Episode 4

Joanne McEachen: Meaning and fulfillment are the new wealth

In this episode, I speak with Joanne McEachen (Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, and Ngāi Tahu), CEO and Founder of The Leaner First. Joanne has spent over 30 years working as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and education change leader in countries around the world. She is a celebrated author, speaker, change leader, and executive coach, a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar, an Edmund Hillary Fellow, on the Executive Team of Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills, and cofounder of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). She creates opportunities for learners, educators, and communities to learn who they are, how they fit into the world, and how they can contribute their gifts to humanity. We discuss:

  • How contribution to ourselves, others, and the planet is the only way to acquire the new wealth of meaning and fulfillment;
  • How we can move toward assessing collective rather than individual efforts;
  • How knowing "where we come from" is the starting point for forging new relationships;
  • How indigenous wisdoms remind us that we are interconnected with all life, which opens up a new (yet ancient) way of understanding learning and action.

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The Coconut Thinking podcast brings together educational provocateurs who are re-thinking school as a concept and a space.