Slithy Toves 

Photos: Maggy Burns

Hiking today with Maggy in Ferguson's Cove. It really looked like this. Delight and gratitude. This too. Joanna gets the prize for naming the furry vegetation in the pond "slithy toves" from Jabberwocky which Maggy knows by heart!

Frustrating the Experiential Learning Cycle: A Hologram? 
I'm presenting this paper at the Transformative Learning conference at Columbia University in New York early November. Also part of the mentoring and coaching committee. We organized for conference participants to visit Thurgood Marshall Academy, a middle school in Harlem doing incredible things with meditation, mindfulness and conflict transformation. Can't wait. I'm tacking on a weekend with my girlfriends too. How many fun things can I pack into a long weekend?

Abstract

A key element of transformative learning is experimenting with real-world problems. Indeed, David Kolbís experiential learning cycle continues to be pivotal. Yet cycles, even spirals, donít capture the dynamism now possible with online and blended learning. Frames have never had more possibility to engage with such a diversity of experiences, bodies, communities and learning spaces. How to bring feminist and critical pedagogy to these spaces? This paper works to extend the learning cycle with a hologram which helps to capture online multi-dimensionality.

Holographic visualization offers multiple dimensions, movement, refraction, frustration, doubt. Likewise, online learners can be supported to move freely where they find meaning between their online community and their own deliberations. All the while, they are embedded in life and work. This messiness and muddling is key to the transformative potential of online learning. The lag between insights and practical experimentation is gone. The space also collapses gender and power dynamics in interesting ways as learners shape their own paths and voices at their own pace for reflection. Facilitators and peers can act more like coaches, real-time in real messiness.



Solo eros retreat on the Bluff Wilderness Trail 


Took an eros retreat on the Bluff Wilderness Trail. First time I hiked the whole thing and camped. It was really lovely. Eros in the Marcusean sense where pleasure is political. Being in who and where we are so we can be in step with others. So things I love to do - be outdoors, meditate, reflect, play. Try to touch in to what I am really feeling and what it is that I want to do free of any pull or influence. So at times when I was hiking and got really goal driven about where I thought I should get to-- was tempered with--I just want to swim or look at these mushrooms. These retreats have been so powerful and healing in these last years.

Community land trusts well explained - UK example 
Paul Sander Jackson from Wessex Community Assets discusses how Community Land Trusts and other community led asset owning organisations are reclaiming commons across England.
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Meridian 7: Fireflies 






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