Category Archives: Environment

Relics of greatness: agility and learning

I travelled to Bristol yesterday, an old port with a long and glorious history. Still bustling, the signs of past glory are everywhere to be seen: on the dockside, lurking iron mooring posts that could anchor a moon and the … Continue reading

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Pathways

I went for a game of Scrabble after work yesterday with Laura. I’m just working in Bath, staying in a hotel for a few days but, as Laura lives near here, she knew the best pub with a Scrabble set. … 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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Who creates the vista?

Walking around Singapore, i’m always struck by the diversity of architecture. Glass and steel is forged and curved into many shapes, rising high above you, defining and enclosing different spaces for many purposes. The Marina Sands Hotel, three linked towers … Continue reading

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Graffiti: the stories we tell

I found a new Bortusk poster in Amsterdam today. A slightly torn and weathered neon monster staring out at me from the side of a skip as i cycled past. I think that brings to about fifteen the number i’ve … Continue reading

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Creating an environment for #learning: collaboration and community

As i sat writing this morning, an elderly gentleman came to the table and asked me if he could lay out the International papers without disturbing me. I’m in the Icebreaker cafe, by the Amstel, one of my favourite writing … Continue reading

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A place for everything and everything in it’s place: creating an environment for learning

I have a routine: table by the window, the one with the plug next to it, coffee on the right side of the table at the back, phone on the left. This is the best table as it has a … Continue reading

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Learn excellence wherever you can

Last week i wrote how i learnt about authenticity from the waiter at a pizza takeaway, today i’m writing about excellence and my experience at a hotel. They’re very pedestrian examples, but have great immediacy and relevance to me, hence … Continue reading

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Learning from art: social learning in museums and the difference between virtual and real

Seeking inspiration yesterday, i ventured into the Stedilijk museum in Amsterdam. It promised to help me in two ways: a world class collection of modern art and unlimited free WiFi. The perfect destination. We appreciate art on two levels: the … Continue reading

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Forming bonds and partnerships in social learning: joining the community

My first week in Amsterdam and i’m starting to make friends. The guy in the off licence who sold me the wine, the girl in the coffee shop where i’m writing now, the elderly neighbour. Our initial partnerships are formal, … Continue reading

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