CoLab

I'm working on a "vision piece" with this title, gathering thoughts for the upcoming CoLab 3rd Space Conference, and I'd love any feedback folks have. Collecting Threads, Weaving Community/Colgando hebras, tejiendo comunidad Weaving the threads of the Common Core into the fabric of our community/Enhebrando los hilos del Básico Común en la tela de nuestra comunidad a proposal for collaboration by...
“Crowdsourcing poses a tantalizing question: What if the solutions to our greatest problems weren’t waiting to be conceived, but already existed somewhere, just waiting to be found, in the warp and weave of this vibrant human network?”  -Jeff Howe, author of Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business How many times have you been facilitating a learning experience...
Experiences that provide for the professional and personal growth of teachers play an increasingly vital role in museums’ efforts to connect with educational reform. Faced with the complex demands of teaching and learning in the 21st century, museums across the country are rethinking the ways they interact with teachers.  At the recent 2012 National Art Education Association conference in New...
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What might this experience take us to? The next. Level? Experience? Idea? Collaboration? I see this experience shooting off in a variety of directions: 1) Locally (within the South Coast Writing Project) 2) Internally (within my committee at SWriP) 3) Nationally (across all WP sites). I'm finding that the landscapes I'd like to explore are not physical locations. While pushing the boundaries of...
Wow, I just had an extraordinary experience co-planning and cofacilitating our  collaborative work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  The final afternoon, Saturday, which is the subject of this blogpost, was co-planned and co-facilitated by me, and we focused on how we might envision together new ways of collaborating from several WP sites (Piasa Bluffs, Gateway, South Coast), two museums (...
The power of stories—whether telling our own, listening to those of others, or building them from our imagination—has a deep connection to human development and learning. Telling stories allows us to learn about ourselves, but it is also an act of “mutual creation involving interactions and understanding between teller and listener” (1).  For museums, storytelling can tap into personal, cultural...