It can be hell in the hallway

  … one of my favourite sayings is “God doesn’t close one door without opening another, but it can be hell in the hallway.” My sister Hillary. You, our nation, our world is experiencing a black Friday. Our hope is that Sunday is coming. But it might well be hell for a while. – message […]

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Replacing the grinding & gnashing of teeth that technology can induce with some chortles

If you’ve ever found yourself grinding your teeth during a conference call then prepare to chortle while relating to this short video below. I teach a course on using social media for learning & development purposes & one thing that most of my participants have in common is frustration with technology.  It’s an inclusive club. […]

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When hackers & farmers join forces – creating jacuzzis from abandoned water troughs & other hacker delights

Check out some pretty spiffy uses of technology – bringing hackers together with farmers. Hackerspaces [are] user-friendly spaces where technological tools are crafted, are spreading throughout the rural environment. They can even transform abandoned water troughs into eco-jacuzzis.  “If we take a look at the etymology of the word ‘hacker’, it refers to hacking wood”, […]

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Social media tools for listening, learning & leading

I recently presented a workshop on Leveraging Social Media to Boost Employee Engagement at the IHRM (Institute for Human Resources Management) HR Technology Conference, co-sponsored by H-Senid (which specializes in HR & Tech & has offices in 5 countries) in Nairobi. Here’s the group (picture below), all of whom were enthusiastic to not only get […]

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Learning means converting & translating

I was recently in Turkey doing program evaluation training for the United Nations, which meant carrying a variety of ubiquitous plug adapters.  I laughed at the above combination of plugs – all feeding into one that would fit the hotel outlet, allowing computer and IPhone to charge. The need to convert, change or adapt in […]

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Putting learning technology in the back seat – where it belongs

At its best learning technology should disappear into the background, allowing the learning to shine. At its worst technology is so much in the foreground that nothing else is discernible (enter video conferences where participant faces look like something a Star Wars make-up artist dreamed up while on drugs). Recently, while doing some training in […]

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