GLOSS Issue 20 FEB 2015 - Page 20

‘There’s a brilliant TEDx talk about hackschooling by Logan LaPlante – and yes, my favourite search word is “hack” – how can we hack in life? Disruption and hacking have very negative connotations for older generations in general. For Gen Y and under however, they are simply incredibly exciting. The Baby Boomers convention is to be “good”; go to a good Uni, get a good job and work until you retire. Now though, that is not the only option, nor is it the obvious one; disruption is desirable.” Home schooling is currently her number one ambition. She admits that her husband ‘thinks it’s crazy’. But she argues this; is the point of education the job that they get? Or is it life and social skills? She refers back to another TEDx luminary - Sir Ken Robinson – who has a point that she reiterates; ‘what possible idea do we have that we can teach our children about the workforce, when we don’t even know what it’s going to look like in 60 years?’ ‘I want my kids to learn how to code, to learn Mandarin, to travel internationally, to see other cultures. Our kids deserve a bigger mind-set. It costs half a million dollars to put children through private school – why can’t I do something disruptive? Disruption is all around us – why can’t we teach it at school?’ Her latest project, Curiosity Productions, yet again takes a commercial concept and turns it on its head - while still having financial viability. Still in the testing phase, what it offers is quality - with the emphasis on quality - video production facilities, custom graphics and media training to SMEs at reasonable cost. It means businesses who previously couldn’t afford to introduce themselves by video now can. It can potentially turn the industry on its head. I repeat again a line she said during our conversation. I like to test the limits and look at things differently – we aren’t reinventing the wheel, but we can do things better. That pretty much sums Charlie Caruso - and her very busy brain - up.