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

More employment related graphic recording – the Pacific Autism Family Centre

Several of my favourite things came together around creating this graphic – it’s about the idea of massively increasing supported, equitable employment for people with disabilities in British Columbia, it’s a group that’s thinking BIG ambitious thoughts about holistic supports and brought together a group of diverse interests to facilitate a discussion about partnerships and how research can lead to action, and I got to draw with Liz Etmanski, my favourite drawing partner. Last but not least, it is a project that is generated by families and I learned a lot of new things and got to change my mind about some … Continue reading More employment related graphic recording – the Pacific Autism Family Centre

what counts? “Lives are no longer feeling like stories.” #rhizo15

“Pictures just come to my mind and I tell my heart to go ahead.”  Howard Pippen At the Douglas Coupland exhibition, everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything, there was not a wall or a room that wasn’t amazing and transformational to me, … Continue reading what counts? “Lives are no longer feeling like stories.” #rhizo15

Well that was bizarre #rhizo15

Week 1 (maybe) #rhizo15 My son wakes up; he’s 16 and sometimes cranky. He comes in to see what I’m doing, but he doesn’t walk into the room complaining loudly so that’s a gift. “I’m writing about learning objectives,” I say. “But I think I’ve gone off on a tangent.” “A tangent? What are you, 16?” “You think only 16 year olds go off on tangents?” “Well they’re better at it, for sure. No one knows what you’re talking about.” “Do you know what a learning objective is?” “Hah! It means you have a learning objective, you’re dumb as fuck … Continue reading Well that was bizarre #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?