A Northern World of Art

How does one begin?

Where does one begin, when there are no beginnings, no endings?

There are places which capture one’s imagination, places which inspire streams of words and metaphors.

And then there are places which capture you,  leaving you humble before such raw, majestic feats of nature.

One’s soul mingles and blends with the sweeping mountains, the strength of water, the cackling and crackling of glistening icebergs, the tenacity of blossoms, the cries of seabirds and fjords welcoming thousands of wild, white swans.

And red. Always red. So much of red. A sign of life, of survival, of endurance and perseverance to overcome.

In more recent times, it has not only been the wild nature that Iceland has dealt with; the financial crisis was crippling for this small, proud nation. From the ashes of economic meltdown, so much has been learnt. Iceland’s pristine landscape,  sprinkled  with  volcanoes, and glaciers,  its unique wildlife and flora, its educated population and overall safety throughout the country, makes it increasingly appealing for foreigners to visit.

Olof Bjork, more widely known as Loa, is one of the most dynamic artists of this Northern nation. Participating in different artistic projects, such as Make, Loa’s energy and love of her country and art is contagious. Internationally acclaimed, her art work may be found in poetic publications to hanging in the most exclusive of private collections.

Join us here, as we find out more about Loa’s world, the Icelandic art scene and what changes Iceland may be facing, as it is increasingly becomes a major touristic destination.

 

Loa’s Workspace – http://photopeach.com/embed/7vlfjs

R is for Rotana

Leadership, dealing with uncertainties, engaging with the flow, learning with interactions.

Approaches for understanding and adaptation.

How does one manage complexity in times of intense change?

Rotana Ty explains how nemetics researches patterns of trends, ways of learning and collectivist learning.

 

 

 

 

Thank you Rotana for your time and for explaining more about Nemetics !

If you would like to know more, you can find Rotana here and here .

A Blending of Worlds

small_world_by_koyamori-d5cu3thI dream of bamboo and swaying coconut trees. And I dream of rivers to cross, bridges to walk, fields to run through.

I dream.

A world both endlessly beautiful and rich to explore, a world shrinking as we speak. Some worlds have no borders, no passport controls, no visa demands. Some worlds are worlds into and unto themselves.

There are those who speak of these worlds as networks, emerging trends, movements of learning and connecting. Nemetics becomes a password for entry to this world of connections, explorations and lack of systems.

Or is there?

From a fondness of quiet tea houses to the pleasure of observing masses in movement,Rotana Ty,  explores these worlds of  complexity and collaboration.

Rotana will join me here to explain how this world of nemetics flows and how it relates to changes in our worlds today.

 

 

 

The world spins and spins and spins. Worlds blend.

What lies within?

What changes will you find?

A Whale in the Forest from WDCS GERMANY on Vimeo.

Image: A Small World

K is for Katherine

collaborationFrom writing and developing ELT course books, to story writing, planting flowers and avoiding PARSNIPS,Katherine (or Kath), shares some of her insights of the world of ELT publication, describes a writer’s day and muses on ELT teacher training today. Throughout all her endeavours, collaboration, informal learning and the joy of writing are present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Kath for your time and joyous energy!

You may find out more about Katherine’s contributions to the British Council/BBC Teaching English Associates and her personal articles for English Language Teaching.  You may also sometimes find Katherine taking a break from writing here.

On Writing, Training, Developing

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Words blown to the winds,

Words on pages, in bytes,

Words for now,

Words for tomorrow.

Where will all our words go?

Katherine lives in a world of words, gardens and education. Writing, developing ideas and training others, she has spent endless hours linking words across the pages of English Language Teaching, both for students and ELT educators.

 

 

 

 

katherineMostly though, , Katherine is well known for being an ELT author. She writes for OUP, Macmillan, Richmond, Burlington and others. She also writes English courses for the BBC and the British Council. However, in her spare time she writes other words of other worlds.

Katherine lives in a small village of 15 inhabitants in rural Spain. She enjoys ‘the quiet life’; gardening, walking and bird-watching. She also loves music and cinema and she is passionate about Japanese Literature.

Join us here as Katherine reflects on the changes of ELT publishing, ELT teacher training and the changing world of words.

Flogging Molly “Float” from Karni and Saul on Vimeo.

Image taken from : Words

M is for Mark

“… teachers  really care about they are doing. ….. Teachers are trusted.”

” Quality in many different ways.”

“… what is important is being open and flexible. ”

“… learning through progressive inquiry..”

 

Thank you Mark for your time to talk about education in Finland, education management, and this global program for change!

 

You can follow Mark @macurcher or find out more about  21st Century Educators

Stories are Meant to be Told

Mind Mirrors started off as a small project, giving voice to agents of change, regardless of field or study. With professional commitments stretching me out, this space has been through a silence phase. However, it is Spring and so another entry is coming to open up reflections and possible discussions.

As an educator, I have worked in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Packing, unpacking, adapting, re-adapting is an essential part of my life. Over the years, I have met many other professionals, who like me, whether growing up in different environments or working in foreign countries, have shared many of their wonderful stories with me.

My next visitor is an example of how one learns, adapts, re-adapts to changes – both in landscapes and educational management. With a vision to share and stories to tell, Mark Curcher is an exceptional case of talent, inspiration and vision.

Currently, Mark is the Director for 21st Century Educators – A Passion for Learning , an educational program offered by TAMK, in Finland.

As an educator and educational leader, Mark also has much to share as someone who has travelled the world in pursuit of the best practices for educational change.

Let me offer you a taster:

What if by Mark Curcher

From lands of sand and sun, Mark now lives in a land of trees and never ending Summer days. Join us here as we find out more about what it takes to be a successful expat, global educator and educational innovator.

Because, after all, stories are meant to be told.

THE STAVES WINTER TREES from Karni and Saul on Vimeo.

 

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