Chapter 9

Skill: Attraction

Magnetic Fields

Fortune favors the bold.

—Latin Proverb

What would it look like if an organization were designed from the ground up with all the principles of planned serendipity in mind? So far, we've discussed each skill on its own. But how do they fit together into a single, coherent experience?

For that answer, we can look to an experimental school based in San Francisco called Brightworks. The school is based on the premise that kids are not empty vessels to be filled up with learning by enlightened teachers, the default assumption of modern schooling, but rather that they are born voracious, self-directed learners who only need supportive environments, mentors, and light structure in order to become accomplished ...

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