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Did you ever speak with the janitor when you were in school? I did.

When my local school district needed to cut costs they looked to the unionized service staff, including the janitors. This local change combined with this Fast Company article about cleaning robots got me thinking…

What if robots cleaned schools?

As schools attempt to cut costs, are robots being considered?

I read the article and thought to myself, yes, load those robots into schools please. Most schools have hallways, long hallways that need cleaned every nights, sometimes twice a day depending on the weather.

Although, I don’t love the article’s focus on replacing people, real people in jobs, I do think robots cleaning schools is a feasible cost savings measure.

It’s relatively easy to implement. Purchase/rent robots, place in hallways and you get a clean school. Most schools and school districts are already cutting back on the amount of cleaning staff. Unfortunately this means there is more work to be accomplished and not enough staff to get the job done.

More collaboration in schools means moving more things around. Kids should be able to learn in different ways and that requires reconfiguring and adapting existing school buildings. There are more events with people in and out of the school. Changes in weather mean more jobs dealing with the after math of hard rains, flooding, more snow and overwhelmed heating and cooling systems. A janitor is more than a janitor these days.

That’s right, the teaching profession has changed and so has the job to maintain clean and safe schools.

Bring on the rise of the cleaning robots!

Note: I have nothing to do with Avidbots, the company featured in the Fast Company article. I also have no association with Fast Company or the author of the article. I’m simply inspired!


Now is the time for you to be you.

If you don’t do it now, you will do it later.

What happens between now and then is learning.

If you do it now, you will do it and you will learn.

Skip ahead.

Skip ahead to the life you are meant to lead.

Take a small step.

Make the leap.

Do a little dance.

Do what feels infinite to you.

Do what scares you.

It is scary because you have felt fear before. You know the feeling.

You are still here. You are okay. You will be okay.

Do it now, for the time is now and there is nothing else.

There is you. There is now.

"Do it now, for the time is now and there is nothing else. There is you.  There is now." -Shanon Solava-Reid

“Do it now, for the time is now and there is nothing else. There is you. There is now.” -Shanon Solava-Reid


I believe the future of education is:


Beautiful learning environments

Student created pathways

Teachers as 1. Facilitators and 2. Content Experts



To get from here to there WE need:

Teacher led transformation

A move from professional development to personal development


Public input into future design

Determination of where the future is being created from

Freedom from self imposed systemic barriers

“I acknowledge it is a transformation and feels like a revolution.” – Shanon Solava-Reid

This statement is powerful because the end result of change is transformation. A transformation results in something unrecognizable. A revolution is a modification. I desire more than a modification of existing systems and structures. More people need to aim for transformation. As more people do so, our innate inter-connectivity will support the inevitable changes.

Lotus flowers represent transformational change. “I acknowledge it is a transformation and feels like a revolution.” – Shanon Solava-Reid

Lotus flowers represent transformational change. “I acknowledge it is a transformation and feels like a revolution.” – Shanon Solava-Reid


Mary Anne Radmacher’s quote is, “courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.”


Pause and think about that for a moment……….breath in the light and breath out letting go……..


I had this quote posted on my refrigerator when I was going through a difficult time in my career.

I would stare at the quote wondering what it meant.

At the time, it motivated me to keep trying. I took several actions, none of which worked at first.

It was only when I let go, that things started to work for me.

They spun out of control, I felt like a tornado. Rushed, never calm.

Then one day I realized – trying, starting and creating are what I like to do. I have no tolerance for negative people. Complaints should be registered else where. I like to try to make things work. I’ve said, “we can try that,” on many occasions.

I stared at the quote today. I wondered what this quote meant for me now. I’ve changed, has it?

My dog distracted me. He couldn’t quite get to his food ball (a large ball you put food in for your dog to slow down his vacuum-like eating habit.) I smiled at him and said, “you can do it.” He tried, it didn’t work, he stared at me, I smiled back at him. He tried again, squatting deep under the TV stand. He wrapped his teeth around the ball and dragged it, just far enough to give it a push with his nose. “Your did it!” I said.

I looked back at the quote and smiled. It’s funny how lessons enter your life at just the right time. What did Salem and the quote teach me, today? A little inspiration, self reflection, healing and encouragement create a path for courage and trust.


Shanon Solava-Reid

“It’s funny how lessons enter your life at just the right time. And those lessons lead you right down the path of courage and trust.” – Shanon Solava-Reid


A declaration is made – I’m going to get there.


Where do I start?




Oh, no!

What if….?


It’s time for a leap

What will I do when I fall?

Be grounded.


It’s time for a leap

Jump high!



It’s time for a leap

Let’s rest some more.

Renew your soul.


What will happen when I go from here to there?


Where is there?

What is there?


I like here.

I’m wrapped in my warm comfy blanket.

Surrounded by the familiar.


But I want to be there.

I know I should be grateful for here.

I am grateful here.


But I want to be there.

I am going there.


And into the unknown I go,

from here to there.


I’ve been involved in a social change project on and off for over ten years.  Recently, about 24 months ago, I got significantly more involved after a hiatus.  The most frustrating part of the process is the current point. 

It’s the point in the process where commitment has been confirmed.  There is a plan in hand.  It’s go time and nothing is moving.  If you spoke to me two months ago, I would have said, “We’re on track.  I think we’re moving in the right direction and the timing is perfect.” My comment would not have contained an ounce of idealism or hope.  Simply facts.

What changed?  This is the thing, I don’t know.  I’m in the middle of it.  I need to step back.

What I do know is stable ground has been created and this chaotic feeling; it will pass.  The work will go on.  The change I’m involved with will probably be stronger as a result of this current chaos.  Here is why:

1.  Change has cycles.  Much like the cycles of life, everything is going to be okay.

2.  Investment has been made in people.  People make the difference, especially in the type of work that takes passion and heart like social change.

3.  Good stuff always happens after the chaos.  I would have to study social change for many more decades because I can conclusively prove why.  Right now, I just know.  In the event you want to know now, check out this article by fellow Community Psychologist Neil Boyd.

4.  I have a plan.


"While in the middle of the chaos of social change, never give up, never forget that brighter skies are ahead." - Shanon Solava-Reid

“While in the middle of the chaos of social change, never give up, never forget that brighter skies are ahead.” – Shanon Solava-Reid


I want to be the kind of woman that shows off my tattoos in her 80′s. I want to be the kind of woman that doesn’t look back. The master of letting go. A women with mild impatience for the little things and a fierce impatience for the big things.

The kind of woman that can shoot a look saying you’re wrong, go to hell or simply back off buddy;  while maintaining total grace in movement, thought and action.  The kind of woman you know not to cross because you’re sure she will make your life hell.  Yet, the first person you call for help because I bring the calm, caring perspective and love needed to get from the survival of a bad situation to the thriving of being alive.

Someone you share the level of comfort with to skip the small talk and jump to the grit that makes life exciting.  The woman who peaks your interest with equal parts mystery and curiosity.  The one who asks why.  Why are you doing that?  Is it serving you?  How? As if saying, you can do better, you’re right, be you, get over yourself while I convey a sincere sense of gratitude for sharing. I listen.

The woman whose very presences you welcome, you don’t know why yet you accept it as good.  The woman you don’t exactly want to be because I am one in infinity. There’s an acceptance and err of openness yet a line that you shouldn’t cross for fear of interrupting my bad ass universe.

A woman of practicality who takes on significant social change.  A person who acknowledges the soul journey and maximizes being alive.

I am, and I am going to be.


Sometimes people say things about you.  Sometimes positive and true.  Sometimes negative and down right ugly.  Maybe true too?  Here’s the thing.  What people say about you is your reputation.  You can’t control other people.  You certainly can’t control what they say about you as an individual.

You can be you, and control your character.  Your character is who you are and how you act.  People can sense when you’re not you.  Sometimes, when they’re cheering for you, which they usually are, they say wow, you’re meant to be doing this.  Or they pull you aside and give you pointers.  Are you open to this advice?

The most amazing thing about your character is that you control 100% of it.  Just you, no one else.  But that’s not amazing, right?  Here is the amazing part:

When you have such a strong character it will out shine your reputation in such a way that no matter what people say about you, your character is what people will remember.  Your character will become the reason people call you, recommend you and want to be around you.


What is the difference between the assumptions that we hold and assumptions that hold us?

Assumptions that we hold are typically based on experience. A particular interaction with a person. A television spot we saw. You’ve seen the clutter and drank the Kool-Aid. You didn’t mean to. You might not be thinking about what you are perpetuating. You just do it.

Assumptions that we hold are also based on experience. We hold things close to us that are important. Things like values and feelings. What if we embraced the assumptions that we hold? What if you put those assumptions that you hold to work for you?

Imagine this: You are holding all your power in your hands in the form of an orb. Take your orb on a journey for an hour. Pay attention to any self doubt that make creep in. Hold the intention to be positive and be yourself. Let the journey begin.



You can be a change embracer.  Change can’t be managed, it simply exists and can be analyzed. But the most important thing for you to do is to  master your thoughts.  You need to mastery our reaction to change. In other words, you cannot control change, you simply have the vast power to control yourself.

So how should you deal with a naysayer?  That person that says no, it’s not possible.  There is always at least one naysayer in the room. As a facilitator, you need to know -  if they don’t speak up “in the meeting” then they will be talking on the street.

Remember naysayer are soul sucking and you can avoid them or you can deal with them.  Think about these mechanisms for dealing with naysayers when you need to put the them into context so you can deal with them.