ARTbrain – a new project

Now that this has been formally announced, we can share some great news!  Our new ARTbrain project combines a few ideas that Liz Etmanski, Susan Powell and I have been talking about for a while.  We were grateful to receive some funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to explore these ideas over the next eight months.  Our proposal read, Access to fine arts and humanities education has been almost impossible for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and this project will involve them in thinking critically about how art works, making art, works from art history and … Continue reading ARTbrain – a new project

PATH experiments…

Over the last 23 or so years I’ve done at least hundreds if not thousands of PATHs…  sometimes I think oh it couldn’t be that many but then I remember times when I did a few PATHs a day for a few days and think, well, maybe… And, still, there’s always something to learn.  In one of the small community based research projects we are working on, thanks to a grant from the Taos Institute, we are following social constructionist research principles – we are working in “future forming” ways with a small church congregation.  We’ve had a great community … Continue reading PATH experiments…

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 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

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

UBC Center for Community Engaged Learning: “Celebration of Community”

I was asked to serve as the graphic recorder at this event with the UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning, and was very interested, as I’d heard about this group, had a little bit of interaction with them, and other … Continue reading UBC Center for Community Engaged Learning: “Celebration of Community”