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Why THINK Global School?
A need or problem encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem. This was acknowledged by Plato in The Republic and has driven much creative invention in the area of education.
This very formal introduction (and, we promise, the first and last bit of formality on this blog. Ever.) aside, we wish that the world didn’t need schools such as TGS. We wish that our world was more like a 1970s Coke commercial and that as the camera faded, black, we were dancing and singing. A paradigm of harmony.
But that’s not our world.
In the past seven years I’ve travelled 1,500,000 miles and in the process have built business and personal relationships that have not only transcended those miles but have taken exploration, discovery and understanding as their foundation. I’ve spoken with people in Sichuan Province, China, who have the same basic concerns as people in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I’ve been remarkably lucky to lead a truly international life, one where I don’t consider any particular country or place to be “home,” but am instead as comfortable in Oslo as I am in Miami as I am in London.
To borrow from the words of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, people ARE the same wherever you go. We all want security, we all want a sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves. Politics, ideologies, avarice, jingoism, and other complicated words all serve as barriers to understanding. To peace. To the elusive harmony of the Coke commercials.
Hence, THINK Global School.
A high school that will bring kids and teachers together from all over the world to study in three international cities each year. We’ll travel. And play. And eat really amazing food. And learn uber-cool languages and even be able to order shrimp in Swedish (it’s räka, by the way). And when our kids graduate and go to university they’ll GET the world. They’ll understand people and places and issues and they’ll have cool stories to tell about when the moose ran across the highway and we ate tapas in Madrid at midnight and learned the words in Mandarin to “One Night in Beijing” at the teen-friendly karaoke place with the huge ice-cream sundaes. Yep – been there. Crispy-good chocolate sprinkles.
My name is Aron Solomon and it’s my honour and privilege to serve as the CEO and Head of School of THINK Global School.
Contact me anytime at asolomonATthinkglobalschool.com (lose the “AT” and put in the @ symbol…trying to cut down on spam – not the tasty luncheon meat so coveted in Hawaii, just the bad email). My iPhone is crazy-glued to my hand.
We’re doing this thing very open-source.
Want to see where I am heading? Okay. http://www.dopplr.com/traveller/aronsolomon
Want to know more about what I’m up to? Okay. http://twitter.com/aronsolomon
Want to do something of your own to change the world? Awesome. I’d be really happy to share resources and point you in the right direction. I like coffee. I’m buying 🙂
Wherever you are on this huge but very small planet, I hope you’re having a great week.