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Claude Terosier, Founder & CEO of Magic Makers
Learning Inspiration 🌈 #58
Claude Terosier is the founder and director of Magic Makers, a start-up that offers creative programming workshops for children. She grew up in Guadeloupe and studied at one of the most prestigious engineering schools in France, Télécom-ParisTech. After first working for telecoms, notably at SFR, Claude embarked on her entrepreneurship journey in 2012. She was struck by the gap between technology’s impact on daily life and the non-existence of technology-based teaching programming in schools. So, she decided to create a school teaching computer programming to kids, Magic Makers.
Who is your major inspiration?
Mitchel Resnick: He is a professor at MIT, and he is also the creator of Scratch, which he created with his team. He was invited to Magic Makers on December 8th for a conference. His vision has greatly inspired the educational vision of Magic Makers.
Frederic Laloux: He wrote a book on new management methods, Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness. He is very inspiring.
Otto Scharmer: Otto is also a professor at MIT. He is developing a framework on the Theory U. Theory U is about changing social systems using a learning method from the emerging future. . To simplify, we can say that it is an approach that mixes business and mindfulness, a visionary concept.
Yuval Noah Harari: a man who inspired me enormously with his book Sapiens.
How do you keep learning on a daily basis? What are your learning routines?
I read and interact with people about topics that interest me. This is for me what makes me grow the most.
What are your favorite books and why?
Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux: it helped me a great deal and was my reference book four years ago.
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari : it is definitely the book that I have recommended the most. When I read it, I felt like my eyes were opened for the first time. I love this kind of book that takes you to a new level of awareness.
If you were left alone on an island and could only bring one item, what would it be?
A book, I am not sure which one, but it will definitely be a book.
What would you tell the 18 or 25-year-old version of yourself?
What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome this year, and how did you do that?
Covid? The biggest challenge has been learning to live in an uncertain environment, where you cannot predict what will happen in a month’s time. There are many possible scenarios, and it’s super stressful.
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