Category Archives: Freedom

To hear freedom, if only at a distance

When i met him, he must have been in his late eighties: a former prisoner of war who had spent years in a Japanese detention centre. He’d built a radio with his fellow prisoners. Not out of a kit: out … Continue reading

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As worlds collide: formal and informal spaces in the Social Age

To understand the realities of the Social Age, we have to recognise that the boundaries between the formal and informal spaces in our lives have substantially collapsed. We inhabit a grey space where our communities, connections and conversations cross both. … Continue reading

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The Privacy Jigsaw: can you keep a secret?

I am active online: i participate in many social spaces and learning communities. I maintain a number of personal and professional personas, but across them all i tend towards caution when it comes to sensitive data. I tend to trust … Continue reading

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Social legacy: Paris Brown and the right to learn

This isn’t a post about politics and policing: it’s a post about learning and the legacy of social media. The right to learn and the right to grow up. There’s been a scandal brewing in the UK over the last … Continue reading

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Inequality: can we afford to leave anyone behind?

The thing about travelling is that it broadens your perspective, it gives you views you never had when you stood still. Whilst travelling by train through Europe at the weekend, a friend commented that she’d never realised how restrictive her … Continue reading

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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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The nature of work in the Social Age

Organisations used to own us: they recruited us as graduates or apprentices, mapped out a career path, trained and assessed us and then, finally, gave us a carriage clock and sent us out into retirement. It was safe, it worked … Continue reading

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