Tag Archives: Words

Potential for confusion: expression and intent

Message received is often not message sent: the potential for confusion is significant. In fact, getting your message across is a significant challenge through any channel. I’ve spent the week sharing ideas with a great group of people: we build … Continue reading

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Words about learning: metal

Some metals are malleable: easily formed and shaped. Others shatter: cast once, never to move again. Some metals are rare and exotic, exhibiting strange behaviours when heated or chilled, essential components of smartphones and batteries. Others are mundane, tedious, common … Continue reading

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Words about learning: journeyman

I’ve shared this story before: in the old days, watermills and windmills littered the countryside. You took your grain there to be ground between giant millstones. Those stones slowly wore down, the grooves cut in their surface faded away, until … Continue reading

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Words about learning: weathering

Yesterday i wrote about sculpture: but what happens when it’s finished and left outside? First it gleams, standing out from it’s environment, then it develops a patina, it starts to fit in. Finally it degrades, slowly becoming part of the … Continue reading

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Words about learning: sculpture

There’s a school of thought about sculpture that you have to be able to visualise the shape that’s hiding within the block of stone. I’m not sure about that: the notion that the end result is somehow conceptually present within … Continue reading

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How do stories work?

I’m just back from a weekend in the Netherlands, which included a visit to Efterling, one of the world’s oldest theme parks and home to the Enchanted Forest. As the name suggests, it’s a woodland setting for a range of … 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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