Above is the intro video Nick Martin and I recorded and shared to kick off the first iteration of TC106 – New Technologies for Educational Practice. I had the pleasure of co-facilitating this course with Nick and, as is always the case when working with TechChange, it was a fun and exciting experience filled with all sorts of new learnings, many of which you can find by checking out the Storify board I curated throughout the course. There you will find more than you could ask for in terms of content, and get a general sense of the various themes that were covered each week. Continue reading to see the course description and its learning objectives.
Posted in Education/Training
Tagged distance education, education, elearning, facebook, online learning, prezi, slideshare, storify, TechChange, twitter, wordpress, youtube
From July 17th – 24th, I attended, along with approximately 45 other participants from around the world, the National Peace Academy’s Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive, held on the Champlain College campus in Burlington, VT. The goal of the intensive was to “nurture your holistic development as a peacebuilder by engaging in deep reflection and critical inquiry into your own worldviews, values, principles, and assumptions…In supporting the development of peace systems we [NPA] will engage you in a reflective and integrative planning process that will culminate in the development of your own unique, ‘Peacebuilding Plan Proposal.'”
This was a truly transformative experience and one of the best workshops/community gatherings in which I have ever participated. The diversity of people that were in attendance, the quality of presentations, the power of the reflective processes, and the community that was built around our visions for peace was something that furthered my commitment to the beloved community of peacebuilders and peacelearners across the globe. Continue reading to learn about my experience over the five days.
Posted in Digital Strategy, Events
Tagged American University, Amy Seidl, appreciative inquiry, Arthur Romano, Bill Mckibbin, Burlington, Champlain College, Dale Snauwaert, Dave Ragland, dialogue, Dot Maver, National Peace Academy, nonviolence, Pat Mische, peace, Peacebuilding Peacelearning Intensive, ppi, reflection, Tiffany Hunter, Tony Jenkins, twitter, Vermont, world cafe
On July 13th, I attended an event at the New America Foundation: How to Ignite, or Quash, a Revolution in 140 Characters or Less, which looked at the promise and limitations of technology in spreading democracy. July 13th also happened to be my birthday, and one of the most special messages I received that day came in the form of a tweet from Ghada Shahbender (@ghadasha), an Egyptian human rights activist and one of this year’s winners of the James Lawson Award.
Posted in Events
Tagged Ahmed Al Omran, Alaa Abd El Fatah, Bahrain, civil resistance, digital activism, egypt, facebook, Ghada Shahbender, Global Voices, human rights, internet, James Lawson Award, kefaya, Merlyna Lim, Michael Posner, net neutrality, New America Foundation, nonviolence, otpor, Rebecca MacKinnon, revolution, Sami Ben Gharbia, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Jeans, Syria, Tahrir, tunisia, twitter