Matt’s blog about people, culture, & impact.

  • Work, Leisure, and Everything in Between: How AI is Transforming Our Lives

    Imagine a world where machines handle the mundane, freeing us to pursue passions, explore creativity, and redefine what it means to “work” and “play.” The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) promises such a future, one that fundamentally transforms our time and identity in ways we can only begin to imagine. I’ve used artificial intelligences such…

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  • Creating Content, But not creating it.

    Whether you’re an educator with a blog, a traveler with a vlog, or a business owner with a website, there are times when you need to create content. Express your thoughts, communicate your message, and impact your audience. However, you don’t have to always create. Creation is energy-intensive. It can be exhausting (usually after, not…

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  • Unveiling the Canvas: Design and Creativity in 2024

    The year 2024 paints a vibrant picture for design and creativity. This dynamic interplay of imagination and craftsmanship is not just thriving, it’s transforming sectors, fostering cultural expression, and shaping the future of education and business. Let’s delve into the canvas of this exciting landscape, with a brushstroke of statistics and a splash of insightful…

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  • Are Chemistry and Biology Relevant?

    They’ve dominated the sciences taught in schools from grades 1-12 for at least the last century. But are they still relevant? Here are the facts. So tell me, why do we teach Biology and Chemistry as the two mandatory sciences in 2023? Wouldn’t it make more sense to teach programming and robotics in grades 1-10?…

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  • AI To Replace the Workforce?

    AI is set to replace 16% of the US workforce by 2030. 16% may not sound like much, but in 2023 numbers, that’s over 25 million people without work or in need of new training and help with career pivots! With a number that big, here are some of the opportunities for those who have…

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  • Discovering Creativity in Everyday Moments

    Whether I’m on a beach watching the waves, stargazing while on night watch at sea, or just picking up the guitar between blog posts – I’m also seeking ways to discover creativity in everyday moments. I figured it might be worth sharing a few ways to find creative inspiration in your everyday life. Creativity in…

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  • Embracing Change as the Currency of Life

    Change is a constant in life. Often, change can be intimidating or uncomfortable. Believe me, I know. In the past 5 years, I’ve changed from school administrator to full-time digital nomad. My areas of expertise went from designing curricula and supporting teachers to traveling oceans and helping schools and small businesses find new horizons for…

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  • How Artificial Intelligence Will Replace Schools

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming every aspect of our lives, from health care to entertainment. But what about education? Will AI replace schools and teachers in the near future? The answer is not so simple. AI has the potential to enhance and personalize learning for students, by providing adaptive feedback, customized curricula, and interactive simulations.…

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  • 4 Ways to Boost Creativity

    Creativity – LinkedIn lists it as the number 1 job skill. School taut it as a top aim of education. Cultures value it as the cornerstone of art and entertainment. But how is it nutured? Per usual, this blog aims to give actionable ideas. So let’s avoid the philosophy and get to the tactics. Here…

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  • The Good and Bad of Ruts

    Everything we know about learning suggests that there’s a cadence between routine incremental knowledge refinement and the breakout of new conceptual awareness. Knowledge Refinement. So when you’re at work and you feel like you’re in a rut, consider whether you’re at the maximum of your growth or whether you’re just emotionally bored. The daily routine…

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  • Ostentation as a Requisite for Modern Work?

    In a recent article (link below) from The Economist, the headline states: The rise of performative work It’s not what you do. It’s how ostentatiously you do it The article discusses how remote work demands employees to be performative – to look like they’re working. Let’s take the premise – It’s not what you do.…

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  • Where the American Dream Goes Wrong

    Hoping you have a great 2022! Here’s a simple opinion post. Where the American Dream Goes Wrong The Dream = Happiness in Things: College Education, Gain Career, Work Hard, Buy House, Buy Cars, Buy Vacations, Pay Down Debts, Keep up Appearances, Save for Retirement Wrong: Buy House, Fill Your House with Stuff, Buy Cars, Buy…

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  • Starting Over is Smart

    Imagine climbing a mountain your whole life only to make it 2/3 of the way up at the age of 70. You look up and notice the peak is still steep and far away. But the nature of life is that you also know time is limited. It’s further to go back down and find…

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  • Where in the World is the Mafost Blog?

    On sabbatical. It’s a part of a planned half-time. If you haven’t planned your half-times (learn about it here), I highly recommend it. Not just for a refresh, not just for a creative boost, but for an increase in results. So while I’ve been sailing the high seas, half-time has been in full mode with…

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  • Ditch That Textbook, A Failed Hoax

    Look, it sounded great back in 2005 and 2010 to ditch that textbook. Folks made good money off of the idea and there are good reasons for it. Heck, I’m guilty of helping many teachers on my campuses move beyond textbooks and into embracing digital platforms – moves that resulted in increases in student engagement…

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