New Zealand communities
have owned "trustee" savings banks, with their profits distributed to the
communities they serve. But when the Government opened up New Zealand banking to
international competition in the 1980s, the trustees of the Auckland Savings Bank made a
bold decision: they sold 75 percent of their bank to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
They put the $NZ350 million proceeds into the ASB Charitable Trust, and invested them
around the world. It is now by far New Zealand's biggest trust, disbursing millions of
dollars a year for major educational, cultural and charitable projects.*
The international conference model
International conferences on new methods of
learning and education provide another gateway to the future.
Singapore was one of 44 countries that sent delegates
to Arthur Andersen's 1997 Learning for the 21st Century conference in Chicago.
Significantly Singapore's delegates were chosen by the Ministry of Education and the
National Computer Board.
The Singapore Government in mid-1997 also paid for
every school principal and deputy principal in the country to attend a one-week
International Conference on Thinking. The keynote presenters read like a Who's Who
from the pioneers in creative thinking: Howard Gardner from Harvard; Robert Sternberg from
Yale; Edward de Bono from England; Israel's Reuven Feuerstein; Venezuela's former Minister
for the Development of Human Intelligence, Luis Machado; David Perkins from Harvard; and
such thinking-skills pioneers as Paul MacCready, Robert Sylwester and Richard Paul - all
brought to Singapore to stimulate the drive for creative thinking.
The "learning organization"
Hundreds of companies are also taking advantage of new methods of
learning to build their corporations into learning organizations.
telecommunications company is using accelerated learning techniques to develop its 18,000
staff. It's using the Norwegian translation of The Learning Revolution and Peter
* A donation of $NZ2-million from the ASB Charitable Trust in 1990 enabled
co-author Dryden and Lesley Max to form the Pacific Foundation. It paid for most of the
"Where To Now?" television series and a range of New Zealand parent-education
programs, including a pilot project for combining parenting education with a preschool and
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