Today I celebrate the birthday of one of the most special people in the world.
John quietly influences me with his stories, with his personal genius tucked inside invisible, generous acts of giving... our complicitness in outrageous acts of friendship ...and his openness in exploring wrong moves and unknowing.
Happy birthday - and a toast to all learning - John Smith.
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But sooner or later it starts to look shabby - or just not me - and I want to redesign it all over again. Now I'm in a phase where I can hardly bear to write a blogpost because everything just looks all wrong.
So, here's the beginning of a list of blogs that in one way or another encourage me to improve my own...
Web2forDev, "Participatory Web for Development", is bi-lingual blog in a relaxed take-it or leave-it way. Things get messy when you design bilingual pages, but this blog is just neat, even with all the feeds, posts, comments and categories in two languages (not translations).
37 days, by Patricia Digh, is full of little corner treats. Everywhere you go or click there's another interesting visual, snippet or saying. She is inspiring with her blogpost titles and the names of her categories. Her straightforward links to "My other sites", making me wonder why I never thought of something so obvious.
Kinklessby Ethan Schoonover has transformed the way I organise my desktop and manage my files and I'll be using his blog for more ideas when I get round to doing my own. He makes things look so simple. Please let that be me.
Webreakstuff, Fred Oliveira's blog on design, development and strategy is one that gives me ideas - even with the blog's pyjama background (sorry!) I look longingly at all the design stuff from Webreakstuff, which is so elegant and how I would love my own things to look.
Victoria Ward's blog, Taste the knowledge,has absolutely no visual or design features. Neither does it have any clever side-bar widgits or whatevers. But her writing itself is so full or visuals and design features, with nests of metaphors and analysis that I aspire to be able to do myself. In fact she makes me wonder if I should forget the visual aspect of my blog and just focus on the writing.
I am looking for a small number of people to participate in a beta-test on a community site I have been responsible for developing for CIARIS. CIARIS is part of the International Labour Organisation, working principally in Lusofone - Portuguese speaking - countries "combating social exclusion at a local level". The site has been developed using Ruby on Rails.
While the beta-test is principally aimed at existing partners in the CIARIS network, I would also like to include some people who have broader experience at working in similar areas, either in development or non-profit organisations.
It is a one week beta-test with a questionnaire (10-15 minutes) at the beginning and end of the week (i.e two questionnaires) with a follow-up Skype call for all beta testers of 30 minutes. There is no financial remuneration.
The CIARIS site is a combination of social networking, project collaboration and library documentation. Depending on your level of curiosity, experience and dedication it would require a minimum of two hours testing during the week. I hope that if you found it interesting, it would take a lot longer.
The dates for the beta-test are still to be confirmed, but I hope they will either be between 3 - 10 September, or 10 - 17 September.
The benefits to a beta-tester would be the chance to get to know an innovative platform and the possibility to make contact with people working to combat social exclusion at a local level (and the use of technologies in their work) in vibrant communities in Brazil, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Portugal and Romania. The site and the test is (currently) in English and Portuguese.
Contact me by email or in "Comments" if you would like to join the beta-test. I can only take the first two people outside the CIARIS network who generously volunteer.
In the meantime, if you are interested in exploring the site before the beta-test, you are welcome to register on the site, play, and to send me comments or suggestions via email or to make comments on the site. Please note that most of the current content is test content, not everything has been translated, and that the data-base will be cleared before the beta-test. Also note that if you "play" before the beta-test I am not available for answering questions about "how to....".
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Once, on one of my scuba-diving escapades, we swam across the shipping channel in Mombasa (between the Chini Club/Fort Jesus to I-can't-remember-the-name on the other side). If you know Portugal it's like swimming under the channel between Setúbal and Troia.
We did quite a lot of preparatory thinking but we forgot to check the day that the cattle boat from Lamu was sailing. Once a month an old rough boat packed full of cattle on its way to Zanzibar chugged its way through the channel, followed by tiger sharks hungry for the dead cattle that were thrown overboard on the trip.
As the noise of the ship got closer (it gets deafening when you are 25 meters down) and it became black, we came together in a circle as we had trained for in emergencies. If you've never experienced total visual and audio blackout when you are weightless, you might not know how disorientating it is not to have any idea of the direction of your body. You only know which was is up by feeling the direction of your air bubbles, and at this moment we also had to make sure all of us were holding hands, staying completely calm and still.
The worry of using up all our air was overshadowed by electric anticipation as the boat drew closer, went directly overhead of us, and we hung together in the pathway of predators on the hunt. If one of us panicked or let go hands, we were all in trouble. Deep inside me I found a paradoxical space of intense focus and total obliviousness.
It took forever for the boat to pass over and the noise to die down and we still had to make it to the other side, coming up too far away from the shore because some people didn't have enough air, and swimming back on the surface, which was hard because we were very tired.
So why do I keep finding myself thinking of this story now? I think it's because I'm doing a project that is bigger than I anticipated and it's very hard. I find myself reaching into that space of intense focus and obliviousness to keep going and I know I'll still have to swim to shore when it's over. I'm conscious that no-one can let go hands in the circle. I'm feeling philosophical about what makes us who we are - and how we don't know what are the life lessons we'll be drawing on in the future. And it never occurred to me that my irresponsible ventures might help me in project management.
My name is Bev Trayner and I live in Setúbal, Portugal. The focus of my research and practice is designing for learning in distributed communities. I am particularly interested in connecting people in international communities. Key words are: communities of practice, learning, meaning-making, inclusion, multiliteracies, Portugal, and Web2.0 technologies. Keeping a blog helps me navigate my way through different practices and world views. Phronesis includes pondering on the specifics and the universal. It follows on from my previous blog "Em duas línguas".
Eu sou Bev Trayner e moro em Setúbal, Portugal. O objecto da minha investigação e da minha prática é o design para aprendizagem nas “comunidades distribuídas” (virtuais). Estou particularmente interessada nas ligações entre pessoas nas comunidades internacionais. As palavras-chave são: comunidades de prática, aprendizagem, a produção de sentido, inclusão, multi-literacias, Portugal e as tecnologias de Web2.0
Escrevo este blog porque me ajuda a navegar entre diferentes práticas e diferentes visões do mundo. Phronesis, a contemplar o particular e o universal, vem no seguimento do meu blog "Em duas línguas."