Author Archives: reflectionsandrotations

About reflectionsandrotations

I'm an educator and coach with a special interest in fostering creative thinking, designing effective learning environments, and building communities of learners

Urban Interventions

I have a terrific interest in urban interventions to promote a sense of connection and inclusion in cities and to reduce hopelessness and alienation. Professionally, I have long acted on this interest and commitment by teaching – particularly teaching those who tend to … Continue reading

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What Is Beauty?

Here is a quotation from architect Teddy Cruz, interviewed for the BMW Guggenheim Lab on the question of what it means for a city to be beautiful: I am thinking of the experiential dimension of beauty, less based on an … Continue reading

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A Cottage Industry

I have always been captivated by the romance of the cottage industry. Imagine a cheerful cottage in the woods, me sitting busily in bright skirts surrounded by books and handcrafted this-and-thats, joyfully creating lots of some wonderful thing, each unique. Switch to … Continue reading

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Labor Day

In her blog post in honor of Labor Day, Teresa Amabile, Harvard Business School’s expert on creativity, started with the following quotation: Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth … Continue reading

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A Phenomenon of Nature?

One of the interesting questions that arises in communities centered around learning and discourse is what to do about the spoilers. That is, what happens when someone arrives who is not exactly a ‘troll” but rather someone who comes only … Continue reading

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Understanding How We Understand Each Other

People understand themselves poorly and understand others perhaps more poorly. This sorry fact is one reason conflicts exist and persist in the world.  That humans as a species tend to hold smugly to complete misconceptions about those they perceive as being not like them is … Continue reading

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Promoting Constructive Discourse

One of the areas in which I accept projects is hosting fruitful discourse communities. In fact, I have two such projects lined up for Fall. A challenge in these settings is often that people come together with very different ideas of what … Continue reading

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