Five years later, I was finally able to attend one of Jim’s talks in-person when he spoke about ‘preparing students for a connected future’ at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
The DS106 assignment bank was inspired in part by
ravelry, and the patterns it shared.
Just arrived at work to find that HR had delivered Talky Tina’s swipe access by internal mail. That’s great news. That means
Talky Tina is now officially employed as the health and safety officer at the DS106 Workplace and has open-access to all premises. Let’s look forward to an incident-free seven weeks.
Stories can be found in the most unexpected places, even in the chat window of a live video stream. This Storify aggregates my experience of watching
Alan Levine’s Making/Telling stories that matter keynote at Skidmore College via the Skidmore College Livestream.
Just arrived on site to find other DS106 colleagues hard at work. The construction of the new office building is almost complete and only requires a final inspection from
Mr Todd Conaway to be signed-off. Hopefully Mr Conaway can make it down to the site sometime this week.
I was late for my project meeting with
Mariana Funes at the DS106 Open online participant office (OOPO), so I recorded this message to let her know that I’m going to arrive at the office later than I had planned. Sorry Mariana, I’ll speak to you soon.
I just got to work and I realised today is the first week of
Storytelling goes to work for the Spring 2014 iteration of DS106. Not wanting to miss out, I called CogDog from my desk to register my interest. Unfortunately, my call went to voicemail. I hope he gets my message!
“What we plan for the use of something is not necessarily how people will use it and we don’t necessarily dictate how they use it. We open it up and we hope for the best and a lot of the times we are surprised.”
It’s still one of my favourite quotes from
Jim Groom’s February 2012 talk at Kansas State University. It fits with the practice of sharing out in the open. Sharing out in the open can help to create something what Alan Levine calls a potential energy for happy accidents to happen.
I would never, ever,
EVER claim to be anywhere near the absolute awesomeness of Jim or Alan, but from my own wonky experience I believe what they say to be true.
I’m always surprised and flattered someone would want to use my strange photos of something like a
supermarket aisle for a book about genetically modified food or a colourful photo of some hanboks for a school project or even a photo of a statue of Bhuddha from a temple in Busan South Korea for a fridge magnet.
All I know is that if I hadn’t operated with an
open intent I wouldn’t have set myself up for a (possible) surprise. And I like surprises!
A big thanks to World Wide Gifts LLC for the fridge magnets that now reside in their rightful place on my fridge!
I don’t have a cat, but if I did I would call it
Parker. Just like the cat that used to live next door.