See the why…
There’s little point in constructing a website unless you know what your message is, and who you’re trying to say it to. Form does indeed follow function. A really insightful way of doing this is to use facilitated dialogue with a diverse group, and trust that the knowledge is in the room…
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People and Jobs
I attended a Cities of Learning event recently, hosted by the RSA. I’ve long been interested in this project, and how it is interwoven with a local use of micro-credentials. The day was teed up by Kirstie Donnelly, MD at City & Guilds, who framed this problem.
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I was invited to attend an event celebrating the Vocational Technology (VocTech) projects funded by UFI Charitable Trust last night. I find it impossible now to sit through presentations without drawing out what I hear…
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Data: it’s personal
Meaningless, meaningless, all is meaningless! It’s just 1’s and 0’s after all…
Unless, that is, I can get some insight from your habits, or predict what you might do (or want) next. You are part of a herd after all…
This thought came from a thinkery conversation with the API Evangelist, Kin Lane.
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Gold, Silver, Bronze, yawn…
This (standard) approach prevents the issuing organisation from having to think too deeply about how learners might interact with what they’ve got to offer.
There’s more than one way to string together some badges.
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The Seven Co-operative Principles
You may not know that there are Seven Co-operative Principles. Yesterday, I was at Mozfest, hosted by Ravensbourne College in Greenwich, facilitating a visual conversation all about co-operatives. In fact, Mozfest is so chock-full of conversations, you can easily spend an hour getting to the right floor, bumping into interesting people you half-know. And that’s not because the lift/elevators are confusing. Which they are, but anyways…
I’m a founding member of WeAreOpen, a worker co-operative set up to help a few of us combine our skills, networks and voices.
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ZeroNet – the rabbit hole…
Doug Belshaw has been experimenting recently with ZeroNet, a way of hosting a website, distributed amongst peers (using BitTorrent and BitCoin technologies). Essentially, such a website would become decentralised, with no single point of hosting, should someone want to target it in order to shut it down, or deny others access by overloading the server. Resilient hosting…
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What if I just tweak it a little? Change the colours slightly, or make it into a repeating pattern? Or a character? If it could speak, what would it say? Curiosity is creativity’s playful little cousin (Tinker?) – always getting up to mischief…
I came across this quote on curiosity doing some work for Ada College, the UK’s National College for Digital Skills (I’m a big fan). I was invited to come along to the first day with the first cohort and create thinkery from conversations had with staff and students, who were, and are, brilliant.
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It’s a two way deal.
Once you’ve seen something, you can’t unsee it.
Equally, the interpretation of what you see is a product of things you’ve seen and experiences you’ve had so far.
Eye. Even the english word is a palindrome; it’s a two way deal.
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If self expression affords you a sideways glimpse at your own self, then a self portrait allows you to briefly hold its gaze.
Deface your face. Go on; I give you full permission…
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