Late last week, I was in a conversation with Sheryl Petty where she graciously encouraged me to look at just how much IDEA and my own thinking is impacted by other humans who have put their ideas and love into words.
In support of #blog4idec and today’s theme of “Human”, I thought I’d try to brainstorm off the cuff (no help from Google) the names of the people whose writing has profoundly shaped my thinking about what real education looks like at the most human level.
Feel free to add your own incredible humans in the comments box.
And yes, I am inviting several moments of, “how could I forget ________, and _____________, and __________ . . .”
Here’s my list of incredible humans:
Eugenia María de Hostos, Grace Lee Boggs, Paulo Freire, Martin Buber, bell hooks, Seth Godin, Ken Wilber, Greg Smith, Dr. Vincent Harding, George Dennison, Riane Eisler, Daniel Quinn, Krishnamurti, Rachel Kessler, Paul Goodman, Maria Montessori, Paul Hawken, Ron Miller, Thoreau, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Myles Horton, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Parker Palmer, Vaclav Ha’vel, Arundahti Roy, Theodore Sizer, Jonathan Kozol, John Goodlad, Deborah Meier, Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Ivan Illich, Kirsten Olson, John Holt, Susan Sontag, Margaret Atwood, Dalton Trumbo, Randy Shilts, Herman Hesse, Carlos Castaneda, Bruce Scott, Thomas Merton, Arnold Mindell, Jane Addams, Bill Ayers, Dr. Cornel West, Joanna Macy, Karen Armstrong, Wendell Berry, Bill McKibbon, Courtney Martin, Thich Naht Hanh, Barbara Kingsolver, Wangari Maathai, Terry Tempest Williams, Thom Hartmann . . .
While IDEC 2012 won’t bring all of these people together (though that would make for one interesting gathering) it will having some amazing folks present. I hope you are one of them.