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  • Board of Directors October 2017

Anton Andrew

Board of Directors Chair, Substitute Facilitator
Anton.Andrew@openconnections.org

Anton is the Chair of the Open Connections Board of Directors. Anton has been involved with OC since 2006, first as a parent, then a volunteer, then on staff from 2008-2016.  He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors as well as an occasional Guest or Substitute Facilitator.

 

Anton attended University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.A. in Political Science and then Hofstra University School of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate.

 

Before becoming an active part of the OC community, Anton practiced criminal law in Miami and worked as a Senior Advisor to two Presidents at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. It was while at Cheyney University--a 5 minute drive from the OC campus--that he first began “dropping in to hang out” with his twin sons, who were in the Open Program at the time. Initially skeptical of OC, it was during these informal visits to that he got to see the OC philosophy in action and quickly became an advocate for self-directed learning and OC’s Process Conscious approach. 

 

Anton is known for developing and facilitating a Choice offering at OC called “Fight Club” based upon Argumentation, Decision-Making and Dispute Resolution. (It is facilitated in a way that reflects OC’s values of Respect and Collaboration.) Outside of OC, Anton’s interests range from Social Justice (especially the politics of race and class) to Sports (whether as a viewer, or participant—real or fantasy). 

 

Anton is the father of three youth (ages 16, 16 and 9), all of whom attend OC.

"OC Speak" Glossary

What we mean when we say:

Process Consciousness

An understanding of Process Consciousness begins with the realization that when people speak to one another, or to themselves for that matter, there are two major aspects of their communication: content and process.  We first learn the distinction between these two factors, and the way they are related.  Specifically, we are interested in the impact  that process has on content, and how much the process of a person-to-person interaction affects the probability of success.  The way an idea is presented and the way in which the idea is responded to are likely to have a profound effect on the members’ ability to achieve both their immediate and long term purposes. To be conscious of process, at a deep level, is to be able to increase the quality of our results, whether our goal is simple communication--to be understood and to understand others--or to create a new solution to a problem or opportunity.  Having Process Consciousness, then, is to attend to human thought and behavior for the purpose of improving the probability of success in meeting our needs and fulfilling our goals, both personally and as part of any group.