BC Ideas Award: Community Mapping

I’m so excited to be part of a small group that’s received an award to do three sessions of community mapping in Vernon, Vancouver and Victoria (we thought we’d start with “V” for victory) from the B.C. Ideas, Community Living Venture.  To read more about the project, click here!    To read the original proposal, click here for the Ashoka Changemakers site (and please leave a comment!)  Essentially, we’ll meet with groups of about 50 people with disabilities in their communities and talk about where they are welcomed and feel their contributions are valued, using a world cafe model.   Shelley Nessman … Continue reading BC Ideas Award: Community Mapping

Citizen Kane #graphicfacilitation

I’m just back from Chicago where I was part of the inaugural Brandy-Lab.   I’ve become increasingly interested in graphic facilitation and then discovered the work of Brandy Agerbeck, and her excellent book and amazing website, and then got word that she was going to do a rather rare intensive teaching gig.   It was a hold-your-breath kind of moment as I tried to figure out if I could afford it, if I wanted to go to Chicago for several days in August, on my own time while finishing up a graduate course and working on a new anthology for Spectrum … Continue reading Citizen Kane #graphicfacilitation

Standing-Beautiful-Like-The-Sun at Wanuskewin

I’ve been spending a great deal of time questioning the idea of teaching and traditional education lately (though this is really the theme of most of my working life), and part of what’s been interesting for me in this is approaching a couple of events in which I’ll prepare curricula with teaching partners and then spend a few days presenting, teaching, learning.   I’m also at the end of completing a graduate degree in adult education and equity studies and, as they should be, a number of things are falling into place – perhaps as questions and ideas about processes rather … Continue reading Standing-Beautiful-Like-The-Sun at Wanuskewin

“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!

what did you *ship* last year?

I liked this blog posting by Seth Godin, who I think is a total genius in so many ways – not least in that he fearlessly tosses out a million ideas and the few hundred that catch on are so worth it.   there’s a big time lesson in that.   So I sent this out to some friends, one of whom has replied – she’s done so much in the last year and yet she limited herself to seven things, which I also think is so brilliant.    I need to do that – have been thinking that I … Continue reading what did you *ship* last year?

nearly done…

the holidays are nearly done…   the year is nearly done…  i am nearly done the ninth book in Robin Hobb’s Farseer series; by tomorrow I may know the fate of the fool, who has been healed and left on the island with the black man, who was a white prophet.    this series blows me away, and it’s also making me a bit sad.   partly because it’s nearly done, and i’ve read all her other works as Robin Hobb (but need to now look for Meghan Lindholm’s books – her other pseudonym) and partly because it’s so incredible … Continue reading nearly done…

Denver! TASH 2010

TASH is The Association for people with Severe Handicaps and this year’s conference is in Denver, where i’ve never been.   Denver’s been fun – amazing food and everything is so clean.   how do they keep it so clean?   could Denver come to my house and clean a little?   i went to lots of amazing workshops today – really amazing.   learned lots, felt proud to be with some of the leaders around who are so welcoming to us.   but the singular thing was going to a workshop on LGBTQI and Disability by this lovely powerhouse … Continue reading Denver! TASH 2010