Thoughts of two schools

One large:

and one small:

  • “… education at that time was based almost entirely on classroom learning, which made it difficult to learn about the natural world. It was important to us that children learn not only about but from nature.” says Satish Kumar, founder of The Small School in Devon. Reported in Resurgence article: Children’s Charter.

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9 Needs, radio and TV

Two weeks ago I was privileged to be at an amazing international event on the island of Gozo where I was fortunate to spend some time in workshops with Marshall Rosenberg, the developer of Nonviolent Communication. One of the things that Marshall said that stuck in my mind — and, you know, I’ve been studying NVC for about a year now — was that there were “about nine” basic human needs. I’ve seen various needs lists, including the one at, and none of them had given me such a compact view of needs. I imagined them laid out on a noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) board and made a note in my journal to find out what those nine high-level categories were.
Nine Needs

It seemed like a little, insignificant thing; I’ve been back a fortnight and only got round to it this morning because I’m feeling a little unwell and spent some time taking care of my own needs. But man, what a significant morning that one to-do list item has lead to!

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