When I grow up

As an educator, I find traveling in Vietnam inspirational. I often meet young people who are interested in sharing their knowledge and learning from each other. When I was in Nha Trang, local students invited me to join their learning meet. I was impressed by the organisation ability of Tra and her friends, and also the interesting topics they discussed. When I grow up, I wish I could be as smart as them.

Some factors that help people to get together

Facebook - It is easy to crate an event on Facebook, get you friends to join and let the broader know about the event.

Load and loads of cafes - there are huge number of inexpensive cafes dotting the city, and these cafes don’t care how long you stay as long as you buy some drinks. 

3331 Arts Chiyoda, repurposing a school to a community art centre and learning space

When I was a kid, I would always wish that the school would close. I liked the building, but did not care much for most classes other than history and geography. I always wondered why we can't have people from the neighbourhood come into our school and show us stuff they were doing. Here is a school (low student numbers means that many schools close and are re-purposed) that has turned into an art gallery + hackerspace + community learning space + co working area. There is even a community farm on the roof and a green wall outside. It's about 10 minutes walk from Akihabara station.


Best way to learn

In my drifting life, I often crash in on campuses across Asia, seeing what is being discussed. Also, such events often have free food (free food tastes better than the one you pay for).

In one such campus, I happened to find an ex-student talking to current students on how to study better. I was expecting some fancy method but the ex-student had a single slide with these words. 

Share out loud.