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My father, Mr. Nash, was born on this date way back in 1918. His life mattered because he did something that no other man would (or did) do: he loved my brothers and me. You’re probably thinking something along the lines of “so what, every father loves their children.” (If only that were true! I digress.) I call my father ‘dad’ because that is what he was/is to me, but the truth is, he was my step-father. His love for us wasn’t a genetic obligation, it was a humanistic choice. (That and the fact that we were a package deal – we came along with our mother.)

Nevertheless, the world is full of step-fathers who aren’t even worthy of that title, much less ‘dad’. From him, I learned about commitment; dedication; hard-work; honor and yes, Love. That love is in it for the long-haul; that love doesn’t take holidays or vacations; that love isn’t about ‘one special day’ but rather about every single day. (I learned about compassionate love from my mom, my dad wasn’t very good at that.)

It’s hard to believe that he’s been gone for 13 years already – I can feel his presence in my life every day, particularly as I do my best to teach my charges the same lessons.

I’m often asked how I stay motivated and for me, it’s something I NEVER even think about. What I do think about, every single day, is the difference that one man can make in a child’s life, and more specifically, the difference that my father made in mine. This is the reason that I stopped using my given name and started going by simply Nash. Everytime I hear his name, I remember to treasure all that it symbolizes, and I do.

I love you, Dad. I’m eternally grateful for all the sacrifices that you made on our behalf and the life that you led in doing so.

Here is some additional information about QU. I am in the process of creating a FAQ (frequently asked question) list, so you’ll actually be helping me, especially if any of the information below is incomplete.

Please feel free to contact me at this email address with any questions that you may have.

INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION
• Quixote University is a new school – for a new age.
• We are co-educational (i.e. we will have both male and female students.)
• We are not interested in quantity – we are focused on quality. (We prefer to have one student who is willing to be a Leader, over 1,000 students with perfect SAT scores (1600 or 2400).
• Age is a non-issue to us. Everyone is old enough, or young enough, to Learn and to Lead.
• Students will need to spend at least 6 months in our designated location. Right now, this is Siem Reap, Cambodia. It’s possible that in the future, the designated location will be in another country. Hopefully in the future, we will have multiple designated locations.
• Cambodia is a very poor country, with very warm people, and weather. And it is either sunny and hot (Nov – May), or wet and hot (June – Oct).
• We have a fiber optic internet connection available, so you will have access to the rest of the world.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
• Students are responsible for their own “room & board” (food and housing).
• A one-year, multiple entry visa for Cambodia costs $285.
• Housing should cost approximately $50-$75 per month, for a shared room.
• Food costs depend on your preferences. The 1000 DTE students eat for approximately $1.25 per day, but they always eat at home, and this is for a very basic diet.
• There are no tuition fees to attend QU.
• To summarize costs, you can live a Spartan life in Cambodia for as little as $100 per month. You are responsible for your transportation to Cambodia as well as the $285 visa.
ACADEMIC INFORMATION
• For undergraduate students, we only have one major: Leadership. But don’t worry, as we also offer every minor.
• For graduate students, both Masters & PhD candidates, we have every field imaginable – even some that haven’t been invented yet.
• For undergraduate students, credits are earned by developing and executing projects, usually in cooperation with other students.
• Students are expected to participate in projects in at least 3 countries – their home country and two others. For you, our first students, Cambodia will be your second country; your home country being the first.
• All students (both grad and undergrad) will document their projects – their Learning and their Leading – on their own pages of the QuixoteUniversity website.
• Sourcing money for your projects is an important part of being a Leader. Accordingly, it will also be an important part of your project.
• Students will be responsible for their own learning. They will have to source their own materials, vet these sources, and pay for them, etc…
• There will be a few core subjects that we will cover the basics of together, such as: Communication; the Essence of Leadership; Marketing; Economics; Fund Sourcing; Management; Creativity and Team-building. These are not meant to be the only source of your learning, but rather, the beginning.

SOCIAL INFORMATION
• Fun is good and exercise is better. So we encourage everyone to engage in both.
• Drinking, in any level beyond moderation, is harmful, and not in keeping with the spirit of QU. We aspire to be the Leaders that the world is desperate for. The world is not desperate for more alcoholic leaders.
• We’re sorry, but smokers are not welcome. The evidence is abundant and clear, second and even third-hand smoke are carcinogenic. If you feel “called to Lead” and to be here, then please stop smoking first. And when you are cig-free for six months, then you may apply.
• ‘Recreational’ drugs, and their users, be they legal or illegal, are not welcome. We believe in Liberty and people’s right to live as they choose, but we feel that people who need to ingest chemicals to feel good (or feel good about themselves) just aren’t the people who we need to Lead us. (Medicine is a completely acceptable use of drugs.)
• While we feel strongly that sacrifice is an essential element of Leadership, we also believe that you can and should have an active social life. Because we are all so different, each person will have to make their own judgement for their own life as to the exact balance to pursue. [Nash: From personal experience, I can tell you that this is a challenge. And while we are on the subject, not judging others for their choices is an activity that we all must strive to avoid.]
STARTING…..
• We will formally open in the Fall of 2015, however we have a special need for Leaders who are interested in the following fields, and they can begin anytime after January 1, 2015.
o Education
o Marketing
o Communication
o Video
o Graphic Arts
o Human Resources
o Art or Music
o Software Engineers
• It’s possible that these additional fields will be welcome early, perhaps beginning March 1, 2015
o Fund Raising
o Entrepreneurs
o Management
o Social Work
o Others

To recap, the main ideas of Quixote University are:

1. We need more and better Leaders > we need more doctors; lawyers; businessmen; politicians; teachers; et al.

2. Leadership requires Love and Love requires sacrifice.

3. Self-Learning is a critical component of your future, so the sooner you start developing this critical skill, the sooner you will master it.

4. You will learn by doing. That’s also how you’ll earn your credits. You (sometimes alone, most often with schoolmates or others) will create projects and earn credits by executing them. To execute a project, just as in real life, you’ll have to find the resources you need (knowledge; money; talent) and you’ll have to DO.

5. QU students will spend time in at least 2 foreign countries, working on your projects – this too is the future: Citizens-of-the-World.

6. Projects can be in any field, but most of yours will take place in your field of interest (your QU minor). (This is what other schools would call your “major”.) In QU, we only have ONE MAJOR: Leadership; but we offer every minor.

7. Cambodia is VERY SAFE. Easily the safest of the seven countries that I’ve lived in. (China is the second safest; followed by Vietnam, then America, then the Philippines. Venezuela & Mexico are the least safest.)

8. ALL QU students will spend at least 6 months (and up to 1 year) with me, here at our primary location. There are certain things that I wish to make sure that every QU student learns: Communication; Teamwork; Leadership; Creativity; Critical thinking; Analytical thinking; & Self-Learning.

And there are certain values that I want to make sure that every QU graduate holds: honor; integrity; sacrifice (aka love); & decency.

A person holding a degree from QU doesn’t only represent themselves, they represent all of us.

One MORE thing…..

I need your help. To date, I have answered 3,000 of the 7,000 emails that I have received as a result of the story about Phoenix. Of these 3,000, nine of you have expressed a serious interest in QU. That is a large enough sample to assume that the other 4,000 will lead to another 11 potential applicants, bringing the total to a potential group of 20 students from China. If half – or even 25% – of them actually attended QU, I would be satisfied. Remember, we want quality people committed to making a difference in our world.

So, by now you should be wondering about my statement that I need your help. Here it comes.

I know that there are people just like us, all around the world. I need to reach them. In order for QU to fulfill its mission, we need students from Japan; Korea; India; the Philippines; Malaysia; America; Europe; Africa; South & Central America; Russia; Australia and New Zealand.

I’m unsure of the best way to reach them. I know that they are out there. I know that they, like us, want to DO and BE more.

Please think deeply about this issue and let me know what you come up with.

Thanks

The short answer about money is:

$285 for a one year visa

$ “X” for transportation to Cambodia – If you travel without too many bags, you can fly into Bangkok and bus from Thailand to Siem Reap (about 9 hours including the border crossing). From China, there are direct flights from Guangzhou to Siem Reap for about $300.

$100 per month for food and shelter

There is no fee for Quixote University and wifi is available 24/7.

When you talk about fees for all semesters, it makes me think that you still don’t understand the concept of QU.

In QU, all students have the same major: Leadership. But with a plethora of minors. Students plan and develop projects to hone their Leadership skills. Each project is scored and credits are awarded.
As with American universities, you will need 125 credits to graduate.

You are expected to earn those credits in at least 3 countries: Cambodia, your home country and a third country of your choosing. We want our students to be more than comfortable working internationally – you know, INTERNATIONAL Leaders.

It appears that I will have no problem having 5 Chinese students and honestly, I believe we will have at least 10. Such is the power of media.

Ideally, I’d like to have 150-200 students from around the world. This is important because you all will need each other to complete the requirement of doing some Leadership projects in third countries.

Some students will work quickly and finish in 2 years. Others will take 4 or even 5 years. After the first year together, some students will work full-time and pursue their credits part-time.

So, I cannot project costs for the other years of QU. Do you meet somebody here from Ireland and go and live with them for year 2 and together, you both earn 10-20 credits?

If you’re not in love with your current life, and you always wanted to do something great for humanity, and are willing to sacrifice for it, then you should seriously consider coming.

What still doesn’t make sense?

As for the working for money issue, I’m afraid that it isn’t practical. Cambodia is literally “dirt-poor”, something like #22 of the world’s poorest countries. For example, all of the teenagers in my home come from villages that have NO electricity. In fact, Cambodia imports ALL of its electricity from Thailand and Vietnam. That said, one of our first topics to discuss, research and work on has to do with $$$. How to get it for your own living expenses as well as for your projects. As a Leader, you are going to need to be able to raise funds for your projects. Still, you really will have to have at least $600 with you to sustain you for the first 6 months. (Plus your travel to Cambodia, plus another $285 for your Cambodian visa.)

If you haven’t yet watched this, do it now. Stanford University just released a study of what the University of the future should look like. It had four main points and Quixote University hits all four (read the summary just under the video).

After watching the video, you should have a very clear understanding that education is a life-long process. QU won’t be the end of your education, it will be the beginning. I have been studying this topic deeply for the past decade. If you want to do the research, be my guest.

But when all is said and done, you won’t (or should be) looking for a job anyway. You should be looking for your chance to make a difference – you know, to Lead.

These links are a good place to start. This excerpt is from the first link:

14% have never gone to college. In our modern world, it’s not about where you go, it’s about what you can do.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/business/in-head-hunting-big-data-may-not-be-such-a-big-deal.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.fastcompany.com/3000042/how-coursera-free-online-education-service-will-school-us-all

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-13/googles-eric-schmidt-and-ann-marie-slaughter-agree-college-kinda-stinks#r=read

http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2012/06/05/udacity-sebastian-thrun-disrupting-higher-education/

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/03/technology/03google.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

“This is a simple, yet difficult, truth- the future belongs to the courageous.” – Nash Laoshi

http://www.uncollege.org/

All we need are MORE Leaders. Listen carefully to what both the Leaders and the participants are saying. It couldn’t be any clearer. Not only can the poor succeed, but we need them to succeed. We need their talents and abilities. This is what a successful planet will look like.

Here’s the article and the money quote:

“The military has been touting the use of lasers for their cost-effectiveness. While shooting a missile can cost millions of dollars, each shot of the laser system allegedly costs about 59 cents, The Washington Post reported.”

5 minutes worthy of your time:

Pay attention to just how old this technology is. Then ask yourself, why hasn’t it been more uniformly adopted? Leave your answer in the comments section, and you can see my answer there also. But figure out your own answer FIRST.

To stare bad people down (and good people away from the bad), you have to STAND UP and take some responsibility. The young lady in this clip does it particularly well.

First came computer based information. Next computer assisted work. The final step will be complete automation (robots). We’re almost there. Certainly with the next 20 years. How old will you be then? What will your work consist of? (What work will you do for a living?)

Here is Amazon’s version of the second step: computer-assisted work. This isn’t the future, this is already happening.
Automation

http://www.wired.com/2014/12/amazon-reveals-robots-heart-epic-cyber-monday-operation/#slide-id-1663035

Pay particular attention to the Leader’s answer to the final question.

Who decided that it was okay to use chemical weapons on an urban population? By anyone’s definition, that is what this is. SHAME ON ALL OF US for tolerating it. This picture is from a Reuters.com news report dated November 30, 2014.
Chemical Weapons