CLBC’s Community Safeguards Projects and 101 Friends

Under Jule Hopkins Community Living B.C. (C.L.B.C.) took on a brave agenda of creating documents related to how people can plan for vulnerability and stay safer in community, which had many different parts.  I continue to think this was really exemplary work that involved many self advocates and families, as well as brought together different groups. Jule was an early believer in our work and we used methods from what is now called CBPR (Community Based Participatory Research) and, together, learned a great deal about how inclusive groups and inclusive research works, and got to work with colleagues and agencies … Continue reading CLBC’s Community Safeguards Projects and 101 Friends

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

Dissertation: What Works?

With my dissertation supervisors, Ginny Belden-Charles from the Taos Institute, and Jasmina Sermijn, from VUB. My dissertation, What Works? Stories of Successful Leadership in the lives, groups and communities of people with intellectual disabilities, can be downloaded here: Johannes-WhatWorksDiss-USALetterWiCover2UploadEmail You can watch the dissertation defence here. You can watch the dissertation being awarded here. One of the updates for my self advocate collaborators is here. The final update presentation for the research was given at TASH in Atlanta, in Dec. 2017 and is here.   Sometime in 2018 there will be an online discussion of some of the dissertation that will … Continue reading Dissertation: What Works?

Oblique Strategies

I was fascinated to hear about Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards, which I hadn’t known about before.  So then of course I really wanted some… but the first edition ones were about $1,500 and the latest edition seemed to be a while ago and they were pretty much $100++  on eBay. So then I thought to google Oblique Strategies cards pdf and found these DIY cards – not sure who the blog owner is but they’re searchable publicly so… Oh and then I found the free iPad app…. have at ‘er oh differently thinking people… Continue reading Oblique Strategies

Relational Leadership Webinar Graphics

A lot of my work over the last few years, and my thesis (which led to many of the ideas in this presentation) has led me to the idea of relational leadership so I’ve been fascinated to discover Kenneth Gergen and the Taos Institute and its affiliates working hard to figure out what the new patterns and methods might be.  They recently hosted a series of conversations by webinar – still available to watch here – and I was able to get to a couple of them.   Now I want to graphically record all of them – such exciting thinking.   Continue reading Relational Leadership Webinar Graphics

orality, drawing and literacy #rhizo14

“What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.”  Walt Whitman Dave Cormier, this week in part 4 of Rhizomatic Learning – The community is the curriculum, asks this question: Our connective technologies are, as many have said, a return to orality. It gives us the opportunity to connect our thoughts with others without them being finished, stale and objective. The medium of print, while practically useful for many reasons (particularly historically) encourages the opposite. Is books making us stupid? This took me by surprise and … Continue reading orality, drawing and literacy #rhizo14