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 and dull.
But we use them all: we choose them, shape them, even combine them into alloys that suit specific tasks. We adapt to what is at hand or experiment to find new uses. Agility is a core skill in the Social Age: choosing our materials, combining and reforming ideas, moulding and casting our thoughts through multiple channels, some remaining fluid, others cast like iron, inflexible.
The blog is in New York this week on a combination of workshops and holiday, so we’re defaulting to our holiday game of sharing short and reflective ‘words about learning’.