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Rural Appalachia seminar visiting faculty member, week of April 22

Jonathan Robinson, M.A., will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar about New Dreams:  the stories, leadership, and business models for re-imagining and re-making communities during the week of April 22.

Jonathan Robinson is an entrepreneur, writer, and anthropologist. He is founder of The Hub, the global network of physical places for people developing imaginative ‘world-changing’ ideas. The Hub has borrowed from the best of a members club, a business incubator, an innovation agency and a think-tank to create a very different kind of institution. Hubs can be found in 35 cities around the world, in places as diverse as London, Amsterdam, Johannesburg, San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Mumbai. 

Jonathan has taken on the Royal Festival Hall to host a weekend millennium festival of music and debate, helped Leeds City Council raise £15 million to start community hubs, joined an aid mission to Bosnia during the war, made a budget-film in West Africa, interviewed the Dalai Lama for Amnesty International, and worked to create knowledge flows between UNICEF’s network of practitioners in the world’s conflict zones.

He co-authored, with Carmel McConnell, the 2003 book Careers Un-ltd:  tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?  (Harlow, England: Momentum)  WorldCat.org notes,  “You are not boring, you don’t want to be bored, you’re not ltd, so why choose a ltd career … ?”

Jonathan has launched ventures with the UK Cabinet Office, UNICEF, the Prince of Afghanistan, Tate Modern and The Guardian Media Group. Jonathan thrives on collaborators with a multi-disciplinary team of architects, scientists, investors, filmmakers, technologists and activists.

Robinson will give a public presentation, A Time for New Dreams at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 in Gailor Auditorium.  It will include the stories, leadership, and business models of frontline innovation re-imagining and re-making communities from Soweto to San Francisco, Kyoto to Kabul.

Psychology 430: Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia is a new Spring 2013 course being taught collaboratively by Sewanee- and Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. It is the latest development in a growing partnership between Sewanee and the Yale Child Study Center, Yale Medical School. Among the Center faculty is Linda Mayes, M.D. … Sewanee alumna … Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine … and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology at Sewanee.

For many years, Dr. Mayes has offered summer internships to Sewanee students. More recently, she initiated the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program that affords Sewanee students the opportunity to spend a semester plus a summer at the Yale Child Study Center. This new course venture will offer students the combined expertise and energy of Sewanee faculty and visiting Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. In addition to leading one or more course sessions, most of the visiting faculty and guest speakers will give a more public presentation open to the general community and have the opportunity to interact with various members of the Sewanee faculty and the broader community during their time in Sewanee. Thus, the course will also help to foster community-based collaborations among Sewanee and Yale faculty, University students, and local community organizations and partners.