Tag Archives: Language

The emergence of Global Culture

I’m facilitating some workshops this week around Community Management in Social Learning spaces. One of the Russian delegates mentioned that in her culture it’s ok for the moderator to tell people what to do and they will simply obey, whilst … Continue reading

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Let your hands do the talking: representation and abstraction

Following on from yesterday’s post, i’m on holiday this week and spending some time teaching my niece to draw. I’ve been wrestling with the notion of how to move her (at the age of ten) from direct representation to more … Continue reading

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Language

I’m in Singapore today, immersed in a culture that is so totally familiar to anyone English, yet so very far from home. United by a language and history, divided by the seas. As i sat in the taxi from the … Continue reading

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People connect with people: why a conversational tone of voice suits social learning

I was up in London earlier this week, sat in the reception of the Gherkin, one of the landmark buildings that houses a number of my clients. Ah, i thought, they’ve changed the chairs. They used to have large red … Continue reading

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The languages of learning: poetry

On this journey through the languages of learning, many of the examples we’ve looked at would often be considered to be ‘arts’, to be somehow informal, to be less rigorous than ‘formal’ communication. We can all see how video is … Continue reading

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If you don’t know, then who does? Reflecting on learning and training

Rich is taking a month long course to teach English as a foreign language. I’m impressed. It’s a notoriously challenging qualification and intense to do in a month. Back to the days of homework and late nights of study. Which … Continue reading

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Innovation in the learning experience. Why it never hurts to think about doing something different.

Yesterday’s post about interactive stories got me thinking. Innovation can sometimes be driven by technology, but it doesn’t need to be. Innovation can be as cheap and easy to deliver as ‘doing the same old thing’, but, because it’s innovative, … Continue reading

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Speaking the same language. Why communication can be quite difficult.

Speaking to mechanics is something dread. It’s not that i’m concerned about how much it’s going to cost to get my car fixed, it’s that we don’t share a common language. Communication is, to put it mildly, skewed. There are … Continue reading

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The subtle art of communication. How we understand and misunderstand each other every day.

Today, i’ll speak to people, email people, talk on the phone, Skype and wave at someone across the street. There’s a birthday card that i should send as well. And i need to write two proposals and a report. All … Continue reading

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Why do we choose the words we do? Choosing your voice and creating identity in real and online spaces.

What’s in a word? Quite a lot actually. We choose the words that we use in the same way that we choose the clothes we wear and the colour we paint our lounge. Words are powerful, emotive and evocative. Their … Continue reading

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