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.

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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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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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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Creative Process Exercises

The following creative process exercises are designed to be facilitated in group or individual settings in which partner arrangements are appropriate. The exercises work best with participants who possess solid emotional containment and good communication skills. Sometimes, the exercises can be combined as a series, stretching over a couple of ...

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The University and the Myth of Decline

Myths are the most truthful stories we tell. They reach beyond fact and argument to the essence and authentic nature of who we are. Myths are the collected repositories of human wisdom. And every world mythology includes a myth of decline. This myth and its corollary — the myth of ...

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Customizing Mezzanine

Please note that these tutorials apply to an earlier version of Mezzanine (2013-14). Most of the material will still apply, but some of the files will be in different places.

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What Learners Want

Recently I spent a full day with learners talking about the kinds of learning environments and experiences that work best for them. Our group consisted of roughly 20 university learners from various disciplines and at different stages along their educational paths. With great candor and enthusiasm, the learners worked together ...

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Building a Project with Mezzanine

Please note that these tutorials apply to an earlier version of Mezzanine (2013-14). Most of the material will still apply, but some of the files will be in different places.

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First Steps with Mezzanine

Please note that these tutorials apply to an earlier version of Mezzanine (2013-14). Most of the material will still apply, but some of the files will be in different places.

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Starting to Write

Stop whatever else you are doing. Close your email application and Facebook, turn off the background music, silence your cell phone. Put it all away. Do it now. I'll wait.

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Creativity, Stillness, and the Body

The vault of the body does not always open to the inquiry of work. Sometimes I become distracted, or fickle, or too bent on perfection, and the protean movements that my frame offers me slide into frustrating repetitions of strain or injury or – this is the worst – complete stalling, so ...

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Lightning and Thunder in Creativity

It's October now, the beginning of the season of storms in the Pacific Northwest. Lighting and thunder will chase each other over this landscape many times over the next few months. In meteorological terms, lightning and thunder result when the electrical potential between earth and clouds (or between separate ...

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Sentence Composition Checklist

This is a short list of considerations to use when seeking to write well. Review the following items in order, after writing the first draft of every sentence.

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