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Sudbury Valley as the 21st century coffeehouse …

These recent articles make me think of Sudbury Valley School and I apologize if this has been written about before, but…

How Coffee[houses] Caused the Enlightenment — Steven Johnson
http://owenstrachan.com/2012/02/15/how-coffee-caused-the-enlightenment/

Social Networking in the 1600s
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/opinion/sunday/social-networking-in-the-1600s.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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See also:
1. article: “Engineering Serendipity”
e.g. Yahoo wanting employees to work at the office so they can mingle around the watercooler
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/opinion/sunday/engineering-serendipity.html?_r=0

2. article: GROUPTHINK The brainstorming myth. BY JONAH LEHRER
“Building 20 [at MIT] … ranks as one of the most creative environments of all time, a space with an almost uncanny ability to extract the best from people. Among M.I.T. people, it was referred to as “the magical incubator.””
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/01/30/120130fa_fact_lehrer?currentPage=all
(See also the design of private offices and huge lunch tables at offices like Fog Creek Software)

3. The discussion of three levels of learning/interest: “curious probing” vs “entertainment style” vs “unstoppable mastery learning” from “Do People Learn from Courses?” in the book: The Sudbury Valley School Experience, pages 90-99

Chapter: “The loneliness of the Information-Age Learner” from book: “Reflections on the Sudbury School Concept” especially pages 221-225
–information-age exposure enabling ever-widening possibilities for discussions
–interests being pursued on 2 levels: “local” level (at school) and “world-class expertise” where students with a passion need to begin to connect with other experts in their narrow area of interest (as any one does…)

4. The discussion of the breakdown of communities where children can interact freely, with the benefit of the presence of capable adults — roughly around page 133 in the book “Reflection on the Sudbury School Concept” (1999)

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