Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Let the Stories begin...

The beginning of a project is always a day of high hopes and ideals. 
Of one thing, though, I am certain -we will all learn an awful lot. What we will learn is much less certain but I'm sure I'll be acquiring a sense of realism. Finding out what does and doesn't work is one of the  most important reasons for piloting anything. As Lewis said today when I was explaining how ambitious and innovative this project is 
"But what if it all goes wrong?" 
I pointed out our Edison quote on the wall  


"If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward."


But I'm not sure I felt quite that way when Bill Boyd (2125 followers) and I (a measley 150 followers) tweeted up a storm (well 30-40) of visitors to the shared Google Doc I was working on. I was a bit tired and fed up when I eventually tweeted: 
"90-9-1 strikes again!?Many visit but few contribute:("
But in fact seeing the string of visitors appearing while I was working, focussed a tired mind rather wonderfully - I suspect it brought out the performer in me...
If you feel able to contribute the document is still open here
You'll be getting an further update later in the week from a pedagogic perspective - blimey! seven syllables in two words, I think I'd better go and lie down...

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Just watched this again following a link on the Ant's Eye View site. This was one of the first TED talks I ever saw and it's interesting now to watch it again and realize how influential this has been on my thinking. Just be ready for a 20 minute avalanche of words.