Kids have connections down. Many of us just don’t see it as legit. Many of them don’t see it as legit. Connections are legit. How kids connect and collaborate is huge to social change.
Adults still hold the keys to dreaming. Whether it’s a pause, a look, a refocus,.. we communicate an assumed agenda.
Perhaps, what we need to do is give kids more space, legit space, to do their thing. Their thing is pretty amazing, if it’s their thing. We can’t give them space, tell them we want them to do their thing, and then tell them how that should look. We won’t be blown away by their brilliance if we continue to manage it.
If we would all give ourselves permission to notice more, we wouldn’t be able to not do more. We’re doing less because we’re hung up on what’s an allowable dream.
We need to focus on finding/creating/supporting free spaces for our YOUth. This could be a joint venture, like no other. This is a huge multi-player game. Too important to not take all of us.
*YOUth – you to whatever degree you decide.
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Kids are connecting.
Maybe if we gave them more legit spaces to connect.. started believing, and helping them believe, that what they do matters… and can make a difference…. well .. maybe that would be enough.
Maybe creating/finding more spaces of permission for them to be is our first focus. It seems it would provide a glue of sorts, a foundation.. as they connect more.. and as they did things that mattered more. Something that would feed an exponentially growing drive.
Had already written this post, and now in just finishing Mark Pesce’s great read The Playful World, seems fitting to add his words here:
Their language and customs may be strange to us – but not because they are bad or immoral; they simply reflect a deeper understanding of the world we have created for them.
For we have given birth to our teachers.
Our children will know how to make sense of the playful world, and important lesson they will be happy to share with us, if we are willing.
We could allow tech to send us to the sidelines; if we let that happen, our generation will bear the responsibility for all of the horrors of a world massively transformed by pervasive reactive intelligence, widespread nanotechnology, and ubiquitous presence, because we chose to be rigid when we needed to be open-minded. If we decide instead to listen to the young and learn their lessons, we may find that our children, who have grown up surrounded by the magical toys we have given them, are making for themselves a world of play.
And his visions here – of redefining space.