121 minutes to your first podcast episode

This is a different type of post – more of a howto or a ‘what I tried’, in the spirit of moving fast and getting something done. So here goes. Start the clock. Write the title: XX minutes to your first podcast (we’ll fill a time in the title when we put the full-stop at the end). The Rules Make…

What it takes: a body of work

What does it take to develop as a writer, artist, filmmaker, activist, programmer, blogger, teacher, chef, athlete, landscape gardener, leader and manager, academic? Whatever else you do, you’re going to need a body of work. My two favourite children (those would be mine – simultaneously the best and most annoying children I know) love to draw. And they’re getting better…

Trajectory

When you’re on a long journey, a small change in direction can make all the difference, for better or worse. It doesn’t look like much now – a few degrees one way or the other – but you’ll end up in a different country. Do it now. Small steps, every day, in a better direction.

How to find out how roughly how many books there are in a category on Amazon

Just a bit of procedural knowledge from my post on deep literacy earlier that might be helpful to someone. Go to your relevant Amazon website (usually .co.uk for me) Search a with a dash followed by a random strong of characters, like this: -nfjdkslanfdjskalnfjdsklanfjsdkal (mine always seem to have lots of Ns and Ds You’ll get a result saying something…

Deep literacy: what it takes

Put aside AI and machine learning for a minute, and ask instead: “What does it take to equip a human to be self-teaching?” As a starting point – how many lines of code does it take to make a child who can read with fluency and ease and with critical understanding, and who loves reading, and is motivated to read and…

Education for the future: which kids are ours? (2)

Which kids are yours? Which kids are “our kids”? It’s fine to start with your own or those closest to you. If those kids aren’t your kids, it’s hard to see how any others possibly can be. So ask yourself: what will it take for those kids closest to me to thrive – to have the kind of future I hope…

Education for the future: which kids are ours? (1)

The best – the only – way to prepare our kids for any future is by showing them a vision of a flourishing life, and by equipping them with the best tools we have to achieve it, and with the wisdom to use those tools well. Stu Patience / Driverlesscroc . “Our kids” can mean several things. My biological children. The children in my extended…

Leadership: say the words

Boy: “Are we going to give something to help the people in Palu*?”Me: “Good idea – how much do you want to give from your pocket money?”Boy: “Hmm…”Me: “You choose an amount, and we’ll add ten times that amount.”**Boy: Names an amount a little over one week’s allowanceMe: “Done.” And so at 6.30 this morning my eldest son went to…

Education for the future: what do our kids need?

How do we prepare our kids for the future? There have been places and times where the rate of change has been faster than it is now. There have been wars, invasions, revolutions, disasters. But I think people are right when they say that the rate of change in the world as a whole is faster than ever, and getting…

Better than perfect

Is done. Or to say it differently, done is better than perfect. I don’t know who said this first, but I heard it from Jenny Blake in an interview on Read to Lead. Do it now. Done.