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Re-Patterning Organizations, Guided by Nature

August 10, 2016 I recall as a young student being presented with a diagram, depicting humans on the top of a pyramid representing the food chain. At the bottom were the microorganisms, the fungi, bacteria, etc. Even then I can remember wondering, “don’t bacteria eat everything? Why are they at the bottom?” The linear, top-down…

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Learning, Makerspaces, and Resilient Communities

July 14, 2016 There was a time, not long ago, when communities produced most of what they needed locally. The blacksmith, the tailor, the shoemaker and the woodworker crafted their products with care as they were likely to end up in familiar hands (or on familiar feet). Through their work local relationships were formed and…

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Augmented Reality and Regenerative Design

May 18, 2016 Augmented Reality combines digital elements with the real world. If you’re familiar with Google Glass you probably have a handle on the concept. Or you might find yourself thinking of a scene from one of the Terminator films. Like virtual reality and artificial intelligence, augmented reality promises to be a massively impactful…

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How Patterns, Systems & Design Will Drive Education Futures

May 11, 2016 The human being’s capacity for pattern recognition is extraordinary. Through observation of the patterns found in nature, we have come to understand much about our place in the universe and its interworking. Yet our systems of education and learning are largely organized into separated disciplines taught in states of isolation. We have…

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7 Key Edges for Effective Learning Through Project Work

April 20, 2016 Life can be seen as a series of overlapping projects. These projects are all powerful learning experiences — however, when they are consciously approached as such the growth intensifies as does the quality of the work. Becoming an effective project designer and developer is to become an effective designer and developer of…

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