112 Scott Johnson Quotes: out of context and in no particular order. #rhizo15

“The radical, committed to human liberation, does not become the prisoner of a ‘circle of certainty’ within which reality is also imprisoned. On the contrary, the more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can better transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into dialogue with them. This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or of all people, or the … Continue reading 112 Scott Johnson Quotes: out of context and in no particular order. #rhizo15

What if Dave is Batman? #rhizo15

The question of week 4 in #rhizo15 is what happens if we don’t have Dave, the professor who dreamed up and organized the course and creates these great questions that initiate some of the best discussions I’ve been part of, on blogs, on twitter and on Facebook.  I’ve even been compelled to take Google+ more seriously because I think I am missing out somehow. Something shapes us.  Someone.  Some event.  The theory of Batman is that he is taught by his experience of a violent crime and the death of his parents to become the saviour of Gotham.  If you … Continue reading What if Dave is Batman? #rhizo15

What is the work?

  Dan Pontefract, author of Flat Earth: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization, was having a contest.   It is over, so I won’t win a book, but I’m going to go buy his book anyway as I really like the way he is thinking about work and connections…  and it gave me a chance to process some of what I was thinking about over the last weeks and last week in particular.  The question he’s asking is “How do you define the word ‘work.’” I was in Toronto taking a refresher course in a planning method we use a … Continue reading What is the work?

The Future is Stupid #rhizo14

SMITH: Your work has a deep sense of privacy to it. But yet you’ve often collaborated with others and you have assistants. There is a comfort in having people to work with. And now you’re even using other people’s language in your works. HOLZER: It can be kind of gruesome at times, making things alone. [laughs] I don’t want to be too dramatic, but it’s hard. It’s necessary to start most work alone. But I’m tickled to death when I can pull somebody in or join someone, whether it’s borrowing poetry or traveling with an associate. Company makes my day. … Continue reading The Future is Stupid #rhizo14

Susan Cain: the power of introverts

Susan Cain’s TED talk has gotten almost 3 million viewers and, more importantly, it seemed for a few months that everywhere I went everyone I met was proudly claiming introversion as a good thing.   These seemed odd.   The first time this happened I was in a group where we were trying to decide how to split up for more focused discussion and I suggested introverts go to one side and extroverts to the other side, and everyone agreed, and then I walked alone to the extrovert side and 19 people walked to the introvert side.   Hmmm…???  So I’ve been meaning … Continue reading Susan Cain: the power of introverts

“draw on”: Brandy Agerbeck dresses up her book!

  So probably everyone is tired of hearing about me going to Chicago to study with Brandy Agerbeck for three days at the end of July but, y’know, you could make your own blog and talk about that 🙂 Here in my blog-world I got this very cool little parcel which when I opened it up to find a signed copy of Brandy’s book wrapped with a black ribbon made into a bow-tie, complete with excellent little buttons (y’all know I love buttons!).   And I LOVE great marketing – hmmm… there must be another word for this – I LOVE … Continue reading “draw on”: Brandy Agerbeck dresses up her book!

Gifts for one’s future self…

I really love the idea explored in this photography exhibit, “Back to the Future,”curated by Irina Werning.   Lee- Anne Ragan, who I’ve just had the extreme (sublime even) pleasure of doing four days of training in social media and teaching adults with over the past couple of weeks, introduced her blog readers to this siteand asked, “what would your former self have to say about your current self?  What would the young girl above have to say to the woman she grew into?   What would your ten year old self say to your current self?  What words of advice would … Continue reading Gifts for one’s future self…