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Weeknote 16/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #254 was entitled ‘Eggistentialism’
  • Travelling back from Devon. I flew down to spend Easter with my family, who had travelled down in the car to the in-laws while I was in Northern Ireland. We drove back together via London after climbing Haytor, eating lots of chocolate, and playing PS4 games.
  • Upgrading my Oneplus One to LineageOS, a fork of the CyanogenMod project. That means I’m now running Android 7.1, so I can lock down my device even more than I could before! The only thing I don’t seem to be able to re-enable is shooting photos in RAW mode…
  • Working with London CLC. I ran a two-hour workshop for them, which was focused on writing in networked spaces. I borrowed liberally from MailChimp’s excellent resource on Voice and Tone, as well as introducing the team to Telegra.ph, Write.as, Hemingway, Product Hunt, Betalist, Mastodon, and more!
  • Preparing for my trip to Canada next week. I’m not packed yet, but there’s a level of mental preparation required for a 10-day trip away from home that covers three discrete ‘events’.
  • Collaborating with my We Are Open Co-op colleagues, as well as Rosie Clayton, during our April co-op day yesterday. We invited Rosie along to get to know her better and to help us think through a Ufi bid we’re thinking of making. Read more here.
  • Doing admin. <yawn>
  • Answering questions about digital literacy from Sally Pewhairangi, a librarian from New Zealand. I blogged my responses here.
  • Issuing more badges to those who have completed Badge Bootcamp, a self-paced email course for those new to Open Badges.
  • Pondering many things, as I often do during holidays, including my (so-called) career, where we live, etc.
  • Visiting my 93 year-old grandmother, who’s currently in hospital.
  • Spending more time on Mastodon, the new(ish) Twitter-like network. I’m going to spend the month of May on there, as I think we need to spend time building decentralised, non-VC funded systems. I’ll just be posting blog posts and newsletter updates to Twitter. You can connect with me once you’ve signed up — I’m dajbelshaw@nullmastodon.cloud
  • Writing:

Next week, I fly to Canada (via London) on Monday. I’ve got a meeting and wandering around Toronto on Tuesday, then I’m running a two-day ‘intensive collaboration’ with the Ontario MLN on Wednesday/Thursday. Between Friday and Sunday I’ll be at the Creative Commons Summit, before travelling on to Calgary.

Image CC BY Archangel12


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

 

Weeknote 15/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Recovering from climbing Ben Nevis and other mountains last weekend. I wrote up that trip, which I made towards getting on the Mountain Leader course, here.
  • Posting various quotations, most of them from Richard Sennett’s magnificent book Together, to my Discours.es blog.
  • Keynoting the Annual Learning & Teaching Conference at Queen’s University Belfast. I presented on The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies and my slides can be found here. It was great to bump into Ibrar Bhatt (who’s just started working at QUB) while I was there!
  • Spending half of the working week in Northern Ireland, because of the above. I didn’t rush to get back home, as the rest of my family have headed down to Devon for Easter. I’m flying down tonight.
  • Setting up new 2.1 Sony soundbar + subwoofer system in my home office, as the power of my existing solution just wasn’t cutting it.
  • Working with Laura Hilliger on our session for the Creative Commons Summit in a couple of weeks’ time.
  • Catching up with Averil Morrow and John Peto while I was in Belfast, Jessica Garcia-Kohl from LRNG, and Verena Roberts about upcoming work I’m doing in Calgary.
  • Curating and sending out Issue #008 of Badge News, a regular newsletter for those interested in the world of Open Badges and digital credentials.
  • Advising MyKnowledgeMap on developing one of their products around eportfolios and badging. I wish some of these tools had been around when I was younger, I really do.
  • Helping with a job advert for London CLC and planning for a writing workshop I’m leading for them next week.
  • Collaborating with Richard Speight on some potential work We Are Open Co-op may do with him now he’s self-employed!
  • Conversing with Eylan Ezekiel in a critical friend role. I really enjoy this kind of work, and I reckon it’s possibly the most effective work I do, from terms of a cost/value point of view.
  • Writing:

Next week, apart from a bit of work in London on Tuesday, I’m not working during the first three days of the week. Thursday is a Co-op day, and then I’m working from home on Friday, planning upcoming work in Canada.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 14/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #253 was entitled ‘Spring has sprung!’
  • Attending a meeting of the local Scout group’s Executive Committee. Given the concerns I raised about using Facebook as the primary means of communication, it looks like I’ve got a couple of actions relating to the website…
  • Planning a Creative Commons Summit session with Laura Hilliger. We’ll be over in Toronto running a workshop which aims to forge links between co-ops and the commons.
  • Hitting publish on the March issue of my Dynamic Skillset newsletter. What do you mean you haven’t subscribed yet?!
  • Running an online workshop for Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. The session was on Open Badges and part of a week of activities supported by All Aboard: digital skills in Higher Education. The session was recorded, so I’ll share that at some point in the future. My slides can be found here.
  • Catching up with Kev Jones from Sussex Downs College about a potential application our co-op is making to the Ufi VocTech Seed Fund 2017.
  • Reflecting on being in business two years as a consultant. When I see how little many in full-time employment seem to enjoy their job, I’m thankful every day! I wrote up my reflections here.
  • Travelling to and from Manchester to present at the Co-operative Education and Research Conference. It took 6.5 hours to get there due to a fatality on the line, but it was definitely worthwhile going. The slides for my two sessions can be found here and here, and I did a brief write-up on the We Are Open Co-op blog. The keynote from Keri Facer was great, and (amongst others) it was good to catch up with her, Joss Winn, Mike Neary, and Richard Hall.
  • Messing around with ZeroNet. It’s describes itself as allowing ‘open, free and uncensorable websites, using Bitcoin cryptography and BitTorrent network’. Despite still be new and experimental, it’s extremely well-constructed and answers a question I’ve been asking for years about how to create an un-takedownable website!
  • Planning my keynote and workshop for my visit to Queen’s University Belfast next week. I’ve only got 45 minutes on ‘The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies’, which I could actually talk about, without notes, for hours.
  • Drafting a job advert for London CLC, as one of their long-serving members of staff is off to join Google! I was keen for them to attempt to recruit someone in a less ‘stodgy’ way than usual, so they’ve video interviewed the person who’s leaving, and I’ve tried to make the job advert more conversational and focused on the individual who’s considering an application.
  • Climbing Ben Nevis, Stob Bàn, and Mullach nan Coirean on Friday and Saturday. It was a five-hour journey each well, too, so I spent almost the same amount of time driving as walking! Ben Nevis on Friday was a bit boring, but I enjoyed Saturday.
  • Writing:

Next week I’m working from home on Monday, travelling to Northern Ireland on Tuesday, presenting and running a workshop at QUB on Wednesday, doing some work remotely with MyKnowledgeMap on Thursday, flying home, working from home on Good Friday (I know, I know) and then flying down to meet the rest of my family in Devon for Easter!


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 13/2017

This week I’ve been:

Next week, I’ll be working from home on Monday, working on some We Are Open client stuff. On Tuesday I’m running an online session on badges, then travelling to Manchester. Wednesday I’m presenting at the Co-operative Education & Research Conference. Thursday, I’m working from home. On Friday I’m heading up Ben Nevis.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 12/2017

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m working from home again, Monday-Thursday. I’ll be preparing for upcoming presentations and workshops in Manchester, Waterford, Belfast, and London. On Friday/Saturday I’m planning to head up mountains again, to get in some more QMDs.

Photo of approach to Ben Ledi by me, on Friday


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 11/2017

This week I’ve been:

Next week, I’m working from home Monday-Thursday, then heading up some mountains on Friday/Saturday.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 10/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Doing different and diverse kinds of work. I’ve really enjoyed the variety of this working week in particular. I’m self-employed so I get high levels of autonomy and agency in my work anyway, but the focus of the things I’ve done for three different clients has been vastly different. It’s also involved a nice mix of working from my home office, travelling within the region that I live, and travelling further afield.
  • Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #249 was entitled ‘Ain’t no time like the present’.
  • Catching up with Thomas Steele-Maley, who’s currently doing great things in Dubai.
  • Failing to record an episode of the TIDE podcast, as Dai and I couldn’t align our schedules this week. Still our episodes are quite long, so it will give people a chance to catch up!
  • Sad to see the Azure Window in Gozo (an island off Malta) collapse into the sea. My family visited it on a number of occasions, as Gozo is one of our favourite places to go on holiday. It’s going to be a very different place as a result.
  • Helping facilitate a Story Hack event at Gateshead Central Library. We used the Booktype platform to create a book in less than seven hours. The quality of the book wasn’t the important part; the focus was on collaboration and framing an interesting topic. We chose to question Wikipedia’s guidelines around ‘notoriety’.
  • Interviewed for E-180 magazine. I really enjoy their regular newsletter, so was pleased to be able to answer some of the questions they had about Open Badges.
  • Working with Laura Hilliger to install Discourse, an open-source forum platform for a client of our co-op. We’re configuring it so each user chooses a pseudonym and so can be as anonymous as they want to be to other users. However, those in charge of the forum will know who each individual user is. It’s reasonably high-stakes in focus, so you can’t access it without a login to the forum itself.
  • Running a thinkathon for the NCCA in Dublin, Ireland with Bryan Mathers. We stayed in an apartment that was quiet, yet also right opposite the famous Toners pub! It was good to help Fred Boss and colleagues think through Open Badges.
  • Writing:

Next week, I’ll be finishing off that discussion forum piece of work, recording a new chapter of my audiobook on productivity, and preparing for a couple of upcoming trips to record some ‘quality mountain days’ in preparation for my Mountain Leader course.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

 

Weeknote 09/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #248 was entitled ‘Don’t Block That Chain’.
  • Travelling to and from Rome, Italy to work with St. George’s British International School. The weather and the staff were both lovely, and you can check out the slides I used for my keynote here. I took a few photos when wandering around the centre of Rome in the evening and have started reading SPQR by Mary Beard as a result of my trip!
  • Recording and releasing Episode 77 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host, Dai Barnes. This episode was entitled  ‘Edtech, learning, and ‘real life’, and we discussed innovation, digitisation, missions, manifestos, learning as ‘procrastination’, fitness devices, female digital assistants, and more!
  • Introduced to the rest of the Ontario Mathematics Leadership Network team before heading out to do some work with them in Toronto right before the Creative Commons Global Summit.
  • Meeting with a couple of potential new clients to discuss future work. I do like it when people say they’d like to “give me a pretty free hand”. It shows trust.
  • Presenting (virtually) to a gathering of the  ACODE network on the future of Open Badges in Higher Education. It was late evening for me and early morning for them. The slides I used are here.
  • Curating and sending out Issue #005 of Badge News, the new bi-weekly newsletter from We Are Open Co-op for those interested in keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in the world of Open Badges.
  • Going to the doctors for a check-up. My blood pressure is 110/70, which is bang in the middle of ‘healthy’.
  • Taking Friday off as a ‘Doug day’. I haven’t had one for a few weeks, and I woke up with a sore throat and runny nose. I played, read, walked, and went out for coffee. It did the trick, I’m right as rain today!
  • Sending out the February edition of my monthly Dynamic Skillset newsletter.
  • Writing:

Next week I’m helping facilitate a ‘Story Hack’ at Gateshead Libraries and running a thinkathon for the NCCA in Dublin, Ireland (with Bryan Mathers). I’ve also got some research and writing to catch up with.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 08/2017

This week I’ve been:

  • Hanging out with my wife and children a bit more as it’s half-term for them.
  • Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #247 was entitled ‘Cloudy with a chance of co-ops’.
  • Discussing a potential addition to my Toronto/Calgary stops in Canada in a couple of months’ time.
  • Drafting an article for DML Central. It got plenty of attention, including comments from Mimi Ito. It’s looking like I’ll need to re-draft / refocus it.
  • Recording and releasing Episode 76 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host, Dai Barnes. This episode was entitled  ‘Educational Solutionism’ and we discussed ‘evidence-based’ educational policy, side-effects of intervention, worldviews, platform co-operativism, and whether parenting makes a difference.
  • Presenting to an edtech company on blockchain technologies. You can check out the slides I used here.
  • Spending Thursday to Saturday in East Lothian, Scotland on a short break with my family. Our youngest has recently learned to cycle with confidence, and our eldest got a mountain bike for his birthday, so we spent enjoyable hours getting very muddy on a circular route! While we were there we also visited Hailes Castle, which brought out my inner History teacher…
  • Writing:

Next week I’m in Rome working with an international school, then I’m working from home on a book proposal, presenting (virtually) to an Australian Higher Ed conference, preparing for a thinkathon in Dublin, and meeting various people for potential upcoming work.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

Weeknote 07/2017

This week I’ve been:

Next week it’s half-term in our part of the world, so I’ll be spending a good chunk of it with my family.


I make my living helping people and organisations become more productive in their use of technology.  If you’ve got something that you think I might be able to help with, please do get in touch! Email: hello@nulldynamicskillset.com

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