Public displays of EV: reimagining a healthier future

Recently, a quote of unknown source was shared with me: “The mother whipped off her cape, held her hands in the air, and said ‘I’m struggling this time’. The other mothers breathed a sigh of relief, ripped their capes off and said ‘me too’, and they knew they were not alone“ ‘Vulnerability’ is not new …

Strengthening mindset for 2021: vulnerable, capable, interdependent

I’ll dispense with the new year goal-sharing this year. In times of heightened uncertainty, I share two recent mindset influencers: Martha Nussbaum, a philosopher focused on human emotions, and poet and naturalist, Diane Ackerman. According to Martha Nussbaum, to grow and develop as ethical human beings, we must recognise human vulnerability, our own and others. …

Emergent Thinkers 2020 reflections

2020 is the year coined as ‘one to forget but all will remember’ – challenge, distress, grief and pressure, alongside resilience, adaptability, compassion and dedication.As Christmas day draws nearer, I reflect on the key themes of the second round of seasons of ‘Emergent Thinkers.com’ – change agency, sustainability, entrepreneurship & philosophical thinking, with a portion …

The mind behind kindness and support in entrepreneurship

Gabrielle (Gay) Haskins has worked for forty years in the field of leadership and management development. Her key roles have been threefold: building networks (she was the first woman appointed as Director-General of the European Foundation for Management Development); leading the growth of Executive Education (at London Business School, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford …

New visuals for Emergent Thinkers 2nd birthday

Excited to reveal a new ‘site banner and logo’ to celebrate Emergent Thinkers.com’s 2nd birthday! There’s been quite a lot to share over these last couple of years, from vlogging to pirate voice, and entrepreneurial, sustainability and phenomenological endeavours. I have also had the privilege to share in-depth conversations with many amazing, accomplished individuals in …

I spy with my little eye…something to do with ‘being’

I’m used to falling down rabbit holes in my doctoral research, and do so quite deliberately, enjoying and valuing the adventure. The process satisfies ‘wonder’ through access to the new, the forgotten, the unnoticed or uncharted. Challenging thinking and cultivating insight, it can produce or trigger deliciously rich memorabilia [data] and new connections [ideas]. And …

In celebration of ‘Pathic Writing’: a personal journey

It is ‘National Book Lovers Day’, deliciously coinciding with my wonderful in-depth conversation with Kevin Watson of ‘My Own Coach Ltd’. Recently, Kevin had invited his network to engage in his upcoming podcast series ‘Words Matter’. An invitation for a one-to-one to discuss quotes, poems or book passages that have inspired, changed one’s thinking or …

Philosophical unbundling

I am experiencing data overload. The constant state of being plugged in, tuned in, updated. There is a heavily disorientating aspect to the Age of Distraction, as penned by Richard Wurman in ‘Information Anxiety’ and revisited in Nicholas Carr’s ‘cri de couer’ ‘The Shallows’. My tension, fully embodied (Francis, 2018), requiring unbundling beyond this blog-space. …

A Dahlesque COVID-19 state of mind

On being, and managing change while working from home (WFH) To share one experience of a working mum’s ‘COVID-19 state of mind’, I turn to Roald Dahl’s lesser-known sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Dahl, 1962). Charlie’s Great Glass Elevator adventure (Dahl, 1972) starts with Charlie Bucket and chocolatier Willy Wonka squeezing Charlie’s entire …

Ponder, Puzzle, Pose: the case for curiosity revisited

In light of today’s [28/01/20] discussions generated by the Guardian’s article on ‘Schools Killing Curiosity’ – a revisit to one of my ‘hot topics’ of 2019. Questions, a kindling for curiosity For many babies, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ is one of the first literary introductions to the concept of wonderment, contributing to the foundation ‘inquisitive …

Back to the future: the journey of one vlog

This time of year begs reflection. Recently I’ve been trying to document some of the learning from my doctoral and professional journey. After a great conference session at the ALT Winter Conference 2019 today, with international contacts I now consider an intricate part of my learning network, I had a moment! I suddenly realized that …

Rebel Call: sustainability-based ethics in a technological world

Three words have tumbled around my head repeatedly, almost prophetically for the last 12 months. Sustainability. Ethics. Technology. Three lenses through which to address the urgent interlinked societal issues: from the environment through to education and the economy. Sustainability: as it balances economic, ecological, and social values in the pursuit of long-term welfare (Kibert et …

The mind behind harnessing technology for learning

Steve Wheeler is a Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education. Here I interview the global educator, author, edublogger, and disrupter activist whose work on technology-enabled learning attracts millions of followers. You have a rich career path Steve, from artist and musician, psychologist and lecturer, to …

Unplugged in the Golden Hour (with Matthew Pinder)

It’s the golden hour. I’m finally winding down with my children for the summer, forcibly ‘disconnecting’ for a while. I sit outside, overlooking nature. The magic of this unique ethereal light envelopes the landscape, my soul, evoking strong memories of a childhood spent in open spaces, open arms and lengthy conversation. Cherished days gone, of …

Nexus: the trigger for collective transformation

As featured in UWTSD Press Release 25.07.19 https://uwtsd.ac.uk/news/press-releases/press-2019/wales-nexus-conference-2019-1.html Awakening Days ago I attended the Wales Nexus Conference 2019 to deliver 2 papers. No ordinary event. This was special. Inter-disciplinary in purpose, but able to facilitate beyond the overlapping of ideas at discipline boundaries. At a time when we are subsumed by online connection, socially and …

Ponder, Puzzle, Pose: the case for curiosity

Questions, a kindling for curiosity For many babies, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ is one of the first literary introductions to the concept of wonderment, contributing to the foundation ‘inquisitive period’, the preschool years.  Anyone who wants a crash course or trip down memory lane in viral questioning, I’ll happily signpost you to my three young …