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). The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.

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Links of the Quarter: March 2019

How to Save the World

image sent to me by my friend Ron Woodall. We all have the perception that there is an ‘I’ inside our body and that ‘I’ is looking out at a separate world. image from Quantum World.

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What did Socrates ever do for us?

Jenny Connected

A Concise Introduction to the World’s Greatest Thinkers and Their Ideas, It is doubtful whether any philosopher has had more influence than Socrates. Jesus said: “What will a man gain by winning the whole world, at the cost of his true self?” ‘What did the Greeks ever do for us?’

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Links of the Month: January 2019 — Collapse Watch Edition

How to Save the World

The Collapse of China: Ilargi at the Automatic Earth weighs in on the economic crises (energy, demographics, trade deficit, debt) now facing China, now the world’s largest and fastest-growing economy , and one of the most politically repressive places on earth.

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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

I can’t imagine a wheelchair user travelling to Kolkata without a carer, although I do know that there are some extremely intrepid young wheelchair users who travel the world alone. You can see them here – Kolkata, 2019.

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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. When social media came about into widespread use, around 2007 in my case with Facebook, the blogging world almost completely disappeared.

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“But what if our people dominate?”

Chris Corrigan

Use a process like Open Space or World Cafe that allows participants to set their own agendas. If you want to learn more about my approach to group sizes, here’s a post summing up what I know , and here’s a quick video my friend Nancy White made. Art of Hosting Chaordic design Facilitation Featured Open Space Power World Cafe

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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. Of course there is an ancient calendar in this part of the world, which from time immemorial has been known as S?wx?wú7mesh

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Why it’s hard to talk about dialogic containers in English

Chris Corrigan

In Nuu-Chah-Nulth, the word “ tsawalk ” meaning “oneness” really is a word that points to the presence of a texture in a container that helps us see the connection between things (people, animals, land…) and the relationship between the spiritual and physical world. On the Art of Hosting list today there has been a very interesting conversation about some of the Japanese words that are used to describe space and container.

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Growing ideas and PKMastery workshop


Sense-making: practices, monetizing, changing the world. Changing the world, also through art, was a particularly interesting discussion, since it touched on “start from yourself” point, where I’ve learned a lot in the last years, and on creating attractors for convening, which connects to my interests in creating spaces where interaction emerges. You start to “chat with people as they were your friends” (Dave ) and they eventually become your friends.

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A decade of living and learning, hosting and harvesting

Chris Corrigan

That retainer - for which I will always be grateful - gave me a start in the freelance world that was all I needed to build a pretty solid little practice. I have worked with people from various communities of practice, including Open Space, World Cafe, Genuine Contact and most deeply, the Art of Hosting. I have friends and colleagues in dozens of countries on every continent, and count myself lucky to be in their embrace.