Voyage Ingredients of High Power and High Impact

For nearly twenty years I have been pounding the same drum.

  • That ignorance is the greatest enemy of those seeking a safer, saner planet.
  • That access to affordable, quality education is, by far, the greatest antidote to ignorance.
  • That increasing access to education is best done by events with high-octane speakers with inter-active presentations that are globally broadcast/webcast in ways that reach audiences in the millions.
  • That the Web makes all things possible — IF you use all the tools at hand.

Lately, I have been advocating that by brilliantly weaving the three great issues of our time – Increasing Access to Education (with a heavy focus on Massive Open Online Learning); Climate Change (with a focus on Healthy Oceans); Gender Equality (with a focus on violence against women and  spectacularly involved with VDay and  One Billion Rising Presentations that are washed, waxed and polished then   weaved, layered and flavored together  like the Hippocratic Twins who laugh and cry together.What now follows are all the puzzle pieces necessary to achieve the above. Readers to this post are easily smart enough to nicely connect all the dots.  Particularly the ones who have been holding large online events with “education” as the cornerstones:

About Climate Change — I liked this TED video

About the fires in Australia –  NY TIMES`January 2013

About The Hottest Year in American History NY Times January 2013

About “massive classes“- from world-class universities, offered free world wide. Come One; Come All  and A Series from the NY Times January 2013

About a rich gold mine of ‘distance education’ Movers and Shakers we should invite to the events.

Emotion Drives the Logic Train” About adding “emotion” — and sponsors. Digital Globes Offer a Dynamic Vision

What that takes is Global Imagination, of a kind that is offered from people as found here.


In a perfect world, with the help from Global Imagination Partners
why not an imaginary cruise ship to take us around the world? One that visits these Ports of Call. One with a jaw-dropping Curtain Raiser, in Auckland, “where the planet begins the New Day”. And closes, 24 hours later in Hawaii. Not an “ordinary event” – but something “magical”.


Don’t miss the audio and visuals that underpin the Global Learn Day Voyages. Very good stuff I promise.

About re-visiting The Socrates Academy – “Awards that will do for education what the Oscars have done for cinema.”


Here is the ‘secret sauce’. The 46,700 Community Radio Stations Broadcasting in English around the world.
With help from the 4,000 members of the the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters

Some combination of Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and Smart Phone Donations – The tool box is crammed with good stuff. The hard part is finding the right mix of “mechanics” who can make it all run smoothly.

How better to reach millions? How better to reach those who can make a difference? Youtube source
REMINDER: WORLD RADIO DAY 2013 February 15, 2013

About the use of Plain Old Telephones  –and Very Smart Phones as well

About what it takes to cause a Movement, Read this story in NY Times January 7, (about Slavery+. Then YOU connect the dots.

Additional reading – that should help with putting all these pieces together

The Market and Mother Nature – NY Times, Tom Friedman, Jan 7, 2013

The Second Superpower Raises its Beautiful Head by Dr. James Moore, Harvard University

About Vance Stevens, Tribe Leader to Webheads – Dynamite English Language teachers around the world. “Inside their classrooms are the Leaders of Tomorrow. Inside their classrooms are those who can reach  Leaders inside their community.”

About Sir John Daniel and Sir Ken Robinson – Knights of High Honour – with swords, horses and the kind of leadership mantle it takes to slay the Ignorance Dragons. (Learn more about MOOCs and what Sir John has to say here. )

More?  Please contact me – skipper AT bfranklin DOT edu

About oregonhibbs

I'm passionate about improving access to education, worldwide, sailing, Duck football (I live in the shadow of the University of Oregon in Eugene) and connecting with people with ideas and work that "can change the world". With this in mind, I am the "Skipper" for Global Learn Day, which you can find out more about at OREGONHIBBS.COM ; Write to

Posted on January 9, 2013, in MOOC's Global Ed Conference. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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