Maya Angelou on freedom – fantastic 1973 conversation with Bill Moyers.

Maya Angelou on freedom – fantastic 1973 conversation with Bill Moyers.

Maya Angelou on freedom – fantastic 1973 conversation with Bill Moyers.

From Brain pickings – Maria Popova:

(…) After Moyers, a true celebrator of his guests, enumerates Angelou’s many accomplishments and accolades in a short biographical introduction, he smoothly glides into the uncomfortable but necessary, asking the author about the parallel struggles of being both black and female “in a society that doesn’t know who you are.” Her answer comes as a vital reminder that “identity is something that you are constantly earning … a process that you must be active in”:

Well, one works at it, certainly. Being free is as difficult and as perpetual — or rather fighting for one’s freedom, struggling towards being free, is like struggling to be a poet or a good Christian or a good jew or a good Moslem or a good Zen Buddhist. You work all day long and achieve some kind of level of success by nightfall, go to sleep and wake up in the next morning with the job still to be done. So you start all over again.”


Maya Angelou on The Black Side of the Tracks

In this “Moyers Moment” from the 1982 series Creativity, the esteemed poet Maya Angelou travels with Bill Moyers to her childhood town of Stamps, Arkansas, where she experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but was also fortified by the values of the traditional African-American family, community, and culture.


Maya Angelou, On the Pulse of Morning

Spoken at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, January 20, 1993 
A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Mark the mastodon.
The dinosaur, who left dry tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their of their hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.
But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,
Come, you may stand upon my
Back and face your distant destiny,
But seek no haven in my shadow.
I will give you no hiding place down here.
You, created only a little lower than
The angels, have crouched too long in
The bruising darkness,
Have lain too long
Face down in ignorance.
Your mouths spelling words
Armed for slaughter.
The rock cries out today, you may stand on me,
But do not hide your face.
Across the wall of the world,
A river sings a beautiful song,
Come rest here by my side.
Each of you a bordered country,
Delicate and strangely made proud,
Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.
Your armed struggles for profit
Have left collars of waste upon
My shore, currents of debris upon my breast.
Yet, today I call you to my riverside,
If you will study war no more.
Come, clad in peace and I will sing the songs
The Creator gave to me when I
And the tree and stone were one.
Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your brow
And when you yet knew you still knew nothing.
The river sings and sings on.
There is a true yearning to respond to
The singing river and the wise rock.
So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew,
The African and Native American, the Sioux,
The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek,
The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,
The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,
The privileged, the homeless, the teacher.
They hear. They all hear
The speaking of the tree.
Today, the first and last of every tree
Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the river.
Plant yourself beside me, here beside the river.
Each of you, descendant of some passed on
Traveller, has been paid for.
You, who gave me my first name,
You Pawnee, Apache and Seneca,
You Cherokee Nation, who rested with me,
Then forced on bloody feet,
Left me to the employment of other seekers–
Desperate for gain, starving for gold.
You, the Turk, the Swede, the German, the Scot…
You the Ashanti, the Yoruba, the Kru,
Bought, sold, stolen, arriving on a nightmare
Praying for a dream.
Here, root yourselves beside me.
I am the tree planted by the river,
Which will not be moved.
I, the rock, I the river, I the tree
I am yours–your passages have been paid.
Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.
History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced with courage,
Need not be lived again.
Lift up your eyes upon
The day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream.
Women, children, men,
Take it into the palms of your hands.
Mold it into the shape of your most
Private need. Sculpt it into
The image of your most public self.
Lift up your hearts.
Each new hour holds new chances
For new beginnings.
Do not be wedded forever
To fear, yoked eternally
To brutishness.
The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.
Here, on the pulse of this fine day
You may have the courage
To look up and out upon me,
The rock, the river, the tree, your country.
No less to Midas than the mendicant.
No less to you now than the mastodon then.
Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister’s eyes,
Into your brother’s face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope
Good morning.

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O cenário de ficção futura se torna realidade: o filme criado de um ponto de vista de ficção, em novembro de 2004, para ser uma peça de museu em 2014 (EPIC 2014 – “Museum of Media History” in the year of 2014) sobre o futuro da mídia, se torna uma realidade com o anúncio de que as rivais se aliaram: o Google irá vender publicidade para o Facebook.

artigo de Harold Jarche: Shifting responsibility by taking responsibility

Hetain Patel: Who am I? Think again


How do we decide who we are? Hetain Patel’s surprising performance plays with identity, language and accent — and challenges you to think deeper than surface appearances. A delightful meditation on self, with performer Yuyu Rau, and inspired by Bruce Lee.

In his compelling stage works, Hetain Patel uses powerful imagery and storytelling to examine questions of identity. Full bio »

Aprendizagem baseada em problemas


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Aprendizagem baseada em problemas (PBL- Problem based Learning)

Disciplina Resolução de Problemas – Curso da Escola de Artes Ciências e Humanidades (EACH) da USP – Prof. Ulisses Araújo, e UFSCar.

Ex Isto


“… usque consumatio doloris legendi” (leitura penosa até a consumação)
“Ex Ist” – The poet imagined a historical hypothesis: “And if René Descartes had come to Brazil with Maurício de Nassau?”

Um filme livremente inspirado na obra Catatau, de Paulo Leminski. O poeta imaginou uma hipótese histórica: “E se René Descartes tivesse vindo ao Brasil com Maurício de Nassau?”. Interpretado por João Miguel, o personagem envereda pelos trópicos, selvagem e contemporâneo, sob o efeito de ervas alucinógenas, investigando questões da geometria e da ótica diante de um mundo absolutamente estranho.

Ficha Técnica: Cao Guimarães, Minas Gerais, 86 min, 2010

Encontro Inesquecível: Paulo Freire e Seymour Paper (1990´s)


O Futuro da escola e o impacto dos novos meios de comunicação no modelo de escola atual. Um bate papo memorável entre dois ícones da pedagogia moderna.

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

Meu comentário:

Hi Wired and everyone,

That´s is a very good article, much more than that it´s a very big change in the world, a true paradigm shift:
From XX century: reading, writing, and arithmetic
To XXI century: teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.
Thank you very much.

Also I would like to add two more little items, because, I thing this still almost anglo saxon and western society reference knowledge “view” of world history:

1- An Unforgettable Encounter between Paulo Freire and Seymour Papert (1990´s)… (49:30)

2- The Wersten Sociesty is on ‘State of Denial’? Yes. I do thing so:
Celso Furtado and the West Society on ‘State of Denial’


“Reading the world precedes reding the word” (Paulo Freire)

sylvia gray

Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed and a whole lineage of critical
educators haunt this, but the theme of the article is about abandoning
education as worker prep for the Industrial Revolution and making better
workers for the Digital Age. The idea of educating for the workplace is hardly “radical.” The student-centered approach, however, encouraging the interrogation of the world, including how work is organized, economic systems, inequality, etc., is indeed “radical,” and deserved even a nod here.

The Birth of PKM- Personal Knowledge Management by Edgar Morin in 1999


La tête bien faite. Repenser la réforme, réformer la pensée (1999). Free translation to english: Head well done. Rethinking reform, reform of thought (study of complexity). To Português: A CABEÇA BEM-FEITA: Repensar a reforma –  Reformar o pensamento (2003).

I read the article ((via Pierre Levy re-scoop) and video from Harold Jarche (Sense-making for success), and that led me to a new awareness, it was a great insight, because it took me over 10 years ago, when I read the book by Edgar Morin (La tête bien faite. Repenser it réforme , reformer la pensée, 1999). and they said on the first page before summary:

This book is Intended to all, but It Could Particularly helping teachers and students. I would like that the latest, If They access this book, and if education is bored, discouraged, depressed or bother, you could use my chapters to take your own education.

It’s what I’ve been doing since then, but had not much awareness about it.
Now I can say, clearly, that post PKM- Personal Knowledge Management, led me to a new awareness and marketing personnel:

From XX century: reading, writing, arithmetic and storytelling
To XXI century: teamwork, problem-solving, interpersonal skills and narratives.

Sinopse of the book:

Il est préconisé ici de réformer la pensée pour réformer l’enseignement et de réformer l’enseignement pour réformer la pensée. Dans le sens de la réforme de la pensée, edgar morin propose les principes qui permettraient de suivre l’indication donnée par pascal: ” je tiens impossible de connaître les parties sans connaître le tout, non plus que de connaître le tout sans connaître particulièrement les parties. ” ces principes conduisent au-delà d’une connaissance fragmentée qui, rendant invisibles les interactions entre un tout et ses parties, brise le complexe et occulte les problèmes essentiels ; ils conduisent également au-delà d’une connaissance qui, ne voyant que des globalités, perd le contact avec le particulier, le singulier et le concret. Ils conduisent à remédier à la funeste désunion entre la pensée scientifique, qui dissocie les connaissances et ne réfléchit pas sur le destin humain, et la pensée humaniste, qui ignore les acquis des sciences pouvant nourrir ses interrogations sur le monde et sur la vie. d’où la nécessité d’une réforme de pensée, qui concerne notre aptitude à organiser la connaissance et permettrait la liaison des deux cultures divorcées. Dès lors pourraient réapparaître les grandes finalités de l’enseignement qui devraient être inséparables : susciter une tête bien faite plutôt que bien pleine, enseigner la condition humaine, initier à vivre, affronter l’incertitude, apprendre à devenir citoyen.
La Tete Bien Faite ; Penser La Reforme de Edgar Morin


Book online in português: