was that Classical Education, like the Common Core properly understood as a Competency framework, was ever bit as determined to get at controlling people’s likely future behavior by prescribing Aspirations, Affections, and Perception as Habits of Mind as anything William Spady developed as OBE as we covered in my book. It’s why Csik has moved to the global Positive Psychology network and why we keep coming across the Laszlo’s.

      • After Robin wrote about the Catholic Curriculum Standards, I did my own deep dive and ended up writing 10 or 12 commentaries on “classical” education with an emphasis on the Catholic liberal arts “reform.” I discovered that the Catholic Curriculum Standards were ahead of the curve, even more candid about their non-academic goals than the secular versions. Example:

        “While caution needs to be used when seeking to align assessment to non-cognitive dispositions, it is still possible to design assessments for some of the non-cognitive standards using three primary methods: teacher observations, student-teacher interviews, and student self-reports. Because of the nature of assessing a disposition, it is advisable to use multiple measures to gain a fuller insight into a student’s behaviors and beliefs rather than through the use of only one assessment. Gathering information through the use of multiple types of assessments will result in a better understanding of what the student actually believes and, perhaps, why he or she believes it.”

        What the student believes and why he believes it, got that? You may have to discover it by stealth if the student isn’t willing to spill his guts.
        With the metastasizing of SEL throughout schools, the mainstream has probably caught up with the Catholic Curriculum variety, but remember that the latter were released in the mid-teens.

          • Notice how the supposed remedy for school shootings is more SEL.

            “Our hearts are breaking for the Uvalde community and for everyone connected to Robb Elementary School,” said IEL President Eddie Koen. “We must lean on each other for support right now and be there for one another. But we must also press on and keep fighting for our kids, and for safe schools. Through common-sense gun safety measures, prioritizing mental health supports, and elevating social-emotional learning that can help our students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, and show empathy for others, we can give children the opportunity to succeed and thrive.”

  5. I followed the commom core catholic school invasion in real time and went to big comference in 2014. Shocking to watch the infiltrators work the wage earners. This was eye opener. The tell was the Philadelphia Catholic diocese partnering with the Philadelphia school district. Good idea partner with a failing district so they can suck the life out of you, chain you to a pillar to be scourged by fed law. Of course sold with smoke and mirrors.
    What “they” Have done is created the narrative of religious cult in the 60’s and 70’s, Studied carefully and boom Werner Earhardt is at Harvard, SEL is in every school. They had enough time to condition parents to their current state teachers their current state everyone believing the emperor has new clothes. Ah creating narratives. It works! No need to name all The operations of the last 10 years which have created the narratives that constrain us right now. Est is everywhere!
    Well done creepers!

    • Well-observed and well-said, MadMommy.

      The facilitator of this FL career program also treated us to videos by one Anthony Robbins, acolyte of Erhard and all things ‘est. Robbins’ organization was ‘designed’ by the former corporate counsel of Landmark Education, aka ‘est’.

      I tried to sit there, imagining I had a ‘beginner’s mind’ on this topic…what would I think, how would I perceive constructs like THE LAW OF ATTRACTION and all of the POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING stuff. Were I a member of the perma-impoverished (and I might now be), I would find compelling any message that told me I could influence (create) my reality. If you believe it, you can achieve it, etc.

      That said, I am not sure that all of this post-modern positivity contributes to the skill development many folks need, e.g. critical thinking, problem solving skills and the ability to discern their way through the b.s. that is all around them. Also, you can see one of the most TOXIC messages of ‘est’ contained in this logic, i.e. “there are no victims”. Erhard took this all the way by assuring Holocaust survivors, and survivors of domestic violence that “they wanted it”….same message being delivered to the economically-decimated by ‘Covid-19’.

  6. I did not know that about Tony Robbins while not a consumer I know of him amd his schtick. gAK! You mention critical thinking. It has double meaning, Momd I know use it as like a codeword for intelligence like discernment, however used in schools it is definitely critical pedagogy based critical theory based. If I gave you a dollar for every time a mom I know misused that term you’d be able to afford a Mansion in Palm Beach!

  7. I had an insight in this sleepless AM that probably has bearing on this discussion. This insight has to do with what people can, indeed, think.

    Mid-way through the lock downs in Japan and globally, it occurred to me that I needed to reconnect with my network in the U.S. This network included members of academic cohorts, childhood friends and the few people I can can family members. It also included individuals who were part of what I perceived as ‘helper’ organizations, i.e. churches, philanthropic groups.

    I struck up all kinds of conversations and, mostly, attempted to relate my own experience day to day, week to week, month to month and, finally, year to year. I considered most of what I reported to be merely factual, like the weather. Some of what I reported I attempted to understand and explain through political, social, cultural, spiritual lenses.

    I found then, as I am finding now, that most people are incapable of framing things in political terms or to see ‘any’ kind of big picture. It is not that they disagree with the politics but rather cannot conceptualize in this way. Any attempt to see things though a political lens renders one a “conspiracy theorist”. Same thing with just the facts of the day, e.g. medical statistics of this or that nation. These are just ‘numbers’ are they not. No ability to hear, and interpret numbers.

    So, my experience then and now is one of attempting to discuss what is all around us with people who have been conditioned not to apprehend what is all around us. The bandwidth is what SEL would produce. It is very temporal,about the NOW and about one’s emotional state, how one feels about whatever….and, that is about ‘it’. The political dimension is gone, the philosophical dimension is gone, religious/spiritual dimensions are gone. What is left is obedience to the reality one can understand.

    Does any of this make sense to anyone?

  8. Its the language trick we have talked about for 10 years. Everythhing has double meaning! Everthing is blatently lied about to the public. SEL=Mental damage truth
    SEL=Mental benefit lie
    Safe schools =lgbtq damage truth
    Safe Schools= Physical safety lie
    All inversions= their thing
    “The world we want” “ the world as it should be”. Note the peoplewho say or have said this. Obamas, gates, Amatai Etzioni, clintons, gros harlemm bruntland, uNers, bushes, WEFers…..
    The mob who contol everything. Burn down to rebuild.
    Find this article inED WEEK, Social Emotional Programs Target Students Long Term Behavior, by Liana Heitin, teacher, Oct 14 2013. I saved in pdf otherwize i would link.
    You tell me this isnt instilling mental artificial mental trauma in small children. Written by a brainwashed clearly borderline personality teacher.

  9. Sorry to keep chiming in but…

    The mob have infliltrated every institution implanting inversions, their language to bamboozle members and steer funds and activities to “the world as it should be”.
    Ex:HR depts of major companies bringing lgbtq issues to boards and jto pay for emplyee trans surgeries and abortions.
    Ex: my phone calendar has 3 different Notifications for June 1st As beginning of pride month. Equalizing it with Halloween Christmas Easter Martin Luther King day.


    “ What is scrutinized is the cult’s art forms of converting someone involuntarily into accepting a new belief while at same time convincing the person believe he has accepted the belief voluntarily on it merits. It’s an art form that looms as one of man’s greatest threats if he fails to understand its simple make-up. In the wrong hands it can cause great chaos, …”

    • Great article on ‘est’ and one I had not seen before. On this:

      “Werner and Associates sold the Forum to the Landmark Educational corporation [14] and today he lives abroad. There are reports he says he claims he had to go into seclusion for fear that he is in danger from Scientology. [15] It is said he still collects royalties from Landmark and has other programs going in the U.S.”

      Erhard sold the Forum to his relatives who populated all leadership roles in ‘est’. The name change to Landmark Education came on the heals of the transfer of royalty rights. Yes, Erhard has multiple programs going on in the U.S. and these are consortium with Michael Jenson of Harvard University. He seems to be targeting branches of the U.S. military and law school programs. Beyond this, Erhard exerts control over Landmark entities outside the U.S. The initial terms of the ‘sale’ to Landmark stipulated that Erhard would retain royalty rights in Japan and possibly Mexico.

      Additionally, Erhard clone Tony Robbins and Robbins’ clones, e.g. Robert Kiyosaki promote ‘est’ ideology.

      • Checked to see who is the current CEO of Landmark Education. That would be Harry Rosenberg, Werner Erhard’s brother. Safe to assume that Erhard still controls the entire organization.

          • Indeed. Who are other examples of that? I never bought the Erhard name change story. It sounds too much like it was concocted by an intelligence agency…pretty much like the rest of his life.

    • Consider that ‘est’ was incorporated and ‘protected’ by self-avowed Marxist, Harry Margolis. Margolis’s clientele were other red diaper types in Hollywood. Suvivors of Landmark describe advanced sessions as Leninist in nature.

      Maybe, way too much focus on est/Landmark as a C.U.L.T. and not enough focus on same as communist cellls.

      • Speaking of avowed Marxists, there is an upcoming webinar on Liberatory Education as what the required focus on Equity is really about. Its featured speaker is the author of this piece from 2016

        Instead of making what is to be taught or not taught in history the focus as too much of the think tank and their media affiliates has done, we again need to respect the ends its advocates have for it as a conduit for the so-called ‘just society’ as that Randall piece openly advocates for. He is tied to Philly as well.

        Notice too how tied Liberatory Education is to self-proclaimed Marxist Paulo Freire. Remember Uncle Karl himself’s vision of what little ‘c’ communism was really about was known as the Human Development Society. When I read this Red Herring in my mind this week it read once again as a piece of erudite misdirection trying to turn attention away from Humanist Marxism and CRT as a tool to force the attempt to put Theory into Practice. The author misdirects on both the function of theory in Marxist Humanism as if it was hard science instead of social science and then waves around Martin Jay’s name as a shield to bar what his writings actually say. I too have read Jay going back to his PhD thesis at Harvard that became a book which I have.

        Fascinating how much effort has gone to hide the very existence of the HM/MH push, despite the fact that the books and its ties to a cybernetic/ Receiver/Transducer function of the mind if only the right concepts can be instilled to operate as theoretical lenses. Use them until they become unconscious habits of mind. The secret aspiration that so many seem to know across the so-called political spectrum while ordinary parents and taxpayers keep being directed to look elsewhere or told themselves how to interpret what they are seeing and experiencing.

      • You are probably right Leslie. That was the first layer of subterfuge distracting, creating the dominant “narrative”, very useful while hiding the experiment.

  11. Just heard from a reliable source that after ALL OF THESE YEARS of craziness and abuse, the N.Y. State legislature is drafting statutes related to the licensing and governance of personal development programs. This framework is expected to be adopted by other states. I have to pinch myself.

    • We will see where the actually enacted Framework actually leads. As usual, in K-12, all remedies somehow lead to the same emphasis as what John Dewey viewed as necessary for Democracy that looks a lot like the MH mindset that Torsten Husen called The Learning Society in his 1974 book published in the UK. came out today. Look too at the signatories.

      In my next post I will also show how that same emphasis is being promoted as the remedy for Disinformation all over the world. Was having trouble with my computer, but should get it written up soon.

    • Out today.

      Julian Huxley would be so pleased at the progress he envisioned as laid out in my book.

      Adding this quote from the accompanying paper out yesterday.

      In times of great turmoil—periods like the Great Depression, or the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11—
      the ways in which we see and make sense of the world tend to shift. In 2020—as a global pandemic
      shook the world, racial justice uprisings became widespread, and economic disruptions began to affect
      millions—the FrameWorks Institute asked: are we in one of these periods of cultural change?
      Are the social and political upheavals of the last two years leading to shifts in foundational American
      mindsets? If so, how, and what opportunities and challenges do those shifts present for those working
      to advance progressive social change?
      The Culture Change Project is an ongoing investigation by the FrameWorks Institute designed to uncover
      shifts in the tacit assumptions and understandings that Americans are drawing on to think about social
      and political issues. As progressives have struggled to find broadly compelling messaging, it is critical to
      understand how current events are shaping Americans’ underlying mindsets and how those mindsets
      inform how we think, feel, and act on key issues. Findings from the Culture Change Project can aid
      progressive leaders, communicators, researchers, and movement builders as we work to effectively
      communicate about societal problems and solutions that can advance meaningful change.
      Thus far, our research is yielding important findings about how American mindsets are and are not
      shifting—from underlying assumptions about health to how we think about race and racism. A detailed
      report on those findings and our research methodology can be found here.
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      support for key progressive policies, and how people’s thinking shifts in response to how key social issues
      are framed. With this information, we will be releasing strategic framing guidance to aid communication
      for progressive movements. Until then, here are five important trends in mindsets to better inform your
      narrative strategies.

  12. Here is an ‘off the wall’ query to anyone in this forum. Robin/anyone, have you ever met, seen Ron DeSantis in a situation where you could assess his height? I have been monitoring how various social media distort the vital statistics of political friends and foes. For instance, Anthony Fauci who is 5’2″ tall is variously described on these sites as being 5′ 7″-6’4″. COME ON!!!

    DeSantis looks like a tall’ish guy in his speaking engagements or when photographed with other politicians. He vitals are reported at 5’8″ or ‘5’9″. Makes not difference to me, but just think there are many little persons beavering away on image creation/control.

    • No, but since I was a resident of Fla and voted there for more than 10 years I can probably find out. Had hoped to write today, but between a geriatric cat at vet and other issues over weekend it’s not happening quite yet.

      I have managed to verify though that the supposed remedy globally for Disinformation is to control the receiving/transducing neural net of the mind and the concepts it uses to make meaning and frame how daily experiences are inetrpretd. Just as I have been saying in CtD and this blog the real purpose of learning standards and competency frameworks are.

      Speaking of Image Control, did I put up a link to this article? The subtitle is “the metaverse and the dream of a world that can be controlled”. It shows just how much awareness there is on Right and Left and the need to control the Inner World of perception to implement this transformational agenda. Recognizing it for what it is, I looked into the author and discivered he or she was currently a PhD student at Stanford in Poli Sci so there’s our link to CASBS among others. Also has previously been a teacher at Great Heart Academies which Hugh Hewitt said in some Orange County testimony sitting next to me that he is affiliated with. Since Hewitt also does broadcasts with Larry Arnn of Hillsdale who is also on the Board of the Heritage Foundation touting Classical Education and the Barney Charter vision, we essentially have Malloy as a lynchpin that School Choice is an illusion to obscure the commonality of the vision when it comes to changing the child at the level of mind, heart, and likely future behavior. To engage in practices that will supposedly implement the world that can be.

      I also think it’s why no one is accurately describing that new civics legislation which is clearly tied to a competency framework (believe this and then practice acting to implement it). It’s like people employed by think tanks simply want to create outrage to herd students into alternative forms of education implementing the same template that hardly anyone but me accurately describes. Of course, my remuneration for accuracy is quite puny. I guess I get to settle for the joy of being a thorn, huh?

      • Right on the air quotes, ;-). NPR’s comments, now stricken from MSM, probably took U.S./Japanese relations back a decade or two.

        • Back to our respective pursuits and the overlap we have noticed. is citing all the same people behind sel in K-12.

          I found the lynchpin today to prove the why behind all the deceit in think tank white papers and trying to make sure no one read my book because of the accurate discussion of Tranzi OBE and what Competency-based education is really about. I suspected it, but I listened to a webinar about two weeks ago suspecting a useful confession and then tracked down one of the speakers’ cited books. Having just finished Elizabeth George’s latest murder mystery. I went back to work and Bingo.

          No need to surmise by function or deliberate subterfuge around the same areas anymore.


    • Waiting on the lynchpin, too. I looked at “Faeth Coaching” and the program in many ways resembled a workforce training program I just participated in, in Florida. Stuff is everywhere. Lynchpin for me is the focus on feeling over though, and ‘positive’ emotion by which we attract/create our environment.

    • If you go here and listen to Neurobiology and the Soul , which is the latest episode and then locate Curt’s mentioned book Anatomy of the Soul, you will see the open intention to use what functions as Tranzi OBE to get the kind of person needed to change this world into the form desired. Long time readers will recognize that it fits with the Humanist Marxist vision as well. Different theories but same desired transformation at the inner level of the person, which is what is ultimately behind this road show.

      Their road show has been pushed in the name of MLK’s Beloved Community and Baylor U’s DC program on faith and public policy and at Biola over the years. George’s Witherspoon Institute was heavily involved in the kickoff in 2011 of what I call the coordinated false Common Core narrative that so many of the same people who tried to misrepresent what Tranzi OBE was about and claiming a PII database and polytechism and how the Catholic Frameworks were different were all involved. They also seem to all be involved with the TFF and also an entity called the Center for Public Justice, which also ties to Arnn and Hillsdale and thus the Barney Charter Initiative.

      There is more once you recognize what the recently released American Birthright regards as the purpose of factual knowledge and how its named advocates were also those pushing the false CC narrative. It also fits with Bill Evers’ Independent Institute pushing the 490 BC Project as the supposed alternative to the 1619 Project.

      It all functions the same, whatever its name and stated rationale and rhetoric and it all ultimately wants to alter the belief and value system, tie it to emotion, and control the conceptual framework that guides perception. There is more, but that’s a start. It also helps to recognize how Wilfred McClay seems to use Ascending from the Abstract to the Concrete in his vision for history going back more than 20 years and the implications of his recently winning the lucrative Bradley Prize given what the Bradley History Commission asserted were the actual function of ‘standards-based reform’. is also something I am keeping my eye on and this video is worth watching

      It is the first Culture Change Roundtable from this past week and fits well with what Thompson writes in his Anatomy of the Soul. It all also fits with how the Roadmap to American Democracy actually works. I spent last summer attending online training for teachers/ administrators for the Roadmap and then lost my husband before I could write it up. It is important to know that the Roadmap’s PI, Danielle Allen, was one of ‘Brother George’s’ (as the Productive Discourse article calls him) star students at Princeton, where she one a Marshall fellowship before going to Oxford to write an unusual interdisciplinary thesis using the Classics, history, and religion IIRC. Talk about targeting the belief and value system!

      A few tidbits of the tsunami I have put together. Also, notice how the definition of Civil Discourse aligns with the Rockefeller Foundation funded CFSC–Communication for Social Change. It makes sense since a common purpose AND a common form of mutual ‘sense-making’ are necessary for a group of individuals to begin to function as a ‘system’, which is precisely what that culture change Roundtable video above seeks.

      Just got home from outdoor yoga class. Namaste indeed.

      • Will review the above in depth.

        In the meantime, and from Jeff Childer’s substack, 7/16:

        An NBC News article reporting on my conference yesterday was headlined, “DeSantis’ Education Message Is Winning in Battleground States, Teacher Union Poll Finds.” Uh-oh!

        NBC first reported about the Moms for Liberty conference and DeSantis’ speech (right before my panel began), then the article explained that a major U.S. teacher’s union recently told its members to stop focusing on CRT and trans issues, and get back to class sizes and teacher’s salaries. Why? Because the union took a national voter poll, testing DeSantis’ education messaging, and the results were DEVASTATING for the union’s woke issues.

        NBC called the poll a “major set of red flags… for Democrats and teacher unions.” Weird! All the experts have said DeSantis was “extreme” and a “dictator” and stuff. How could they have been wrong?

        One poll question found voters, by a +32 percentage-point margin, said they were more likely to vote for candidates who think public schools should focus less on teaching race and more on core subjects. Imagine that. By +27 points, voters said schools should be banned from teaching sexual orientation and gender identity to kids in kindergarten through third grade. Gosh! By +28 points, voters said transgender athletes should be banned from competing in girls’ sports. Who could’ve possibly predicted this?

        Not teachers’ unions, obviously.

        So … whoops! Talk about reading the room wrong. Democrats have been SO SURE that race, CRT, gender, LGBTQ+++ and trans issues in schools were the way forward. How could they have been so wrong?

        Reacting swiftly to the bad news, union president Randi Weingarten pivoted, laying out a brand-new strategy this week, that blasts Republicans for made-up “extreme” proposals like “book-banning,” and emphasizes “expanding educational opportunities” for students. Buh bye, race, LGBTQ, and trans issues. Don’t let the door hit you in the pillowy parts.

      • Really is nothing new under the sun. New names / faces same old tricks and functionality. Thanks for teaching me over the years to see it by function. That Soul stuff should be what parents have nightmares about but they are busy waving the caution flag on gender changes while the change agents slide things under the door when they think no one is looking.

        Have you noticed there’s not much of a coverup anymore? The language is so out in the open now.

        Take Care

        • Well, there is still some coverup, given this article’s misrepresentation of pragmatism and the reinvention of the SAT,

          It fits right in with what the American Birthright says is the purpose of facts in a curriculum. To appeal to the “deeply seated affections’. To create the cybernetic rudder that is steerable once one is aware of its existence and the conceptual framework that governs what gets pitched as being able to ‘think logically’, but without the actual factual knowledge base that can ferret out an Inapt Metaphor at the heart of supposedly logical thinking grounded in the dominance of emotion. All so the student can be preprogrammed to ‘act nobly’.

          Now, how many parents recognize the preprogramming involved? Or that this is ideological training as well?

          Do you know precisely what is being physiologically embedded into your child’s unconscious neural net that guides their perception and decision-making? A useful thing to know.

        • We have AEI now pushing Urie Bronfenbrenner’s vision of child development with no acknowledgment it is grounded in his graduate psychology work in the Soviet Union as this blog chronicled years ago. It is also why there is a tag BEST for Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory.

          Been dealing with errands from a family member having surgery last week, but that link fits with the Right Pincer and Left headed to the same place as The Anatomy of the Soul book also made clear.

          Tranzi OBE for All . Parents only think they have a choice.

        • Take a look at this.

          We were in a space committed to understanding how our field and the practice of teaching can and ought to be used to create a more liberatory and just world. After a session on healing and joy through teaching, we had to sit down and process what had just happened with this Supreme Court ruling.

          Then the question naturally came to the forefront: “What do we even do?”

          As a society, we are actually in a familiar place. Though the circumstances are different, this place of pain filled with questions around what we can do as educators in the face of continued oppression—violence and harm against humanity, against me, against women, against Black women, against women who are poor, against our right to body autonomy, against all who have the capacity for pregnancy—is not new. When I was able to find words on that Friday, I shared a few things that I’ve shared with educators in other devastating moments, in the aftermath of decisions that are foreseeable, if you are following historical trajectories.

          Not surprising for those of us tracking the real revised nature of education, but a confession that “how the student sees, feels about, and wants to change the world” is the new focus. For the record, and this may be a rarity in my personal jurisprudence, but I likely would have come out about where Roberts seemed to be. I think the final decision-maker in the 1st trimester HAS to be the woman. But this is still a good example of the push to target perception, not provide facts.

          Adding this and bolding the ‘collective liberation’ vision.

          As someone who has long been a student of U.S. history—specifically Black history—as a graduate of Spelman College, as a Black woman, I am clear about the ways that racism and patriarchy have affected, and continue to work against, my very being. And still, as an educator I have paid witness to and believe in the power of our field to transform society, to work deliberately against injustice and to move toward collective liberation.

  13. Just to let you know, I am thinking of running for a City Counsel seat in Vero Beach. Am told that, as it stands, these seats are rarely contested.

    • You must read Race to the Bottom, by Luke Rosiak, which chronicles in excruciating detail how an apparatus of foundations, of which Arabella is an important hub, academic grifters and other unsavory opportunists seize control of local political entities. It will provide threads to follow up in your own municipality.

      • If you really want to know the extent to which the hype directs parents to the same function, frequently after getting dollars to follow the child and thus contaminating ALL schools and online providers. This is what Parents Defending Education (with its insiders coming from previous think tank stents) says about SEL.

        And then they promote the Empowering Humanity Framework as a solution to CRT and the ‘trans’ hype.

        Oh. Joy. These are quotes from the About Us portion of that website Parents Defending Eduvation promotes.

        We believe society’s moral authority resides within “the individual” and are dedicated to equipping each individual in a way that fosters an understanding of fairness, courage, humility, compassion, and resilience. We also uphold the virtues of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness as well as the values and thoughts that comprise Western Civilization…[Our Mission is] Empowering educators, youth, and communities by strengthening the neural pathways to peace and resilience with Empowered Humanity Theory…[Our vision is] To establish an empowered society of individuals at peace within themselves and with others.

        Notice the purpose of Collaboration. It fits right in with Civil Discourse in the Brother West/ Brother Robbie vision above. It’s always about the requisite shared vision to function as a system.

        We honor individual strengths as cornerstones to creating a shared vision.”

        Speaking of a shared vision, we have a variety of means to get to desired values, beliefs, and behaviors to be the amenable’citizen’ for this new collectivist vision of the future, whatever its sales pitch.

    • Boy, does this just out fit with this post.

      They want to collect intelligence from “millions of sources”, and train their “AI systems” to detect thoughts that they do not like, to make content removal decisions handed down to the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and so on. This is a major change from the status quo of each platform deciding what to do based on messages posted to that specific platform only.

      For example, in addition to looking at my Twitter profile, WEF’s proposed AI would also look at my Gettr profile, and then it would make an “intelligent decision” to remove me from the Internet at once. It is somewhat of a simplification because they also want to look for ideas and not only individuals but, nevertheless, the search for wrongthink becomes globalized.

      This sounds like an insane conspiracy theory from hell: WEF collecting information on everyone everywhere, and then telling all platforms what posts to remove, based on a global decision-making AI engine that sees everything and can identify individual people and ideas beyond any given platform.

      If someone ever told me that it would be contemplated, I would probably think that this person is insane. It sounds like a sick technological fantasy. Unfortunately, this crazy stuff is real, is in a WEF agenda proposal that is officially posted on their website’s “WEF Agenda” section. And WEF is not messing around.

      Makes perfect sense to me since I know all about the internalized neural nets ‘learning standards’ that are globalized are intended (and have already since they have been around some places since the 90s). I guess this will constrain the unapproved thoughts and beliefs that had previously escaped.

      • Very interesting. Thank you.

        On a probably but possibly related note, I am writing an article about the performance of U.S. Embassies vis a vis Americans stranded abroad by circumstances beyond their control. You know, devastating natural disasters, pandemics, the fall of governments.

        I had mentioned that American Citizen Services refers to American citizens as “customers”. I am thinking that this word play is kinda key to a series of failed responses.

        I’m thinking that while a ‘citizen’ must be advocated for and protected under various circumstances, a “customer” is merely offered a service, which they may accept or decline.

        I think this differentiator might make sense of some of the feckless statements my by Blinken and Jen Psaki with regard to American citizens/”customers” opting to remain in Afghanistan. Blinkin’s final estimate of American citizens who could not be evacuated was 100-150, whereas a report issues by the House International Relations Committee in November 2021 has the number at 9,000>. If the margin of error for one crisis in one location is that great, what are we to think of the stats they have issued about Americans stranded abroad by the pandemic?

        With regard to the advocacy piece, ACS in Japan told me they were receiving many reports from their American ‘customers’ regarding pandemic-related hate crimes, e.g. illegal evictions, immigration scams, all kinds of harassment. You do not need to advocate (say a word) when your ‘customers’ are being abused.

        Does this make sense?

        • This new paper, to me, seems to get at some of what you have noticed–“Towards psychological herd immunity: Cross-cultural evidence for two prebunking interventions against COVID-19 misinformation” . Governments now believe it is their job to create ‘psychological herd immunity’ to embrace ideas that in many incidents are provably untrue. That paper is linked to in this new World Bank report acknowledging the use of social and behavioral sciences to try to get desired behaviors from the ‘citizenry’.

 is the World Bank paper that appears to be stuck in time. Released in June 2022, it was emailed out yesterday. This is not about protecting anyone. We really are to be serfs to political power, unaware of the extent of manipulation and control.

          Psychological herd immunity certainly seems like an effective tool to get to a common narrative that acts as mass psychosis, isn’t it?

          • Yes, on the mass psychosis, which carries the day even in Florida. Three years into this thing, there are many organizations tasked with supporting ‘citizens’ in distress, in states of lockdown (even here!!!). I do not understand why working ‘remotely’ is an excuss for delays in service of many months. As for the NPO’s, these seem to be staffed with the left-leaning, meaning folks unlikely to question the narrative however ridiculous it might become. Good paper! Thanks for sharing it.

          • meant “well-meaning” in my comments below.

            Did some research regarding services advertised by the U.S. Embassy. It/they seem very proud that they provide weather and ‘terrorism’ travelers alerts. Note, for expats in Japan these alerts were considered so reliable that vacationers booked holidays in just about any location receiving a terroism alert (better rates, empty beaches, less congestion).

            Recently-posted service descriptions stress over and over that American citizens need to evacuate themselves in crisis situations — no military intervention possible, AND, should the embassy assist, the ‘victim’ of war zones, natural disasters…would compensate for the ‘service’.

            What do we really know about the “successful (and ‘historic’) airlift of 120,000 U.S. citizens” out of Afghanistan? Don’t recall seeing any of these people interviewed on the nightly news. Did they fly out on commercial airlines, in which case the above meme would be technically ‘true’.

            I was in touch with several of these people through F/B and my impression was that they, even senior attaches to U.S. military functions, had NO IDEA whether anyone was going to help them.

            I also wonder if the embassy in Kabul was locked-down owing to Covid-19; was its staff working ‘remotely’. Were desperate citizen/customers receiving form email responses. Did they not know how many American citizens were unable to evacuate because they, embassy staff, were not bothering to count? How it looked to me.

            All has to do with the construct of ‘citzen’. Leave your borders open and that construct loses all meaning.

  14. Happened to be listening to a Beck podcast ( I know… no comments needed. LOL)in which a school assignment was brought up. Remember the old who to chuck from the lifeboat question that was asked in assessments? I do. I remember bringing it to a teacher and saying I was not comfortable answering and was blown off. Which was then the last time I answered anything on those tests as a kid. I made patterns from then on out. Anyway, the question now centers around race. 4 people must die and six must live. Choices are a racist physician, Hispanic marine, bio researcher who is black militant, Asian biochemist, Olympic athlete, Hollywood star, medical student who refuses to reproduce, pregnant teen dropout with questionable IQ, priest, carpenter with drug/prison history. Quite interesting don’t you think?

    • LL, your post made my week!

      I wise American friend told me on the eve of my escape from Japan and its lockdowns (with not much more than the shiirt on my back) to never involve myself in any government-sponsored ‘help’ program. I now understand that logic in that I have spent countless hours filling out forms that require that I indentify what is my color, gender identity, and sundry other questions designed to determine my level of ‘victimhood’. AND THIS IS FLORIDA.

      There is a terrible housing crisis here, now. From what I can tell, virtually all Section 8 housing is reserved for individuals who have appropriate victim credentials.

      This means that average folks, working stiffs are simply closed out of the market. I would assume that the DEEP logic of this is prevent the perrenially homeless from litering the streets and impacting the tourist trade, or the sensibilities of retired boomers in their gated communities.

      • We have a declared confluence between your area of expertise and mine. “A new competency ontology for learning
        environments personalization” I just realized all the learning standards going back to the Bradley History Commission were creating ontologies. It’s not a matter of what is–case examples–but what might be.

        Anyway, when I checked on the ties with competency-based education based on function, Voila!!

      • Quite upfront and admitting the shift is global.

        These national consultations, organized in close to 150 countries, have been guided by UNESCO’s report on Reimagining our futures together that calls for a new social contract for education – one that is based on two critical propositions: quality education must be a right throughout life, and it must be treated as a public endeavour and a common good.

        These consultations are forging national visions on how to make education the engine for more sustainable futures. They have encouraged critical reflection on the shortcomings and failures of current systems. Many are calling for profound transformations in pedagogical approaches; for a more rigorous understanding of the fundamentals – literacy, numeracy and scientific thinking – and of the values and skills required for living together, for promoting a sustainable development, and for living a full and meaningful life.

        The values and skills required for living together, for promoting a sustainable development, and for living a full and meaningful life–must get at that noetic level, but it gets pitched as Equity or SEL or nurturing Core Capacities. It’s what is needed to be an excited to be a serf and even unaware of it in this new planned global vision. Except as I covered in my book and at this blog, it’s not a new vision. See especially my previous discussions of the 1972 Faure Report of UNESCO and its mandates to be a cog in a Planned Society that Ervin Laszlo called the Organized Society (also covered here at ISC). Covered in the mid-90s in the DeLors UNESCO report. Covid and the ridiculous closing of so many schools is just the excuse to jumpstart this long planned agenda.

      • Boy, does this ring a bell.

        In the 1960s, social psychologist Edgar Schein first pulled together the links between the theories of American psychologist Kurt Lewin and the Communist Chinese methods of thought reform, while psychologists Richard Ofshe and Margaret Thaler Singer identified the techniques, recognized their use in American cults, and chronicled their dangers to victims. The three stages of thought reform are unfreezing-changing-refreezing. One expert on Chinese thought reform, Theodore Chen, describes it this way:

        The central concept is that change in beliefs and attitudes may be understood in terms of three essential phases: unfreezing, changing, refreezing. Unfreezing refers to the upsetting of existing equilibrium to produce an inclination to confess and to open the way for change; change comes with the establishment of new beliefs, attitudes, values and behaviour patterns; these are then refrozen in order to make the change stable.

        Social justice education and “student affairs” thought reform follow the same formula.

        So why revelation games?

        Revelation games help in the unfreezing process, preparing the new college student for the difficult process of destabilizing his sense of self and eliminating his current belief system. This unfreezing is helped along by the process of “revelation” or revealing, typically accomplished by employing intrusive games and journaling. Facilitators and, at times, grievance studies faculty are urged to model vulnerability to encourage this type of “sharing and openness.”

        These techniques have been refined and practiced by American cults for decades. One of the classic works on cults describes it this way: “With group sharing sessions, or confessionals, cult members are able to gather information about the recruit’s former life. When they have details, they frequently hone in to arouse feelings of guilt and anger.”

      • And here we have the entire cybernetic vision along with the recognition that goes back to my coverage of Tranzi OBE in my book–must control belief systems.

        Futures thinking helps users examine current realities, explore possibilities for the future and chart informed paths forward. This approach empowers leaders to shape the future that children will inherit and to resist the notion that the future is out of our control.

        This toolkit contains instructions, examples and templates for three futures thinking methods that can be used by anyone who wants to create powerful, long-term change for children and families. Each method can spark deep conversation and insight and set the stage for bold action. The three tools – the Systems Iceberg, Three Horizons and Now vs. Future – are briefly described below.
        The Systems Iceberg Tool

        The Systems Iceberg is a tool from the field of systems thinking that can help us stop and look at how a system is working beneath the surface so that we can understand what is happening at a deep level, before attempting to create change.
        The Three Horizons Tool

        The Three Horizons method uses the concept of time horizons to help us consider what is and is not working today, what the future might hold and what transitions and innovations might bridge the two.
        The Now vs. Future Tool

        The Now vs. Future tool can help us specify our vision for the future, diagnose our current reality, clarify the gaps between the two and identify ways forward.

        Well, I have gotten out of jury duty, but family matters are still a distraction from writing. Still in my plans though. Watched a webinar earlier in the week from FHAO that usefully informed me instead of a body of knowledge, in the 21st century we instead need to: Understanding history as human choices is powerful because it’s true and it also invites the next generation to be part of making history.”

        Which is precisely what that Futures Thinking toolkit also envisions, especially tool # 3 shown at this link.

        It’s also what Marx and the Soviets called Dialectical Materialism. Yes, the entire vision has now been documented thoroughly. Hopefully soon I can get back to writing. It’s amazing how much turned out to have been covered in CtD, including why I kept coming across Freeman Butts in the context of Competency focus in education. Direct ties to the Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy now, which was also laid out in that webinar I quoted from concerning the pivot in the purpose of history.

        • I am adding this from Capita’s mission statement because it makes it crystal clear that is all about the little/Humanist Marxism vision I have covered here at ISC in the past. No wonder it functions as DiaMat.

          We live in a time of accelerated and compound transformation. From a prevailing sense that the economy does not work for all, fears of an uninhabitable earth, and the rapid expansion of digital technology into everyday life, our institutions are struggling to maintain relevance, families are stressed, and fragmentation is accelerating. All of these transformations may imperil our children’s futures and present new opportunities to design a future in which all children flourish.

          We understand a life of flourishing to be that which allows individuals and communities to imagine and become what they wish to be with passion, purpose, and excellence…

          And then “Flourishing incorporates education, health, access to artistic and cultural assets, mental and spiritual well-being, and the ability to contribute meaningfully as a citizen and member of society.”

          What I bolded fits perfectly with Freeman Butts’ agenda for competency-based education and the purpose of the Roadmap per all the professional development webinars on it I have listened to.

          Took quotes from here Capita founded in 2018 and tied through funding to educational technology. It all makes perfect sense and is thus tied to CEDS and how learning standards work generally. Would also tie to IMS Global , which makes sense since it now goes by the name–1EDTECH.

          As I said above, it’s all coming together.

    • I do think it is interesting as is this

      Now just think about how well this fits with their CFSC–Communication for Social Change and using education (along with UNESCO) to examine students’ ‘anticipatory assumptions’ to get at altering the basis for future decisionmaking. “Good drone” is a terrible emphasis for 21st century ‘citizenry’. Hoping we get an all clear tomorrow and I can get back to writing and hang up my chauffeur’s cap for a while.

      Notice how so many of the listed participating universities have known connections to behavioral science in K-12.

      United States: Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Duke, Harvard and Harvard Medical School, MIT, New York University, Rutgers, St. Augustine University, Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Southern California, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, Vanderbilt, and Yale

      Not a coincidence, especially with NSF funding Round 2. If only all of us already had the intended receiver/ transducer neural net of ‘understandings’ intended for us by these same groups and institutions going back decades. It’s a useful time to have the one I have created with its ability to analyze by function, not rhetoric.

      Adding this as the 2022 Mercury Project teams have Angela Duckworth involved with how to push booster uptake. Taking time from all her K-12 work to get at Character and IPEN–International Positive Education Network among others. She has a tag..

      This “megastudy” will simultaneously test different tactics designed to increase Covid-19 booster uptake in the United States. Only half of eligible Americans have received their booster, indicating the need for tactics that can effectively encourage vaccination to counter misinformation, lack of motivation, and logistical barriers. The megastudy will be designed by an interdisciplinary team, which will develop about 10 interventions to encourage vaccination, and simultaneously evaluate their efficacy among at least 500,000 people. This megastudy aims to identify which tactics effectively increase vaccinations overall and which tactics work best for whom (e.g., based on age, gender, race, etc.), which could help address disparities in vaccination rates across different demographic groups. The insights gleaned from this megastudy can be incorporated into vaccine promotion campaigns to increase vaccinations at scale.

      From here

    • In case anyone else is about to have a rainout holiday weekend, let me link to this that kindly confirms explicitly what I had already intuited by function. A conceptual framework as the new definition of knowledge is a means of imposing theory as to what might be, instead of a focus on what is. As the subtitle acknowledges, “conceptual frameworks provided by theory are essential for addressing society’s most complex and urgent problems”.

      It also acknowledges that all these aspirations of transformation are grounded in imposing socio-ecological systems theory. Second time this week that Urie’s BEST (see tag) has come up. Earlier in the week a CASEL/ Fetzer Institute webinar on the new UNICEF publication on Core Capacities for Living and Learning–What Makes Me?” also stated in the webinar it was based on Bronfenbrenner. At least he was honest that this is not about the child as they are but what they can be molded psychologically to be.

      It’s all about creating “a foundation for integration across diverse disciplines and sectors of society” but grounded invisibly at the level of each person’s mind, heart, and soul. Notice the definition of soul in that publication. It’s not religious per se, but the connectedness among human. It reminded me of the Bradley Foundation-funded Hardwired to Connect we encountered in the past involving some of the same people who were so determined to mislead about the nature of the Common Core and competency frameworks. Not a coincidence to my mind, since everything seems to keep coming back to common aims.

      Some reading until I can get this all written up.

      Sad time as the last time I saw my husband alive was when I took him to airport on Labor Day last year.

  15. I accidentally cleared my history and I got logged out and couldn’t log back in. So after some tinkering hope this works again… anyhow hello everyone and I hope y’all are doing well

    • There you are and last week was the head cold crud circulating that definitely interferes with thinking, but hope to get something up this week. It’s essentially where all roads are leading to.

      Thanks for everyone’s patience.

      • You are not the Lone Ranger… a U.K. Telegraph landmark study reveals that pollution is adversely affecting all age groups. Of course they don’t mention chemtrails.
        If been taking about 10 grams of vitamin c per day ( 10 times 1000mg ). I think the key to fighting brain fog lies with supporting the gut brain axis. The gut contains more neurons than a dog’s brain. These neurons perform 1000 times more calculations than our conscious mind. Bacteria in the gut build nanotubes out of carbon which form communication links between the gut and the brain. If however these links are broken, by for example roundup, the result is brain fog.
        A good way to support the gut biome is with probiotics ( the antithesis of antibiotics). These include fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt and kefir. I am having good results with home made yogurt and kefir made from raw milk from a local dairy. I also recently started using topical magnesium. Simply spray it on the skin. It’s not expensive and I felt a dramatic difference.
        Hope you get well soon …!

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