Conversational thinkery is where it’s at. Armed with a pen and paper, there are gems to be uncovered and captured. Recently, with my WeAreOpen comrades Doug Belshaw, Laura Hilliger we thought (online) through the overlap between Digital Literacies and Employability and before long I found myself capturing these book titles which ultimately helped us frame what we were talking about.
It’s evolved much further as part of Doug’s post: Eight ways to think about digital employability
Once introduced to some amateur psychology, there’s no turning back. We seem to be wired to draw causative connections between events, but this shortcut is easier said than spotted. Post hoc ergo propter hoc is Latin-ish for “After this, therefore because of this” and forms the basis of all superstition.
For a better explanation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_hoc_ergo_propter_hoc
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…
Well, I suppose it’s not just our lot then – the times they are a changin’ and here comes a generational shift (that’s the hopeless wrenching in your stomach). Yet, surely it’s always been this way. A time for peace, a time for war. A time for truth, a time for deception bots on social media…
An idea often develops itself – or it certainly feels that way. An idea is most vocal when you return to it. When I shared this artwork on twitter, I wondered whether it was like the blank tile in a game of Scrabble, where I get to dictate how you see it. But Amy Burvall reckoned it looked like a fox, and I think fox > bird… How do you see it?
…it took me a while to realise that prayer is often about perspective. The situation itself doesn’t change, but how you see it does. I don’t believe in a God that reaches out of heaven to tweak something in the space-time continuum in order just to make me more comfortable. If that were the case I’d be the god. But when I verbalise my worries and give them up, there is somehow a releasing power — and a degree of objectivity.
(extract from my weekly dollop of visual thinkery newsletter)
I’m certain that I have no idea what the opportunities are that surround me. However, there are things that I can do to help those opportunities find me. But any plan I ever make is subject to change due to something happening tomorrow that I didn’t know about today. This is why a career makes no sense to me.
Ultimately, it’s the road not taken where the richest learning lies, and the reason why I promised myself years ago to stay outside my comfort zone, or at least try to head for that undiscovered land — that land where adventure lies.
Recently, I was struck by this line: “It’s better to make the mistake of being generous, than make the mistake of being mean.”
If your default is set to “no”, it takes quite a compelling argument in the heat of the moment to get it to a “yes”…