Michael Strong

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Education
Occupation FLOW CEO
Location Austin, Texas, United States
Introduction Creator of Socratic programs for public schools in Alaska and at The Judson Montessori School, San Antonio; Founding Headmaster of The Winston Academy in Ft. Lauderdale; Founding Director of middle school programs for the Early Learning Institute, a multi-campus Montessori organization based in Palo Alto; Founding Director of Moreno Valley High School, a Paideia charter school in Angel Fire, NM. Author of "The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice," (see amazon.com). Currently completing "Whole Lives: The Creation of Conscious Culture Through Educational Innovation" and "The FLOW Manifesto" (the latter is being co-authored with John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market and co-founder of FLOW. Educated at Harvard; St. John's College, Santa Fe, and the U. of Chicago. I went to Chicago to prove the Chicago economists wrong. After discovering that they were not wrong, I began a dissertation under Nobel laureate Gary Becker on "Ideas and Culture as Human Capital." I have since become more interested in Hayek than in Chicago econ due to an interest in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Interests Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Inquiry, Independence, and Integrity, Perceptual Control Theory, socionomics, sociobiology, western civilization, alternative culture, health, and spirituality, rationality, conceptual coherence, scientific revolutions, agent-based modelling, human potential movement, Buddhism, bodywork, cranio-sacral therapy, Greek philosophy, Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, Hume, Scottish Enlightenment, Ben Franklin, Emerson, Nietzsche, Carl Jung, humanistic psychology, Martin Buber, evolutionary psychology.
Favorite Movies Grand Canyon, L.A. Story, Bend it Like Beckham, Much Ado About Nothing, Whale Rider, Don Juan De Marco
Favorite Music Onion River Radio, Radio Paradise, RadioIO, KUNM Albuquerque
Favorite Books Boorstin The Creators, Boorstin The Discoverers, William McNeil, The Rise of the West, Joel Mokyr The Lever of Riches, Julian Jaynes The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Plato's Works, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, The Essence of Hayek, Whitehead Adventures of Ideas, Dawkins The Selfish Gene, Arthur Herman How the Scots Created the Modern World, Shakespeare's Works, Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, Tarthang Tulku's Gesture of Balance, Popper Objective Knowledge, Becker The Economic Approach to Human Behavior, Jean Liedloff The Continuum Concept.