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My book is a 45 day gameful challenge for learning professionals: Engage. Motivate. Inspire. Shaped by imagination. Wooed by reality.
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Welcome to the world of obstacalities (woo)!

Curve ball, monkey wrench, problem, issue, barrier, hurdle, obstacle. See the common theme? Objects thrown in our way as life happens.

Who's the book for?

This is a book for anyone who is passionate about learning. Whether it's corporate learning, social learning, public education, non-profit, it does not matter. We're talking about the same thing: how to deal with obstacles.  

The word, obstacle, often brings up the image of some solid, heavy object in the way. Something to complain about, even if you can't change it. It's hard to see the solution when you're facing an obstacle. So, let's change the perspective! Look at them from a different angle! That is what obstacalities are about: a gameful attitude towards obstacles in our way.

Why writing this book?

This book is dedicated to my teenage twins. My son will probably never be able to read it. He's a wonderful special needs child who does not read or speak. Unless I put Elmo on every page, I'm not sure if he's going to look at it. But he taught me a lot about life, learning and resilience. You'll meet him in the book.

His twin sister (dear daughter) will might read it, as long as I can convert it to a 7 second vine loop. I'm hoping that readers can learn from my mistakes and biuild on my success to shape the future of learning and development for kids growing up.

Engage. Motivate. Inspire. 

Here's an imaginary conversation with may dear daughter on this kickstarter project:

DD: You mean a book? Like a real book?

ME: Yes. This is going to be a real book you can put it on your shelf. Also, an electronic version.

DD: Ha. What is your book about?

Me: The book is for people who are passionate about learning. I believe the future of L&D is not in creating courses but inspiring people (adults of kids) to learn, helping them grow and fostering their critical thinking to be able to solve problems. In other words, how to deal with obstacalities. All this starts with engagement. My goal is not just talk about engagement but writing this book with style to actually engage the WORL&D!

DD: So, is it like Harry Potter?

Somewhat. This book is based on engaging personal stories related to learning, decision making and obstacle humping. It gives the reader not only insights into world of instructional design, successful career inn corporate learning, gamification, creativity, innovation but also provides a 45 day action plan to develop their inner hexagon: six traits that support resilience.

DD: Okay. So non-fiction. Why would anyone wanted to read this?

Me: Good question. I know a lot of subject matter experts who have accumulated a vast body of crucial knowledge. Yet, they can't find a way not to bore people to death. Here's some samples of my writing style. Note that this was a 30 day brainstorm writing challenge. Every. Single. Day. Writing. No editing was involved but you can get a taste of what to expect in terms of storytelling. 

DD: When do we see the book?

I've built a project plan to execute this right. The book will be available in May, 2017.

DD: If I back you project, where does my money go? 

Me: While I am confident in my style, experience and content to write, I believe a good editor makes a huge difference. The money raised here will go to an editor, an illustrator for the cover and the rewards.     

DD: I'm hungry. What's for dinner?   

Risks and challenges

This is my first book to write and publish. Life could throw all kinds of obstacalities in our way.

However, most of the content is already written on my blog over the last two years. I also have extensive experience in not only talking about learning in theory but building examples to support that. Those examples are all ready, I just need to curate them. I'm also a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops and I was never late with any presentation.

While this is my first book, I've written two feature screenplays, with one of them being a finalist at an international writing contest.

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