EP160: Gordy Bal and Phillip Moore on Xploration Centre and How To Disrupt The Education System
I met today’s guests at a conference in January and practically tackled them during the next break to get them on the podcast to talk about a topic that is fascinating, necessary, and not something we’ve discussed in depth on the show before – disrupting the education system. Gordy Bal and Philip Moore (who was mentored by Buckminster Fuller!!!), are collaborating to create Xploration Centre, a “wild school” that promotes loved based education. Now before you go rolling your eyes, listen to the show. They share how the current education is setting up children to be ill equipped to exist and thrive in a world where technology is developing at a more rapid pace than any other time in history. Phil schools us on “neoteny” and what that has to do with quality education and development for humans, to be unique, to help them learn and live in questions rather than trying to adhere to curriculums, exactness, and systems that are very exclusive to learning and personality styles. We talk about synergy, what it means to be a global citizen, and more. I don’t know that I’ve ever been more excited about an interview. Enjoy!
About Gordy Bal and Phillip Moore:
Gordy Bal – Alchemist and Visionary
The Xploration Centre is what Gordy has been dreaming of for his own three sons. An education model that connects our children back to nature and prepares them for Xponential times. An education model that embraces entrepreneurial learning and sustainability in a natural environment. A space where young minds can discover their purpose and passion through Xploration and share their superpowers with the world to make it a better place.
Phillip Moore – Synergistic Guide and Educational Innovator
Mentored by Buckminster Fuller, Phillip began teaching at Upland Hills Farm School in 1971. He was asked to become the director of the school in February of 1972 and served until June of 2013. During this 40-year period, Phil developed teams on the staff and board level to grow a learning community.
In this episode, Gordy and Phil share:
1. What it means to be a global citizen
2. What is “eros” and what does it have to do with modern education?
3. Culturing our youth through synergy and consciousness
4. Getting away from trying to “control” children through behavior modification and recognizing all we can stand to learn from them as adults
What You’ll Hear:
5:45 The integration of technology and nature + setting up children for a better future
21:30 On having a wild mom
26:30 The vision of Xploration Centre
31:00 Ways to cultivate spirit in children now in spite of your current circumstances + global citizenship
37:21 On leaning into and living the questions
50:22 How the traditional school system is taming children
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