What if we used Impact Portfolios as evidence of our potential? | Benjamin Freud, Ph.D. | 8 Min Read

Our lives take different courses based on the decisions made by people we often don’t even know. This is because selection processes that are out of our control determine what will happen. Most people taste this process for the first time when they apply to a school, club, or program that accepts or excludes based on visible or invisible criteria. Some unknowingly go through this at a very young age in the office of the admissions director of a prestigious elementary school. Others do so at a sports or band tryout. By the time we leave high school, most of us will have experienced some form of high-stakes selection process, whether it be to enter a university or secure a first job.

No matter how much we may want to change the education system, we have to keep in mind that, currently, our lives are determined by selection processes that we can try to influence, but cannot determine outcomes (legally).

Selection processes come in all shapes and colors. If you’re trying out for the track team, you’ll probably have to undergo a time trial to show the coaches how fast you can run over a set distance. If you…

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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.