Think Tanker Lisa Petrides: Big Ideas: You go to my head… like a bubble in a glass of champagne***….

Lisa Petrides (head of ISKME, our very own “think tank: in Princeton-by-the-Sea)  Invites You to the Big Ideas Fest

Dear Friend of ISKME, Is it just me or have you noticed recently that there seems to be a great deal of enthusiasm about what is possible, yet skepticism abounds. And while the tendency might be to sit back and say this too shall pass, others of us feel the urgency to take action like never before. For those of us who either work directly serving students, or supporting systems, or trying to change the structures that enable innovation in education, I think we all agree that this is the time when the need to accelerate high-quality learning is truly essential for our country and our future.

It is in this spirit that ISKME (the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education) is pleased to offer you an opportunity to join us in spotlighting, challenging, and changing the business-as-usual model in education by participating in the inaugural Big Ideas Fest, which will take place December 6-9, 2009 at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California. Click here to register:

Come immerse yourself in three extraordinary days of inspiring presentations, like hearing what Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, has to say about rocketing our education system into a different stratosphere, as well as having the opportunity to participate in activities such as the “Action Collabs”, in which we will work together to actually design and prototype real-world innovations in education. There will also be ample time to network with other dedicated education enthusiasts next to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. The perfect ending to a challenging year. Guaranteed!

Please join us December 6-9, 2009 in Half Moon Bay, California, just a stone’s throw away from San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Register today in order to hold your place for this ground-breaking event and you won’t be sorry:

For more information about the Big Ideas Fest, go to


Lisa Petrides, Ph.D.
President and Founder, ISKME


“You Go To My Head”  (1938) was composed by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. Best recording by the smokey voiced Marlene Dietrich. And, yes, I thought the classic song was composed by the great Cole Porter. Not so!