The Story of ThoughtBox – from Founder Rachel Musson
Formal learning in schools tends towards an end goal, a “correct answer” or the right way of seeing things. This limitation comes with the fact that lessons at school are often unable to offer students the time or space to simply think for themselves – to contemplate what they are learning, what it may mean to them and why. Understanding that the reality of life is never so simple or binary – that there are a hundred thousand answers to our daily questions, each of us channeling our own versions of what is right, what is wrong; which way is up, which way down – is crucial to developing a more just, tolerant and peaceful world.
ThoughtBox has been created as a forum to allow students to see the world through different eyes; to develop skills of empathy and explore new thoughts whilst connecting communities and bringing people together.
The ThoughtBox Education Team
Rachel Musson – Founder and Director of Global Perspectives
Born and educated in the UK, Rachel has spent the past fifteen years travelling and teaching in places as diverse as Tanzania, Nepal, Peru, Borneo, India and Australia (as well across the UK) – living amongst many different cultures and communities, listening to many different life-stories and seeing many different ways of living in the world.
A former secondary school English teacher, Rachel firmly believes in the importance of teaching children how (not what) to think: of asking questions, developing empathy and challenging our preconceptions and stereotypes about the world around us. Rachel is currently living and working between the UK and Tanzania. To find out more about her work, click here to explore her online portfolio.
Alex Brenan – Director of Development
Alex dreams of a world where everyone does work they love. He believes the pathway to doing work you love is “to find purpose, as purpose is the force that gives all life meaning, direction and vitality.”
Alex is a creative marketer, start-up mentor and strategist and the founding director of Start Work You Love. After 15 years of business development and marketing for global brands (Evian, Orange, Isle of Wight Festival, E.ON, M&S, John Lewis, National Geographic, Universal Music to name a few), he “had a calling to do the stuff that matters”. Alex is a purpose-explorer for seekers, an innovator for brands, pumping heart, vision and growth into business.
Alex is working with ThoughtBox as our Director of Development and we are delighted to welcome him to the ThoughtBox team. To find out more about Alex and his organisation Start Work You Love click here.
Ellie Pringle – Education Mentor
Ellie is a professional actress with a passion for travel and a love of people, who has worked with ThoughtBox since 2016. An optimist at heart, she strongly believes that the next generation have the potential to shape a more globally tolerant world through empathy and understanding, and feels privileged to work with such a progressive educational company that both encourages and hones the development of these vital life skills.
Annie Tempest – Educational Adviser
More information coming shortly
People we work with:
ThoughtBox is delighted to have teamed up with DEEP Germany to collaborate on educational projects with schools and young change makers, working together to foster peaceful, active and critical engagement with societal issues of today.
DEEP Germany is a non-profit association which acts independently as part of the international NGO Global DEEP Network. The Dialogue, Empathic Engagement & Peacebuilding (DEEP) Network is a global community that advocates positive changes towards more a sustainable and peaceful world. One of DEEP Germany’s main areas is Training & Education, whereby the DEEP team plans, creates and implements project days for schools on the topic of peace and sustainable development.
Moreover DEEP Germany fosters empathic engagement and critical thinking through its Intercultural Encounters. Within this context the group run a range of projects and encounters such as theatre, cooking, football events among migrants, refugees and local German Communities, providing opportunities to gain fresh views on societal problems, whilst reflecting upon one’s own role and remaining open and active in promoting tolerance and empathy.
Bright Green Enterprise
ThoughtBox has teamed up with Bright Green Enterprise to create an international challenge programme for students in the UK and Tanzania called Creative Disruptors. Bright Green Enterprise is a UK based educational organisation delivering a range of exciting challenge programmes to students in KS3-5 encouraging entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable business acumen, as well as a selection of short talks on topics such as Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Career Skills.
ThoughtBox are collaborating with both Bright Green Enterprise and Twende as part of our Creative Disruptors Global Challenge. Click here for more details.
ThoughtBox has teamed up with Twende to create an international challenge programme for students in the UK and Tanzania called Creative Disruptors. Twende is a maker-workshop based in Arusha, northern Tanzania. Accelerating Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship or AISE serves as a community innovation center for Tanzanian students and instructors that merges local experience and technical knowledge into affordable innovations for low-income Tanzanian villagers. It runs as a centre for local innovators and students to think, make and create appropriate technologies for their surrounding environments. Supported by MIT and USAID, Twende creates impact by building young people’s capabilities for innovation.
ThoughtBox are collaborating with both Twende and Bright Green Enterprise as part of our Creative Disruptors Global Challenge. Click here for more details.
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