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Saturday, May 18, 2013

On Creativity, Leadership and Professional Growth

This blog has been "radio silent" for quite a while.  I have been deeply steeped in a new endeavor and will remain fairly quiet on the blogging front.  However, when something moves me, I will surface to share.  This is the first of these.  I have become a fan of Seth Godin and read his blog regularly.  Here he is at a Creative Mornings conference at The New School speaking on creativity, leadership, and professional growth and development.  I find self-evident truth in what he says, although it often takes someone else pointing out the clarity of a truth to see it sometimes.  Maybe because something is so clear, we see through it?  Maybe...

2013/05 Seth Godin | Backwards from CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Entrepreneurial Learner Quote

On Identity Shift:

"We’re moving from a sense of 'I am what I wear/own/control' to 'I am what I create, share and others build on.' How do I put something into play so others build on it? When you figure this out, you understand agency and impact."

-- John Seely Brown, Chief of Confusion, Co-Chair of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Hi everyone,

Williams Instructional Design blog will be taking a hiatus for a few months. 

However, you can still follow me on to see what I am reading and tagging for future use.

Happy Autumn and Happy Learning!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"Rules" to Live By

From :

"Buried in various corners of the web is a beautiful and poignant list titled Some Rules for Students and Teachers, attributed to John Cage, who passed away twenty years ago this week. The list, however, originates from celebrated artist and educator Sister Corita Kent and was created as part of a project for a class she taught in 1967-1968. It was subsequently appropriated as the official art department rules at the college of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent, her alma mater, but was commonly popularized by Cage, whom the tenth rule cites directly."

And from Bertrand Russell:

"Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:
  1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
  2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
  3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
  4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
  5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
  6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
  7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
  8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
  9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
  10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness."

Sunday, August 19, 2012

On Creativity and on Humor

A couple recent finds:

First, Krista Tippett of On Being conducts a dense and beautiful interview of Rex Jung, an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He's a Distinguished Senior Advisor to the Positive Neuroscience Project, based at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Jung speaks on "Creativity and the Everyday Mind."  It is difficult to summarize all they cover in this wide-ranging conversation.  However here is the introductory text to the podcast:  "How do we prime our brains to take the meandering mental paths necessary for creativity? New techniques of brain imaging, Rex Jung says, are helping us gain a whole new view on the differences between intelligence, creativity, and personality. He unsettles some old assumptions — and suggests some new connections between creativity and family life, creativity and aging, and creativity and purpose."

An interesting tidbit from this interview is that their research shows strong correlation between humor and other key indicators of creativity.

This, in turn, reminds me of another recent interview.  This one, by Shankar Vedantam of NPR, is with Robert Lynch, an anthropologist and stand-up comedian.  It delves into the connection between humor and human bonding:

 An Anthropologist Walks Into A Bar And Asks, 'Why Is This Joke Funny?'

Saturday, June 30, 2012

On the interplay of creativity, experimentation and learning

On Creativity is an inspiring set of interviews of artists in different disciplines.

In this interview of Andrew Zuckerman, the photographer speaks to the creative process, yes, and on leadership and learning and the importance of "not knowing" and allowing yourself the opportunity to experiment and respond:

Hat tip to one of my favorite muses:  SwissMiss

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Joy of Learning

Not only inspirational, but also a lovely example of addressing the affective domain when teaching the value of learning: