Hinterland

Cities can’t exist without a hinterland – the ‘land behind’ and around them that supports the city, provides people, resources, a place for the products of the city – for good and bad – to flow out to, a place for the city to grow into. Ideas need a hinterland too – a wider landscape they emerge from, draw on, connect to.…

After the transaction

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. Ask yourself these questions about the transaction – the one you put so much groundwork into, pushed so hard to achieve, until finally, it happened. Ask yourself: Who are you? – have you changed? Who are you with? – do you like the company you’re keeping? Who…

World without ends

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. Yesterday I posted about beginning with the end in mind. Today’s question is: what if we never get to the end? Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on the game you’re playing, and how you choose to play it. I’ve been re-reading parts of James…

The end in mind

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. Steven R. Covey’s first habit of highly effective people is to begin with the end in mind. Where do you want to go? What do you want to build? It’s another way of asking: what’s your vision? We can’t escape surprises, the contingent, serendipity, and we shouldn’t want to.…

Education for the future: foundations (4)

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, with a hat-tip to the writers of The Second Machine Age . Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, with a hat-tip to the writers of The Second Machine Age Teacher…

Narrow channels and deep

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. We were at the beach today, trying to catch waves in a pool we’d made. You can move a lot of sand trying to get the water to come – dig a big, wide channel – and never get a drop if it doesn’t go far enough…

Education for the future: foundations (3)

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. Look at the nearest child. How will they know what’s important when there’s no-one around to make decisions for them? What will they live for? What will they work and fight for? Which prices will they think are worth paying, and which should never be paid? Before basic…

Education for the future: foundations (2)

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. Education is empowering in a very literal sense, and most of the powers that we gain through it are easily weaponised. Driverlesscroc– Education for the future: foundations (1) “Who are we empowering?” This is a fundamental question that we often overlook – and incidentally I think it underlies…

Education for the future: foundations (1)

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. So the question becomes, how do we prepare our kids for a future that’s becoming less and less knowable as change accelerates? And I think the answer is the same as it always has been. The best – the only – way to prepare our kids for…

Fruit now

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. I had a reminder from a friend that our ‘long now’ still includes right now. We plant seeds, we grow to fruitfulness – and we enjoy the fruit that’s here for us now. We often struggle to do one or the other, and you’re not flourishing if you’re…