Mars – Curiosity & Raising Children ©

Posted on August 15, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz

marsCuriosity, a one ton roving robotic laboratory landed today on Mars. We continue to make amazing advances through technology. What if we applied this amount of intellectual capital, resources and time to improve the way we raise our children?

This article was first written about ten years ago. In celebration of Curiosity and our unbridled capacity for creativity and technical ingenuity, I’m releasing it again. Perhaps it can nudge policy-makers to consider our children as a frontier worthy of exploring and devoting resources and time to helping them grow up better. How are our children doing? (more…)

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Shift Is Happening- 4 Arguments For The Initiation Of Youth

Posted on June 21, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz

blog-shifthappening M. Kalani Souza, outgoing IKE Hui Steersperson, officiates the appointment of new co-steerspersons Kesner Flores, Jean Tanimoto, David Blumenkrantz, M. Kalani Souza (left to right), Penny Larin, PRiMO and NOAA Pacific Services Center administrative support is in the foreground.

In the March blog I discussed our work with PRiMO - the Pacific Risk Management Ohana, which is a collaboration of local, national and regional agencies, institutions, organizations and academia. Over the past several years a growing number of federal agencies have begun to recognize the essential value of youth engagement and the role of rites of passage. At the March PRiMO meeting a major shift occurred. The Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment Hui (IKE Hui) chose "youth integration" through the youth and community development through rites of passage framework as its project for 2012-13. It was a great honor to be appointed "Co-steersperson" (chairman) of this distinguished group, along with Kesner Flores, Kapay Allaince and Jean Tanimoto, Pacific Services Center. (more…)

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Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (Primo) Annual Meeting

Posted on March 30, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz

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 David Blumenkrantz and Kalani Souza welcomes the PRIMO group to song at the 2010 Pacific Partners Meeting


David Blumenkrantz and Kalani Souza welcomes the PRIMO group to song at the 2010 Pacific Partners MeetingNational security is dependent upon our education and youth development policy and practices. Youth & community development through rites of passage is one focus of the March annual meeting of PRIMO.

The Center’s Founder and Executive Director and member of the Traditional Knowledge and the Environment Hui, David Blumenkrantz along with the Olohana Foundation’s founder an IKE Hui Steersperson M. Kalani Souza serve as host & convener of conversations at the PRIMO’s annual meeting in Hawaii, March 13-15, 2012. (more…)

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Helping Children To Heal The World ©

Posted on January 15, 2012 by David Blumenkrantz
[fbls] January 2012 David G. Blumenkrantz, Ph.D. M.Ed. The second element in the architectural structure for youth & community development through rites of passage is values & ethics (E-2). What are your values and ethics for 2012? What would our actions be if we valued education as the greatest resource? The Greatest Resource – Education. That is the first chapter in Part II of E. F. Schumacher’s 1972 seminal work: Small Is Beautiful. The first two paragraphs offer key insights into his courageous thought provoking questions. They are worth remembering here. (more…) Posted in ROPE

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