The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once said 'Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards'.
Steve Jobs expressed the same idea in a different way 'you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.'
This website helps me look back on my life, capture moments from the present and look forward to the future. It helps me understand my own lifelong and lifewide learning and how I develop my ecologies for learning, developing, achieving and creating.
I record my thoughts in two blogs
scraps of life blog
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I have always admired the work of the Royal Society of Arts and I am proud. to be a Fellow. I am currently developing a project proposal with RSA staff.
With my band I try to raise money for charity. We have supported children's cancer charities, alzheimer's society and White Lodge Centre for disabled children
I'm currently working on a musical with musician/song writer Graham Morgan
Eduard Lindeman writing over 80 years ago said, 'the whole of life is learning therefore education can have no ending'.
I founded the Lifewide Education network in 2011 to help universities, colleges and schools develop their own approaches to supporting these forms of learning and personal development. The foundation for this enterprise is based on the research and practical development undertaken at the University of Surrey and published in Learning for a Complex World: a lifewide concept of learning, education and personal development
I have a long standing interest and involvement in encouraging higher education to support students' creative development as well as their academic development. In January 2015 I formed Creative Academic to support universities and teachers who want to enable learners to use and develop their creativity.
Chalk Mountain helps people communicate in interesting, engaging and creative ways. We produce and publish magazines, books and other digital media for the higher education sector.
I am an experienced and well respected speaker and have given many talks in the UK and overseas on themes like, 'Creativity in Higher Education', 'Lifewide Learning & Education', 'The Ecology of Learning and Development' and 'Change and Innovation in Universities'.
Example talks, seminars, workshops
I enjoy designing and facilitating processes that really engage people and enable them to share their understandings and imaginations to co-create ideas and solutions to the complex challenges they face. I enjoy teaming up with illustrators to integrate graphic facilitation into group working processes.
Writer & Editor
Writing is an important part of my life. I have authored/edited nine books. My latest book is Exploring Learning Ecologies' published in March 2016
In addition to my own writing I am commissioning editor for three publications
With Jenny Willis I co-edit Lifewide Magazine.
With Jenny Willis I co-edit Creative Academic Magazine
With Brian Cooper I co-edit the Lifewide Learning, Education and Personal Development e-book
I recently helped Southampton Solent University produce a book on their strategic change process. The book is based on over 50 interviews with staff who were involved in accomplishing significant change.
Contributions to professional development
Exploring the Ecology of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
Norman Jackson assisted by Eleanor Hannan
Jan 31st Teaching and Learning Conversations
LEARNING ECOLOGIES: A NEW WAY OF VISUALIZING & DESIGNING TEACHING for LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
available at Lulu
my blog for the open learning platform
Creativity in Development
Curated conversation -over 500 posts on STORIFY
'Exploring Ecologies for Professional Development'
published in March 2016 under a creative commons license.
Creative Academic Magazine 7
published monthly through 2017
Exploring Creative Pedagogies for Creative Learning Ecologies
Our Creative Life
For people who would like to share stories of everyday creativity.
Our intention is to grow a meta-narrative of how creativity emerges in the everyday lives of people.
To encourage and support conversations about creativity and innovation in higher education
I support Chrissi Nerantzi in her courses and facilitate my own conversations