Reviewing posts here

I have been reviewing my earlier bout of posting here (April 2009), and recognising some very useful thinking then.

Following the passage of time, I am now wondering if I have something more synthesised to report?

I have collected a WORD file of the posts here, and I can annotate that with comments ..

I am building an index of what is here at my Tiddlywiki to ‘get an overview’, as well as the refreshing that comes from re-reading, and maybe editing or commenting here on

Now I have a surfeit of ways of reviewing and capturing thinking … hmmm: where and how to simplify?; what to do to protect against malevolent reflexivity?

Language and thinking

At Facebook, I shared the following ‘what’s on my mind’:

I am thinking much more about English language, and its implications for how well we can think, and whether another language would help me think better …

That spawned 15 comments between myself and two others, an email offline, and a wall post from one of the two participants, to the effect that

I have heard of the idea that once you start dreaming in a new language then you are on the way to becoming fluent.

which, in turn, registered 6 comments.

My email offliner shared the following link which extended our conversation to  more public and research-based substance.

In summary, my pondering about language and thinking, and multilingual capacities has some merit.

Along the way, I shared some details from Dispute Resolution studies, about language and tonal patterns, and national differences, and the potential for misunderstanding, in multicultural contexts, from differences in tone, and assumptions about what certain registers might imply.  Arthur Koestler‘s Act of Creation, 1964, got an honourable mention, and I have since been reminded that another of the indicators of proficiency in a second language is when you understand the jokes, and better still when you can repeat the jokes, because you have attended to the words that carry the joke.

The conversation then shifted to emotional thinking/intelligence, and, in part, because I referred to Gardner’s multiple intelligences, and I responded with some of the material I have worked on here, previously.

PLN Connectivity experience

Hmmph! I have been ‘lost’ from here so long that I couldn’t remember how to access the site to post … and now see that it has almost been 6 months silence .. from excess of immediate responsibilities, followed by necessary downtime.

I am back here because of some real person interchanges, face-to-face, followed by a ‘what’s on your mind’ post at Facebook that has been take up by three of my subscribing friends so far.

One subscribing friend has shared, privately, a link which had another link to a research report, and now I have something to work on for some time, about language development, and multilingualism, and cognitive activity and creativity.

It is the PLN connectivity that Steve Downes promised …

Managing expectations

This is a connection with a teacher from the past …

One of the lessons I learned from thesis work was about the necessity of managing my expectations, especially some unexamined assumptions about the nature of thesis work, and how the level was different from PhD to masters …

Right now, I am listening to a podcast from the National Mediation Conference, 2008, and from John Wade, one of my referencing standards for reflective practice, and he is talking about lowering expectations, as part of the process of ‘persuasion’ in ‘negotiation and mediation’ … interesting connections.

Ideas coming through:

Rights talk, power talk and goals talk (interest-based bargaining); risks talk/analysis against goals; and the mediator’s responsibility to know (to recognise) them and their differences, and then to be able ot apply the appropriate one at the appropriate time and to cycle through all three to help the disputants recognise the realities in the dispute, and decide, in a bit more balanced way, between these to reach ‘satisfaction’ …

Rights: justice, fairness, entitlements …

Rights talk: facts, evidence, credibility, rules …

Downsides of rights talk – justice system is flawed


Power talk: threats, multilayered, time, power corrupts (delusion); power shifts with time and circumstance

categories of power: persistent, organised, memory, … emotional, scorched earth, information, expert, … skeletons-in-closet … wild irrationality …

scorched earth speech

skeletons-in-closets ‘behind every great wealth is a great crime’

Influence science and practice Cialdini marketer = mediator; negotiator =

  • consistency principle
  • authority principle
  • reciprocity principle
  • similarity principle
  • scarcity principle
  • coalition principle

negotiation = organised deception (including self-deception)

human beings hardwired to make bad decisions ( )

persuasion is complex … the task for the effective mediator is how to convert some of this knowledge into language and behaviour in the mediation room

In for a penny ..

I have just signed up Designing Serendipity to Google Analytics.  I think that was what I wanted, rather than feedburner.

But I am not sure.

Also I am not sure about the signing up process at Google Analytics .. is there something else I need to do about checking that the site is being analysed.? There was a point, in the signing up process, about that, that beat me – was beyond my current cognitive load – during the signing up.  Presumably, I can go back later when I have a bit more cognitive space and try again.

I have taken a screendump in case.  I have learned to take screendumps.  This is one situation where I use it.

EBNE thinking (deBono)

Another connection with a chat today, with Hildegund at Facebook, is the post at Edward de Bono’s site, and about thinking, and what he calls EBNE thinking: Excellent, But Not Enough.

This ties in with my post about Use, and especially the remark about operacy knowledge.

It also ties in with John Heron’s ‘practical’ apex, and with presence and presentational capacity – what we can enact, bodily

This looks like taking me somewhere else, very soon now.

And right now, I am wondering: is it better that this thinking be recorded here at Edublogs, or on my Tiddlywiki .. or might it be sufficient, at my Tiddlywiki, to have the reference to here?  Oh! the bother of journalling, electronically!!!  Bother my archiving propensities.  Bother Academici teaching me to be careful.

Use, the educator

An interesting commentary on the ‘use it or lose it’ adage …

Knowledge Futures notes

how organisations lose knowledge if they do not continue to exercise the knowledge in the people.  You can have lots of wonderful documentation that lists how to do things but that it is still important to have the knowledge of the people who wrote those documents to describe the context and translate that knowledge into meaningful action

I have recently noted that when I am asked how to do something on the computer I need to come to the computer, turn it on, open the application, and then explain to the asker what I do, as I do it.

I have, much earlier, noted that the computer has taught me to not bother trying to remember … there is too much change, too quickly, to warrant expending the effort in ‘learning to remember’, or learning to the memorised stage.  And yet, with multiple activity, and continuing activity, I can ‘know what to do’, do it, and spell out to another how to do it: so there is memory, but not down pat in ‘propositional’ terms.

My recent excursion (starting July 2008) to recommence riding a bike showed me some of this patterning and its kinesthetic nature: yes, when I wanted to brake my first reaction was to back-pedal; yes, the first sensations were about being, or not being, balanced, and how balance is maintained in ongoing movement, not in stopping the bike; yes, when I fell off my bike (January 2009) I knew, almost immediately, it was irretrievable, and what I had to do to minimise the damage, and now I know, earlier, when the position of the bike is likely to approach that tipping point.

The Knowledge Futures item also reminds me that process documentation, to be good, needs to have a minimum, and to stay good needs to stay with the minimum appropriate; but that, of itself, this appropriate minimum is not enough – there is other knowledge developed, and in the doing.

Times and seasons

Shane has posted about not blogging, and I have shared Bacon’s ‘Reading makes a man full ..conference, ready .. writing, exact’

Yes, there are seasons for writing .. seasons for preparations before writing.  For me, the last month’s silence here (apart from a brief report in) has been the season of learning, before I have anything to say.  It has also been a season of more intense face-to-face engagement, including some intensive post-graduate writing mentoring.

That has meant that I have also had to forego staying in touch with the electronic media and my collection of watching spaces, via Google reader.  Two weeks ago I took the brave step of ignoring some 60 posts … and finding one poster who offered another device to her readers.  This week, in the interests of balancing work and rest, I expect to ignore another 40 posts.

But before I do that I want to capture, here, one or two that have caught my eye:

The one on healthy lurking has lessons for my engagement at CRIAN and helpful facilitating others’ interactions there.

Michael Jensen’s one on Kevin Rudd’s communication has something to say about communication style and bounces, at church, with what Peter Sholl is sharing, and is about to share, about quality of preaching and that leads back to our Grumpy Bishop .. and the art of rhetoric – something to record to my ‘to do’ list at Tiddlywiki. Now to capture that, elsewhere.

Another diversion

Concurrent with the pull technology that Stephen Downes is advocating, and the shift in my practice to build these inputs to my daily regime, has come a question about electronic journalling.

I have passed that query to another with more e-experience (a professional learning platform implementer) and been referred to Tiddlywiki.  So my silence here, for three weeks, represents any spare time being spent on making a shift in my practice to develop an on-computer Tiddlywiki for my journalling …

I am making progress. I have shifted my daily prioritising and accomplishment annotations to the Tiddlywiki.

I have been brought up against the size and nature of my archive, and so am trying to transfer material from WORD documents to a Tiddlywiki file, and as matters arise.  I will also endeavour to do some processing of the archive rather than the simple copy and paste process.  In that way, I might also develop some summarising skills for myself – having eschewed working on summarising for the past ten years of more recent scholarship (I need to have the text open to another read, rather than relying on my first read and the summary in my own words of that first read, and not having a summary forces the re-read!).

Reflexive reflecting

I attended the Stephen Downes lecture on 3 April 2009. I opened my account here on 6 April 2009.  I opened a twitter account on 21 April 2009.  I started to set up Google Reader for RSS feeds on 14 April 2009.

Time I took stock and reviewed my learning (reflexive reflecting)

The overwhelming feeling is of being run over by a bus … while activity at the internet has increased, so has activity face-to-face …

I have found that I can more quickly scan and evaluate the feeds of Christian sites, than I can scan inputs from sites feeding the new technology or creative thinking issues, but, that even so, scanning, when it is quick, takes time.  I am setting the end-of-day routine for the sorting scanning.

I have had one very productive flurry around stuff from Cognitive Edge, so effective thinking is very much back in my RAS (reticular activating system = foregrounded attention), and part of that is prompted by the face-to-face connections and current practice related focus developing there.

I am more aware that my notes here are notes for me, and possibly less than comprehensible to others, and that I also need to follow in Stephen Downes’ footsteps and develop a routine of writing-for-writing’s sake, and of syntheses that are referenced (though now I think about is these are two different tasks; and I can see that Stephen’s productivity is a function of this discipline being in place for some time – the scientist’s journal!!!).