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A very troublesome border

A most troublesome border

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“…because division is what borders do best…”

This illustration is from my newsletter. You should really subscribe. It’s full of pictures. You can also follow the Irish Border on twitter these days. As you can imagine, it has a lot to say.

I made this image using the Visual Thinkery Remixer platform. A little browser app that allows you to participate in remixing the Border. More remixables coming soon!

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Here may lie an Open Badge programme. Time for a pre-mortem…

Last week I was facilitating a Think-a-thon with a WeAreOpen client in Edinburgh alongside co-op member Grainne Hamilton. We were helping our client to think through the integration of an Open Badge programme into their current offering.

The Pre Mortem is an extremely helpful way to air intuitive spider-sense discomforts amongst the team, without anyone being seen as negative or disloyal.

Here’s Dr Doug’s whistlestop tour if you’re curious…

 

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19 Alternative Anniversaries

19 Alternative Anniversaries

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We’re married 19 years – what is that? Nearly Sapphire? Stainless Steel? Blotting paper? This year, instead of writing me a card to mark our 19th wedding anniversary, my wife thought it would be a good idea to come up with a list of alternative anniversaries. So, over a shared plate of restaurant nachos, we set to work…

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OER19 revisited…

OER19 revisited

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I’m already looking forward to OER19, and I’m delighted that it will take place in the motherland.

Aye.

Of course, I couldn’t resist this little remix of the flyer when I first saw it. This is a product of Mathers third principle of Visual Thinkery – Curiosity must not come back empty-handed

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Problematic Portraits

Problematic Portraits

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It seems that practically the whole of the known internet (more than 5 people) is busy doodling portraits of Colin Madland, who has very graciously offered up his face to artists for the purposes of visual experimentation, and thus inspired this comic strip.

I try to stay away from portraits, as it has often led to an awkward conversation, and reminded me that how a person sees their self is pretty warped to begin with. Indeed, I can’t help but see my face in terms of the things that aren’t even there – eyebrows, eyelashes, etc. You know I’ve always been a smooth operator…

Hey, I did this portrait of you!
Oh? I don’t think I really look like that.
Ah…

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Sparks of Openness

sparks of openness

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Working in the open – it often feels counter-intuitive. What if someone criticises my half-baked idea? What if they make it stronger? What if someone dislikes the thing I’ve created? What if they really like it? What if they pinch the idea? What if they’re able to use the idea, or add theirs to it? 

Inspiration comes from others. Be an other.

From a conversation about Digital Literacies with We Are Open colleagues Grainne Hamilton and Doug Belshaw.

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