What is Driverless Croc?

Driverless Crocodile is a toolkit of ideas, resources and encouragement for people who want to build a better future.

In each post I’ll share an idea or resource that I’ve found helpful in my work and which I hope you might find helpful in yours. I’ll tell you the idea and maybe a story or example, and point you to resources that will take you further. I’ll always hat-tip (if not pay full-blown tribute to) the people who shared the ideas in the first place – feel free to point it out if I don’t, and I’ll fix it.

The whole thing will probably be most useful to people who are working for change of some sort (but then again, who isn’t?), and especially if you’re working across cultures, or in a field like community development or education: many of my examples come from six years of experience working with small charities in Indonesia (see www.sayasukamembaca.org) and my work as a teacher and teacher-mentor in the UK.

But whatever kind of work you do – a personal project, your own or someone else’s business, a small community group or large institution, for or non-profit – here it is. From me, for you. I hope you find it helpful and that if you do, you’ll share it with someone else.

Stuart Patience

Why “Driverless Crocodile”?

Fair question. It began as a joke as the title of a shared googledoc, then became a domain name when I “did it now” and registered it on a whim to get things going. Sharky and I had been talking a lot about automation and driverless cars, so the “driverless” reflected our interest in technology and what’s coming next.

And I’m an enormous fan of the enormous crocodile.

The title is also about what we’re not. It’s easy to think that we’re heading for a future where humans will live as robot-driven, self-seeking reptiles – a world where only the crocodiles will survive.

This isn’t true: we are driving**, and we’re warm blooded – so let’s take our responsibility seriously and build organisations and a future where people are welcome and can flourish.

** I concede, though, that we’re rarely as in charge as we think we are