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Wikipedia – Active vs Passive learning

Horrible Histories? Absolute genius. I’m sure it’s creation needs deep understanding in order to use the weapon of humour around a topic. I’ve found the same is true with imagery (indeed Horrible Histories uses imagery so well), and so I love it when my son is able to deploy his own Visual Thinkery in school homework – which often contains humour too, if he thinks he can get away with it. Teach to learn…

This off-the-cuff comment by Lucy Crompton-Reid at the recent OER conference resonated with me, and it illustrates one of the simplest techniques of creating thinkery: to draw out the contrast between two things.

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Stickerful People

Hall of fame

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What’s the collective noun for doodles? An infusion? A gung-ho of doodlewry? I thought so. One of the highlights of the recent stickery campaign was trawling through some supporters social profiles and turning them into a doodle. Each was like a puzzle – with some easier to figure out than others. Needless to say, I couldn’t keep up, but thoroughly enjoyed the sleuthing. Thanks again to these lovely now-stickerful people.

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My Workspace

bryan's workspace

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My Workspace by @bryanMMathers is licenced under CC-BY-ND

Whilst slacking in the Creative Commons Slack channel, a few people were sharing their remote working setups (or for distributed organisations, their normal working setup). So I thought I’d create a quick sketch of mine. On reflection, I seem to have acquired a few boards: White, Chopping and Dart. The Chopping board has been one of the best work-hacks I’ve discovered (costing all of £8 from IKEA). It allows be to work at an angle to my desk, giving me more leg room, a healthier posture, and works a treat with an apple wireless keyboard hooked on the top of the board.

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Changing your mind – Ten Learnings

I recieve Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings by email as I’m sure many of you do, and I’m often drawn in by both the imagery and insight she shares in and around other creatives. A couple of months ago, I came across her Ten Learnings from Ten Years, which I thought immediately demanded to be brought to life with some visuals of their own. So I thought I’d give it a go. Here’s no.1…

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Fruit of the Commons

Before I started drawing, I was only remotely aware of Creative Commons – if at all. I remember coming across it a few years ago. Ah! Some people have taken a complicated thing and boiled it down so that people can use my stuff in an appropriate way? For free? Creative Commons is now central to my business model: Let others use your stuff. Every once in a while someone sees something out there I’ve created and thinks “I wonder if he can help us visually capture…”

This image was created for Olga Belikov at Creative Commons as part of #CCquest

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…

Creative work has DNA

Creative work has DNA

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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…

Defender of the Commons…

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My buddy created that image. I really think you should attribute him as he spent quite a bit of time creating it. Otherwise, how will anyone else know that this image is available for them to use under creative commons as well?

I love these people – these defenders of the commons. Power to their elbows!

This thinkery comes from a thoroughly enjoyable conversation with Alan Levine.

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Remix I/O

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I’m in the shower — where all good ideas are formed. Well — not formed as such, just realised. There’s something about the sensation of water on skin that grabs the half-baked thoughts hidden deep within the subconscious — thoughts which have been jolting around my grey matter while I slept, before throwing them up to the fore with a ping! A freshly condensed droplet of thought.

This is REMIX — because no-one bakes a cake without using any ingredients…

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