«You are what you eat!” – How often do we hear this phrase from our mums, dads, friends, colleagues, fitness-instructors, and other people that we meet in our life? What does it mean, “to eat”? “The process of obtaining the food necessary for health and growth” says the guide to good nutrition, I agree with that, but what happens quite often is that eating goes to mindless consumption that has no limits and leads to overeating unhealthy and low quality food. Just think about it – we actually are what we eat/consume physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
We live in time of consumption and easy access to any kind of information that we take from books, blogs, trainings, different offline and on-line tools. “Time is money” another motto of nowadays – we are so much into personal efficiency and productivity, trying to keep perfect time management that we got used “to eat” in haste paying attention only to the fleeting taste sensations and we don’t give enough time for digestion of what we have just eaten. As a result – we clutter up our minds, feelings and bodies with fast food.
I am not a nutritionist, I – a psychologist and coach. And in this article I want to talk about the way we feed our learning process, what kind of food we chose, how we cook it and how we digest.
On one hand, I am just amazed by such a huge amount of people interested in self-development, personal and professional growth, those people (including me) are reading a lot, constantly looking for learning opportunities. On the other hand, It is also great to see how many resources are available around, both off-line and on-line – books, articles, magazines, blogs, trainings, on-line education platforms…you can continue this list. And if there are supply and demand, people should easily find all necessary resources and bring all techniques of personal/professional efficiency into life… how comes that it doesn’t happen that easy?
Somehow, the easy-access to information creates a wrong impression that self-development process is also pleasant and simple, when often it is not.
This is what I call “fast-food” – information, books, articles, trainings especially I mean those promising real changes in life in a very short time, having titles like these: “how to become billionaire/ successful person/ the best ever lover etc in 10 days”. Because of this impression, we have a feeling of fullness still being hungry, as copybook maxims cannot change our life if we do not make an effort. When we are overate, do we want to move or to act? No. The only thing we wish – a short nap. The same happens with learning: we don’t want to move being full with information and we don’t apply knowledge to practice. In other words being informed does not absolutely mean to be competent in something and this creates a big gap in the formal education system.
Process of personal development is so much about practice: we should be able to apply knowledge to practice, to train certain skills and to develop attitudes – this is the way it goes. This is non-formal way of learning.
One rainy day in March, we were discussing it with my friend and colleague Anna Feldman, sitting at the table in one of the Moscow restaurants. Why do people eat fast food? On one hand, maybe they simply do not know what kind of food they need. On the other hand, maybe human beings are simply lazy by nature, and prefer to stay in their comfort zone avoiding unnecessary movements? Or maybe they simply never tried good quality food in a restaurant?
This is how the idea of EduArt – restaurant of non-formal education was born. The idea of restaurant is simple and understandable, everyone enjoys going out. In a restaurant caring staff help you make a choice (to identify your needs and to choose the dish from the menu card), professional cooks prepare good quality food for you, using the best products (training techniques, methods and tools). Then you eat in a nice friendly and enjoyable environment …. So, now me and Anna are the chefs of EduArt – restaurant of non-formal education….
OUR MENU CARD:
General menu. In general menu, we offer starters (energizers, small thematic exercises etc.), main dishes (workshops, master classes, and interactive exercises), dessert (inspirational and motivational techniques), drinks (reflection techniques and tools), chef dish (author’s trainings and workshops).
Buffet. In the buffet we offer different training modules on different topics that our guests/clients can combined the way they like.
Business breakfast – different promo-events, where our guests can trya dish or two from the general menu.
Business lunch – complex offer for corporate clients, aiming to solve the most urgent issues. Menu of business lunch is always discussed and agreed with clients.
Degustation menu – we offer small pieces of general menu on one plate.
Cafeteria is a space for art technologies, methods and tools.
Book Bar – different books, blogs, magazines that we recommend to read. In Book Bar area we regularly run Book Lover Sessions.
Restaurant delivery service – e-learning tools
Exotic menu – training programs in exotic places
For the moment we cook 2 thematic dishes:
Training course “ Inspiration 1.0” (23-28.10.2014) – training of personal development, increasing personal efficiency and quality of life. This training course aims to create positive changes in participants’ life and work, to find inner resources for successful life. Who can participate: everyone looking for new ideas and perspectives, or willing to get inspired for change and new projects. More info: http://tuttour.org/eduart/inspiration
Training course “Brain-up” (08-14.11.2014) – creativity process is in focus for this training course. Participants will learn how to stimulate creativity process, and how to train creativity as skill and attitude. This program is open for everyone whose work requires creativity competence: for those who often looks for alternative solutions, who generate ideas, deal with innovations etc.
More info: http://tuttour.org/eduart/brainup
Gourmand menu – dishes for non-formal education practitioners, non-formal education funs and experts.
Training for trainers “KnowHow” (30.10- 06.11.2014) – this training course is designed for youth trainers, business trainers , teachers willing to integrate non-formal education principles and tools to formal education system, youth workers and youth leaders, and everyone interested in no-formal education methodology, principals, values and structure. More info: http://tuttour.org/eduart/tft
Looking forward to see you in our restaurant!
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