Category Archives: Difference

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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Learning what to leave behind: agile learning in the Social Age

You can’t do everything, or so i’m told, but the trick is to know what to leave behind. As we progress, as we learn, we take on new responsibilities, new roles, learn new skills, it’s important to learn what not … Continue reading

Posted in 'Just in time' learning, Adaptability, Agile, Change, Community, Difference, Effectiveness, Introspection, Knowledge, Learning, Learning Design, Opportunity, Personal Learning Network, Productivity, Reflection, Social Learning | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

The role of ritual and why to avoid too much structure in learning

It’s a big day here in Amsterdam, Queen Beatrix has abdicated and handed the crown over to her son, the now King Willem-Alexander. The Dutch like to party and today is no exception: as i write this the celebrations are … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Continuity, Difference, Effectiveness, Experience, Formal Spaces, Informal Spaces, Learning, Learning Design, Narrative, Pace, Social Learning, Standardisation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Communication: harder than you might think

It would be nice to think that ‘message sent’ is always ‘message received’, but it is, of course, not the case. Our ability to miscommunicate is only matched by our certainty that our communication skills are superb. Finding our what’s … Continue reading

Posted in Attention to Detail, Broadcast, Communication, Difference, Journalism, Language, Learning Design, Words, Writing | Tagged , , | 26 Comments

Choosing the right clothes: social learning tone of voice and identity

Next week there’s a big Christmas meal which, leading to much debate amongst certain elements of the community as to what to wear. There are impressions to be made, people to catch up with and celebrating to be had. It … Continue reading

Posted in Biography, Challenge, Communication, Community, Culture, Difference, Environment, Everyday Reality, Formal Spaces, Forum, Group Dynamics, Identity, Informal Spaces, Learning Culture, Social Learning | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Road Trip: familiar landscapes

The familiar forms the foundation for our understanding of the new: I live by the beach at home, it’s a familiar landscape, but here, it’s a little different. Walking along the waters edge, the water is the same ocean, but … Continue reading

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Learning with music

The following article is a collaboration between Julian and Sarah Ackroyd. Sarah is a director of the Centre for Mentoring and Coaching, as well as being a talented musician. Sarah and Julian are both passionate about music. It engages us … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Coaching, Collaboration, Communication, Creative, Difference, Environment, Familiarity, Formal Spaces, Informal Spaces, Learning, Music, Performance, Songs | Tagged , | 4 Comments