Dave Eggers won the TED prize. This particular prize comes with a wish, making it probably the coolest thing you could ever win. And I can’t think of anyone more deserving — his wish demonstrates exactly why:
I wish that you — you personally and every creative individual and organization you know — will find a way to directly engage with a public school in your area and that you’ll then tell the story of how you got involved, so that within a year we have 1,000 examples of innovative public-private partnerships.
The video of his talk hasn’t been released yet (as far as I can tell), and there are conflicting accounts of the final phrase of the wish. The official web site has it as quoted here: “1,000 examples of innovative public-private partnerships.” But the Tech Chronicles reported it as “1,000 examples of transformative change.”
In a way, I like this second version better. Why? Because that transformative change isn’t unidirectional. If you are not involved with schools right now, I guarantee that directly engaging with one will transform your understanding of the problems and challenges we face in education. I see this as an amazing invitation and opportunity for our public educational institutions to be much more deeply connected to the communities — beyond parents of students, beyond friends of teachers, beyond the school board and voting on funding initiatives. This is real, and it’s personal, and Dave Eggers asked you to do it.
So, in terms of fulfilling that wish, there are 18 of 1,000 stories so far… let’s get on it!