bell hooks: Teaching to Transgress – Education as the Practice of Freedom

Some key quotations from bell hooks’ ‘Teaching to Transgress’. 1994 / Routledge. Introduction “Critical reflection on my experience as a student in unexciting classrooms enabled me not only to imagine that the classroom could be exciting but that this excitement could co-exist with and even stimulate serious intellectual and/or academic engagement.” [7] ” But excitement […]

Paul Boag: Digital Adaptation – summary

Paul Boag outlines how to adapt your organisation to meet the challenges presented by digital, in the excellent Digital Adaptation. Further resources are available on the Digital Adaptation website. User expectations are set by industry leaders “You may not be in direct competition with Twitter, Google, or even MailChimp, but users will expect the same […]

Design for Real Life

Design for Real Life argues that we need to take accessibility more seriously. This goes beyond just conforming to a set of content presentation guidelines (e.g. the W3C standards), and goes to your overall design process. You can buy the book from A Book Apart Identify and challenge assumptions Think about what assumptions you’ve built […]

Let Them Drown – a 10 tweet summary of the 2016 Edward Said London Lecture, delivered by Naomi Klein

The 2016 Edward W. Said London Lecture was delivered by Naomi Klein at the Royal Festival Hall; entitled “Let Them Drown: The Violence of Othering in a Warming World”. Here’s a short summary of this excellent lecture: @NaomiAKlein speaking at #SaidLondonLect pic.twitter.com/lflEC8x6LZ — (((H))) (@trinitymandalay) May 4, 2016 Why should we care about climate change? […]

Cognitive Technologies – the real opportunities for business – course notes

In late 2015 I completed an online course on cognitive technology. Here’s a summary of my notes. (NB the course is free to take, and is running again from 14 March to 13 June 2016) What is AI? AI is not about machines ‘thinking’ like humans. AI is the theory and development of computer systems […]

Eyal: Hooked – How to build habit-forming products

Nir Eyal sets out a framework for building engagement with users of a product, based on repeatedly guiding users through a series of ‘hooks’ to form habits. “The ultimate goal of a habit-forming product is to solve the user’s pain by creating an association so that the user identifies the company’s product or service as […]

Rose: What Makes People Tick – the three hidden worlds of Settlers, Prospectors and Pioneers

Chris Rose argues that the population is divided into three ‘values groups’, each of which relate to the world differently. To be effective, communications have to be targeted to the specific needs of each group. The core points can be summarised quite easily, but I’d recommend reading the full text to enjoy the examples and […]

Kristof and Wudunn: Half the Sky – How to Change the World

This is a set of notes from Kristof and Wudunn’s work on international development from a female perspective. Stories are more effective than statistics, so I’d recommend reading the full book for its powerful stories. Taken from Kristof and Wudunn: Half the Sky – How to Change the World (2013 Virago print of 2009 publication). […]

Paulo Freire: Pedagogy of the Oppressed – revolutionary structures and methods

This is a set of quotes summarising Paulo Freire’s thoughts on the structures and methods needed for genuine revolution, taken from The Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1996 Penguin Edition). Appropriate revolutionary structures and methods Who is a radical? “What distinguishes revolutionary leaders from the dominant elite is not only their objectives, but their procedures.” (148) […]