Category Archives: Global Learn Day

More description about Global Learn Day, a 24 hour/24 time zone event featuring the best and brightest in education and technology — worldwide.

Global Learn Day 2017

On behalf of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Global Education and our Partners, Crew, Sponsors and Volunteers, welcome  to the official website of Global Learn Day! Global Learn Day is an opportunity to celebrate learning, in every format, across the world. It is an opportunity for us to embrace each other as “One Planet, One People” and learn from what we each have to offer.

Join us again this year as we celebrate learning, gaining new knowledge and recognize explosion and distribution of knowledge via the Internet.

Queen Mary -Unlimited Intellectual Firepower

One of the great symbols of American military firepower are her aircraft carriers and the fleet that directly supports each of the ten Carriers now in service.One of the great Maritime Museums in the world is the San Diego Maritime Museum, 70 miles south of Long Beach (where the Queen Mary has been permanently berthed since 1969).

Oddly, both have a great deal in common. (And a great deal that separates them as well.   Read the rest of this entry

Real Life Lesson about Mind Sets

As a young man, in 1968, the trading company I worked for  “parachuted” me into Seoul, Korea. With over 100 years of trading experience and offices all over the Far East, it was time, they said, to “open up” in Seoul.   The instructions were simple – ‘John, you have about six months to pay for yourself and those you hire; do what you wish, but pick your opportunities very carefully.”
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Queen Mary History

The RMS Queen Mary celebrated her eightieth birthday late in 2014. She’s a remarkable vessel with over 1,000 Atlantic Crossings with passengers that included Kings and Queens, Prime Ministers and Presidents, tycoons, engineers, scientists, attorneys, artists, dreamers and schemers — and the dreadfully poor (loaded with hope for a better life in America).

The Queen weights in at 82,000 tons and is bigger than the Titanic. In 1969 she was “decommissioned” and sold to the City of Long Beach.  To learn more about the Queen, please visit her website

Isaacson on Collaboration

Walter Isaacson has a great deal to say about the genius of collaboration. Brilliantly expressed in his brand new book, The Innovators.

As Founder of the Aspen Institute and its Society of Fellows and Aspen Idea Festival, Walt looms large in our target sights.  More later.

Thought Leaders – Cerf, Sir John, Isaacson

A confluence of events and opportunities has caused me to return to recordings made during Global Learn Day Voyage Ten, October 2004 – to include this one with Sir John Daniel, Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, Blaine Berger and Hibbs.

Click the link below (audio recording only)

Audio recording Berger, Cerf, Daniels

Let us now fast-forward to a video of Vint Cerf, (Google Evangelist) Walter Isaacson and Dr Bob Kahn.

Then let us ask ourselves the this question:

Where is there — is there? – a “Headquarters” where these kinds of thought leaders can comfortably, affordably gather? Where both the ordinary folks and the extraordinary are likely to be?

Where the ideas and arguments advanced by Walter Isaacson in his brand new book The Innovators  could be put on high display? A  very compelling showcase – and stage  –  proving that physical collaboration is the single most powerful ingredient to speed up innovation, invention, disruption.

I believe there is such a place. Ready and waiting for Sir John, Vint and Walt to come there and tell us more on how they could help spearhead this Next Big Thing.


GLD Presenters — Be Assured!

Presenters to Global Learn Day 2013 should be assured that The “tips” mentioned in “The Social Etiquette of Conferences” will be closely followed by the organizers to our October 12-14 Voyage. Thank you Vocus Marketing. (And thank you JimMorrison for the tip!)

Facebook, Amazon, Google – Missing the boat?

Leave it to Vanity Fair’s brilliant editor Graydon Carter to synthesize the sea change in marketing now underway. Read the rest of this entry

GLD – A Giving Machine

With all of the gazillion webinars, on-line and physical events all around the world, what makes Global Learn Day special? Here’s the short answer.

Part of it is, of course, the unique idea of a 24 hour 24 time zone undertaking where presenters, crew and audience are gathered on an imaginary 19th Century Clipper, the Franklin. On a Voyage that crosses all five Oceans of the world, And nobody has to go farther than their Smart Phone or their Desktop.

We know of no other 24 hour event which opens “where the planet begins the new day“, and closes on some speck in the far reaches of the Western Pacific. With real time physical participation from the South Pole to Outer Space. (And just about everywhere in between. Yes we did this by ham radio  from both Poles and with the Russians aboard their Soyuz.)

We also don’t know of anyone else that works as hard as we do to “partner” with English speaking radio stations around the globe. What good is it to have jaw-dropping conversations about the great issues of our time if only a relative few ever hear what was said?  Read the rest of this entry

Round About The Earth by Joyce Chaplin

If you have ever been crew, passenger or presenter on any Global Learn Day Voyage, there would be little surprise if the conversation turned to Harvard’s Joyce Chaplin and her brand new book Round About the Earth – Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit.

In fact, Ms. Chaplin would have already been most welcome by way of her earlier work – The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius. Read the rest of this entry