Tinkering with the system won’t help reinvent the purpose of education

Jenny Connected

Recently I find myself drawn to the thoughts of three well-known thinkers – two current and one from times past; Iain McGilchrist, Sir Ken Robinson, and Étienne de La Boétie (best friend of Michel de Montaigne).

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Painting of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Portals and KM

Our friend, Spider Murphy, plays banjo at their weekend brunches Here is a 12" x 16" acrylic painting of the flowering plant, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

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Painting of Costa Rican Ceviche

Portals and KM

Our friend, Spider Murphy, plays banjo at their weekend brunches Here is a 18" x 18" acrylic painting of Costa Rican ceviche that we ate at a roadside cafe.

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What did Socrates ever do for us?

Jenny Connected

‘What did the Greeks ever do for us?’

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Painting of Marigny Street Detail New Orleans

Portals and KM

Our friend, Spider Murphy, plays banjo at their weekend brunches

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Revisiting Calcutta (now Kolkata) after 65 years

Jenny Connected

As Anil Mukerji said, good and bad has been done on both sides and now the UK and India are friends. I was born in Calcutta in 1946 and lived there until I was eight years old, when my father decided that we must leave.

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Visiting Kolkata with a Wheelchair User

Jenny Connected

We had, of course, booked our hotel prior to travelling, making specific requests for a disabled friendly building, bedroom and bathroom. You can see them here – Kolkata, 2019. Visiting Kolkata with a wheelchair user is a challenge and certainly not for the faint-hearted.

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Observations and Predictions (2019 Edition)

Community Guy

My friends at Vanilla Forums asked me to add my observations of online communities in 2018 and the predictions for where we are going in 2019 to their yearly report. I’m really excited about community in 2019. Here’s a 2019 that explodes online community even furthe

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Links of the Month: January 2019 — Collapse Watch Edition

How to Save the World

He also compellingly updates ‘progress’ towards the five stages of collapse for 2019, from his 2013 book of the same name. This, my friends, is a traumatized time, generation, milieu, society, world. image from Gail Tverberg’s article, described below.

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Walking away from facebook

Chris Corrigan

It tailors your news feed using algorithms to only serve you a very small slice of your friends’ activity. I had a hard time finding my people, but I was enjoying wishing friends a happy birthday and connecting with people from school, 30 years ago.

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Growing ideas and PKMastery workshop

Mathemagenic

As I went to reread it I had to pull out this quote (context: blog networking study ), which is probably true for more than just weblogs: Being yourself (like with good friends) – vulnerable, personal, multidimentional – in public, you meet others. You start to “chat with people as they were your friends” (Dave ) and they eventually become your friends.

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A calendar of seasons for my time and place

Chris Corrigan

This is the time of year people on the west coast write to their friends and relatives in the east and show pictures of the daffodils coming up. It’s a beautiful day on the south coast of British Columbia.

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Parkours and pyjamas

Mathemagenic

Yesterday was Alexander’s parkour birthday party with his homeschooling friends. He was the one responsible for preparing it and this added a lot of extra tasks to the planning in the days before. During the party 11 kids were building three different obstacle courses, inside and outside, and then practicing going through them with their own bodies and remote controlled vehicles.

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Stuck, (un)schooling and social, writing

Mathemagenic

We went to a democratic school last week and a friend from Russia is there with detailed reports about its inside working. I was trying to write some end-of-the-year posts, but everything that I’d like to summarise changes very fast. So instead something quick – a few things that make me busy thinking now. There is a lot of discussions about schools in our house recently.

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Observations and Predictions (2018 Edition)

Community Guy

My friends at Vanilla Forums asked me to add my observations of online communities in 2018 and the predictions for where we are going in 2019 to their yearly report. I’m really excited about community in 2019.

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Reasons why I am happy to be in Kerala at the end of December

Jenny Connected

Because the people are so wonderfully open-hearted and friendly. Because 2019 feels more promising from here. This morning I found Anthony Wilson’s blog post in my inbox – Reasons why I am happy to be in the city at the end of December.

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A-Z of my year – 2018

Jenny Connected

Announcing one family wedding for 2019 and one family engagement. Good friends. I first wrote a post like this in 2016. I didn’t write one last year. Here is one for this year.

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A decade of living and learning, hosting and harvesting

Chris Corrigan

I have, in the words of song writer Dougie MacLean “moved and kept on moving, proved the points that needed proving, lost the friends that needed losing and found others on the way.&# It has mostly been an incredibly rich journey,working with tiny communities and huge coporations, young and radical youth and wise Elders. I have friends and colleagues in dozens of countries on every continent, and count myself lucky to be in their embrace.