Why do I explore ideas like being, belonging and becoming in relation to networks, but I hardly talk about communities any more? In this post I will look at why networks and affinity spaces more than communities have come to dominate my thinking. My professional context is as educational developer and innovator – that means I think about staff development and the spaces we devise for learning in equal measure. However, my outlook is shaped more by my own history of being a musician in bands and an artist in studios – these settings have attuned me to the significance of creating co-operative spaces for creativity. Learning is the ultimate, unifying act of creativity – we all continually experience, struggle, resolve and learn independently in a social context.
The concept of Communities of Practice (Wenger, McDermott & Snyder, 2002; Lave and Wenger 1991; Wenger 1998)…
My ‘warm up’ act was strangely right at the end instead of first so by the time it got to me I was completely hyperactive but hey ho in for a penny in for a pound ..
Everyone else did their’s to time .. I just about got my last slide in before Tom kicked me out … It was such a giggle as expected. I managed to get across most of the stuff that I had hoped too but ended up screaming to the end in my usual breathless fashion… the recordings of the GASTA will be available openly in a few weeks but here are my slides in the meantime
Gasta means “fast, clever, quick, smart” and in that spirit sessions will involve active participation from everyone in the audience as well the invited speakers giving their Gasta for 5 minutes each ~ALT
This is actually my second GASTA, so having done one in real life, I already know what I am letting myself in for but I have to admit I am kind of nervous doing it online for the first time and to be in such amazing company with all these really clever folks (Ada Czerwonogora, Aras Bozkurt, Michael Paskevicius, Taskeen Adam and Johanna Funk) from GO_GN (.. think of me as the warm up act 🤪) so I just I just hope I can do it justice.
So I’ll be finalising my slides for my Presentation today … oh and there may be the odd one or two Bitmoji floating around …