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The magic of trust

On Friday I went to see Cranked Up, this year’s marvellous performance of Circus Oz under the Big Top in Darling Harbour. I went to see Circus Oz two years ago and, for me, what this amazingly gifted group of individuals do is to, quite simply, redefine Circus. They present a seamless, dynamic and entertaining […]

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Keeping it real

Keeping it “real”

Last week I went to “Vivid Sydney” and, in particular, Genevieve Bell’s presentation as part of the “Festival of Big Ideas” with the specific challenge of talking about the “Ten Commandments:  Keep it real”. I have written about Genevieve in numerous posts, and continually find her refreshing approach to the study of technology both insightful […]

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Consistent Humanity

Consistent humanity … changing world

“When scarcities are abolished really interesting things happen in history.”  (Nigel Shadbolt) At the recent 2013 Web Science conference one of the most worthwhile sessions was that on “How the Web will revolutionise society”. In particular, it was Nigel Shadbolt’s commentary about the inter-relationship between technology and society, and the implications for society when the […]

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The challenge of twenty first century learning? Seeing the hidden connections

“The field of instructional design has developed separately from other theoretical orientations such as research on artificial intelligence, organizational learning and collaborative teaching and learning. Thus, the main problem of instructional design has been its isolation from other fields of teaching, learning and technology.”  (Päive Häkkinen 2002). Häkkinen, in my opinion, hits the nail on […]

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February – “OD-ing” on learning

This month is shaping up to be one of those months when I have too much on, but, the truth is I love it! Especially when it’s to do with learning. A couple of weeks ago I started a MOOC (massive open online course) on “E-Learning and Digital Cultures” delivered through Coursera by the University […]

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Quiet is the new loud

Quiet is the new loud

Last week I facilitated the third Presentation Skills training workshop for Fuji Xerox Australia. In this one we built upon some of the theory and strategies by “live-testing” a number of presentations delivered by both myself and a few brave others in the group, including my colleague Leon O’Reilly who gave an authentic and very […]

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Back to basics

Back to basics

On a sunny Sydney morning I sat watching the ladies run around the Domain as part of the Sydney triathlon. As I observed these athletic creatures pound the pavements and their support teams cheer them on (ever mindful of their various national allegiances and individual heroines) I couldn’t help thinking what an essentially “physical” species […]

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Digital Dreaming

Digital dreamings

In the early 1990s I had the privilege of working with a group of aboriginal artists in Moree, northern NSW. I came across this group, the Yurundiali Aboriginal Corporation , because I had applied for a job as Director of the Moree Art Gallery, and I ended up working with the Yurundiali instead. The Gallery, […]

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The getting of wisdom ... one day

The getting of wisdom … one day

“To be a human being is to have the almost unique opportunity of getting to know oneself and the world in which one lives.  It is sure shortsighted to disregard this opportunity and confine oneself solely to the business of living.” So said Ervin Laszlo and this has always been a guiding philosophy for me.  […]

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Transparency

Transparency and the digital society

There have been numerous themes I have considered exploring this week but the one that has fully matured in my thinking is that of transparency, and here is why. The big social media news story has been Facebook’s “revamp” with both Timeline and Open Graph.  Some people described Timeline in particular as being a little […]

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