Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary
“I believe that reading, in its original essence, is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.” –Marcel Proust
This week’s photo challenge is “Solitary”. If you already spend time alone, you may know some of the benefits: relaxation, heightened self-awareness, focus and concentration, increased self-reliance and self-confidence, freedom, spirituality, creative thinking, problem solving skill building, and other benefits. Here are a few articles on the topic of solitude:
The Surprising Benefits of Solitude, by Andrew McAfee
This article (above) in particular was interesting to me relative to the subject of brainstorming sessions, focus groups and group interviews.
The Lost Art of Solitude, by Leo Babauta
The Power of Lonely, By Leon Neyfakh
A woman taking time to enjoy a park setting in solitude
The same woman but a different photographic perspective of solitude
One Great Idea Made Reality
I just learned about Khan Academy, a non-profit organization on a mission. Their goal is to change education for the better. How are they doing this? By providing world-class education to anyone anywhere for free.
You can be a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or someone who just loves to learn. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to all completely free of charge.
Can you learn things related to real estate and home ownership? Yes! Check out the Credit Crisis section that discusses the Housing Conundrum, the Housing Price Conundrum and more. See the Finance section for information about Renting vs. Buying a home and home equity loans.
Back to the fact that this is education for anyone anywhere. Students can make use of the extensive video library, practice exercises, and assessments from any computer with access to the web. Coaches, parents, and teachers have unprecedented visibility into what their students are learning and doing on the Khan Academy site.
Unemployed? Looking to make a job change? Returning to work after an absence? Check out the Brain Teasers section which is reported to be useful for many job interviews.
This is just a small sampling of what you’ll find at Khan Academy. There is currently over 2100 educational videos available. Viewership stands at about 24,000,000. See why Bill Gates is a fan and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is helping to support this endeavor. Visit the Kahn Academy website (link below) to find out more about how these lessons are inspiring children (and adults) to learn!