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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Notice and wonder

My nose is running and my coffee is dribbling and I’m wondering if these two occurrences could be related. Wondering, always wondering. The more I wonder, the more I notice. The more I notice, the more I wonder…

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So… how’s it going? (growing a social business)

I wrote this visual poem about 6 months ago when my social business wapisasa and its vision were struggling – I had completely forgotten about it until I found it in an old sketchbook last week, and thought I might turn it into something to encourage others. If it resonates with you, let me know!

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Badge Taxonomy V0.2

This is version two of the Badge Taxonomy – the purpose of which is not to classify rogue badges – but to understand how badges were being used, and help think through badging solutions.

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Confidence and Perspective

When we took on our first young people at wapisasa last year, I really didn’t appreciate how important self-confidence in the Rookie’s outlook and enjoyment of their job. On reflection, I see that I’m no different. A lack of confidence makes you blind to the options and opportunity that surrounds you.

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The Badge Cycle

This is a generic version of the badge cycle visual thought I created for the BBC. In it I’m trying to bring to life the process of earning and issuing badges. It was included as part of the FELTAG report.

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Teachers…

In my work with young people in wapisasa, I’ve realised just how important self confidence is achieving anything – and how that self confidence is grown. As such I recognise the qualities of teachers I’ve had in the past, investing in young people and creating the environment for them to thrive.

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Funding Form

After starting wapisasa, a social business (non-profit) focused on developing creative young people, I thought that we’d be able to get funding to help us get up to speed. Sadly, this is my experience of the funding world – which I suppose is understandable – who wouldn’t want maximum bang for buck? Slow-burning ideas are hard to find funding for.

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I am more than just my grades

When you hire a person what do you look for? I look for what I would call character, and a spark…

Yet grades are so big that that although voices say that other qualities matter, its hard to hear them. Could Open Badges be a game changer in terms of recognising value, in all its diversity? I believe it could…

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Education Technology

I love Lego, and I wonder how much it played a part in feeding my creative (and constructivist) side. Problem solving, learning to pivot and change direction, creating new worlds with others. Needless to say my kids are all over it…

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