"The Meaningful Education Advocate" title combines my work with the Viktor Frankl Institute of America and my blog that challenges the institutional framework in which we educate our children and presents new opportunities emerging in the transforming economy. I also co-host a podcast called Q-Ed Up with Ziz and Pam that discusses what it means to be educated in the 21st century. Most recently, I co-founded Straight Up Impact with producers Kate Cohen and Marisa Polvino of Straight Up Films. Our mission is to share thought-provoking stories at the intersection of film and social impact.
Join us for the screening of our first film in the Meaning in Madness short film series, entitled Mackenzie.
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 5:00 pm PST/8:00 pm EST
The Meaning in Madness series highlights the systemic issues contributing to the epidemic of anxiety, depression, addiction, and suicide in our youth. All films showcase personal stories told from the perspective of a young person and are short-form documentaries. Our first film focuses on Mackenzie, a 17-year-old high school student’s experience in our standardized system of education.
The 60-minute program will feature the world premiere of the film, appearances from a special guest, panel discussions, and original music. Plus, we will be announcing the launch of the movement inspired by the series called B-Unbound with our partners at Big Picture Learning.
A partnership between Straight Up Impact and Big Picture Learning
Be You. Unbound. B-Unbound is a community-based network that connects young people, ages 14-24, to mentors, experiences, and each other with the goal of promoting wellbeing through meaningful relationships and interest exploration.
Inspired by the Meaning in Madness series
Viktor Frankl was right. In 1965, the world-renowned psychiatrist and author of Man’s Search For Meaning described the U.S. system of education as ‘mechanistic’–a system that treated students like machines rather than human beings. He warned that ignoring the essence of their humanness would create feelings of meaninglessness and cause a void in them that would produce anxiety, depression, addiction, and even suicide. He called this void the ‘existential vacuum’. Frankl believed that each person’s motivation for life is to search for their unique meaning. It cannot be imposed upon them as it is deeply personal. By standardizing education and defining a singular goal for all students, we have created a plague of meaninglessness and an epidemic of mental illness. READ MORE
VIKTOR FRANKL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA PROJECTS
If you're interested in discovering meaning or a fan of Viktor Frankl, you'll have to check out this content-rich course created by Viktor Frankl Institute of America. I interview my co-founder Alex Vesely, grandson of Viktor Frankl, who shares an inside view through fascinating commentary and videos from the family archive.
The Inspiring Wisdom of Viktor E. Frankl:
A 21-Day Reflection Book About Meaning
By Pam Roy & Moira Hummel
Read about my vision for lifelong learning and how we can create a new ecosystem to promote human interaction, cultural change, and economic prosperity in the 21st century.
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How to teach our children the importance of:
Discovery of meaning.
The R.E.A.D. Framework
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