posts from category: observing / listening

Rapping Science

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Science in many ways is art. It is the result of much creativity. Why then do we often stray from the learning of science and its history in classrooms in creative and artistic ways? What could young people learn about science through music and especially through the learning of Rap?  There is much youth can learn about science from the reading of textbooks, the watching of videos and by participating in experiments. A trip to a museum or science fair can also be inspiring, if you can afford to visit or live near one. But many of these ways are how you or I learnt science. These are not, however THE … Keep Reading…

Capturing the human spirit of dance in the world of sanitation

We don’t often think of sanitation work as creative or the sanitation worker as an artist. They are invisible and their work, while essential in making our modern day livable, skirts around it’s edges. But what if we did, for one night … What if we paused from focusing on garbage collection through a lens of economic efficiency, of cleanliness and instead engaged a creative way of thinking about the energy, movement and space of sanitation. What if we empowered the men and women who drive and service our sanitation needs to come out of the dark, to step up on stage and to dance? To be seen? What if we … Keep Reading…

An immigrants voice

A few words on immigration reform I posted to my Facebook profile today. With all this talk of immigration reform, can I offer a thought from personal experience have twice immigrated (Australia to UK and now US) … while moving anywhere is stressful, moving states/regions logistically challenging … moving internationally is hard, often lonely and even when you speak the same language, culturally immigrants we are and will always be different. From learning the language, to driving on the other side of the road, to where things are to understanding new norms, practices and laws. If you know someone who has immigrated, instead of talking “around them” about immigration reform, consider … Keep Reading…

Learning about #Hackmentoring

How we think about mentoring and how we practice it  is important for the learning of others and also ourselves. Rarely, however do we really question the dominant view of mentoring or the learning value of formalized mentoring schemes many of us participate in. I’m of the belief we should not only question mentoring, but we should #hack it.   Learning about hacking and mentoring Hacking is a mindset and practice of modifying something through exploration and play to accomplish something that is outside the creators intended application [1]. It is about a way of doing things to explore meaningful possibilities or pushing the boundaries of possibility about something. Hacking or being … Keep Reading…

#Hackmentoring

Perhaps it is time to remove the word “mentee” from our vocabulary. This #HackMentoring video is about social digital change and the practice of mentoring today. It outlines the perspective of mentoring as a practice and mindset, not a person with certain characteristics.   This video was developed for #WOWWales and the Women+Digital Collective.