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 .


S is for Stephen

From research infrastructures ,reflections on the changes in the nature of research practices, to the significance of open access and how Connectivism occurs in classrooms, Stephen Downes explains all  – and more – with clarity, enthusiasm and joyous energy.

Thank you Stephen for your time, participation – and inspirational explanations!

Connecting Snowflakes

The golden morning light poured warmly into the room. He watched her quietly as she moved,  shifting and sorting the  rhythm of the day about to unravel. Beginnings were always important to her. Each new dawn, a new revival of hope, of expectation, a welcoming of wonders on the verge.

“Did you sleep well?”, he asked. She smiled. Dreams too belonged in the sunshine as much as to the stars at night.

“You know…..each dream is as unique as a snowflake. Did you know that?”, continued the soft voice.

And so she turned away from the window and morning routine of preparation, replying with a smile.

“You are my snowflake.”

 Their eyes connected with shared understanding.

Connections. That is what one does in life – connect with others, with nature, with one’s surroundings. Even if one chooses to reject an environment,  an individual, a fact –  a theory even- there has to be the initial acknowledgement, some degree of perception and understanding, then the realization there is in fact no will  of connection, no desire to connect, no purpose in connecting.

Connections. Because the synergies of life connect.

Naturally. Digitally. Collectively.

 Now imagine the synergy of snowflake whirls, flying flocks of unique, collective knowledge – all explained in ways that one can make sense of.

My next guest needs no long introduction. He is a master in connecting, an expert with words, a specialist in collective connections.

Stephen Downes is a Senior Researcher for the National Research Council of Canada and is well known for being a strong supporter of Free Learning. Among the many publications, presentations and activities that Stephen contributes to and is involved in, his  OLDailyStephen’s Web, and Half an Hour are widely read and referred to.

Here you can find further references of his work – but please note, these are merely a very small reflection of Stephen’s contributions towards educational and social studies.

Currently running the MOOC #change11 (Change: Education, Learning and Technology) with George Siemens and Dave Cormier, Stephen is widely associated with Connectivism and change in all its shades and variations.

Join me here as Stephen discusses change in the research process, what scientific value there may be in open access,  how Connectivism is relevant to educators of all levels  – and more.

What flocks of snowflakes will Stephen release to the open?

Atoms of the Mind

Lies 1: There is only the present and nothing to remember.
Lies 2: Time is a straight line.
Lies 3: The difference between the past and the future is that one has happened while the other has not.
Lies 4: We can only be in one place at a time.
Lies 5: Any proposition that contains the word “finite” (the world, the universe, experience, ourseleves…)
Lies 6: Reality as something which can be agreed upon.
Lies 7: Reality as truth. (p. 83)

Sexing the Cherry, J.Winterson

There are boundaries to go beyond, desires to explore. There are atoms of light, atoms of time, stories and universes at my fingertips. There is human mind and human experience. There is the visible and the imaginative. Both possess me in equal measures, just as I possess them and caress them in my mind. Rational, mythological, abstract and concrete, visions of  past, present realism  and future intermingle. Time is never a straight line.

Mariusz M.Les , PhD., is from Poland and works at the University of Bialystok, Poland.

Born in 1974,  Mariusz is an educator and researcher since 1998, at the  Institute of Polish Philology, where is he an  assistant manager since 2008. He has been a jury member for the Jerzy Zulawski Award for Best Polish Fantastic Novel  and is the author of two books:

Stanisław Lem wobec utopii” [Stanislaw Lem and Utopia], 1998;

Fantastyka socjologiczna. Poetyka i myślenie utopijne” [Polish social science fiction. Poetics and utopian thinking], 2008.

Mariusz’s main site is http://mariusz-m-les.net and his main interests are  in digital humanities, poetics of science fiction and theory of utopia.

Mariusz also maintains an edublog: http://marmacles.edublogs.org;

Polish language blogs: http://fantastykanaukowa.edu.pl & http://humanistykacyfrowa.com

Join us here as we talk about how science fiction has evolved from the “oh gosh” to an inventive fiction as well as Mariusz’s views on  contemporary research and where technology is taking us today.

In the words of Muriel Rukeyser, “the universe is made of stories, not of atoms”.