I struggled to think of a title for this week’s summary because there were so many posts (24!) to provide elements but decided to start early with the love theme since Valentine’s Day is flying towards us with bow and arrow in hand. Did anyone else spot that I was a week ahead of myself with the love [entirely optional] theme? (I blame the weather – no idea why, but the weather is a useful scapegoat).
There was a lot of learning going on in this week’s posts, in the workplace and in acadaemia. Samuel-James Wilson had been studying whilst bad weather interrupted work but he was back on site this week, on placement with Symm – Week 1, and seeks your opinion on the very different way of using materials that he came across this week.
The people at Participation Cymru have been training others in ‘Public engagement: theory and practice’ and Dyfrig Williams blogged about the importance of organisations communicating with each other in Powys Network Get Engaged. Louise Brown helped people to learn about a feature of the Lamplight database used by charities in Getting to grips with groups.
Lorna Prescott wrote about having to learn to share work with others in ‘Wired to share’ – but not educated to, and her experiment of putting notes from a meeting into Dropbox so others could add to them. Julie Oxley, Head of Information Management and Technology for Adult Social Care, Leeds City Council, has also been experimenting with sharing information using digital means (blogging) and has learned that people in her workplace are learning to engage with her more as a result. Julie’s story is on the The Sociable Organisation blog set up by Phil Jewitt.
Andrew Jacobs, on the other hand, was thinking about the challenge faced by Learning and Development people when those requiring training do not react with delight to the prospect, and asked for views, in Don’t want to; Can’t make me! Perhaps they ought to read Kenny McDonald’s Ignore this at your peril about the need to use social media in one’s work these days? Good luck to Kenny on taking up a new job on secondment.
Good luck also to two other contributors who are taking up new roles: Elaine Hunter and Professor Colin Martin. Elaine Hunter reflected on how Twitter has helped her so far, and how in her new job she hopes to spread awareness of what allied health professionals can do to help people affected by Alzheimer’s and their carers, in Twitter: Looking Back Looking Forward. As he looks ahead to his new job in London, Colin Martin reflected in The Chime of Midnight on the steep learning curve that he had had when he took up his post as Professor of Mental Health at the University of the West of Scotland.
Derek Barron wrote about his learning journey at the early stage of his PhD on a mental health care topic in Mindmap, ethnography and the smell of coffee (note to Derek, most research students require large quantities of coffee to get through the research and to complete their theses, so you will be smelling that coffee a lot for the next few years). Louise Atkinson is further down that road than Derek and in this week’s Practice as research [Week 20] post wrote about learning a language through a multicultural exchange as part of the White Rose Skills Development programme, a collaboration between Leeds, Sheffield and York Universities.
Carolyne Mitchell is keeping her mind even more active than it already is by doing some MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), and writes about the first one in My life has added complexity – and adds in a recipe – a cottage pie pretending to be a shepherd’s pie (with cowboy’s beans hidden in the bottom). Chris Bolton was advocating adding complexity, mixing ideas up a bit in order to innovate in Encouraging Innovation. Use some Naive Experts, Belbin Resource Investigators and send them ‘back to the floor.’ Ben Whitehouse was wondering how to encourage a local authority to do something that other local authorities have learned adds to their engagement with citizens in Lower those expectations, Benji. The Scot Health Monthly is innovating by collating links to and summarising various Scottish health care blogs in A new venture – January 2013.
The BlueLightCamp was an innovation last year and worked so well that it is happening again this year. If you want to know more, read Sasha Taylor’s post on the BlueLightCamp blog this week: We can finally announce….
The young woman in the photograph that Richard Overy shared with us this week – Young woman in prayer – looked as if she had seen the light. There were more images in Louise Atkinson’s About the artist (a collaboration with an Australian artist), and in my own Young chicken linocut 1 and Jacob ewe linocut 1. There were more animal pictures in Rough Cat’s 17-Toes Blue & The Cartoon Palace, or Last Week in My House. She loves her cats very much, and tells of the recent dramas caused by them in her house recently.
There was love of place expressed eloquently and vividly by Karen Hart in Warnings: Why I love the Warren (and I hope she feels at least a bit better by now).
There was even more love in this week’s posts. What the best thing about working from home? asked Peter Olding before revealing something that he loves about working from home, whilst Hannah Chia announced I Love You, David Beckham, and shared with us why she admires the footballer… well, admires him more than ever before.
We are continuing with love as the [entirely optional] theme for Week 7 (since I was a week too early for Week 6), which will be hosted by Dyfrig Williams of Participation Cymru. Love can be love of people, animals, places, work, things… Interpret it as you like but – bearing in mind we aim to be quite Safe For Work! I may offer a love-themed playlist because music is the food of love, apparently.
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Over to Dyfrig for the next week now… (have fun!!).