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Creative Minds No #2

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Creative people No #2 Buckminster Fuller.

“There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m not sure how I came across Fuller but he has always intrigued me and as time goes onI think he was pretty amazing. He worked across multiple fields and was probably one of the first global environmentalists. I am quite biased but I think he is quite visionary and a truly original mind.

Why I have chosen him.

Born in 1895 Buckminster Fuller lived in a time that you could call pretty different to what the 21st Century looks like particularly in terms of the technological advancements and with the rapid emergence of the world wide web in recent years.  However Buckminster had a pretty amazing insight into the future technology and a great philosophy to underpin it.

One of the things that have always intrigued me about Buckminster is in regard to the development of technology. He believed in progress, particularly that of a technological kind. He was of the belief that humanity would always progress and with technology playing a key part. Therefore he believed that humans should not halt the advancement of technology but think the reverse, in that we need to ensure that this is done in an ethical and environmentally friendly way.

He coined the term Ephemeralization, which is the  ability of technological advancement to do “more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing” As time goes on I am seeing his vision becoming pretty much the norm in many cases. For example, within the genre of music, the means to store musical data has shrunk in size, from the gramophone through the record and CD to its current incarnation on a mp3 player.

The move towards digital film watched through downloads suggests that cinema may be going the same way. Fuller had wide ranging interests, not only did he have a huge range of ecological interests, but also translated his ideas into real prototypes, especially the Dymaxion car which was not only years ahead of its time in technological terms, but also looked completely bonkers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I guess it may be easy to be a “futurologist”, it’s the  getting it right that is the  only tricky bit. In his thinking about environmentalism years before such ideas became common currency,  and in his many other interests, “Bucky” as he is affectionately known, has proved time and time again his visionary genius.

Links you might find interesting

The Buckminster Institute

Buckminster On Wikipedia

Everything I know-Buckminster Fuller 1975

 

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Time to reflect that little bit more…

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Time to reflect that little bit more.

Two undertakings I am currently involved with that are pushing my thinking are a Masters Degree and being part of PLP project. Suddenly I am immersed in reading blogs, books, academic articles, peer reviewed articles (have only just learnt what this really means!) and participating in a powerful Ning as I am lucky to be part of a project called PLP Connect U. A project run in conjunction with the Department of Education and Powerful Learning Practice. Both of these projects are helping me to reflect that little bit more, read a bit more, dig a bit deeper, share my thoughts a bit more, start to make connections with others and start to collaborate!

It’s a scary thought (for me) to stop lurking as I have heard others say and actually get my musings out there. I am finding the PLP Ning an ideal place for this. It is a supportive members-only community that serves as a ‘gateway for collaboration and discovery’. The Ning has coaches who facilitate participation by starting and responding to discussions, asking questions that get you to probe that bit deeper. I am a member of the creativity team and I am already enjoying the discussions, the facilitating from our coach Brenda Sherry and some pretty thought provoking blogs such as Kynan Robinson post on creativity. And we have only just started!

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It’s time to stop dipping my toes in the shallow end and time to reflect and think a little more deeply.

 

Time to stop lurking and start participating just a little bit more.

Have you participated in anything recently that has pushed your thinking in new ways?

What do you read as part of your own Professional development?        

PLPConnectU

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I am a bit late to an exciting project called PLPConnectU. This project  is sponsored by the Victorian Education Department DEECD and is a fantastic opportunity to work with some amazing educators on a long term professional development that incorporates 21st century .  This project is run by two educators that I admire  Will Richardson and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach.

 

I was also lucky enough to hear Will Richardson speak in Bendigo.  We were asked to discuss with our group one of five questions.

 

What about the world and society has changed since you went to school?

What about students has changed since you went to school?

What about schools has changed since you went to school?

What should school 2.0 look like to accommodate learners of the 21st century?

It generated some great discussions where our group said that in fact education hasn’t really changed  since the Industrial Revolution and needs to catch up quickly or flip itself.  Will Richardson spoke of a delivering a curriculum that is not content driven and one that is taken back from the politicians.

Inspiring words indeed.

I also had my first go at Back Channeling using Teach Meet. This is great way to keep the discussion going while listening to Will Richardson speak.

The learning  doesn’t end there. There will be 5 elleuminate sessions and lots of discussion and collaborating on Twitter, the PLPConnectU wiki and on the Ning.

I am looking forward to the project and working with some great educators.

What does 21st Century learning look to you?

How do you incorporate Technology into your classroom?

 

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