My head is still scattered so, at this stage, thoughts on #KiwiFoo 2013 are best expressed by others (although I can just about stretch to a wee spot of curation)…..check out my Storify collection for a flavour of this rich unconference. Massive thanks and hat-tips to Nat Torkington, Janine Torkington, the hard-working crew, Mahurangi College, the sponsors, the participants, & my fab mate Claire….
I’m not quite ready to synthesise the goodness and bring it home to work or passions. I need some sleep first. But until then…..
grab-bag of take-aways / ponderings / wonderings….
- There is huge value in bringing together people from cross-disciplines – science, politics, education, tech, community, social. Throwing yourself in gains usually hard-to-grab opportunities to meet, connect with and learn from others who I would never had a chance to meet.
- The ‘so what’ of how people apply their skills: connections to the community, giving back, paying forward are what turns potential navel-gazing into meaningful projects.
- the value of immersive, hands-on learning (thinking here of the prototyping and robot-making sessions, as well as walking-the-talking in the collaboration across companies session) – the power of physical data visualisation
- The Makerspace movement as a pathway for learning – and prototyping, using methodologies from Stanford, to generate ideas through empathy
- ‘A Pattern Language: Towns. Buildings. Construction’ by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein – and the concept of pattern language within educational professional learning and practice
- John Seddon and his thinking about the service industry – what would this look like in an educational context or in the way we develop organisations as systems?
- The open research movement and its potential to enhance participatory / action research / critical theory models as well as revolutionise the way in which we ‘judge’ quality, crowdsource new hypotheses and generate relevant questions.
- Stunning ideas to explore: Chalkle, Innocentive and PledgeMe (crowdsourcing), Ministry of Awesome (Christchurch), Goodreads (great books via social networking), Stone Soup (storytelling), finite and infinite games…
…..and there is another list of stuff I can’t get to right now….another time….