The Sandbox Manifesto: Life, Learning and Success on the Social Web

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age. “

I happily and honestly proclaimed that everything I have learned about social media, I learned from children. With no ulterior motives; children will just be themselves and in doing so, place staggeringly profound lessons in front of us.  I recently had the opportunity to visit with children in their most scared of habitats; the sandbox.

It was there I recognized the sandbox as one of the most fitting analogies for the web and the world we find ourselves a part of now. Like the sandbox of our childhood, the web provides us with endless opportunities. It is a space where imagination, ingenuity, innovation, connection and discovery collide, and play is the exultation of the possible.

We are entering the most marvelous of ages; an age where influence, power and success will no longer be determined by how hard we work but rather how well we play together in this space. Our play here has rules, and often the rules mock all ideology and seriousness of work outside the sandbox.

The Sandbox Manifesto is both a declaration and an invitation to keep the experience of the sandbox alive and to recognize and honor the wisdom we acquired through our experiences on the inside.

As you preview the presentation, think about how these simple truths of leading and influencing others, managing failure, strategic thinking, and resolving conflicts and apply it to the global sandbox we find ourselves invited into now.

What can we uncover, re-discover and create to make the time we have with one another the best possible experience for everyone involved? Even more importantly, what must we do to ensure that what we create and share has the possibility and potential to make our lives and the world a better place to be?

I invite you to join me in the sandbox where I will be presenting sharing the Manifesto for the first time at the K12 Online Conference.

I look forward to your thoughts and ideas and seeing you in a sandbox soon!

The Sandbox Manifesto

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  • Anonymous

    Angela,
    You make miss miss working with children, it’s been awhile & my kids are older. Elementary age kids are so curious, random and always learning. I love all the ideals in your manefesto – so much to think about.
    Brilliant!
    Peggy

  • http://rickcecil.tumblr.com/ Rick

    Angela, this is spectacular! You’ve done an amazing job capturing some of the key points we can learn from kids and how they play with each other. Absolutely brilliant!

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    Thank you RIck! 

    You just made my day! I hope that the images speak for themselves and the Manifesto is the beginning of an important conversation we have about the web and the world. Thank you for your comments and for sharing the message! 

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    It is the best part of my job. Every single minute spent with a child makes me smarter, more humble, and an even more passionate learner. I wish I could bottle up their insight and energy and share it with the world! 

    Thank you for taking a look at the Manifesto from a different perspective. The @12 most crew is a perfect example of the sandbox and what can be accomplished when every member shares their toys, ideas, and passion. Amazing things can happen, and we bear witness to this everyday! 

  • Nick V

    Stop selling kids short! The social network is for exactly that socializing. Granted, it’s easy, it’s trendy, it grabs kids/parents attentions but your teaching kids to ignore terms of service and give up potential royalties to their creative works. Kids aren’t learning how to solve problems, they are learning how to look up someones solution.  /rant

  • Annekenn23

    Angela, I love it!  I have been a fan of the Holstee Manifesto for a long time and today is my first meeting with the sandbox manifesto.  I love it, so easy to follow!  I love the ten statements – Thanks for sharing.
    Anne K

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    Rick- you are awesome! Sometimes the amazing is in just being simple. We underestimate how powerful and brilliant simple ideas can be; especially in education.Kids help remind me of how profound these lessons are. Thank you for your insight and for joining me in this conversation!  #youmatter

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    Hi Nick,
    I am not sure where you are going with your comment. I am confused in how you see this message as “selling kids short” as I want to make clear that the profound lessons we can learn as adults from children. Would love more dialogue about this. 

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    Thank you Anne. I have not heard of the Holstee Manifesto, so will be checking that out. Sounds like is right up my ally! Appreciate you sharing!

  • http://8pmWarrior.com Aaron Biebert

    “The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age.“

    Deep down, I know this is true and I asked my wife 7 years ago to help keep me young, keep me dreaming, keep me bold, keep me sharing, caring, and learning like a child.

    As I read your blog, I realize that I’ve lost some of that.  I can only imagine how special it would be to sit and watch your Sandbox Manifesto talk.  I’m jealous.

    Thank you so much for all that you do and for the writing that encourages us to keep the genius of a child and apply it with the wisdom of our age.

    You are genius.  You are special.

    I am thankful for you Angela.

  • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

    I just love your sandbox analogy, AM! When/if we lose “play” in our lives, we lose joy. Play inspires creativity and you, ONCE AGAIN, have put it so well. When can I get in a sandbox with you, Teach, and build a beautiful castle?

  • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

    I just love your sandbox analogy, AM! When/if we lose “play” in our lives, we lose joy. Play inspires creativity and you, ONCE AGAIN, have put it so well. When can I get in a sandbox with you, Teach, and build a beautiful castle?

  • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

    I just love your sandbox analogy, AM! When/if we lose “play” in our lives, we lose joy. Play inspires creativity and you, ONCE AGAIN, have put it so well. When can I get in a sandbox with you, Teach, and build a beautiful castle?

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    Aaron-
    I feel honored and privileged to be in the big sandbox with folks like you! I have learned so much from your tweets and our time with the 12 Most community. I am smarter everyday because of it! So looking forward to meeting soon my friend- you name the sandbox and I will be there!

  • hillary parmer

    Hi Angela!
             My name is Hillary Parmer, and I’m an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I absolutely love your sandbox analogy! It is definitely creative, and very true! “Like the sandbox of our childhood, the web provides us with endless opportunities. It is a space where imagination, ingenuity, innovation, connection and discovery collide, and play is the exultation of the possible.” That is an awesome perspective! I will definitely be thinking about the “sandbox” every day now.
             I read your comments and replies to this post as well, and I can tell that you are great at working with kids! You are so enthusiastic about it too! I think that is great. Thank you for sharing your sandbox analogy!!
              Hillary Parmer

  • http://twitter.com/AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers

    Hi Hillary! I am thrilled that you are joining this amazing sandbox from your University. I would have loved to have blogs available when I was in school! 

    Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. What class are you taking?

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