What Am I Thinking About Lately?

What are you thinking about lately? What are the possibilities and issues that you consider as you fall asleep, travel to and from work, or when you have some free time? What are the themes that seem to haunt you (possibly in a good way)? Here are the ones on my mind right now.

Eradicating Advertising Wars in Education – the advertising wars in higher education, how can we reallocate that money to benefit students, and what we can do about it through design thinking, entrepreneurship, policies, or other methods

What am I doing about it?

At this point, I’m deepening my understanding of the situation and its complexities, connecting with others whose work relates to this (people and organizations), and considering whether to invest the time and energy to make this a full dragon slaying mission.

Promoting Wisdom & Candid Reflection about the Implications, Affordances, and Limitations of AI and the Robotic Moment – the word “robot has its origin in Czech for “forced labor”, but who will work for whom?

What am I doing about it?

I’m learning and thinking. I have a few ideas for future projects, but I have not committed to anything yet.

Promoting Humane, Carefully Considered, Value-Centered Learning and Data Analytics – how to promote a much deeper consideration and dialogue about the real benefits and the real downsides to learning analytics and big data / how measuring can change or affirm values and priorities

What am I doing about it?

I have some future and tentative writing projects, but I’m in the incubation stage on this one. It is likely a future dragon slaying mission, but I’ve not committed to it yet.

Fostering a Deep and Large-scale Value for Civil Discourse and Living with Difference – the emphasis upon power over open and candid discourse – how to promote civil discourse, remaining true to our convictions, and living among people with diverse beliefs and values

What am I doing about it?

I’m learning as much as I can and building connections with others. I’m also engaging in some more formal study around inter-religious dialogue and the philosophy of religion and ethics in public discourse.

Amplifying the Human Amid Technological Metaphors for Life – facing the reality and inevitability of technological expansion while studying technological metaphors for humans, human metaphors for technology, and the related affordances and limitations of each

What am I doing about it?

I just finished one writing project that relates to this theme, and I’m considering what is next.

Deepening My Skills in Design Thinking – promising practices and applications of design thinking and Michael Schrage’s testable hypothesis, especially in addressing issues in education and health

I’m learning from others who are doing this well and engaging in some experiments within my own organization and smaller sphere of influence.

Curiosity, the Love of Learning, and Enriching Habits – What would it look like to replace the current obsession with standards and testing with a focus upon nurturing curiosity, a love of learning, and enriching habits

This is going to be a future dragon slaying mission. I’m doing some speaking and writing related to it, but it is not the primary focus of my work at the moment.

Educators as Game Designers – How are educators embracing the role of game masters and designing a variety of games

I’m learning and experimenting. I have an outline for a book on the subject but this too is a potential future project.