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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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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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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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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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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What Learning Is

Now, more than ever, educators need guiding principles to move purposefully through the turbulence of modern educational transformation. We’re losing our cherished traditions and hallowed practices. We’re adrift from our reliance on the sturdy structures that have carried us for two hundred years. Everything is in flux, and ...

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The Horizon: Convocation Speech for KPU

That horizon stretches out. You know the one. It lies on the far side of a vast, unknowable plain punctuated by our dreams and fears and fantasies of what might be. The horizon retreats as we tread upon that plain, as we encounter the figures and actions of our passage ...

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