On what we want, and what we need.

This Longform podcast featuring Kathryn Schulz is fascinating for a number of reasons. Not least because she unpacks the effort and the work behind her Pulitzer winning magazine article, The Really Big One. In the opening section, David Remnick, Schulz's boss and editor of the New Yorker poses the question…

The world is divided as we are all divided.

After the week that was, this weekend has been about whanau. Spent Saturday with the girls - took them to Te Papa, then played board games in the afternoon. As we prepped dinner, we listened to the Spotify playlist - “50 Great Female Vocalists”. Letting B & Z be introduced…

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

"It would be a stronger world, a stronger loving world to die in" - John Cale The finale of Alan Moore's seminal Watchmen has resonated over the last 48 hours. Reading of protests. Reading of students being called cotton pickers Reading of Russian fighters preparing to strike Syria Reading of…

I Dreamed a Dream

I met with a class of 10 and 11 year olds this morning. I read the preamble to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to them, and I told them, that sometimes when tragic, dark things happen, that we can’t control - we can still choose to do…

Oh, happy day

It's November 6th and in two days the US election will be held. The election cycle has felt a little bit like this if I'm honest. That's all of us as Hudson. A few months back, I received an email from a good friend in the States, and their words…

Values, Stories & Responsibility

Recently I've been reading a number of the papers from the Maintainers Conference. I really enjoyed Lee Vinsel's presentation, “The Stories We Tell, or, Mary Poppins, Maintainer”, and found these three quotes from the conclusion, useful to help us consider several important aspects of edtech, that aren't often discussed. Values…

On time

What is time? - 'the interval between two events'? - 'a limited stretch of continued existence' This rather thought provoking comment is the opening paragraph from an educational resource published in 1972. I retrieved this book "Time" from a chucking out exercise at a former school. This series of texts,…

The lure of No.8

Last week I tweeted this.. "Britannia rules the waves""U-S-A, U-S-A""No. 8 wire"Redundant stereotypes that hold us back. Discuss.— Tim Kong (@timoslimo) October 26, 2016 And after a bit of chat with Rowan, he sent me this link: Watching the video,…

Enriching, Expanding, Experience

Last Tuesday I got a call from my friend Liz Gosling, asking if I could fill in for Michelle Dickinson, and keynote at the annual AUT digital planning event. I really enjoyed putting the presentation together - it's taken from a number of blog posts, but also a result of…

They think it's all over...

Trying to make sense of the Brexit result over the last 2 days has resulted in my deactivating my Facebook account, and deciding to not talk politics in any capacity when I return to the UK for a family holiday that begins in 2 weeks. I've also tried really, really…