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Pedagogies of Disruption as Resistance

Listening to Momodou Sallah’s keynote at OER18 instantly transported me back to my days living and working in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I found myself deeply resonating with his desire for change and his willingness to be a part of it. Social Entrepreneurship; Confronting the poverty of imagination; The Empire narrative; The missing Southern voices. I found it inspirational.

Momodou’s Community Interest Company: Global Hands

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Continually becoming…

Continually becoming...

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My sketchnote from Catherine Cronin’s talk at #OER18.

I was reflecting to another attendee afterwards that I find some talks lend themselves more towards a sketchnote than others. Someone who knows what they are talking about, and cares deeply about it, is a must. But another key ingredient for me are the speaker’s homemade philosophies sprinkled through their talk – and it’s often this mix that I find paints a picture worth drawing.

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The tide is turning – single use plastic

As a family, we made a Sunday evening habit of watching the David Attenborough BBC series The Blue Planet 2. I then participated in a #RethinkPlastic workshop with Zero Waste Europe. Shortly afterwards, the Queen of England announced that she was cutting the use of Single Use Plastic on royal estates. Obviously, these events must be connected…

And cutting out Single Use Plastic is certainly harder than it seems. But for starters, I have promised myself that I will acknowledge the Single Use Plastic that passes through my own hands.

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Single Use Plastic

Single Use Plastic

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The conversation I had in my local shop this morning, when the man behind the counter automatically put my pint of milk and packet of almonds in a black plastic bag:

 – No thanks, I don’t need a bag

– It’ll not make any difference to the environment

It’s single use plastic, of course it will…

His defensiveness and poor attempt at shop humour caught me off guard, as I was making no judgement of him, just the plastic bag. Then again, I suppose none of us are comfortable with self judgement…

This thought originated from a Plastic Solutions Lab I was invited to near Brussels, where I met a fantastic mix of activists, artists and policy makers.

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The Innov-A-team

The Innov-A-team

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In 1972 a team of open workers was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. This team promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the global underground. Today, still wanted by the bad guys, they survive as members of a worker’s co-operative. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the Innov-A-Team…

(If that all made no sense, then I’m guessing you either weren’t around in the eighties, or had better things to do with your time…)

Happily created for this WeAreOpen blog post.

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Smiley Card

Smiley Card

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Smiley Card by @bryanMMathers is licenced under CC-BY-ND

It’s become a bit of a tradition in our house to make each other cards for our birthdays. The Paper53 app for the ipad – my goto drawing app – is very handy for this sort of spontaneous creation.

Draw something every day – especially if it’s silly…

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Is technology addictive?

Is technology addictive?

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It feels like I’m missing something. I wonder if there’s a record-setting sporting contest I need to witness. Um… nope. I wonder if anybody’s retweeted that awesome last thing I drew. I’d better check. Sheesh, tumbleweeds. Maybe something’s breaking in the news. It’s still snowing in Scotland. It feels like I’m missing something…

Inspired by the post – Is technology addictive? by Audrey Watters.

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