Unity of New Westminster: Community Research Project embedded in social constructionism

After some discussion with the Unity of New Westminster Church, Barb Goode, Liz Etmanski and I received a small community research grant to explore and document their congregation, history and future directions.  The grant allowed us to give an honorarium, buy food for gatherings and hire a research manager who kept us organized.   The Taos Institute, which I partnered with in my PhD program, investigates things from a social constructionist lens: Social constructionist dialogue – of cutting edge significance within the social sciences and humanities – concerns the processes by which humans generate meaning together. Our focus is on how … Continue reading Unity of New Westminster: Community Research Project embedded in social constructionism

Download My Chapter from Drawn Together in Visual Practice

I had a great time yesterday at the Vancouver book launch of the new anthology, Drawn Together Through Visual Practice, edited by Brandy Agerbeck, Kelvy Bird, Sam Bradd and Jennifer Shepherd.   You can download my chapter below.   I’m really pleased with it – these were great anthologists and editors to work with and I’d jump at a chance to be part of something like this again with the same folks (whereas most of these publishing experiences don’t end with me wanting to repeat the experience!). Stina Brown also wrote a great chapter and was MC for the event (check … Continue reading Download My Chapter from Drawn Together in Visual Practice

Syllabus #CLMOOC

Then I thought, hey And courses I’m teaching – person centred planning for folks with disabilities, leadership and developmental studies through the lifespan – are really exciting too.  As usual I am thoughtful about how the support of folks with disabilities, one of the most lively, joy-provoking things to do, is made dull with old scripts based on needs and lacks and deficits…    and perhaps that’s the point?  If we were to really throw ourselves into the inspiration that folks with disabilities give us – I don’t mean by this a kind of disability-porn too-easy sleaziness – the way … Continue reading Syllabus #CLMOOC

the stuff of better conversations…

here are six people I admire (in this moment), having great conversations about a transforming world, while in the process of being part of that transformation and “leading” in different ways…  to create the opportunities for better conversations. Russell Brand Charles Eistenstein (google his blog / site too) bell hooks on twitter Kenneth Gergen Al Etmanski (and Vickie and Liz) and the incredible artist Hernan Bas because I needed an artist in here… Continue reading the stuff of better conversations…

#clmooc #makecycle6 geolocate your space

I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to tackle the CLMOOC 6th project which is a wonderful theoretical collaboration between the U.S. National Park Service and educators on geo-mapping the spaces where we come together.  And given that we camp every year in the U.S. at these amazing places, it would have been easy and joyful…  So much fun and so inspiring to see what others are doing, though.  Which always makes me want to participate. But I’ve taken a new half time teaching position in an actual college after years of teaching adults of all kinds in the places where they … Continue reading #clmooc #makecycle6 geolocate your space

#clmooc Learning and Gaming Cycle 3

Many good conversations and makings during this third cycle of #clmooc.   It got me thinking about the stone game, and then I remembered this video I made.  This was one of the first gigs* that I had, in which I was graphically recording what was happening in the room and, in this case, online as the facilitator was on an island across the strait, leading the group in a conversation that began with “the stone game.”  I had just taken some basic training in graphic recording and my only rule was that I wouldn’t say “no” – a game I … Continue reading #clmooc Learning and Gaming Cycle 3

#CLMOOC the deconstructed introduction

The first suggestion from the #CLMOOC folks arrived today: So, what’s the first thing you usually do when you enter a room of folks with some familiar and unfamiliar faces—you introduce yourself, right? So let’s unravel “the introduction” to dive into the Connected Learning principle of equity. The theme this week is Unmaking Introductions. Let’s consider the ways we name, present, and represent ourselves and the boundaries or memberships those introductions create. How do we name ourselves in different contexts—personally? professionally? online? What happens when those contexts converge? How might we take apart our introductions to answer some of these … Continue reading #CLMOOC the deconstructed introduction