Category Archives: Familiarity

Taking the long way around: circular routes to learning

I am forever getting lost in Amsterdam, which is odd as it’s quite a small city. The problem comes from the way it’s arranged in a series of concentric horseshoe shapes around the canals. This makes it very pretty, you … Continue reading

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Meaning from chaos: Singapore Diary day 2 (Learning, knowledge and meaning)

This week i am in Singapore, using the chance to explore learning, knowledge and meaning from a variety of angles. Yesterday, we looked at how objects have both tangible and imbued meaning and at how so much of our understanding … 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

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Words about Learning: vinyl

There’s a faint hiss from the speakers the moment i turn them on. As the stylus meets the vinyl, there is a distinct click, then a hiss with regular ‘tick‘… ‘tick‘ sounds from a scratch. When the music comes in, … Continue reading

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Social learning: musical communities on the move

I spent the weekend at a festival with a few musical friends: plenty of time to catch up with everyone in the first patch of sunshine for weeks. One of the nice things about going to festivals is that you … Continue reading

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Tradition: personal, national and organisational history.

We’ve been celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this last weekend with a river pageant, concert in the park and street parties. It’s been a glorious combination of pomp, ceremony, bunting, flags and typically British grey skies. A mixture of the … Continue reading

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What colour is Google? How we are incredibly efficient at remembering not much at all.

Last night i went to a pub quiz with some friends. Now, i don’t know if you frequent pub quizzes often, but the key to success, in my experience, is to include at least one nerd in each key subject. … Continue reading

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