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Walt Whitman Quote

By on Nov 5, 2013 in Change |

This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

Walt Whitman

Sir Ken Robinson on Ted Talk – Bring on a Learning Revolution!

By on Nov 4, 2013 in Change, Education, Systems |

Sir Ken Robinson on Ted Talk – Bring on a Learning Revolution!

Is there a lack of creativity in education and work?

By on Nov 4, 2013 in Change, Education, Systems, Work |

I was listening to Desert Island Discs with Sir Ken Robinson last Sunday. He spoke of the need more creativity in schools and in education in general. He believes that too many people have no sense of their true talents and passions and – contrary to popular myth – creativity and innovation can be taught in a deliberate and systematic way, in same that way. What we need, he thinks, is a learning revolution and that schools are increasingly killing creativity. He perceives the problem has its origins in a disturbed and broken system that only appreciates a linear model of learning and growing, and that certain talents have become more valued that others and as a result we value the expertise of a lawyer over the expertise of a mother, for example. We see it in our educational curriculum – there is a standardised curriculum and we treat our children like sausages on a conveyor belt and institutions and schools have become blinded by targets and measures and no longer seem to wonder at what is happening to the individual sausage in all this. This is very resonant of my experiences of work and my own journey in work. We seem to have become so absorbed in our industrial and rationalist worldview that we no longer see that we aren’t widgets, we are humans. We are all different from one another and all have different talents and gifts. Sir Ken Robinson would say we need to move to an agricultural model…I would call it a permaculture model, we need to nurture the talents that are present and use them to all our benefit. When I think about the times I get real enjoyment it has rarely been in the traditional structure of education or work, but much more when I have reached outside those traditional frames and played with creativity. My question for myself and for you, is how can you be more creative and find joy through playing in a different way?...

Quote of the week

By on Jun 18, 2013 in Change |

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, its the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Hello world!

By on Jun 18, 2013 in Change |

First blog post… Deep breath…. And relax…. It’s the fear…Fear of the blank page. Fear that no-one will listen. Fear that nobody cares. Fear that in fact I’m a complete loony and should be carted away in case I pollute society with ideas that are half crazed and delusional. Fear of failure, that I want to see a change, but I can’t/won’t have an impact. Or it’s the guilt….Guilt that I have built a nice life on the proceeds of big capitalism. Guilt that I don’t do more. Guilt that I have bills to pay and a family to feed and I should just focus on my self-interest and make sure my nearest and dearest are looked after. Guilt that I need to get a ‘proper job’. Or it’s the despair…Despair that there is so much wrong with the world and I have no power to change any of it. Despair that the assumptions we have surrounded ourselves with are so all consuming that we can’t see what is truly important and meaningful. Despair that when faced with adversity one of our tendencies is to go out a buy a box of chocolates, new dress or flat screen TV, or have another glass of wine. I have no real idea why this seems difficult, but it does. You can read about me and where I’m coming from in other areas of this website. But I feel this creation needs a small introduction into the world: “Sally’s blog – born 21st June 2013. Mother and bloglet doing well”? But that’s never the real truth is it. The birth of something is an arduous process.  Delivery was long and tiring and emotional. And messy…they never mention the mess, the blood on the floor. The sheer organic process is brutal. But you don’t see that in the texts or facebook photos. We like to gloss over that and keep it clean with happy smiley faces. Because it’s also a beautiful process, full of hope and dreams and love. So me and bloglet (we will work on the name later, but Bloglet kind of suits it right now, all squishy and new) are starting out on a new journey together. We want someone to listen and care. We want someone to think just a little bit differently. And no YOU DON’T NEED A NEW FLAT...