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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The Elephant in the Classroom…

I have to say – I hadn’t even thought about this. As an adult I’m very aware of what light (and indeed soul-destroying fluorescent light) can do to creativity and productivity. I hadn’t thought about CO2. I saw a prototype of the Learnometer by Stephen Heppell at the BETT show last year – worth bearing in mind if you find yourself in an enclosed space trying to teach yawning youngsters…

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Future kinds of work

How I work has changed massively over the past ten years. Okay, so now I draw pictures, whereas I used to write programs – or lead others to write programs. Probably the biggest change I’ve had is being exposed to Mozilla’s way of working. They corale creative communities using some very clever practices and technologies. And right at the centre of this deeper magic community alignment

This thinkery was created for this DML blog post.

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Meeting around a document

What’s the agenda of your meeting? Is it to say clever things – or to build clever things. If you’re serious of collaboratively building something, and want to give everyone an equitable voice, consider meeting around a document instead of a table – it’s a completely different (and more productive) experience…

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Innovation

“I don’t know if I even believe in innovation”. The words escaped my mouth at an event I was speaking at this week. We were talking about innovative uses of technology in Further Education. It seems to me that innovation is only innovation in hindsight: “wow! that thing we made was really innovative.” Even though, at the time it might have felt like fumbling in the dark…

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The conditions of innovation

It’s easy for a manager to say the meaningless statement “Let’s be more innovative!”. In contrast, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a manager say the much more intentional statement “Let’s create the conditions and the processes that will allow us to be innovative.” The right mix of people. The space outside normal work routines. Time to poke and prod a problem. Nibbles and caffeine. Friendly feedback.

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An umbrella of experiments

A friend challenged me this week on where my newsletter was going. Admittedly, I have no idea. It was meant to be an experiment, though — an umbrella for experiments, if you will…

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Diffusion of Innovation

Aha! So it’s not just me…

When I first saw this, it face-slapped me like an un-hinged double hi-five. At the time, I was pitching an e-portfolio solution to different training organisations, which was really quite hit and miss. After a while, I realised the product I was selling was actually “Change” – and that change meant pain. Potential customers varied wildly in their appetite for change, but also in their ability to change…

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Scaling doesn’t care

Scaling often doesn’t care. Outsource. Cut out the fat. A business must continually drive to be more efficient – and indeed there are many ways to do just that. On paper, it may make sense. But as a business, you are your people. Forget about them at your peril…

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The Binary Decision

I’m now in the habit of carrying around a sketchbook and scribbling down a thought as it jumps around in my brain. I’ve recently noticed that being creative requires a lot of noticing (notice what i did there?…) In this instance I was noticing how decisions are rarely binary, even thought its in our nature to reduce them to a binary state in order to be able to make a decision we’re happy with.

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