Category Archives: Dialogue

Restraint: Democracy

I am struggling to write: it’s been a week where dissent has tipped over into violence, where discourse has been lost to hatred and fear. Democracy is not about consensus: it’s about restrained consent. About the gradual unearthing of what … Continue reading

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Swimming with dolphins: wise council in the Social Age

Last week i was lucky enough to spend an afternoon playing with dolphins: learning about their habitat and lifecycle, how they are trained and looked after, how they each have a unique personality. I was able to learn some basic … Continue reading

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Travelling to learn: reflection and narrative

After a long day of travelling, i’m home from Singapore, sat back in my local coffee shop, starting that sense making process that always follows a period of travelling: part reflection, part narrative. Travel broadens our horizons: it brings us … Continue reading

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Collaboration and the proliferation of ideas

I’m in New York this week presenting at a conference and developing new ideas. I love these events: a chance to share thoughts, forcing me to create narratives that weave through the many different stories and ideas i get to … Continue reading

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A six stage methodology for learning. Part 2 – Context

Yesterday i introduced my six stage Learning Methodology: today, i want to look at the first part in more detail. Context. Context is about the contract between learner and organisation: it’s where we ask people to invest their time and … Continue reading

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Bartering for backgammon: creating a shared experience in learning

I’m not good at backgammon, but i do enjoy a game, so the small wooden set looked like a good souvenir from my Asian trip. Compact, lightweight, a delicate light wood inlaid with a darker one, just the right size … Continue reading

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Come together: a congregation for learning

I’m off to an e-learning conference today, a chance to gather together with like minded people to share ideas and develop new ones. Whilst we are all connected online, congregating for a formal event like this serves a number of … Continue reading

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