“between the ambiguity of the unfamiliar, and the sense of a mutual, deeply-felt human connection…”

In this tension between the ambiguity of the unfamiliar, and the sense of a mutual, deeply-felt human connection…, I’ve often wondered if there might be a universal “way of being”. A way of being which allows us to see, accept, and embrace one another, for who we are as human beings. Bobby Ricketts, UMass Boston graduation speaker

Video of full speech
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On gaps and belonging

The schema below is adapted from a 2013 post. It adds contour lines for the increasing amount of work needed for an exponent of a non-standard idea (or technology) to get to a place where it is possible to belong and hold onto the idea (or use the technology).
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ThinkTank, a day-and-half model (updated)

An update on an earlier blog post, composed to suggest a way that participants’ interests and energies could be engaged over the day and a half of a ThinkTank on topic X. That post was prepared after looking back at what happened (and didn’t) during a “thinktank” that went from evening of one day to lunchtime a day and a half later. This update follows a similar workshop of the same length and qualities (i.e., ample funding, a diverse group of inspiring participants brought together to move ideas into [further] action,…)
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Intersections of  history, personal change, creativity, memory–and, more generally,  journeying: An evening with Johnny Clegg

A concert I went to last night reminds me that making spaces for connecting, probing, reflecting, creating cannot be a matter of finding the right theory and then implementing it (see topic of a current collaborative exploration).
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I didn’t know that I could gain a lot by valuing the perspectives of people who are older and yet…

My response to friends who asked for a note for their child’s 13th birthday.

Dearest L,
You’re 13. You don’t need to pay any attention to what us old folks say. But from watching you since you were little, I suspect that you will think and ponder over this, even though you’ll make your own sense of the present, past, and future.
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Generativity not reactivity

This 5-minute audio thoughtpiece on generativity and reactivity advises anyone feeling depressed or distracted or dissipated or reluctant during the turbulent politics of these days is to protect space to be generative not reactive.  Hear more Read more of this post

The global Paleyian university

For this case borrow the internet further so that offices, classrooms, or the university can be retrofitted. Not rebuilt from scratch, but respecting the infrastructure that is already in place.  (source)

Instead of a retrofit, this design sketch promotes inversion or turning inside out or perhaps gastrulation. (In the embryological process of gastrulation the initial ball of cells invaginates so that some of the outside is now inside and that new inside is in interaction with the outside, creating a new interactions.)  Unpacking that picture, we have three steps:  Read more of this post

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