- 06/01/2017In June 2015 the Globe and Mail featured an article by Peter Klein where he contests the widely used quote "Those who can do, those who can't do, teach". He asks us to think again and also offers others quotes from the same play that drew this infamous one. I must admit it is tempting to lazily repeat this kind of humbug about teaching and doing being at odds with each other, which does not help me one jot developing as a learner.Those who can't do, teach? Think againwww.theglobeandmail.com A student once taught me a lesson that transformed my career as a teacher and as a journalist: Question the way we do what we do, and improve...
Comments08/01/2017 #6 Vincent Andrew"We get comfortable in how things are done, and have always been done and those who do not have the chance to be challenged by curious, bold young minds are often relegated to doing things the same old way. Those who can't teach, just do – and that's a shame."
Cannot agree more.07/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 Good point Deb. We move further by standing on the shoulders of the great then we do if we think the 21st Century is about reinventing the wheel. There are 21st Century faculties which are entirely new which make some form of traditional teaching out of mode, but there are great minds who offered timeless thoughts. It is the reason I go to Toastmasters, not because it is a great organization, but its founder Ralph Smedley was a great educator - and I still have to delve into the three books he wrote to rekindle his desire as an educator and not simply because his specialty was the art of public speaking. Your point is well taken. This weekend I will also be going through your book, so I look forward to finally commenting and spreading the word on that.07/01/2017 #3 Deb🐝 Lange#2 Dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit I was very fortunate, my first studies were in teaching and I was privileged to learn with leading people who were then talking about Deschooling society, teaching as a Subversive activity, students who were not empty vessels, rather students who had existing knowledge and who needed guidance in learning how to learn. I can recommend some very great books written many years ago. Just because something is written a long time ago does not mean it is old methodology. these writers were leading edge at the time and it has taken a long time for education and teaching methods to be evolved from instructional, top-down methodologies. remember our first schools in the 18th Century were designed to teach compliance and order so people could become good factory workers. Times have changed we ned people who think for themselves and who can think collectively. We need wisdom.06/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 I think that there is a courage in teaching which isn't there in learning because the two are inextricably linked - it is when learning is decoupled from teaching that standing outside the fire.
Teaching can also be decoupled from learning and then we have the talking head, the know it all, the dictator, the prima donna and that was essentially the age of broadcast.
The profession of teaching is a doing and if we don't believe that then study a teaching course, especially one that teaches the skills of managing adult learning. The college I attend regularly has an adult education certificate https://caps.sheridancollege.ca/products/adult-education.aspx which I may enroll in some future year.
Even if we study such a course, the way our world is being networked means that we may be learning yesterday's pedagogy - and the doing in teaching then is our innovative capacity to further multiply the coupled relationship that is teaching-learning.
We do learn most when we teach, but that is not simply a sharing, it is a doing and there is much skill in that doing; as there is also a place for teaching which remains a physical space for that doing, which is considerably enhanced by virtual space as a diversity of teaching options.06/01/2017 #1 Deb🐝 LangeI have always thought if I want to learn something better, share it with others. As I explain what I have learnt I learn more from The questions and comments of others. So I believe if we all practised sharing and teaching with an intention of learning we would all get better at these things:
being humble rather than arrogant;
Being curious rather than thinking we know it all;
Learning rather than memorising:
Being a connector of ideas rather than a separator;
Being able to build relationships rather than create distance and hierarchy .
And these are only a few.
I believe we need to look at our values and beliefs of teaching and educating . If we think teaching is all about knowing something and transmitting it to others we limit the learning for ourselves and others.
If we believe teaching is about sharing what we have discovered to help others discover what is relevant and purposeful to them and to discover new knowledge our methods and practucrs will be different.
- 08/07/2016Alan Geller originally shared this link about Peter Ralston about honesty. I love the way he expresses himself.Peter Ralston: Talking on Honesty Peter Ralston founder of Cheng Hsin talks about Honesty as a skill and spiritual practice. He explores the possibility of using it as a tool for growth and...
- Producer21/12/2016Staying Relevant by Staying CuriousInsecta: Diptera: Stratiomyidae (soldier fly) larva Recently, Susan Rooks - the Grammar Goddess -- mentioned something about the fear of not remaining relevant. So, I decided this post would have something of value to folks.All of us should...
Comments22/12/2016 #9 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianI never make the same mistake twice. I'm far too busy inventing new mistakes to make.
When we're kids, we ask, "Why?" about everything. We get it pushed out of us as we mature. Some of us are lucky enough to morph the question into, "Why not?"
Some very, very few of us hang on to both questions.
I consider myself lucky. I have 47 years of experience at being 10 years old. Just ask my wife.21/12/2016 #2 Susan RooksThanks for the mention, @Wayne Yoshida! And a most excellent reminder of ways we CAN stay relevant as we age. I particuarly like the "I make mistakes all the time," because I keep thinking that I shouldn't! But of course, we all do. The best part is learning from them.
- Producer08/12/2016Thursday's Thought: 4.2 seconds or 4 minutes -- What Are YOU Missing?Before you read this, please watch the short video below. A fast-moving montage or a moment-by-moment experience: Which is more powerful?There is clearly energy in the incredibly fast-moving 4.2 seconds of scenes first shown above. I was pulled...
Comments12/12/2016 #26 Susan Rooks#24 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, I actually would prefer something like that to living with anyone again. I've been single now for about 15 years, but there are certainly nice things about being paired up. I just also need my own space . . . no one argues with me about anything, which of course has both upsides and downsides. I rule. But I also goof. Hmmmm.11/12/2016 #23 Susan Rooks#22 Trust me, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, you would! It's really small (although there is a full basement, which helps!), but it has 15' ceilings, no walls (except for the bathroom), and a sun porch that is all windows, which overlook the bay. It's on the southwest side of the cottage, so yes -- the sunsets are amazing. I plan to be here for a looooooooong time!11/12/2016 #17 Susan Rooks#5 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, wasn't it, though? I couldn't believe how much work must have gone into it after I saw all the details. And it did make me laugh, which is always a good thing.
Yes, some of my friends still are a bit frantic, but having purchased, renovated, and moved to my tiny 525 s.f. cottage on the Bay here in Massachusetts, I've relaxed a LOT. How much do I need, anyway? Very little. My wonderful dogs. Heat now that it's winter. A few friends to talk with, walk with, and hug. Seriously amazing sunsets. It's a long list, and I'm enjoying every minute of it.
Thanks for continuing your support for my posts; I really appreciate it.11/12/2016 #16 Susan Rooks#12 @Ken Boddie, as usual you're cracking me up! And yes, auto correct is a terror . . . and to your point in your other comment, I'm also much more careful now to "smell those roses" because at my age, I have a much shorter time in front of me than behind me. Pure fact. So I want to make sure I leave this existence happy that I LIVED.
Thanks for your continued support and contributions to my posts.09/12/2016 #8 Jan 🐝 BarbosaAs of now technology is moving us to faster moving but impersonal world... We chat in our phones instead of speaking and sometimes have reduced the power of a Sentence into a single Emoji yet we always feel we lack time.... Not in
Control of our destinies... Yes... after a few decades we understand that while thinking of the possibilities of the Future we lost the past.09/12/2016 #6 Praveen Raj GullepalliA million dollar question dear Susan! To keep up the pace...or pace things out...to rush along or pause to smell the roses...here's something that I have always found rejuvenating...haunting melody...lovely video...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk_sAHh9s0809/12/2016 #5 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHi @Susan Rooks, I'd like to first say- wow... the video was mind-blowing.! I can only speak for myself but I try hard to remind myself a lot that life is finite. I try to appreciate the simple things in life that in my mind, really are quite complex yet stored in my memory bank forever. I see some people who are on the fast track and forget to stop and enjoy the simple pleasures which can bring the most pleasure. Simple pleasures help to relax our mind and take stock in what really matters too. I'm always striving to enjoy what's right in front of me more as I grow older. I'm trying to remember that it's a good thing to slow down and find the child within. Sometimes I get sad because I'm surrounded by a few who can't seem to slow their brains long enough to see what is right in front of them.09/12/2016 #4 Ken BoddieYou challenge us with one of life's great conundrums, Susan. When do we race through our programmed tasks, managing them and the many roadblocks and interruptions that come our way, with efficiency, and when do we stop and smell the roses? I lean on the pause button more often these days, Susan, than in my youth, but am ever fearful that waiting, without absorbing the fragrance of life, may lead to wasteful procrastination. Such a pity that our senses of sight, taste and smell loose their efficiency at the time in life when we choose to use them most. 🤔
- 08/12/2016The Audacity of Media is written on LinkedIn, it is a play on the book "Audacity of Hope" by Barack Obama. It is my way of recording for my own personal posterity the events surrounding the US Elections. Brexit I did record, but this particular event is out there, this is the best way I could. From here I move on with my life - because whether I am here or at BeBee - the online space is my learning laboratory. Nothing more, nothing less. I can learn to whine or whine on about learning - finally realizing the learning organization is the future. For now I view BeBee as my primary learning organization.The Audacity of Mediawww.linkedin.com At the beginning of the rise of Obama, the great orator was acknowledged, here was a President that will make a mark on history. Turns out after eight years, the largest mark is still the colour...
- Producer04/12/2016Vaya metedura de pataFoto de sevillartc.comBasta que lleves años haciendo algo y creas que lo dominas, para que se produzca cualquier imprevisto y te des cuenta de que eso del dominio era pura ilusión. Un baño de humildad no viene nunca mal.Voy a contarte algo que me...
Comments04/12/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe great part of sharing wisdom about presenting is being aware of these things that we would never have considered otherwise. In Visihow a tip says "Excessive salt, oranges, lemons, grapes and pineapple are acidic and can dry out your throat" so that accords with the observation of salt is loctite to the throat. At the same time salt water gargling is mentioned in preparation tips other speakers have given online http://sayitwithpower.ca/power/protect-your-public-speaking-voice/
Now the speaker in "Say it with Power" does state that he googled remedies for dry throat remedies, so the lesson here is to be wise about what it is we read, which makes personal anecdotes that much more interesting. In tips for singers, Kristina Seleshanko http://voicestudio.kristinaseleshanko.com/ThingsThatAffectYourVoice.htm provides a surprising tip to avoid excessive weightlifting because that can put a strain on one's vocal cords. Again the proof is in the practice and if practice includes rehearsal, the time to find out what does not work is in the learning lab rather than in front of a live audience.
In the course of reading about self-help for vocal health I learned about the medical practice of Otolaryngology, it turns out that Otolaryngologists deal with disorders of the ear, nose and throat - so in google-world this PDF http://ent.vcu.edu/docs/selfhelp.pdf is something I am willing to give a higher trust rating.
In the world of public speaking, humility is indeed a great teacher and so I value insights that accompany personal experience, as much as audiences value speakers who bring their personal experiences to add relevance to a delivered message.
- Producer30/11/2016The Why Behind Millennials Learning Through Hands-on ProjectsThe millennial generation refers the newest group of people to enter the global workforce. People who were born between 1982 and 2000 belong to this generation. While some educators still cling to the traditional formal and intermittent talent...
Comments01/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitXander, I do see this kind of pattern among the college students I work with. It is not the stereotype of the millennial that I focus on, but that there is a distinct difference in the worldview of this particular generation, and the newest generation has its own traits that come from their exposure to the world of mobile. I already see my grandson bottle fed on a smartphone - and these environmental and social differences do permeate into an overall generational worldview. I still look upon people as one-to-one because the best students I work with do break the mould - and they need to be respected for who they are, rather than as a "millennial" label.
- 30/11/2016Este pasado lunes grabamos dos programazos de Emprende con @emprendeTVE @LuisOlivanTV @jromero_tv @slealm @EmprendeEuropa @RTVE_Com @slealm @Finnovaregio @begortega @crisalvap
Podrás ver Emprende el jueves a las 16,00h en Canal 24 Horas de RTVE y el sábado a las 7,30h en La 1 de RTVE, y Emprende Digital el viernes a las 22,00h y domingo 14,30h en Canal 24 Horas de RTVE.
Comments30/11/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI read through an English bio from Startup Olé here :
From this it led me to think about the difference between charisma and personal magnetism. I have previously considered them to be the same thing.
I took a look at an overview of Charisma from businessballs.com
http://www.businessballs.com/charisma.htm and to my surprise charisma was discussed at much more finite level than I had considered http://www.businessballs.com/charisma.htm
The idea of gravitas is something I did come across and this is via an English presenter who wrote a book about that and this is Carolyn Goyder http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/10679066/Anyone-can-speak-with-gravitas.html and she has impressed me a lot.
I also took a look at personal magnetism as it is described by the Art of Maniless website http://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/07/12/5-ways-to-build-your-personal-magnetism/
So plenty for me to think about. Glad to have made a beBee connection with you Juanma and I look forward to translating future posts from you. My main purpose online is to use it for my own personal learning and development.
- Producer29/11/2016Tuesday Tricksters, Leave -- LessonIt's (Its) time (thyme) again for Tuesday Tricksters! It's a quick peek (peak/pique) at some (sum) words that sound the same but (butt/butte) are not (knot/naught) the same! They have different meanings and different spellings.Smart writers remember...
Comments01/12/2016 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#9 haha @Susan Rooks, I just re-read my comment and my sentence wasn't structured properly. It was supposed to read, "I always type Neice wrong." I usually type Niece. Ok, why isn't grammarly telling me I typed it wrong? It underlined grammarly because I didn't capitalize the word. Now, I'm confused.. neice or niece? And I have been known to type "I have an an apple I need to eat, " well not really the apple part LOL! Occasionally I get things right. I almost missed the typo you shared ;-)30/11/2016 #8 Lisa 🐝 GallagherGreat one's @Susan Rooks! I don't get those confused but one that comes to mind and I know better... I mix up effect and affect if I'm typing too fast. And, I know this has nothing to do with your post but one word I ALWAYS type wrong, Neice! I swear I'm dyslexic at times.30/11/2016 #7 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman#5 Susan, you were mentioned in this buzz https://www.bebee.com/producer/@franci-hoffman/bebee-women
- Producer25/11/2016Softwares for writing (review)There is a lot of writing softwares, and I tried a few, so I'm sharing my experiences and thoughts about them. Maybe you know a few more not on the list, or maybe you know all of them. This post is more focus on people writing with Word/Open office...
Comments27/11/2016 #14 CityVP 🐝 ManjitGreat! As I mentioned in a later buzz of yours - all of this software is blue ocean to me. Downside is that this requires me to make some time to study all of this and the irony of this is that I must reduce professional work time in order to increase personal learn time - where learning is a flow rather than a sacrifice. In the New Year I look forward to see how I accommodate this exploration.
- Producer24/11/2016The writer in me Today's reflectionI never saw myself as a writer. I mean, I write stuff but am I a writer ? I suppose. Writing in English is a huge challenge for me (I'll blog about that someday), but I'm writing every single day in order to improve my writing...
Comments28/11/2016 #20 Renée 🐝 CormierKeep writing, Camille. I came to your post looking for inspiration. I started to write a post about my sister who committed suicide, and deleted the whole thing because it was too depressing and too personal. Sometimes that's the writing process. We start, hate it, start again, look for inspiration, write something else, edit, post it, etc. It is highly commendable that you try to write in English. I used to teach English as a Second Language and I can tell you that writing is the most difficult skill to acquire. You're doing great. Good for you!27/11/2016 #17 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#15 I have done very little writing with a pen and paper - so whatever I write is simply a flow of my thinking at the time I write. My interest is the mediums on either side of how I engage my own thinking. On the one hand I actually want to get back to writing by hand but that demands a time consuming physical reality, but I also want to explore what dimension technologies add, because the very use of technologies changes how we relate to writing. In this regard it is fascinating about both sides of writing with pen and writing with an app. That is the personal awareness that has opened up to me here which adds to what I call my gray wisdom.27/11/2016 #14 Ken BoddieMy advice, for what it's worth, Camille, is to forget labels and rules and get the words out there. Mix it up and experiment. Find who you are and not what the world thinks. There are those who write but shouldn't and there are those who don't but should. If you can and should, then your passion will tell you and will remind you repeatedly.27/11/2016 #13 CityVP 🐝 ManjitUntil I read this, I never considered writing software as a necessary thing. I always assumed that if one develops a natural flow for writing that this is a sufficient baseline. The chief reason I have ignored this developing market for writing technologies is that I have not considered entering the realm of professional writing. Having looked at one review site http://authorunlimited.com/best-writing-software/ at Author Unlimited, I can see how technology helps industrialize a writer. I can see how it helps the technical construct of writing a novel, never mind the stupendous motivation/dedication/sacrifice required to write a book.
"Flow" is still the principle reason I write but not as a writer but as a learner. Learner here becomes a euphemism for explorer or wanderer and that leads to this experience called flow, which is simply engaging an experience for the experience of it, rather than engage in effort that has some other goal orientated end. The question this buzz posed in my head is how I would do things differently if I was driven by a professional end-point.
I am far from making writing a professional contribution but it is still an option for me. It is not necessary for me to brand myself as anything including the word "writer" - but at some point I want to begin exploring these writing technologies simply out of curiousity. It is interesting that one writing technology is called "Hemingway" but the writer Hemingway's principle technology seemed to be alcohol and raw emotion - his brilliance was that he was born a literary genius - I have no illusion that using Hemingway technology can turn anyone into a Hemingway (author). It is however a whole new marketing meme to explore.27/11/2016 #9 Phil Friedman#6 Camille and Franci -
Camille, I have written a fair amount, both for pay and for self-satisfaction -- yet never felt fully comfortable calling myself a "writer". To my mind, I am a bundle of ideas and thoughts seeking expression, whereas, rightly or wrongly, I see a writer as a bundle of expression seeking ideas to write about.
I would not place too much emphasis on "writing" software, as that would be to confuse the tools with the artisan. I've never, for example, known a set of chisels and a group of saws to be able, in the hands of a mechanical dolt, to produce a fine cabinet. Yet, I have seen the crudest of tools, in the hands of a true craftsman, produce beautiful cabinetry.
Before writing comes thinking. I believe the fact that you read a lot and enjoy the writing of others is a big step toward being a writer -- if that is truly what you want to be.
Franci, thank you for the call-out and for your very kind words. My best to both of you. And cheers!27/11/2016 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanI use Microsoft Word. I’ve used it for years and feel confident in the way it functions.
I don’t consider myself a writer like @Pascal Derrien, @Dean Owen, @Jim Murray, @Phil Friedman @Renée 🐝 Cormier @Donna-Luisa Eversley and many of the others that have that special gift of communication. I think of myself as a producer, an entertainer, and a promoter.
The thing is what I write comes from the heart and if I make a difference, then I have accomplished my mission.
So don't give up and keep writing and take time to read some of the work from those I mentioned. You will learn from the best. 😉24/11/2016 #3 Dean OwenI'd be interested in knowing about the different software. I use Word because I don't know any better. It seems fine, but I might be missing out on something. I am using iBooks Author for a novel I am writing. Your English writing seems perfectly fine and a lot better than my French, which, as a Brit, we study for 10 years of so.
- Producer14/11/2016Lines in the Sand“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” ― William Faulkner I saw this photo and for...
Comments16/11/2016 #16 Joel Anderson#15 Thank you @Deb 🐝 Helfrich Not that I am fixated on the topic of lines but your comment reminded me of a moment in time when my daughter and I were having a conversation about early childhood development. The discussion reminded me of a poignant experience in my life. Every once in awhile, my schedule would allow me to engage with my kids in their classrooms. On one occasion, I found myself sitting down with one of my daughters and a group of youngsters in a small classroom filled with a lot of these little future contributors. It was coloring time. One of the kids was getting frustrated and would color, stop, color, stop, look exasperated. I came over to see what the issue was and why the tears were welling up during an activity that was just supposed to be fun. I looked at this youngster, and then at the very clearly defined lines of a picture that were supposed to be colored within. In this particular case, the lines and marks of the crayons were all over the place. I just looked at the picture and this young child and said, "this is one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen." In an instant, the tears subsided, a smile arrived and the coloring went on with a renewed passion and sense of purpose. And it didn't hurt that I was handed a crayon to help color my own lines. My initial inclination was to color within the lines but was told with emphasis--"Its Ok to color outside of the lines." It is all about perspective. :)16/11/2016 #15 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#14 This is perhaps one of the best responses I have ever gotten, @Joel Anderson. And I have pondered a little more about leaving footprints and lines in the sand. Because it is important to take the difficult stands and draw the crucial lines.
I think that it is not the marks themselves that matter, it is the ability to make them again and again and again when life gives us the moments that matter. And to be willing to make the marks so often - DANCE! - that we become known as people who will make the footprints and lines.16/11/2016 #14 Joel Anderson@Deb 🐝 Helfrich I have thought a lot about your comment and have gone back to the picture multiple times since I posted this piece. As I thought about the messiness of it all, I was reminded of a quote attributed to Alan Watts "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." Which then led me to think about a few lines from Lee Ann Womack's "I hope you Dance" "And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, Never settle for the path of least resistance, Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin'." You and the others like you are the ones who inspire me to just want to dance despite the fuzzy lines and messiness of it all.15/11/2016 #8 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI have been mesmerized for hours over that photo, @Joel Anderson. I can't remember if you have been around when the playa paintings of Andres Amador have been shared - I simply never tire of his work: http://www.andresamadorarts.com/
I have always celebrated that my own lines are swirling and complicated and situational - I refuse to trace from anyone else's lines. And to offer a slightly different perspective, if I am not attached to my lines, if I can be at peace with the thought that they can disappear with the wind or the tide, then I am available to shift into what is occurring rather than relying on the belief of lines that may have evaporated with a changing world.
We are aligned in the necessity of making lines as part of fixing what is broken and moving the world forward into a more sustainable future for the planet and all its ecosystems.14/11/2016 #7 CityVP 🐝 ManjitWhat a beautiful picture. Privacy is one of the lines I like and another is mental and emotional bandwidth. As Clint Eastwood said in a far different contest "a man's gotta know his limitations". Once I have established a firm foundation which is akin to what is said in Matthew 7:24 - "to build your house on rock and not sand" - then the world opens up to me as a change agent.
I don't make it a raison detre to change the world, nor want to change a single thing about Joel Anderson or any other person. The transformations that incur in me, occur because of sound values, learning from my mistakes, appreciating my strengths, valuing the love that is around me, count the blessings of a wonderful life and have the humility to learn and develop.
As each one of us become a light, we add one more unit of brightness into the world. Then I can deal with the lines that imprison us, the lines that do not make sense yet continue to persist and as I engage all these kind of lines, get back to the picture of the lines in the sand and acknowledge the wonder of it all. What a precious thing life is and even more precious when it is priceless.14/11/2016 #4 Sara Jacobovici@Joel Anderson, this buzz proves that you're walking the talk; you're leaving footprints. The beautiful image you offer is non-linear reflecting, from my perspective, that our movement in time is non-linear. Seems that everything related to time occurs more in patterns like those in the sand. The word "before" has a double meaning; either of something that came from the past or is placed ahead of us. More like moving around in circles ;-)14/11/2016 #2 Harvey LloydThe symmetrical lines are captivating. Seeing the chart and the timeline certainly does give one pause to consider are current status and how it may impact our future. The quote is appropriate and would add that the definitions of honesty and truth have been blurred. I believe that your growth chart demonstrates why.
Technology has globalized our reach and we can share experiences and find confidence on our personal truth/honesty that comes with no performance requirements. Before technology your truth was tested and formed within a community's survival, everyday.
- Producer10/11/2016Between Mysticism and Reality – The Realm of ImaginationThis post was inspired by three disconnected, yet in my fertile mind, related things. The first was a recent post by Phil Friedman on Mysticism vs. Rationality (On Forcing Perception to fit Preconception). The second was a quote from a...
Comments13/11/2016 #54 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#53 Dear Phil, I would not take offence no matter what you would say for my incredulity too knew no bounds; and each time i met such folks it only increased my bewilderment and instilled a sense of acceptance of waves and frequencies (that is the word some used) which were simply beyond my ken. I spent quality time poking, provoking, testing, cross-checking and talking to them at length. I actually wanted to do a small book on my experiences with these amazing people, but had trouble deploying reason on their prowess. Barring their reticence, they allowed me to frisk them, remove all gadgets etc from their person...but they would just close their eyes, meditate and tell it like it is! One person would talk to a small stick, keeping it to his ear as if he was on long distance call and ask someone at some other wooden end! Did i feel like a fool! Were they laughing at me! One even offered to teach me, but backed off when i said I was married :) (what was that about?)...these are my experiences and not just claims Phil. Some of these folks are still around. But I no longer mess around with them. But I sure will write about some of the encounters and share them just for the interest factor. Thank you for your response.13/11/2016 #53 Phil Friedman#51 Praveen, with all due respect, I am incredulous, particularly because you claim involves your having personally encountered "many mystics" with such powers. It is such a controversial subject that, if you had personal encounters with a great number of such Mystics with such powers, I would have expected a full blown scientific study of the encounters, for documentation of circumstances and repeatability. And what a marvelous thing it would be to establish the truth of such claims once and for all,13/11/2016 #51 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#12 Dear Phil, Intuition has also been defined as 'the direct perception of knowledge'' without tools of reason or empiricism aiding that perception. I have personally encountered mystics (many) who have been able to read the thoughts of a total stranger (who I knew well) 1500 kilometers away, just upon being provided the person's full name. I even called that person after this meeting with the mystic to verify the same. While the thought of the stranger itself was unusual the fact that someone so remote could access that exact thought was simply stupefying! Am as puzzled about it today as I was then. When i asked how he could do such a thing, that rustic mystic just smiled and said practice and mentioned some process that involved investing firstly belief, and a lot of sustained effort. I assume there must be some higher science to it involving physics, near-instantaneous travel, and so on! ;)13/11/2016 #50 Praveen Raj GullepalliGreat thoughts dear Kev. Questioning, reasoning, wondering, dreaming, postulating etc., is everyone's prerogative. It is forcing perception to fit pre-conception (in a recent instance some folks mistakenly forced their perceptions and assumed a bee was building a cult - when it was not so - and started a long thread that was based on a wrong assumption! We were light-years away from a breakthrough there actually ;). It really hurt a lot of enthusiastic, curious and wondering minds who were developing a wonderful rapport with each other. Things could have been reasonably resolved in an offline mode as most of it was technical and beyond the Ken of even perhaps a Boddie! ;) (No offence meant to our dear Wandering Aengus there :). It was a kind of in-hive inter-group talk that was rudely intruded upon sort of :) However, that threat revealed the limits of Reason in a nutshell. Reason is beautiful. Imagination is wonderful. Out of wonder and imagination sprang all seeds of enquiry and thought. We must never forget that. Of course Dreaming should be followed by Doing, once the vision is laid out to a plan. The patterns, the forms, the fractals (more like units of similarity, recurring abundantly)...they have messages to convey am sure! We can't just say that they are just there and that's that can we? Ignorance is not bliss for all! Seeking answers can be / is a tortuous path to self-realisation. The cold comfort of Reason may not suffice for all. The cult of Reason is equally abhorrent to many. The sage and tolerant accept, acknowledge and respect all for their respective worth and seek Reason and Imagination for answers and inspiration.12/11/2016 #49 Mark AnthonyWell @Kevin Pashuk, rationally thinking this makes complete sense . I always remember snippets of info that stick with me ,of the top of my head from my studying days . One of those was " When we're born we bring something with us and as time goes on we lose that something " . I also feel a sense of anger and resentment towards social norms when I read posts like yours . Thankyou12/11/2016 #46 Mohammed Sultan@Kevin Pashuk .The post is not only interesting but also beneficial.Each of us posses a nearly limitless creative strands of thoughts,the challenge is to uncover them and develop them.Changing of learning contexts generates new energy as well as creativity and imagination ,but you can't change contexts without having the patience to learn something new.We should teach students how to free themselves from fear when facing challenging tasks or uncertain situations.Fear sometimes force us to get satisfied with the status quo and to any obvious first solution.Innovative thinking also emerges from ensuring a healthy level of personal balance.Teachers should teach students how to approach new challenges and break the traditional patterns of their brains with sharpened inquisitiveness.12/11/2016 #45 Chas ✌️ Wyatt@Kevin Pashuk, I am sure you are familiar with this Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson, "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"; it is one of my favs, as is the quote you used by Robert Kennedy~
"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral." ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942.11/11/2016 #40 Kevin Pashuk#30 Thanks for your comment Joris. There's a huge difference between the number of people who want change for their nation, and the number of people willing to change if it would benefit the nation (or organization). The education model common in North America and Europe has its roots in the industrial revolution, where people were moving from an agriculture economy to a manufacturing economy. The factories needed workers who could do repetitive tasks and take instruction without questioning. There has to be be a widespread desire (and voice) for a nation to realize this model doesn't support our current needs. Finland was an exception. It took drastic measures to reform their educational system, and while nothing is a panacea, the results are promising.11/11/2016 #38 Kevin Pashuk#28 You would think we would get smarter in our old age Ken when it comes to politician promising change. It reminds me of the fresh new politician campaigning and in his speech mentions all the corruption and gravy train perks given to Senators. When asked if he was going to change it, he (honestly replied) "Heck no!! I want to get in on it!" It was probably his last election.11/11/2016 #36 Kevin Pashuk#26 Thanks for the link to your post on Creativity Sara. Great read.
'Creativity' by itself is indeed hard to measure. It's like the Supreme Court Judge, when asked how he defined 'pornography' said "I may not how know how to define pornography, but I know it when I see it."
That's the challenge of schools trying to introduce 'creative thinking' and 'lateral thinking' into the curriculum. It's generally difficult to build into a rubric. You can see evidence of this kind of thinking in the output...
At our school, I asked the academic leadership to describe an 'exceptional learning experience'. They went away for two weeks and came back with stories of what it would look like, the behaviours they would see in students, the metrics they would use to measure success, and the learning environment that would support this type of learning, which included collaboration, self discovery, solving problems that have no 'right' answer, etc.
The school (and this is critical) committed to supporting the development of this type of educational experience.
We are an independent school, so we do not have the challenges that public school boards face, but it is my core belief that every student globally needs to have an exceptional learning experience.
- 06/11/2016Through a @Claire 🐝 Cardwell buzz, I came across the "The Wisconsin Idea" where the University of Winconsin viewed the whole state as a classroom. In my college I call this a college ecology, but this is the first time I have come across this perspective as an example I can point to. I also noted the Taliesin spirit of "Learning by Doing" and the connection to Frank Lloyd Wright and the vision he sought to inspire at the Taliesin Studio - If ever there was an affinity with profession and educational vision, this account I learned about today is simply amazing.The History of the Taliesin Fellows « Taliesin Fellowstaliesinfellows.org
- 05/11/2016Check. Why Women Working in Advertising Need to Stop Apologizing All the Time #marketing #businessWhy Women Working in Advertising Need to Stop Apologizing All the Timeadweek.it Women tend to apologize more than they need to for even the smallest of things, like bumping into someone on the street or asking for a minute of the boss'...
- Producer24/10/2016The Art Of Self ConquestI have the uttermost respect for people who leave their comfort zone in pursuit of a higher goal. Individuals who do things that are hard for them to reach this higher goal. As people, we make a choice. We can say: I am who I am, and I do not...
Comments25/10/2016 #44 Aurorasa Sima#37 You have kindly commented on the "Do you want to search or find" post as well. That´s the point. Even if know things. Do we live them? Why do top athletes have trainers that could not run half as fast? It can help us to be asked questions even if know the answer. It´s easier if you don´t walk alone.
Thank you for comment and the following discussion with Harvey was interesting to read too. My pragmatic approach to the Bourbon analogy would be to pour it in a glass (:24/10/2016 #42 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#41 I am so far towards Introvert - that it really isn't a stretch to call me a hermit, yet I am not a bit shy....and when I ignite it draws a lot of attention! Right @Charles David Upchurch View more#41 I am so far towards Introvert - that it really isn't a stretch to call me a hermit, yet I am not a bit shy....and when I ignite it draws a lot of attention! Right @Charles David Upchurch? But I always know which recipes call for Maker's Mark - the occasional Manhattan is necessary in a well-lived life. Close24/10/2016 #39 Tausif MundrawalaOur nerves becomes the cage for ourselves because we have programmed ourselves that way. Once we free our nerves saying that we are capable of scaling heights which we never thought about it before than we can achieve the unthinkable. The flying albatross caught my attention and I could not resist myself reading this wonderful post and commenting on it. Thanks for sharing this post with us.24/10/2016 #38 Harvey Lloyd#37 Without the reflection of others such as @Aurorasa Sima then i am merely on a deserted island with no stimulation to even demand a different question. Thank you for your compliment @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. So many times in my crazy existence in small business i have chased the wrong question.
I forgot who said the likes of this quote. If i have five days to solve the puzzle then i will spend four looking for the right questions and the fifth solving. (I butchered it, but hopefully the concept came through.)24/10/2016 #37 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#36 @Harvey Lloyd - you have a great skill in generating better questions! I admire it.
The Art of Self-Conquest requires a lot of skillful questions. And I do believe that taking the journey with someone like @Aurorasa Sima who can demonstrate her abilities via interacting on beBee makes the journey a lot easier. Sometimes, when left to our own devices, we will do everything we can to avoid answering the one question that will unlock our cage.24/10/2016 #36 Harvey Lloyd@Aurorasa Sima I liked the bird cage analagy and would like to reduce the cage to a series of parts. The bottom being our fundamental beliefs, the bars being the emotional concepts that are caging, the roof our belief that we are protected by the entirety of the cage system. What if we took the person and the cage within this metaphor and stuck them on the deserted island. Based on self preservation i would think that the roof would collapse as soon as the bars were recognized as being counter productive to survival.
If the above is true, then we would have to consider why did we build the cage in the first place, within our social setting? This style of comparison usually helps me better retain the right question rather than the right answer. A more challenging question would be who built the cage? myself? or someone else? To answer this one we usually have to inspect what the cages intended purpose was/is. In this we can find our way out.
As usual your posts are stimulating and challenge folks to think.
- Producer13/09/2016A World of Uncharted WatersAll waters are uncharted territory.Just because we have a map, it doesn't mean that we've been there before. Someone else's experience may serve as a guide, or plan for us, but is no guarantee of our experience or success.Just because we recall...
Comments21/10/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 ManjitDo check out E.F. Schumacher's Guide for the Perplexed. My copy is starting to get old but it is one of those books one can reference over time rather than read cover to cover. Schumacher provides a great map metaphor.
https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/08/05/a-guide-for-the-perplexed-schumacher/18/10/2016 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher"Just because we have a map doesn't mean we've been there before." Ah, so true @Tony 🐝 Rossi! Every experience is unique to each individual and how we choose to get from one destination to another, well many times we have to take detours along the way or the path is unknown until we've arrived. Nice buzz and Congrats to you for being named an Ambassador!
- Producer23/09/2016Photographic FreedomAs a professional photographer and studio owner for over twenty years I'm used to the daily grind of carrying several pounds of gear to assignments. I like my gear. I don't love it or worship it as many people do. To me it's simply the tools...
Comments24/09/2016 #6 Michael D. Davis#4 That's the Marketer's for you @Tony Brandstetter. They like to perpetrate the myth that money can buy you two things; happiness and creativity. Neither come without time spent gaining knowledge on how to properly achieve them. Without the necessary educational understanding you're not going to be very happy with the results that expensive paperweight will produce.
A wonderful exercise for anyone wishing to understand the principles of photography, whether digital or film, is to use their camera in manual mode until they are comfortable using this very accurate and complex scientific measurement tool. Until a person grasps what is being measured and how it must be controlled in order to achieve the results they desire it's all just luck and pre-programmed algorithms. I teach this stuff by the way in case you are wondering.24/09/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#2 It is a very important subject that you have touched upon Michael, because the 21st Century is about the movement to visual images and there is great skill involved in any form of photography. There is also an emerging body of knowledge to new pathways such as iphoneography. That I am limited in my own technology capacity at present is what blocks my progress in this area, but my learning journey must eventually embrace this visual intelligence. That visuals are used for entertainment simply is a function of what we as a society have been conditioned to, through 20th Century broadcast mentality. I will stay in tune with what you have to say not because it is entertaining, but because it is important.23/09/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe iPhonegraphy I have seen to date is quite impressive and as each few years pass, we are going to see Moore's Law operate at the visual technology development level, the way it has operated in terms of computing power. I am not presently partaking any technology upgrades for several years because I have chosen austerity as my present path. I no longer have a cell phone, my computer still says IBM, and in technology terms, I am symbolic of that Seinfeld episode where Kramer wants to see how far they can travel on an empty tank of gas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuEdU_lrtZk . . . but I digress, I look forward to the day that I too will participate in this age of visual images.
- Producer18/09/2016Let's LaughWhat if you met the author, August Wilson, and he said “All you need in the world is love and laughter. That's all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.” I feel his inspiring quote gives reason to appreciate...
Comments19/09/2016 #18 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#17 @Gerald Hecht, I was on the phone w/my daughter today and I kept hearing a beeping noise. I told her to hang on because the phone was beeping and I thought I had a call coming through. It happened two more times and I said, hmm my call waiting must not be working and she broke out laughing and telling me- that was ME making that noise, I made the noise to the baby first and just went with it when you thought it was your call waiting. She was cracking herself up and I couldn't stop laughing after that. Something so simple, yet it induced laughter!19/09/2016 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman#8 I'm beginning to understand how you utilize your hives. I am very fond of this idea because it lends new meaning to the intent of hives. Thinking of them as energy gives them energy, rather than just a place for storage. Now I think of hives as learning tools. I like your ideas because they are "energy", meaning always in motion rather than stagnant and forgotten. I love your comment.
- Producer17/09/2016Are You Secretly Judgmental Of Others? Why It’s An Important Clue About Your Inner WorldDo you notice that you often secretly judge others? For example, your sister tells you about a new car she bought and you think, She can’t possibly afford that car on her salary. She’s so irresponsible about money. Or your partner...
Comments17/09/2016 #1 Deb🐝 LangeOften we are blind to these underlying needs. However, the good thing is we can learn to uncover out blind spots. It takes curiosity and a willingness to be very open and exploratory. Once we learn how to do it we can free ourselves from The limitations we inadvertently place on ourselves.
- 19/08/2016“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
Make playing the main goal of your day - play is our brain's favorite way of learning and almost all creativity involves purposeful play. In the words of Emerson, “It's a happy talent to know how to play!”
- 19/08/2016To have an idea what genuine human compassion is like, look at children.
Naturally open and honest, they don't care about other children’s background, what their religion or their nationalities are, so long as they smile and play together. It’s as we grow older that the trouble begins—we only smile to get what we want.
But when we see other human beings as being like us and show concern - that's genuine compassion
Comments19/08/2016 #4 Ali AnaniExcellent post dear @Emilia M. Ludovino and the idea of your buzz is superb. I thank dear ANees @Anees Zaidi for the tag. I may add that on the surface we might observe repellency, but inside we may have the stabilizing effects of the child in us bringing us together. What we see from the outside should not blind us from searching the balancing force. In fact, dear @Anees Zaidi wrote recently how his competition with his brother for the fruits (repelling forces) increased the two brothers' love. A worthy post to read
- Producer15/09/2016Feeling ColorsHis straw hat served him well over the years. There was only a small hole in the brim, but it kept a tiny ray of sun peeking through as he made his way down the avenue. When he finally reached his destination at the Summer Art Festival,...
Comments15/09/2016 #9 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a touching story. When you mentioned Red Rocks, I thought of Colorado and the beauty of Red Rocks. "Love it the only color the blind see." Wow, very powerful! Thanks @Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015, great story, you're very creative and intuitive.15/09/2016 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#4 Though in the way I classify things for my own learning, the nature of the work we do is classified Indigo, or an intellectual review or a hi-brow art discussion would be yellow, the way I classify Karen's story is gray. For what I take out of Karen's story is the relational - i.e. the actual art of storytelling. I placed Karen's piece in the Gray hive because there is much about the construction of her story that teach me the skills of a good storyteller. This is a skill I have not indulged but still appreciate, because the human story from the dawn of civilization draws the skill of great storytellers. So I can either make meaning from this story which is why I place things in the yellow hive, or I find learning in a piece which is about both communication skills and more importantly a story capturing essentials of human relationship - then that has great learning potential. Given the two i.e. the story and the storyteller, I find the storyteller more fascinating. Take the art of Picasso, he is loved by so many people for his art but I also draw a note of caution from Susan Sontag who brings us back to the storyteller when she talks about interpretation. When I get to the artist himself which is Picasso - my starting value is understanding his ego and his personal dominating character, and that is what actually gets me interested in Henri Matisse - now what is revealed is a humble man, a good man and now I can elevate Matisse in my mind and see his art as an extension of his virtue. These things do not interest most people, but for me they are essential aspects of learning, of deeper wisdom and ultimately relationship. In Karen I see a Matisse rather than a Picasso.15/09/2016 #4 Aurorasa SimaAnother beautiful story with several facets, messages, and ideas. Thank you! @CityVP 🐝 Manjit owns several extremely interesting hives, he has classified them with the help of colors. I am sure a few would be of interest to you. You can find them via his profile or in the latest buzzes (hive talk) of @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
- Producer13/09/2016Hive Talk Special-Featuring the Wisdom Hives created by CityVPManjitHive Talk Special is intended to feature hives with special instructions and/or the length of the description warrants special attention. This Hive Talk Special is dedicated to a group of hives with a common denominator and all are under the same...
Comments14/09/2016 #13 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#12 Dear Franci, I think you did a great job in term of providing a sampling. The chief takeaway I would like to give is that there are hives which you want people to converge, the kind of professional affinity that beBee talk about, but there are also hives which are personal and where one can store buzzes that were personally meaningful. As a personal collection, the chief skillset is curation. To understand what it means curating, in my case I curate my learning journey. @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman check out this article on curation: http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1037/is-content-curation-in-your-skill-set-it-should-be13/09/2016 #8 CityVP 🐝 ManjitDear @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman @David B. Grinberg and @Aurorasa Sima thank you for contributions to this buzz. The structure I have specifically gone for is personal learning hives. While "Orange" happens to be an actual company, it is no loss because I cover my social media learning through the Naranja hive (which is Spanish for Orange) and my "Oranges" hive is "The Orange Bee" which is social media specifically related to beBee https://www.bebee.com/group/oranges I also have three toastmasters hives related to my club involvement and then hobby/special interest hives like Tottenham and Ashoka. I don't participate much on professional or subject matter hives because the subject matter is organized around the colours and that means I can move the subjects around. How the structure of those colours evolves is through a learning instrument I have created for myself here https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CsQ7CxnXEAAqige.png:large The luxury I have online is that I am predicated or focused on generating traffic, it is a part of what I call m "learning journey". Originally that journey was through Twitter, now it is here.
- Producer08/09/2016The Oxy of MoronI sat in class staring out the window. Grammar bored me. As for English language rules – to me you just listen and read and pick it up that way. My rebellious reverie was broken when I heard the last part of the teacher’s sentence “…and that was...
Comments09/09/2016 #19 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#9 That momentary suspension of belief dear @Charles David Upchurch...is supposed to be a Zen moment by many Zen practitioners...opening the gates of new perception ;) confounding and suspending all thought and belief for a split second there...and for a student prepared enough it is said to open floodgates to new perception. So we Ox Gert to keep the Morons comin! :)09/09/2016 #18 Praveen Raj GullepalliLOL @Gert Scholtz! Away from grammar, one is on dangerously safe ground! ;) (Confession: My wife is much better at grammar than me! I forgot to remember everything i didn't read somewhere back there!) Yes oh yes, lotsa chuckles there, you betcha. Esp with: Polish writer Stanislaw Lee: “Even his ignorance is encyclopedic”....Everett Dirksen: “I am a man of unbending principles; the first is to be flexible at all times”. Now where did Groucho go? :)09/09/2016 #15 Lauren JuzlThank you for this article @Gert Scholtz having just finished my literature degree I can say that I was just as obsessed with oxymorons, it was unusual for me to leave an exam without squeezing in something about the oxymorons, or at a stretch oxymoronic imagery, within the text I was studying, glad to know I'm not the only one.09/09/2016 #9 Charles David UpchurchVery interesting trivia. That was my attempt at an oxymoron. Seriously, an interesting article. I don't know if it was on purpose or by accident, but you stumbled into something very deep with this sentence: "It momentarily suspends belief and suddenly illuminates a new truth." Initially I thought to 'correct' that by suggesting the cliched 'suspension of disbelief' (as in an audience reading a book or watching a movie or a live performance of a story), then I realized that "suspension of belief" (not disbelief) is not only more profound, it may be the key to science, art, and world peace. Very cool.
One question...what parts of this were sourced from "Dr M Grothe. Oxymoronica. Harper Collins. Glasgow. 2008"? Thanks for mentioning that source, by the way.
Gray Wisdom~ 100 buzzes
Gray Wisdom is the relational core of CityVP, It accompanies an offline learning journey with my Toastmasters Club at a local college. Thus gray wisdom covers relational communication and public communication skills as well as matters related to research and the learning ecosystem.