Hi.We are Hazel and Iñaki.
We are parents and educators.
We are privileged to have 5 wonderful kids who are attending good schools in
the U.S. And through our jobs in executive education we witness the
transformative impact of learning in professionals who want to remain
relevant in an increasingly competitive talent market.
And the more we think about learning, education, teachers, parents and
schools; the more we realize that under the current Education system, we are
trading important human attributes like creativity and uniqueness, in favor
of standardization and averages.
We want to do something meaningful to help change this, but before we do...
Source: The Big Picture: Education Is Everyone's Business
BUT THE WAY KIDS ARE EDUCATED HAS NOT!
For a century or more, reformers have been
fiddling with how to improve on a paradigm
of schooling derived from another age and
intended for a very different purpose.
OUR QUESTION IS
How can we improve the way kids learn today?
We’ll travel the world for one year to learn from:
kids schools parents teachers government
THINK ABOUT THIS...
How can we improve the way kids learn today?
In 2016 we know that:
...every person learns differently, at different paces.
...the brain develops its most powerful learning connections between ages 1-5.
...teaching is an important profession that requires specialization.
...technology is to today’s kids what electricity was to their parents.
...the definition of a ‘success” student needs to be redefined.
...kids never stop learning, but kids stop caring about learning earlier.
...learning involves a community of parents, teachers and students.
...schooling is more expensive than ever, but learning has never been more accessible.
...our kids are global citizens already, but our schooling is very local.
THE CHALLENGES WE FACE
- Are we preparing our kids for
the full range of future opps?
- What skills will they need
when they get there?
- Can we write the manual
for parents on educating our kids?PARENTS
- Are they motivated and
engaged to follow the current
path to "graduation"?
- Are these paths even
aligned with future professional
- Are they engaged in a
meaningful relationship with their
- Do we understand what makes
a good teacher in 2017?
- Are people inspired to teach?
- Can teachers be mentors too?
And should they involved
patents in the learning process?
- How do teachers evaluate growth?
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED...
Get to know us
Learn about the tools/methods we will use
to uncover insights and answers
Explore how we will document our learnings
Look at our flexible travel plan
Find out how you can be a part of it
GET TO KNOW US
50 yo Julia
photo cred: @christerhedberg
GET TO KNOW US
Iñaki Escudero (Daddy).
Cultivating curiosity for 50
years, he explores the “whys”
beyond the bounds of rational
thought. Father of five, runner
and Lego builder. Global Speaker
and Facilitator. Curator of
awesome content via The One
Thing. Founder of The Mutant
Gene. Reading 1 book a week for
the last 7 years. Born in Spain,
made in NYC. Fluent in Spanish
and English, currently
Hazel Swayne (Mami).Devoted to finding solutions tointeresting challenges. Especiallyin the space of learning anddevelopment. Dancer and techy;Hazel is the Director of TailoredSolutions for Hyper Island. Hermission in life is to helpeveryone learn what they need toreach their fullest potential. Momto 5 kids between the ages of 5and 12, you can call her“Juggler.” Born in Peru, made inBrooklyn, NY.Fluent in Spanish,English, and Portuguese currentlylearning code.
Julia Leturia (Ñaña).
Elementary English Teacher gone
Reiki Master and Holistic
Healer, dedicated to spreading
the benefits of gratitude and
self-awareness via social
channels. Julia is driven by her
grandchildren’s creativity and
determination. She hopes to
uncover a way to improve society
through the power of learning.
Peruvian born and raise.Fluent
in Spanish and English.
AND WHY WE ARE DOING THIS
Alani. A self-taught (via
youtube) gymnast, who loves
challenges and exploring new
things. Creator of super fun
content. Living with a life-
threatening condition which makes
her driven and determined to
always conquer even the
impossible. From Brooklyn, NY.
Fluent in Spanish and English,
currently learning Portuguese.
Probably the most curious ofthe bunch, always wondering“what if?.” Excited about thelittle details of life,minecraft addict and Instagram’s newbie. Her passion to learnin new ways is contagious. FromBrooklyn, NY. Fluent in Spanishand English, currentlyperfecting Spanish.
Wise beyond his years, a born
soccer-star who loves every
single sport and video-games
equally. He has his mom’s
dancing gene and can’t stay
still when music plays. From
Brooklyn, NY. Fluent in
Spanish and English,
currently learning Greek.
Human Centered Design, IDEO Method.
See video here. Ethnographic Research.
The systematic study of people and
cultures. It is designed to explore
cultural phenomena where the researcher
observes society from the point of view
of the subject of the study. An
ethnography is a means to represent
graphically and in writing the culture
of a group. Read more here.
JOBS TO BE DONE. This framework is a tool
for evaluating the circumstances that
arise in people’s lives. They rarely make
buying decisions around what the “average”
person in their category may do—but they
often buy/subscribe to things because they
find themselves with a problem they would
like to solve. With an understanding of
the “job” for which people find themselves
“hiring” a product or service, companies
can more accurately develop
products/solutions well-tailored to what
customers are already trying to do.
Read more about this tool.
Kids experiencing schools
Learning Reflections on
Experiences on Facebook.
OUR DOCUMENTATION TOOLS
A place to document
and learnings as we connect
with people around the world
to help us answer questions.
Blueprint for Learning.
A practical guide of how to
bring parents, educators and
learners to fulfill to
tailor solutions to a new
OUR (flexible) TRAVEL PLAN
2 months hub
HOW YOU CAN HELP US.
PROMOTE US. Help promote
and share the project and
its needs.Share it with
influencers and media
to help us multiply
CONNECT US. We will need to
meet new people in every hub
and city we visit. We will
rely on our network’s network
to reach those to interview
and learn from. If you know
someone we should interview
or meet, please email us and
We are looking for mind-like
companies and people willing
to invest on an unfinished
product because they believe
the current system of
education needs to improve.
Mainly to support travel and
equipment. See next slide.
HOOK US UP. We need talented
people who can help us with the
development of our podcast and
PROJECT: Travel and accommodations.
We need to interview educators, visit schools, talk to
parents and kids across 5 continents. There are more than
30 countries to explore and over 50 cities to visit.
TOOLS: Equipment, gear and tech.
To be able to develop content and a useful blueprint we
will invest in technology like laptops, tablets, cameras
and recording electronics. Also, we will invest in
traveling gear such as backpacks, suitcases and
OUTPUT: Podcast and Blueprint.
As we conduct our research we will share our learnings
with the world via a weekly podcast. At the end of the
year-long project we will make a blueprint accessible to
everyone at no cost.
If you would like to support our life-changing project, please email us or go to our GoFundMe campaign.
BE PART OF OUR JOURNEY
With your help we will be able to develop our weekly
podcast and an online blueprint for learning which will be
accessible to everyone around the world for free.
By supporting our project, you will be helping kids around
the globe learn the skills they need to thrive in a
completely new era. Also, you will become an essential part
of our project, and each of your names will be showcased on
our weekly podcast and on our final online blueprint for
We are sure that out of all the interviews and conversations we
will have with teachers, parents and children, and from all the
visits to innovative schools and to areas less fortunate, we
will have a clear answer to the question keeping us up at night:
Can we improve the way our kids learn, so they can become the
best version of themselves, and help build a better and
compassionate world in the future?
We will give access to these findings, in the form of a
blueprint, to parents, teachers and those working to improve
education. Our plan is not to do the change ourselves, but to
empower those who can multiply and scale its impact.
We are looking forward to August 2017!
I find it difficult to complacently accept the “what”;
I want to hunt for the “whys” and dissect the “hows”.
In essence, I subsist on discovery.
Quote from: Brittany Stinson's College Submission Letter
photo cred: @skyfreysscole
THE LEANING GYPSIES MOTO