What Ricardo Semier talks about is firstly his success with running huge corporations in Brazil on democratic and radically new ideas and practices. He started this process 30 years ago – and recently he moved these principles to schools. Having had great results, this is now his passion in life: Liberate more children from an outdated schooling model.
What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about. Bonus question: What if schools were like this too?
His aim: How do we re-design a School for wisdom? Talking about teachers, he says: “the Little you know compared to Google, we don’t want to know. Keep that to yourself!” Instead, they decided to bring in people with passion and expertise and teach – apart from the basics – the most important things in life that we know nothing about and never learned in schools: “We know nothing about Love, we know nothing about Death; and we know nothing about why we are here.”
Do you think a model like that would work for our dyslexic children?