I put a lot of time into finding great resources to learn all kinds of stuff, so I thought I'd save you the trouble ;-) Here's some of the topics that I love - click through for resources!
I thought it'd be fun to have a collection of posters that'd explain everything - then we could hang them all over so people could self-learn whether in a building or at a bus stop!
I've been through Montessori, good public schools, bad public schools, gifted programs, Christian private school, "state school" and all flavors of self-learning, classes, hackerspaces, etc. So, I feel I have a pretty broad first-hand experience with education - and my personal struggles with formal education.
Design, Art & Architecture
I used to be very skeptical of the arts. I just didn't get them... but like most things, I really wanted to understand how they work and what I could learn from them. Through this continued exploration, I found a vast topic that has come to influence my philosophy, thoughts on the future, and most importantly perspectives on the human condition.
I've been into making things for most of my life: rockets, cars, electronics, etc. It's a lot of fun to make things, but in the past few years, I've really jumped head first into making things at scale. Firstly with HackPittsburgh, then CloudFab, to the Hardware Startup Meetup and to my present Plethora, I've been trying to build out the infrastructure I want to make things, and at the same time I find tons of people with the same dreams.
I basically grew up in the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry, and when I wasn't there, I was in my home "lab" probably trying something dangerous... I've always wondered how things work, and that's the overall point of science really. In trying to gain a global picture of science and its interconnections, I've put together what I see as a pretty good map of each subject and how they related to each other - beyond Rutherford's "Science is just physics and stamp collecting".
Computers and Programming
Compared to those around me in the Bay Area, I'm a very late-bloomer to computers. Sure, I've had one for some time, but I was never a quick study with actually making software. I could never remember all the DOS commands to be much use when I was young, and I don't think I had the concentation to focus on it. I learned a little BASIC and then Visual BASIC in high school, then some MatLab and C in college. I was okay at it, but since it was always in a boring school context, I never was very inspired by it.
They never connected it to the big picture to make anything beyond Black Jack games, etc. Now though, I see the immense power of programming and think of it as the new literacy. However, I think the programming establishment is the biggest barrier to widespread programming literacy.
I've been looking into ways we can change, not just how we teach programming, but the way we program and the languages we use. Only after the whole stack is more intelligible can I see programming becoming more widespread.
If I was a late-bloomer in computers, then I was mega-late in math. I hated the subject most of my life. I once heard that Edison wasn't that good at math and used to relish in this. Today though, I'm trying to catch up!
I first started getting into math when I encountered the geometry processing for 3D STL files at CloudFab. Geometry was always my favorite part of math - the visual nature of it really appeals to me. After all the research in the space looked like Greek, I started trying to understand it.
It's not a subject that lends itself to quick learning - at least for me. Math is very hierarchical and abstract, and I always struggled to get a big picture of what was going on. Inside this page, I give a little curriculm for those trying to get into math who aren't very mathematical.
Economics, Finance & Policy
I like to think of economics as where physics meets society. We have "finite resources" as economists like to say, and we must know human needs in order to say how we're to best deploy them. Saying $/Kilowatt-Hour is really like saying: "Society per Physics" - pricing is based on Earth's Supply vs. Society's Energy Demand towards an engineering question: "How many kilowatt-hours can coal, solar, uranium, etc. produce?" - then price accordingly.
Finance is a sub-field that tries to answer: "How can we most efficiently allocate resources with respect to risk?" - relating economics vs. society's need / adoption / implementation of the market / engineering solution. Economics and finance get a bad rap as either inaccurate or even exploitative, but it's better than the capriciousness of a ruling class or some blind ideals.
Policy then tries to answer (among other things): "What is the best way to determine how resources are to be used in order maximize human well-being in the long-term?"
I have a long history with history. My two favorite quotes about it: (1) When Churchill was once asked how to become a great leader, he responded with: "Read history", and (2) When Mark Twain said: "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme". I think this gets both of history as means of knowing / predicting human actions, and also at its ambiguity in describing the human condition.
I've always preferred history to literature (you don't see it listed here do you?) - most likely because of its Grand Narrative that appeals to my love of global thinking. There will always be disputes over nearly every fact in history, but to me that's more akin to science trying to make a clear picture of the world, whereas literature explores humanity more indirectly through a very much more subjective lens that seems arbitrary in comparison. I like to think history is telling humanity's story through framing the actual story, whereas literature just makes up an idealized story to highlight what may/may not ever actually happen. Both are need, but you can tell which I prefer.