A little bit of background …..
My name is Jacques Marais and I am a teacher and educational designer. My background is in professional banking then management development and my education background centres on ‘systems thinking, process engineering and leadership development’. I trained at AGI Goldratt in the USA and learned their methodologies as a ‘systems thinking’ backbone to what I and my colleagues have been teaching for the past 20+ years. I also have a background in hospitality and bought the Gresham Court hotel and ran it as an example of affordable 1st Class hospitality for many years.
Why eCALA Life Learning Village and what’s this Planet problem we are trying to solve here?
DEEP learning: Define, Explain, Example, Practice (DEEP)
I have always taught leaders that successful leaders need to DO IT and not just TALK ABOUT DOING IT – for others need to follow an example.
If you have no idea how TO DO what you are talking about – you are an ACADEMIC, which is lovely but perfectly useless when it comes to sustainable execution of a concept or dream.
If the goal was to produce children for a world of commercial, profit making, business oriented lives …it was a resounding success!
150 YEARS LATER what have we learned? Nothing. We are just more efficient at churning more children through the ‘system’ to achieve a 1st class honours degree which guarantees nothing but a job in a call centre. Ignoring that we are in a technology driven world were there are a fraction of the numbers of those industrial jobs, what will the world be like in 20 years time and what will people do with their lives and time then?
I will not dwell on this much of this as it is so well covered by brilliant minds, such as one of greatest heroes Sir Ken Robinson, but if you want to know where my philosophy and thinking come from – please do watch his videos at the end of this article.
The fact is most adults are either in the doing the wrong thing/job versus their dreams. And for the lucky ones who are mostly doing the right things but wrong ….they mostly need a navigation system (market knowledge), a reliable revenue engine (sales) and some wheels (an operating model)!
The revolution is to move education into your hands for your chosen purpose. The role of eCALA Life is to ensure you are a ‘domain expert’ in your chosen field PLUS you can make this economically sustainable for yourself.
- A dancer should trip-the-light-fantastic.
- A great leader should be taught to serve not command.
- A ceramicist should be throwing pots not washing plates.
- Systems thinkers should be in charge of the planet not profit makers.
The revolution is also to understand true value, so for doctors to be doctors because they are driven by welfare not wallet..unimaginable? No… it’s just wiring it right.
So I created eCALA Life to develop the technical domain skills you may wish to either acquire or develop – as well as the business skills to make it economically sustainable.
We will start by offering around 30 diverse learning programmes. All teachers are internationally qualified method-based educators who are committed to ensuring your leave with the ‘method’ and ‘application’ of your subject.
Life is short – we are only given time – if time is life’s currency let spend it doing things we love and make them economically viable.