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Jim Flannery

I started my blog as a means to develop my seemingly rapid and disconnected thoughts into a communicable, organized form. I also find writing is a useful exercise for building emotional resilience in sharing these thoughts with the public. I find it frightening to be so exposed, yet also exciting to see what kind of response I get from people. Plus, it’s revealing to look backward to reflect on what topics I’ve written about over time as my story unfolds.

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State of the Startup: July 2019

By jimflannery | June 3, 2021

Note to the reader: this article was written in July of 2019 and was intended to be published in July of 2020.  Since I was too uncomfortable with some of the content even after a year, it’s being published now with a few redactions.  One thing which appears to be potentially inaccurate is that some…

State of the Startup: July 2018

By jimflannery | June 3, 2021

Note to reader: this was written in July of 2018 and was supposed to be published in July of 2019… I never published it due to my discomfort with certain parts of the article.   State of the Startup: July 2018 This is the third installment of my annual “State of the Startup” articles.  As…

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21 DAYS: After the War

By jimflannery | October 21, 2020

21 DAYS After the War In order to help young people transition from conventional schooling to self-directed education, I wanted to create a “boot camp” of sorts.  The incredibly unexpected result was not a camp… but instead, a game.  Specifically, Sagnik Roy and I partnered to write an “alternate reality” game that blends self-directed education…

My testimony for the Connecticut Valley Hospital Whiting Task Force

By jimflannery | October 20, 2020

A PDF of my written testimony as well as the written testimony of others is available on the CVH Task Force web page under the October 20, 2020 tab: You can see a video of some of the other testimonies from the Hearing on the Connecticut Network website.       Testimony for CVH Whiting Task…

Invitation to participate in MAD PRIDE WORLD 2020!

By jimflannery | September 30, 2020

Thank you to Nehchal for creating this promo video!   CALL TO ACTION In solidarity with MAD PRIDE SEOUL, I am reaching out to psychiatric survivors around the world to invite you to participate in a livestream event on October 10, 2020.  (NOTE: Event moved to October 31!) I need you to submit a video…

My Connecticut

By jimflannery | August 1, 2020

When I was 26, I took a photograph of the San Diego skyline at night. My purpose was just to capture an image that could be used for the homepage of the American Relight website. Through pure luck, I discovered I don’t suck. That was enough encouragement for me to feel confident enough to submit…

Want to download “LEAVE SCHOOL: what teachers can’t tell you” for FREE?

By jimflannery | July 16, 2020

EDIT 6/2021: Since making this post, I’ve created a free PDF of LEAVE SCHOOL.   The “hacks” described below will not be 100% “free”; they will require you to put in some time.  Then again, I put in a lot of time and effort into creating the LEAVE SCHOOL app, so it feels like a…

Making Self-Directed Education Accessible to ALL

By jimflannery | June 28, 2020

Making Self-Directed Education Accessible to All Why? | Watch the Video | Browse Accessibility Solutions | Contribute “Accessibility” means very different things to different people.  In June 2020, I presented at the Alternative Education Resources Organization annual conference on the topic of Making Self-Directed Education Accessible to ALL.  Please enjoy the presentation and consider contribution to…

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My new audiobook app, ‘LEAVE SCHOOL: what teachers can’t tell you’, is finally available!

By jimflannery | May 12, 2020

So excited to announce that my new audiobook app, ‘LEAVE SCHOOL: what teachers can’t tell you’, is finally available!  LEAVE SCHOOL helps teens who are frustrated by school to thrive without school by pursuing self-directed learning.  Get it at LEAVE-SCHOOL.com There are so many people to thank for supporting me in creating this project.  Though…

Using Technology to Facilitate Self-Directed Learning – my interview on the Learning by Living podcast

By jimflannery | April 17, 2020

I was recently invited to appear on Gina Riley and Kevin Stuverson’s podcast, Learning by Living.  I discuss my work with the Peer Unschooling Network and a mobile application I am releasing soon called “LEAVE SCHOOL: what teachers can’t tell you.”   (Note that in the interview, I refer to the app as being called “Curricu-Dumb”…

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