All tagged sustainability
We hear “sustainability” and think of "going green" and carrying cute canvas bags to the supermarket. But succession planning and resource utilization strategy are just as much part of sustainability as those cute canvas bags.
A case for participatory development if I ever heard one:
One of the greatest strengths any social entrepreneur can build is an ability and commitment to "associate closely" with ALL the sectors; to get beyond the semantics and the status quo and focus on solutions.
I don't think I have ever heard someone say they want to "do" social entrepreneurship...or "work in" it...or "try" it. The language of social entrepreneurship is fundamentally different. They want to BE.
The problems we’re working to solve are enormous, intense and insistent. They demand speed, stamina, and collaboration. They demand we ride as a peloton.
So often in life, discomfort is the result of poorly managed expectations. It’s amazing the levels of “discomfort” we can adapt to if we expect it, and the performance we have the capacity to achieve through it is even more exciting.
Why can't we have some kind of genuinely objective perspective? The answer's pretty simple: the genuinely objective observers don't CARE enough to do the careful analysis.
Development is about releasing potential energy. Like a drawn bow or a loaded spring, developing communities are FULL of potential energy—they vibrate with it. But there are things about living there that prevent this force, this generative energy, from being released.
In all seriousness, though, the open education movement is largely centered in higher education. And if there’s one sector with a perpetually renewing abundance of harness-able human energy, it’s college campuses.
Among the major OER players there are hints at diversification, inklings of refined value propositions, and some definite short-term cobbling going on, but nothing (in my opinion) unified and coherent enough to be called a "model."
I've been vexed all week. Really, vexed. Here's a selection of the blog posts I didn't write this week: "Why Open Education Won't Save the World," "Lurking and Ignorance in Qualitative Research" and "The Malignant Delusion of Educational Assessment.” Like I said... vexed.