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Canonize: Creating a Personal Canon Template

I love the idea of the “personal canon”: an encapsulation, in list form, of those things that have most shaped you. A sort of annotated bibliography of influences. Over the past few years I’ve come across several excellent examples of people using a corner of their personal websites to provide such a snapshot. These range […]

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Education Media Technology Writing

Surfing the Contrails of the CODEX Hackathon

I recently attended my first ever hackathon — and the effects have lingered in surprising ways. CODEX, hosted this winter at the MIT Media Lab, has a unique literary bent: it’s billed as a community of folks who want to imagine the future of books and reading.” As someone excited about technology and storytelling, libraries and information, […]

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Creativity Education

Giving and Taking Shape

On the incarnations of a side project and evolution of an idea: how I’ve conceived, reconceived and re-reconceived “Antilibraries”. This is the ongoing story of a project I’m working on, Antilibraries. It’s a look at how such projects can be containers for continued exploration of personal interests that are deeply felt, but also still coming […]

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Creativity Education Reading

Everyone Needs an Antilibrary!

Antilibrary. It’s a strange word; a strange idea. I first came across it in Black Swan, where Nassim Nicholas Taleb describes Umberto Eco’s massive library of 30,000+ volumes, many of them unread. These unread books, Eco’s antilibrary, embody the potential energy of knowledge, of books and reading and learning. Their value lies not in what […]

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Education Writing

How Baseball Works: Three Versions — An exercise in perspective.

An explanation, three times. An exercise in perspective. An experiment in engaging different philosophies of teaching — different ways of constructing, construing, organizing knowledge; drawing on explanatory details from different origins. To begin: a (perhaps deceptively) simple example: the game of baseball.

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Creativity Education Storytelling

Field Guide to Phenomenal Creation (Learn Do Share #4)

The following is one of my two contributions to this year’s “Learn Do Share” project—a booksprint designed to document the incredible diy days, using a process of open collaboration, and distill the lessons learned to serve as a resource for anyone interested in applying design thinking, social innovation, storytelling, and collaborative creativity. For more, visit the Learn Do […]

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Emergent Creators, Emergent Economies (Learn Do Share #4)

The following is one of my two contributions to this year’s “Learn Do Share” project—a booksprint designed to document the incredible diy days, using a process of open collaboration, and distill the lessons learned to serve as a resource for anyone interested in applying design thinking, social innovation, storytelling, and collaborative creativity. For more, visit the […]

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Creativity Education Media Storytelling Technology

Twofivesix Conference Notes

Below are my notes from the Twofivesix conference that took place in Brooklyn a few weeks back. I serendipitously discovered the conference via a tweet the morning of, and luckily was able to watch it via livestream and take notes at home. These notes are fairly comprehensive, though with a couple caveats (I missed the […]

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Business Education Technology

Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: Resources and Tools (Part 3 of 3)

In the past several months I’ve tried to immerse myself in learning and technology. I’ve thought a lot about various methods and resources for learning, and paid particular attention to the new models constantly being developed and deployed. I’ve tried to take advantage of online resources and information networks wherever I can, and have been […]

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Education Technology

Modularity in Education

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about knowledge and its organization, distribution, and absorption, particularly in the context of education in the digital age. As I explore the multiverse of online resources for learning, I notice that although each has its own peculiarities, they also more often than not share a number of striking […]

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Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: New Educational Paradigms (Part 2 of 3)

Part two of a three-part series on how I’m seeking out and testing different (free!) methods of learning about computer science and entrepreneurship online. On the tech front, after perusing the online course offerings of MIT, Harvard, and Stanford, I settled on MIT’s “Introduction to Computer Science and Programming” as a point of entry into […]

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Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: New Educational Paradigms (Part 1 of 3)

I like to think of myself as the curious type, eager to deepen my understanding of how things work, refusing to stop thinking about potentialities and questioning the things I read and see. One one level, I’m certainly too young to be an expert at anything. But, to frame things in a different way, I […]