Jim Evers, M.A.T., Oberlin, writer, entrepreneur, and retired educator, has taught all grades, K– 12, graduate school, and corporate training programs. He is the Co-Facilitator of Grassroots Community Service Projects. Jim is the founder of the Center for Exploring Creativity and New Possibilities.
Trim Tab People: Little-Known Individuals Who Have Impacted the World
A trim tab is a small rudder that turns a larger one. Many of the world’s improvements have come from individuals we probably have not heard of, but their stories make for interesting learning. Find out who changed the course of World War II. Who was the wealthiest female CEO in 2013? What MD never practiced, but became a world leading entrepreneur in medicine and other fields. Who invented a first aid product used around the world daily? You’ll hear these and other fascinating stories.
Why I Do Not Fear Artificial Intelligence, but Have Concerns about It and Want to be Ready
Media often report warnings about AI. They come from scientists, world and corporate leaders, employees, historians, and others. Having followed popular media and the professional media about AI, Jim respects these warnings, but he also respects the excitement and promises AI offers. How to get ready? You will learn suggestions for what we all need to do as AI takes over more and more of out human tasks, including decisions
Enhance Your Brain Using Unusual Thinking Skills
Discover how to think like a Rocket Scientist, Futurist, Freakonomist, Inventer/Designer, Exponentialist, Possibilarian, Neurologist, Einsteinianist, Poker Player, and Flexible-3D Open Thinker. You will also learn how to detect a con artist and a liar. Great fun, significant insights, and lots of resources. NEW!
New Views on Key Elder Issues
This course presents fresh views on key Elder issues by national and local guests, who will give talks and hold Q&A sessions. Topics to be covered, among others, are Longevity, Wellness, Economics, and Housing/Living. Speakers will include Karl Pillemer, Cornell University author and gerontologist, and Taylor Patskanick, specialist and researcher at MIT AgeLab. We are also contacting a specialist in NY State elder housing. NEW!
Wisdom Through Humor
As a bit of “philosophy light,” we will share some life lessons found in the “wise fool,” court jester, and some appropriate jokes and other humor. We will avoid bawdy, racist, ethnic, insult and other hurtful humor. “Laughter is an overlooked medication.” – Norman Cousins.
Reframing New Mindsets about Aging, Ageism, and Longevity
From a collection of insights and experiences, you will learn new ways of thinking (mindsets) about the challenges of the increasing number of older people, the rise of ageism, and the issues of well-care and health-care coming from living longer. You will also gain a deeper sense of hope and a more informed way to respond to these concerns.
Human Kind vs. Human Unkind: A New Perspective
In this class, you will look at a range of descriptions of human kind by such thinkers as Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Darwin, and several compelling contemporary writers such as Bregman, Hiadt, Konnicova, and Eagleman. You will gain a full-spectrum perspective on whether are we basically good or evil, selfish or altruistic, con artists or trust-worthies, or some of both. You will also learn tools to help navigate through our confusingly complex times.