what is Project Zero? an animated short video on Harvard’s Project Zero.

Created in collaboration with Project Zero researchers, this animation offers one window into the research and practices of this long-lived and vibrant community of curious educators and learners.

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Elevator Pitch — my 2013 mission

This animated short is my 2013 elevator pitch.
Underlying the content is a theory of learning and a philosophy of education: I believe that each of us constructs what we know (and do) from the ground up. I think of this literally, meaning that by engaging with ideas through conversation and play, we grow fresh connections in our embodied brains. Our habits of inquiry and exploration allow us to adapt to a changing world (and an aging body) and so are essential to a happy and healthy life.

Animated notes to my future self

I created this animated short as my final project in Otto Scharmer’s Sloan School of Management course on Leadership for the emerging future at MIT. It describes my sense-making around the experience of practicing his “Theory U”, particularly in reflecting ON the reflective practices he used in teaching the course.

Where it all started… the Franz animations

I began my animation career in 2010 while in graduate school at Harvard getting a Master Degree in Human Development and Psychology. My first efforts were 4 animations around a character named Franz, my prototypical adult learner. The first was on Universal Design For Learning and when I created it I assumed it was the only animation I’d ever make. The process was so enormously engaging for me that I went on to create three additional animations on: The Happiness Research, Flow States, and Complex Systems Theory! They are quite rough around the edges with wonky sound and low resolution. I keep them here to remind myself and others that anything worth doing is worth doing badly.