PIVOT (to be released in 2020)
When I began thinking about this book, the world was relatively calm with strong economies and no major conflicts. With technology rapidly evolving and impacting the future of jobs, the education industry was deeply engaged in debates about how to best prepare students for an unpredictable future. As a futurist and keynote speaker who has delivered speeches to thousands of education leaders at conferences including International Baccalaureate Global Conference and AASA’s National Conference on Education, answering this question has been a cornerstone of my message. Creating cultural competence and equity in education, and implementing technology and personalized learning are common themes.
Then, the unthinkable happened. The Coronavirus Disease of 2019-2020 (COVID-19) shattered global economies, flipped education upside-down, and caused all of humanity in unison to make the most significant pivot in a lifetime. The absence of traditional schooling for at least one semester was probably the greatest disruption for most families. 90% of the world’s students found schools closed or were sent home from colleges and universities without their belongings.
Educators went into a panic attempting to bridge a gap that turned into a chasm. School systems everywhere involuntarily accelerated the adaptation to online learning with varying degrees of success. While digital learning has been increasing in classrooms, it quickly became apparent how much disparity it creates without structure and guaranteed access to computers and high-speed Internet.
Just as the world began to find its rhythm, racial tension erupted following the killing of a black man by white police officers in Minneapolis Minnesota USA. Protests over inequality transcended borders like the coronavirus, and much of the world pivoted its focus from a health crisis to social justice.
The time had come for me to complete this book which is for all educators including parents, teachers, school administrators, and students. I believe that education is the solution to all the world's problems, but to educate the “whole child” and create “lifelong learners,” it must begin as a partnership between parents and teachers and pivot into one between students and mentors. While it need not always be an active collaboration, each must take ownership of his or her role because education is much more than just going to school.
My own pivots from a family of politicians and bankers to the guitarist of a world-famous band to a “flying musician” in the aviation industry to a cultural diplomat for the US Department of State to an arts and education advocate as a keynote speaker has been a journey of lifelong learning. In dissecting my own self-directed education which was a balance of traditional schooling and real-world experiences, these stories provide examples of how ownership of one’s education creates a lifelong learner, and how lifelong learners create the future we need.
My goal has always been to push the education industry to pivot toward a hybrid of traditional and real-world schooling. While I believe that change can be daunting and lead to procrastination, if one instead makes a pivot—a shift in direction while maintaining the fundamental principles or purpose on which one operates—the distance between thought and action is reduced considerably. Whether it is an individual or an entire industry, the ability to pivot is the difference between staying relevant and becoming redundant.
Dancin’ with Hanson (Simon & Schuster)
Ravi, the guitarist for Hanson during their 1997 tour, recounts his experiences with the Hanson brothers and family as they travel together, rehearse and perform, and meet famous people. Highlights include Madison Square Garden with Aerosmith, Stadiums with U2, mishaps with Jacob Dylan, Saturday Night Live/President Clinton's Christmas Party debacle, and more.
Articles in Trade & Consumer Publications
Music and Sound Retailer: "Ravi On Record" - read
- Mixed Emotions
- Rose Colored Glasses
- Taming of the Shrewd
- MI Sommelier
- The Hang
- Customer Service Makeover
- My Bottom Line
- An Industry in Harmony
- Guitars Galore
- An Army of Souls
- Tis the Season to be Jolly
- Taking it to the Streets
- Endorse This
- Pleasantly Surprised
- Musical Lifestyles
- Objects of Desire
- Act 2
- Act 1
- Lasting Impressions
- Teaching Values
- What's My Line
- Home for the Holidays
- After School Employees
- Indy Industry
- Happy Anniversary
- Putting your business on the MAP
- Paving Your Information Superhighway
- Come Together, Right Now
- Old MacDonald
- Let's Get Clinical
- Listen Up!
- Sex Sells
- A Little Romance
- School of Thought
- Dream Makers
Music and Sound Retailer: Features
- Music Lesson Roundtable (cover story)
- Customer Roundtable (cover story)
- Will Lee (artist profile)
- Keb Mo (artist profile)
- Muriel Anderson (artist profile)
- Ed Toth (artist profile)
- Walfredo Reyes Jr. (artist profile)
Electronic Musician, Music Business Insider
- Setting Up Your Music Business
- Recording and Releasing Music Independently
- Music Business Conferences
- Growing Your Studio Business
- Pounding The Virtual Pavement
- Demystifying Endorsement Deals
- How To Get the Ultimate Local Club Gig for Your Band!
- Renting vs. Carting Gear On The Road
- How to Get Lucrative Corporate Gigs for Your Band
- Landing High Profile Recording Sessions
- The Ultimate Club Gig
Fédération Française d'ULM, France
- Pilot Hearing Protection
- From Home To Hanson (cover story)
- Performance Enhancers
- Ace Your Showcase
- Music Can Unite the World - read