These visual thoughts are usually a result of a conversation, stumbling across a blog post or someone tweeting some verbiage at me. All these images are available for use under a Creative Commons licence - I’m always interested to hear how you used them.

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Creative Commons – which role do you play?

In my experience, the awareness of what exactly the Creative Commons is, and what rights it affords you with respect to other people’s creative works, is at best patchy. During a conversational thinkery session with Alan Levine, we started to think through some of the roles people can play. I could give examples of all these roles, but I have a deep gratitude to those Defenders of the Commons – who understand it’s value, and why it needs protecting.

Of course, the best way to learn about the commons, is to share some of your own creative works…

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Now, more than ever…

Grammar Schools. You’ve heard it all before. Policy and evidence – passing like ships in the night. I can’t quite figure out whether the UK government are actually serious, or it’s simply just a commotion smokescreen…

This bottom line vision came from a thinkery conversation I had a while back with Graham Brown-Martin.

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Doing business abroad?

Banks? Don’t get me started. There’s nothing more soul destroying that having done some graft for a client, only to have a bank snaffle a slice of your earnings, all because you happen to be in another country. My accountant pointed me in the direction of Transferwise – and it looked like the perfect solution. My main worry was how to ensure that my clients were happy signing up for this service, as in the first instance, it requires jumping through a few hoops. The thing is, it’s a win-win (hence the illustration). They pay the transfer fee, and I get a fair exchange rate. Happy days!

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Creative work has DNA

I had the recent pleasure of doing some conversational thinkery with Alan Levine about what Creative Commons means to us both. When I create something, it’s an outpouring of my self, both consciously and unconsciously, which is one of reasons I sign all my work – the ebb and flow of a creation that evolves and takes shape – and who knows how it ends up like it does. Obey the idea…

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Wot we need is more grammar schools

With all the backward-ness around the teaching of grammar at primary school (talk to any primary school teacher, and you’ll see what I mean), and the announcement by the UK Prime Minister that we need more Grammar schools, I had to create this.

I’d love to see educators in charge of UK education. I’m not holding my breath…

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Shake ya Hass*, but watch yourself…

Our instagram account was removed for breaking the nudity guideline. We don’t think this is fair, but the instagods have spoken. Because we’re rebels, we’ve made a new one. Go follow us at http://instagram.com/visual.thinkery. For your viewing pleasure is the offending image, make sure grandma doesn’t catch you looking at this tasty piece of Hass*…

* Apologies for the horrific puns, couldn’t resist.

 

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Why digital credentials?

In my opinion, interviews are a very poor way of judging whether someone will perform well in a job. Some people have figured out the game – how to interview well. And why not? But standing in the shoes of as employer, I want to employ the person who’ll do the best job (and even that’s not so straightforward to define).

I once employed a young person on his ability to solve a Rubik’s cube. There were other factors too of course, but I took his Rubik’s cube abilities as clues to various aspects of his character, as I can also solve a Rubik’s cube – but nowhere near as fast as him. However, this is exactly the sort of thing that you would never emerge in an interview.

So when it comes to digital credentials, who knows what value someone else see in them?

Thought: Kerry North, O2ThinkBig at DigitalMe’s BadgeSkills workshop.

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Badge Pathways

Here’s some thinking on using visual metaphors for badge pathways as a result of some remote workshop thinkery at ISTE.

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