Holacracy

Zappos is transitioning to a holacracy ... a place with no job titles, no traditional managers, and a highly distributed work environment. Watch the video below for an overview. And here is a good article from Forbes on how this would work and the history of it. 

Whether or not this will work for Zappos is still an answer that is years away; but, whether or not it works, Zappos as an organization is strong enough to even try something like this, and that by itself is a substantial statement. Do we know any schools that are strong enough to even attempt such a distributed model? None really come to mind for me, although a few are close.

It does make me reflect, though, that the schools that seem to function the highest are schools that are usually highly distributed where staff members are taking on various roles beyond their official titles. So, I hope this leadership method works for Zappos and that we can think about adopting elements of it into our schools soon. 

Is this something you would be willing to try at your own school? 

h/t to Thomas Sauer for the find. 

Smart Clothes and School Uniforms

Just make a note of it ... this is going to be a legal problem for schools. It might be a few years out yet, but it is going to be an issue. 

We are already placing RFID chips on students in many districts and so it is the next logical step to just integrate the technology directly into the school uniforms. 

If you want some more academic background on smart clothes and the current and future possibilities, it is worth checking out this symposium that was held at Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. 

What do you think? Any reason to worry here? Lots of folks seem okay with the RFID concept, so this just seems a logical (and perhaps acceptable) extension of that.