Musing on meeting new colleagues in person for the first time.

I wonder what I’ll learn about my new colleagues when we meet in person? I wonder how team dynamics will change when the whole team is together? I wonder what we will miss from our online experiences?

Like me, millions of people have started new roles during the pandemic lock down and have never met their colleagues in 3D. Seven months ago, I began a new role at Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford, and all of my interactions with the team have been on online.We are “face-to-face” on Zoom each day, but have never been in the same room together. …

When I was a kid I went to summer camp in rural Maine. It was a rustic place on the banks of a small lake where we spent the day outside, swimming, learning archery and water skiing, doing arts and crafts, and building meaningful friendships. I lived for summer camp, and cried for days when I had to return to school.

In my quest to stay at camp, I wrote a letter to the camp director urging him to turn the camp into a year-round school, and included a full curriculum demonstrating how we could learn everything we needed in…

My most popular blog post by far is, “Teaching: It’s about Inspiration, Not Information.” Readers resonated with the message that the role of a teacher is not to unscrew your skull and pour in knowledge, but to tap into your soul to spark your imagination. So, how do you do that in our new world where so much teaching is done online?

Over the past months I have had lots of opportunities to experiment with this, teaching popup classes, guest lectures, workshops, and full blown courses. Although I am not an expert, I have learned a lot so far. …

The current crisis has kicked started everyone’s creativity. For me, this means lots of teaching experiments. I’m trying lots of new approaches to teaching online via Zoom, as well as cooking up a virtual summer internship program, and crafted a set of minimum-viable-lessons on Twitter, called Jolts.

To capture the Jolt experiment, I am posting them all below, along with the goals. I hope you will try some of them yourself and share them with others. I welcome feedback on how these tiny lessons worked for you.


From Inspiration to Implementation

Please join me for a series of byte-sized…

It’s May 2020, and thousands of college students across the country and around the world are struggling to find summer internships. The organizations that would normally hire them are instead laying off workers in the face of the global pandemic that is disrupting everything.

In response, the Stanford Technology Ventures Program is disrupting the summer internship, offering an opportunity for any Stanford student to have a meaningful role this summer.

The Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP)is the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. Our mission is to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship education at Stanford and around the world…

Join us! Tina Seelig and Lisa Kay Solomon from Stanford University will be teaching a free, one week online course from March 30 — April 3, 2020. The course will be taught via Zoom and is open to all.

Computer scientist, Alan Kay, famously said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” As such, we are all responsible for inventing the future we hope that we and our descendants will experience. In this highly interactive free, online course, we will be exploring how to predict and invent the future. …

Years ago, I was the parent of a young child and a children’s book author. Both of those led me to fall in love with Klutz Press, co-founded by John Cassidy. Klutz was the only publisher whose books my son asked for by name since each book came along with a manipulative, including magnifying glasses, art supplies, or bean bags for juggling to learn the skills described in the books.

Years later, I got to know John as a fellow educator at Stanford where he teaches a course called From Play to Innovation. …

Below is an article written by Ilana Katwan, an 11 year old girl at the International School in Brussels. Her teacher, Jennifer Cook, asked her students to apply the Innovation Engine model that I describe in my book, inGenius, to themselves and to different periods of history to examine what allows creativity to flourish.” Here is Ilana’s response to that assignment… It blew my mind!

This week I was surprised to learn that so many of our commonly used terms are racist, sexist, and generally insensitive. For example, Indian Summer, Rain Dance, Sleeping Beauty, Peanut Gallery, Open the Kimono, Eskimo, Hip Hip Hooray, Rule of Thumb, Basket Case, Hysteria, and Knock on Wood, are all off limits because they all have roots that are controversial. I was having a conversation with a colleague and some of his students, and it became clear that each person in our discussion has a different filter and different sensitivities to these terms.

Every time we speak there is a…

Today I had a crash course on luck — both good luck and bad luck.

  • I ran a workshop at a conference on how to “See and Seize Opportunities,” and was lucky that everything went smoothly, and the audience was pleased.
  • After my talk, I went outside to have lunch. I was lucky that someone left early and I was able to change my seat to one under a large sun umbrella.
  • I was unlucky that a big gust of wind picked up the umbrella (because someone had failed to bolt it to its base) and was hit in the…

Tina Seelig

Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Stanford. Author, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, inGenius, Creativity Rules

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