Workshop: Guardians of Common Knowledge

Abajo en español. Last Thursday I met with my friend Seema – who I have been working with for the last couple of months on the Guardians of Common Knowledge project- at Furzedown School to watch our toolkit in action. Seema and the “Guardian Experts” Mich, Chris, Karen and Joe and accompanied by Beth from … Continue reading

Toolkit for Outdoor Spaces

Abajo en Español For the past couple of months I have been working with gardener, educator, pelmaculture designer and lovely friend Seema Patel on the development of a toolkit to support children’s engagement with outdoor spaces. “The Guardians of Common Knowledge toolkit has been designed to enable outdoor learning through a range of interactive activities. It … Continue reading

Answers: What have we learned from the world of work?

(Abajo en español) Collecting thoughts In my penultimate session of the SEGRO Young Artists Programme at Ruislip High School, I gave pupils a sealed card with the question: “What did you learn from the World of Work?”. Pupils wrote their answers and then opened up the cards. It was great to see their impressions as … Continue reading

Exploring the “World of Work”

(Abajo en español) Breaking the ice: As an initial questioning exercise in my first visit to Ruislip High School, my designated school for the “SEGRO Young Artists Programme”, I asked the participants: “If you had a machine that combining your passions, skills and values ​​could automatically create your ideal profession, which elements would you feed … Continue reading

What have we learned from “The World of Work”…

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. Antoine de Saint-Exupery With this quote in mind I am preparing the last sessions of  SEGRO Young Artists Programme “The World … Continue reading

We live and work within models of society that overlook the growing complexity of the real society in which we are immersed.

Freedom: To explore the “real society”

“We live and work within models of society that overlook the growing complexity of the real society in which we are immersed.”   Max-Neef on “Human Scale Sustainable Development”. Download full text here. ———————————————————————————————————————————— “Vivimos y trabajamos modelos de sociedad que desconocen la complejidad creciente de la sociedad real en que estamos inmersos.”   Max-Neef … Continue reading

Thank you

For the Gratitude folder… “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.” Thich Nhat Hahn ———————————————————— Para la carpeta de Gratitud… “La gente suele pensar que caminar sobre el agua … Continue reading

“The World of Work” 1

(Abajo en español) When I was in primary school we were assigned with the task of creating a book. In my book, I included one section titled “When I Grow Up” where I explained how I wanted to become a painter “because I really like painting landscapes, people, girls, things. I really like painting with … Continue reading

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What is a Toolkit?

(Abajo en Español) A couple of weeks ago at a Plan Zheroes meeting, the wonderful Lotti Henley made an interesting comment about the use of jargon words and how this can often lead to misunderstandings or gaps in communication when people forget to consider the listeners’ possible unfamiliarity with “buzzwords” or current/fashionable/technical terms. Her point … Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions

Abajo en español “The unexamined life is not worth living” Socrates 2013 has arrived! Even if no change is to be seen automatically aside from a “3” replacing the “2” next to the “201” on calendars, as a friend and I were discussing a few days back, when a new year comes everything around us … Continue reading