Learning is a journey of meandering: A conversation with Rachel Musson | Benjamin Freud, Ph.D.

November 18, 2022 & September 1, 2023

In this episode, I speak with Rachel Musson, an international speaker, educator, facilitator, and thought leader on regenerative education and wellbeing in schools. Rachel was recently listed as Natwest WISE100 most influential women in social enterprise. She is the Founding Director of ThoughtBox Education CIC and the pioneer behind their award-winning curriculum and training, currently accessed by 5,000+ educators in 76 countries. Rachel is currently working with global industry leaders and education ministers on education reform policy, hosting student workshops, empowering educators through professional development, and delivering keynote speeches on transforming education at international conferences. We discuss:

🥥 The work in education to help learners care for and thrive in the world we are co-creating;

🥥 Whether daydreaming could be part of the “curriculum;” so it’s not about doing but about being in the learning space;

🥥 The importance of asking courageous questions and listening to responses with your heart.

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Benjamin Freud, Ph.D.

Benjamin Freud, Ph.D. is the co-founder of Coconut Thinking, an advisory that supports schools and learning organizations to co-create, co-develop, co-stress test, and co-implement ideas that nurture the conditions for emergent learning. Benjamin is also the Head of Upper School at Green School, Bali. He was previously the Whole School Leader of Learning and Teaching at Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Thailand. He was the Academic Coordinator at Misk Schools, one of the most prestigious and high-profile school in the kingdom. In 2018-2019, he was also the Head of Upper Primary and Middle School at Misk. Prior to this, he was Vice-Principal of the Middle School and High School at the Harbour School in Hong Kong. He holds a Ph.D. in History, an MSc in Education, an MBA, an MA in International Relations, and a BA in International Affairs. Benjamin was born and grew up in Paris, France. He moved to the U.S. when he was 15 and spent 11 years there in different cities before living in the U.K., Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and now Bali, Indonesia. He started his career in consulting for Internet start-ups in Silicon Valley in the late 1990s, working with people whose ambitions were no less than to change the world. This experience had a profound effect on Benjamin's outlook on education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.