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
I have just started a new blog Garden Notes to record my experiences in my garden over a year.
I maintain profiles on three professional social networking sites
Join me on Twitter
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 and we have created a small recording studio through which we are learning how to record and mix music.
Eduard Lindeman writing over 80 years ago said, 'the whole of life is learning therefore education can have no ending'. This is what I believe too.
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.
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
'Learning to sustain ourselves and the world'
(LWM 20 June 2018)
Creative Academic Magazine
Using and cultivating imagination
(CAM 11 May & June2018)
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 lead and facilitate my own conversations