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Hi <<First Name>>, 

I'm delighted to say that I recently became an adviser for the Library of Things. I spent time with the founders this week on a separate project, creating some visual thinkery on a Community Partners project looking at how social businesses find and work with appropriate advisers. Because most of my work these days is focused on creating visual insight from dialogue, I forget that just a few years ago my working life looked completely different to what it does now...

As the Managing Director and co-owner of an ed-tech startup, I oversaw the growth of our business before successfully guiding the acquisition of the business by The City & Guilds Group. However, as is often the case in retelling the story, the highlights reel looks very different from the documentary. The highlights will tell you that this exit was always part of our plan. It was certainly our intention to always do what we said we would do - for customers, shareholders and of course, our new overlords. But what would the documentary uncover? That it felt like we ran from one crisis to another, with the occasional lucky break in between? Personally, I never felt totally equipped to do the job (imposter!), no matter what our successes looked like. But that fertile soil outside my comfort zone was the source of a hundred experiments and a thousand stories.

So how would an enterprise looking for an advisor find you if you don't really see yourself as an adviser? Expertise without a channel to use it is just an untold story...

Bryan

P.S. Here's some thinkery from the project:
 
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OER19 revisited…

#creativity, #OER19, @catherinecronin

OER19 revisited

I’m already looking forward to OER19, and I’m delighted that it will take place in the motherland.

Aye.

Of course, I couldn’t resist this little remix of the flyer when I first saw it. This is a product of Mathers third principle of Visual Thinkery – Curiosity must not come back empty-handed

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Problematic Portraits

#thinkery, @amyburvall, @colinmadland

Problematic Portraits

It seems that practically the whole of the known internet (more than 5 people) is busy doodling portraits of Colin Madland, who has very graciously offered up his face to artists for the purposes of visual experimentation, and thus inspired this comic strip.

I try to stay away from portraits, as it has often led to an awkward conversation, and reminded me that how a person sees their self is pretty warped to begin with. Indeed, I can’t help but see my face in terms of the things that aren’t even there – eyebrows, eyelashes, etc. You know I’ve always been a smooth operator…

Hey, I did this portrait of you!
Oh? I don’t think I really look like that.
Ah…

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Sparks of Openness

#creativity, #learning, #open, @DAJBelshaw, @grainnehamilton

sparks of openness

Working in the open – it often feels counter-intuitive. What if someone criticises my half-baked idea? What if they make it stronger? What if someone dislikes the thing I’ve created? What if they really like it? What if they pinch the idea? What if they’re able to use the idea, or add theirs to it? 

Inspiration comes from others. Be an other.

From a conversation about Digital Literacies with We Are Open colleagues Grainne Hamilton and Doug Belshaw.

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Embed Practice

#learning, @weareopencoop

Embed Practice

Whilst prepping for a design-a-thon with my We Are Open colleagues, focused on building a digital literacies MOOC for teachers in Israel, we talked briefly about the importance of embedding practice…

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