Brian and Pamela Open Letters 4 – What really matters

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Hi Brian. You were sharing some thoughts about choosing how you spend your time i.e. how come you were spending your day off writing to me instead of…..  etc. So I’m going to explore some thoughts on that theme back with you. I don’t know where this is going, but probably some short-term versus long-term… Read more »

Infants and a rainbow.

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A friend has asked me to note down an anecdote I told him. It was about when I was a teacher in rural Cornwall way back in the days before the National Curriculum. I taught in a tiny three-teacher village school. My class and I were the entire infant department, and back in those days… Read more »

UN Millennium Development Goals Replaced by New ‘Distraction Gimmicks

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Great post about Sustainable Development Goals and the disconnect between “those who decide such things” and “people who do stuff on the ground”… For post in full see: UN Millennium Development Goals Replaced by New ‘Distraction Gimmicks’ by Patrick Bond Extracts from the post The ubiquitous ‘development goals’ chosen by the United Nations – first… Read more »

Free Wi-Fi access opportunity for secondary schools in Tanzania – please share this info

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Opportunity for secondary schools in Tanzania to get free Wi-Fi access through the iKnowledge programme. The iKnowledge programme The iKnowledge programme will equip up to 250 schools in rural and underserved areas of Tanzania with ICT infrastructure. This includes broadband internet via satellite, alongside provision of ICT training and educational content for teachers to apply… Read more »

KindredHQ and P2P support in the changing world of work.

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From KindredHQ’s latest mailshot. I haven’t tried them, but they look good –  and we seem to be in agreement about what support is needed in our changing world of work.. `~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Can you believe that the first KindredHQ website was already 4 years old? We can’t either! We love the KindredHQ design but it… Read more »

Brian and Pamela Open Letters 3 – Self-generated Thought

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(From Brian to Pamela) I read an article yesterday on “self-generated thought” [link: http://www.cell.com/trends/cognitive-sciences/fulltext/S1364-6613(15)00154-0 ] which in its negative form sounds a lot like being “experts at telling ourselves off silently in our heads,” as you call it in your last open letter. In its positive form, according to the article, self-generated thought is associated… Read more »

Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide and #reframingICTD

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The conference on Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD) looks interesting, and invites contributions from practitioners as well as researchers, but unfortunately it’s not as accessible as the recent #reframingICTD workshop. ReframingICT “walked its talk” of building bridges between researchers and practitioners and enabled participants to join in at a distance. PPDD is reaching… Read more »

Be encouraged my friends

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This post was prompted by a failed Skype call this morning. A friend and I were about to have a quick “smile and a wave” on Skype,  or maybe it would have been a longer heart-to-heart chat. I don’t know because the call failed. We’ve both written ‘be back later’ messages. I was going to… Read more »

Migration and Development

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Migration and Development Civil Society Network (MADE) http://madenetwork.org/ has evolved out of years of civil society organising in and around Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). Since 2014, the coordination of GFMD civil society activities has become part of MADE, and the annual GFMD Civil Society Days are organised by the Global Civil… Read more »

4th annual RSD conference – interplay between theory and practice,

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Dancing between theory and practice: The blurb said “To celebrate the interplay between theory and practice, each day of the symposium iterates between peer-reviewed talks and collaborative workshops that build skills and take on real world challenges enabled by systemic design approaches.” Not something I could attend  – but I got this email from someone who went: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I just got… Read more »