Language and thought – this time “growth” and “development”

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Language and thought are closely connected, and we struggle to wordify what we are thinking in ways that others will understand.  Words with the meaning sucked out illustrated this problem with the example of “co-design”. This post, where Eric Michael Johnson interviews Fritjof Capra, illustrates the problem again, this time with “growth” and “development” (my… Read more »

Words with the meaning sucked out

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Thanks to Sean McDougall for this explanation of something I’ve often experienced, but couldn’t wordify. It happens repeatedly in innovative areas of my life  – i.e. the way that useful words get the meaning sucked out. His example is co-design: Co-design, it seemed to us, created opportunities for designers to push suppliers and consumers to… Read more »

George Por, a community knowledge garden and Dadamac UK-Africa

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This post by George Por (with my italics) provides context for ideas I’m exploring through Dadamac’s UK-Africa work regarding: the creation of an information commons preparing for organisational growth as a Teal organisation the relevance of pattern language Enlivening Edge – Introduction to the January 2016 Issue (snip) Learning innovation We would like to develop, in… Read more »

Living A Mindful Life – By: Kiara Jewel Lingo

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I like this practical explanation of mindfulness in “normal daily life” Living A Mindful Life – By Kiara Jewel Lingo: I am so grateful for the practice of mindfulness! Over and over I find that I don’t know how much I need to stop until I stop. In the midst of all the busyness of… Read more »

Deep concerns related to unskilled volunteerism

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My unusual vantage point regarding UK-Africa connections and collaborations has caused me to be have some deep concerns related to unskilled volunteerism (I acknowledge the value of skilled volunteers). The articles below, with my italics, illustrate some of the issues. The source is The Guardian Global Development Professionals Network A space for NGOs, aid workers… Read more »

#Dadamac – Maina Kiai – and “need to change our thinking”

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Excerpt from a post in the Guardian Global Development Professionals Network  – We are living in an age of protest  by Maina Kiai (UN special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association). I’ve italicised where it is relevant to my interests in International Development issues and the effective use of… Read more »

From – Owning Is the New Sharing – by Nathan Schneider

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Related to my interest in learning-and-earning in a disrupted, Internet-based world, and new models of organisations and ownership. From –Owning Is the New Sharing – by Nathan Schneider with my italics. (snip) The resurgent co-op model The worker cooperative is an old model that’s attracting new interest among the swelling precariat masses — youthful and… Read more »

The birth of Education’s new Scientology Cult.

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My highlights – why I want to re-read: 20 Tips for Great Teaching The birth of Education’s new Scientology Cult. Graham Brown-Martin If you fell for the clickbait headline then the chances are that you’ll be a fan of Doug Lemov. Hailing from New York, a product of Teach for America, with a Harvard MBA… Read more »

What If Everyone Had Free 2G Mobile Internet Access? – ICTWorks

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Excerpt from ICTWorks post highlighted regarding relevance to Dadamac Connect’s interests What If Everyone Had Free 2G Mobile Internet Access? (snip) Is All Data Bandwidth is Equally Valuable? The “all bits are created equal” debate in Network Neutrality doesn’t really take into account our varied experiences of Internet.  On a personal level, it is clear that… Read more »