Blog postings

I write about themes of interest to me: personal development, education, addictions, technology, parenting, and creativity. If you like what you see, feel feel to leave a comment or get in touch to continue the conversation.

Big Problems: Small Wonder


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Storming the Ivory Tower

The landscape of post-secondary education is in the midst of turbulent transformations. New technologies challenge established traditions and norms. Emerging practices promise new modes and methods. Cultural, economic, and social changes encourage (and perhaps even demand) a comprehensive review of what education is and what it’s for. We are living ...

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Storytelling and Addictions Recovery

Stories are maps, repositories of collected wisdom, ciphers and guides for making sense of the human journey. Whether archaic, prosaic, or postmodern, stories illuminate the paths undertaken by all those who seek resolution and healing. And stories are all the same, at heart: beneath the guises of religion, behind the ...

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Understanding and Working with Addictions

Addictions are pervasive. They are perhaps the most common human frailty. My work involves helping people navigate the complex landscape of addictions, helping them find pathways forward by finding what lies behind addictions (mental health or developmental challenges, typically). Much of this work involves organizational and community development: schools ...

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Beyond Textbooks

Educators have begun the great migration toward digital communities and content. We're dismantling our traditional notions of what a textbook is and how it might be used, and we've started to use online tools and cultures. We're making progress toward more connected and curated educational opportunities ...

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The Future of Education

The landscape of education is changing rapidly. New technologies challenge established norms. Emerging practices promise new modes and methods. Cultural, economic, and social changes encourage (and perhaps even demand) a comprehensive review of what education is, and what it’s for. We are living through an age of educational destruction ...

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Back from the Amazon

Ihave just returned from this year's IDEA field school in the Amazon. The trip was, once again, an extraordinary adventure: canoeing through the submerged jungle, hiking into the rainforest wilderness, meeting with shamans and indigenous elders, exploring the incredible biodiversity, and working with a group of university students ...

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Building Education from Scratch

Educators have spent a good deal of time over the past few years thinking about (and wringing their hands over) the future of schools and education. We’ve focused mostly on technology, on the distribution of scarce economic resources, and on the changes wrought by an increasingly strategic and business-like ...

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For Parents: Working with an Addicted Child

After a public presentation on addictions, a mother approached me, in that familiar way — hushed, conspiratorial, a sliver of shame buried in the hopefulness of her manner — and asked me what she can do about her son. Her boy is fifteen, plays online games for countless hours each week, hides himself in his locked room, screams at her when she tries to enter, seldom attends school, and seems to be sliding ever farther from her. She is terrified that he will simply forget everything ...

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Intelligence of the Heart

I spend a great deal of time with two kinds of people: teachers and students. In some ways, these two groups are at opposite ends of the continuum of learning. Sure, teachers and students co-create and share the environment of learning; but what I hear from each group is different ...

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My Philosophy of Education

My educational work arises from my own core values and practices. Here they are, grouped under the headings of my three core values:

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Come to the Amazon with IDEA!

Visit the Amazon Rainforest of Colombia in June with IDEA. Experience first-hand the Calanoa Project which is working toward a model of sustainable living in the Amazon forest. Participate in a multitude of interdisciplinary and cultural experiences, and bring to your studies a renewed depth, purpose, and global awareness. View ...

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Service and Reciprocity

Many years ago I made a commitment to service. The shape of that service has changed over the years: first it was to people suffering from pain and disability; later it took the form of addictions and trauma counselling; and now it focuses on learners in the educational system. But ...

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Containment and Protection for Difficult Situations

I've received several inquiries lately from people searching for a visualization exercise that once appeared on my site but was removed during one of the more recent updates. It's an exercise that has been adapted from Tibetan Buddhism and Bodynamics and which many people have found to be ...

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On Homelessness and Compassion

Typically I don’t get fired up about online conversations. I’m busy (aren’t we all?), I have actual conversations to attend to, and I prefer not to be drawn too far down the infinitely deep well of digital discourse. But recently, a question on QuoraShould homeless people be allowed ...

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