I had the great opportunity to interview Michael Santos this week. He is a former convict who spent 26 years in prison for running drugs. He says he never touched the drugs, but organized other people to do it. Pretty amazing story.
Michael has a podcast out, now as well. He pipes it into the prison system to help people learn to change. You can learn a little bit more about Michael here:
- PBS NewsHour (7-minute profile)
- NBC Bay Area Proud (5-minute profile)
- San Francisco Chronicle (Front-page profile)
We talk about the following:
- How Michael became incarcerated.
- How he had a change of heart.
- Philosophy and Socrates.
- Tweet: I needed a string to lead me out of the labyrinth. via @MichaelGSantos @TrnFrmPrincipal http://ctt.ec/B0z64+
- Our system of corrections is designed to extinguish hope.
- Michael's 3 pronged plan:
- Educate myself
- Contribute to Society
- Build a Support Network
- Tweet: Every human being has the potential to become something amazing.
- Students may see you and tune out the message because you are an authority figure.
- Tweet: People thought they were insulting me by saying I wasn't hard enough.
- Using the socratic method.
- Define the values students need.
- Tweet: If they can define success, we can ask what we do to get you there.
- There's a path to a better life and it doesn't happen by accident. Click to Tweet
- Establishing values vs. defining values
- Straight A Guide: Attitude, Aspiration, Action, Accountability, Awareness, Achievement, Appreciation
- When people feel like they have no control, they are less likely to become the best they can be.
- The Scandinavian system provides a panel to help acclimate the offender to society after a prison sentence.
- We need an innovative disruptive approach to change things.
- People want a better life, but don't know how to get there.