This is a simple article with a simple premise for giving better feedback: When giving or responding to feedback, avoid using the word “I”. This seems logical and rational, but it’s actually a real skill that needs to be developed in order to go beyond a personal opinion when giving...

I stumbled across this post from Ewan McIntosh and found that it echoed quite a lot of my recent thoughts on designing for learning. I’m a huge proponent of the idea of creating an “engaging experience, first and foremost”, but all to often in education the focus is on curriculum-filling...

This post is taken from Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations by Nicholas Carr, at it just that – provocative. I agree with a lot of what Carr outlines in this piece and it is a provocation to rethink the history and making of the web. Technology as a religion: The...

I’ve just finished listening to the latest episode of Audrey Watters and Kin Lane’s fantastic Tech Gypsies Podcast. The latest, Episode 16: Weaponized Transparency, deals with one of the biggest events that have surfaced in the past week. While the DNC Hack may sound like local and minor event, it...

Some interesting perspectives in this article about work in the knowledge economy (as opposed to the industrial). I like the idea of the “comprehensivist”, and it relates to the kinds of terms I’ve used to describe myself - expert generalist and technopedagogue. However what I fail to see as the...

This post from Andrew Rikard, a student from Davidson College is one the most insightful that I’ve read in some time. I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew on a recent trip and am a huge fan of his advocacy of the student voice. I’m a huge fan of the...

This older post got a retweet from Phil Windley today and it reminded me of how awesome the web is, and how f*cking smart many of the people who work on it are. I’ve been reading through most of Phil’s recent posts and know of the work he’s pursing at...

I wouldn’t normally link to one of Downes’ posts - seems weird to comment on commentary - but I really like that he pulled together another reference and this phrase sparked something: Or maybe - as I think - all knowledge is tacit knowledge. It’s a throw away line and...

This article discuss the work of Marcus Westbury and his attempt to revitalise the dying heart of the city of Newcastle, Australia. Westbury’s Renew Newcastle project saw the run down central part of the city get a breath of air and come spluturing back to life. Having been to Newcastle...

An interesting read on what might be possible with the blockchain. There’s some interesting ideas in here - and a few that I tought were left unexplored. In particular the idea of a blockchain based identity management system - a decentralised passport for your online identity (I made a comment...

This interview with science fiction writer David Brin about Star Wars is incredibly enlightening. I have not given much thought to the plot (and plot holes) of Star Wars in general. Partly because I don’t care to intellectualise the movies beyond what they are and partly because of how bad...

If you’re interested in Digital Pedagogy and the discussion around it you need not look further than the work of Jessie Stommel. He’s perhaps my favourite writer and provocateur on the subject. Always clear concise and thought provoking Jesse has an amazing way of bringing together the practices of teaching,...

This podcast is a discussion on Big Data from a legal perspective. There’s some really interesting points here - in particular about the legal lens we operate under. The US focusses on National Security, the EU through Privacy but it would be interesting to see it persued as Property. But...

This post from Jesse Stommel is extraordinarily good on a number of fronts that relate to my work and my way of thinking & being. The first is a link back to a previous post about what the “casualisation” of a workforce does to the workplace: They are oppressed by...

This opinion piece was on the front page of the New York Times. I don’t understand the gun culture of America, to me it’s as dissonant and illogical as fundamentalist religions. But this, this quote cuts through all the bullshit: It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that...

This story comes from a wonderful talk from Wade Davis that formed the second half of this podcast from Big Ideas. The ideas presented as ancient wisdom confirm a lot of my beliefs about the nature of culture but one part of the lecture really stood out to me –...

After constant sync issues with Apple’s Podcast app I’ve jumped over to Marco Arments Overcast. It provides a nice alternative to iTunes for browsing and finding new podcasts and it’s how I found The Web Ahead. I browsed the whole listing and cherry picked quite a few older episodes that...

This is what scares me about all the predictions of AI, Automation and post-labour: Panic over automation misses the real problem — that workers themselves are treated like machines. Peter Frase articulates something more incidious than losing jobs: What I fear most is not that all of our labor will...

An extremely interesting and thought provoking interview with Norman Doidge, author of The Brain’s Way Of Healing and The Brain That Changes Itself. The concept of neural plasticity is changes the way we need to conceptualise not just the brain, but biology as a whole. Its the first real demonstration...

I picked this post up from Daring Fireball and have to say that I feel the same as John Gruber - I can’t tell whether this is parody or not. I read this as I am actually interesting in the concept of ditching Alternating for Direct Current. A return to...