Sail's Pedagogy

Sail's posts about her class, classes she is taking, and education.

Peter Senge – Navigating Webs of Interdependence

Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, Senior lecturer at MIT and Founder of the Society for Organizational Learning shares his perspectives on leadership and systems thinking with IBM.

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization

He studies decentralizing the role of leadership in organizations so as to enhance the ability of employees to work productively toward common goals, and the managerial and institutional changes needed to build more sustainable enterprises—those businesses that foster social and natural as well as economic well-being. Senge’s work articulates a cornerstone position of human values in the workplace: namely, that vision, purpose, reflectiveness, and systems thinking are essential if organizations are to realize their potential.

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Steal Like an Artist

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.” T.S. Elliot


Steal Like An Artist Book Trailer from Austin Kleon on Vimeo.

Talk from SWSX.

Everything is remix.

ideas from BrainPickings

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Learning to draw again …..

I grew up drawing. I took art all though school including high school and college. But, I did not think I could make a living as an “artist” so I got a degree in psychology. That didn’t help me either.

Then one day while I was working as a pasteup artist (you may have to look this up) for a little advertising newspaper in California the first computers were brought in. They were macs.. but little screens and you could draw but only in black and white. Color printing was not yet cost efficient for this business, but at least with pasteup we could create some gray colors. We would draw a line…. and wait…… draw a line……. and wait… was not very fast. Then you had to save often, at least every 3-5 minutes. The programs did not automatically safe what you were doing for you. If you forgot to save.. the computer would lock up, and all your work would be gone. But I now could maybe be and artist and make a living at it.

The first years were fun.. we could be creative, we learned from one another and as programs and computers progressed so did we. But my last few jobs were like working in a factory… work as fast as you can… everything was placed were someone told you to place it, and be quiet. There was no creativity, the only new things I was learning was on my own – by now the internet had tutorials. I even tried teaching graphics. But few of my student had any traditional art knowledge or skills. Pushing buttons in Photoshop does not make you an artist. I was not creative anymore…

So I decided to get my Master in Education. Well that hasn’t work much either. Recently, from an online group I am involved in developed from Howard Rheingold’s Mindamp classes, I meet a artist from New York, Amanda. And what she was doing was amazing. This visual drawing is being done to explain things, such as RSA does. It is being done in meetings and classrooms to organize out thoughts. Amanda has create drawings for our classes at Rheingold U. amanda. So thanks Amanda, for giving me back my creativity.

This is not me.. I am still just using a pencil and paper, and trying somethings on my iPad. But it gives me a great idea.

Some great sites:

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Net Smart

Net Smart is Howard Rheingold’s new book.

“Mindful use of digital media means thinking about what we are doing, cultivating an ongoing inner inquiry into how we want to spend our time. I outline five fundamental digital literacies, online skills that will help us do this: attention, participation, collaboration, critical consumption of information (or “crap detection”), and network smarts. I explain how attention works, and how we can use our attention to focus on the tiny relevant portion of the incoming tsunami of information. I describe the quality of participation that empowers the best of the bloggers, netizens, tweeters, and other online community participants; I examine how successful online collaborative enterprises contribute new knowledge to the world in new ways; and I present a lesson on networks and network building.”

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