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 .

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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

Leadership Connections in Times of Disruption

My world – a universe of connections, random, deliberate, global.  As I reflect on the connectivity I engage in and with, it does not seem unusual to me. I have spent my life living across the world, in places that no longer exist other than in memories. Bubbles of memories make up who I am.

Memories?  Love lines written across the sky. Nothing more, nothing less.

As I quietly navigate information, ideas, personalities in the cyberseas of the internet, there are others who, like me, share the same concerns, interests and dreams. Dreams of equality, dreams of creativity and innovation, transforming education into a more joyful, effective and transformational space. Our thought bubbles coincide and connections are sometimes made. At times, these connections take place silently, almost intrepidly as I read their web writings and share their inspiration with others.

Among all the debated and constantly referred to issues in education today, there are two which glare out, desperately screaming for attention: effective leadership and the need to transform education. Before one goes on, possibly agreeing with me, these two issues are not new nor only required for our current times. They have always hung over our heads, looming needs with few practical answers. What has caused the current disruptions in education is, among other factors, digital learning – from OER to MOOCs, to all the tools and platforms which enable open communication and creativity in self-expression, which is open and accessible to all. Just as the printing press caused havoc and mayhem in regard to leadership in education, just as societies began making education accessible to all, today’s digital devices have opened up deep questions on educational and social change.

My next guest is no outsider nor stranger with these issues.

George Couros is the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division. He resides at the Centre for Education working closely with the all schools in the division, as well as the Future PlanningTeam, Lead Team, Learning Services Department and Information Technology Department where he pushes the leading edge in implementing Alberta Education’s new Goal Two – Educational Transformation. George has worked with all levels of school from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school based administrator.

He additionally co-facilitates Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results leadership training, is a leader on the effective use of social media to improve student learning. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement. George is also the creator of the Connected Principals blog site as well as the founder of Connected Canada.  His focus is to help organizations create optimal learning environments for innovation within schools.

Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always the development of leadership and people and what is best for kids.  He uses humour as a way to connecting with all of those that he works with.  His presentations are known to be both informative and entertaining, yet creating an emotional connection that helps people move to the next level.  His mix of research, personal stories, and practical ways to implement new learning help participants feel comfortable in taking risks in their own learning.

You can learn more about George at his site georgecouros.ca.

Join us here as George reveals his reflections on leadership, connecting with others and how education is at best, a wonder of social transformation.

If you have questions on these topics, please feel welcome to leave them here.

What qualities do you think educational leaders should have? Is education for confirming a society’s leadership or for transforming societies?

A is for Angela

Warm, energetic, enthusiastic, passionate.

The joy and creative force of life according to Angela (aka Blogbrevity)

AnaCristinaPratas on Vimeo.

 

You can contact/follow Angela Dunn here

One more reference I would strongly suggest is:

What is the Future for Twitter Chats #ideachat

R is for Rabi

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Friedrich Nietzsch

Katmandu is not particularly known for its night-time views. If anything at all, it would be for its hushed darkness and crying crows. The conversation that follows shares,  not only the educational sounds of Nepal, but also the sounds you may hear in certain quarters of this sprawling capital.

I was privileged enough to have first met Ravi at his office in Katmandu, before visiting other regions of Nepal. Still brimming with the energy of a happy academic year which had just ended, I listened quietly to Ravi. However, at that moment in time, I still did not have the necessary points of reference to fully understand him. Problems were meant to be solved. Solutions were always at hand. There were always options to introduce. Or so I thought.

Some issues did puzzle me; but I had not seen enough nor experienced enough, first hand to fully understand.

On returning to Katmandu, Ravi graciously agreed to do an interview with me. I tried linking up online, so to save him time and the distance to my location. However, there were technical  glitches and in the end, we recorded our talk. Even to sit and talk a while, was a challenge – we had to walk about, looking for a quiet location where we would not be disturbed and where the recording would have good sound quality.

In the end, we sat outside, besides a swimming pool. You may here other sounds of life surrounding us; they are sounds of life.

Rabi Karmacharya, was born and raised in his native Nepal. Having won the opportunity to join a youth meeting in Canada was the beginning of a new way of life for him. He later took his degrees in the USA and shortly after graduating from his master’s, he got a job in Silicon Valley.

Living in the fast lane, earning well, holding a dream job in the world’s most sought location for high tech, would be sufficient for any young professional, anywhere in the world.  Rabi used his time perfecting his tech skills, loved what he did, but as he looked beyond his shoulders and observed how his peers were living, something struck him: was he going to spend the rest of his life working hard in order to buy a bigger car, a bigger house, a bigger, better whatever?

It was at that point in time that he looked deep inside himself and decided to return to Nepal. Life had to have more substance, more meaning to him.

And so Rabi began another chapter in his life. Against everyone’s opinion, he set up a tech company which became successful in a short span of time. At the height of his company’s success, again Rabi was left hollow, still restless, still looking for meanings.

He left the company and gave the managing position to another Nepalese who, having completed his degree,  had returned from the States. Already one can see how Rabi is a mover and shaker when it comes to social change, for in Nepal (or in many other places for that matter), one does not easily step down from a CEO position to pass it on to another who can continue implementing change.

Vision, belief and energy are words easily related to  Rabi. Having experienced education both in Nepal and in the USA, he decided to open another company. A different kind of company.

OLE Nepal is an organisation focused on education and technology. Not any kind of NGO, but one which refuses to pay bribes to officials in order to get things done. No simple task in Nepal. From teacher training to implementing ICT in Education – in a nation where roads are scarce, electricity regularly rationed and teachers absent, OLE Nepal has come a long way, opening centres and projects throughout the whole country.

Rabi – Mind Mirrors

Thank you Rabi for your time, insights and sharing your passion of quality and change in society  education!

If you would like to know more about Rabi’s work and contribution towards Change, visit the

Open Learning Exchange of Nepal.