Talks and Presentations

  • The best bit of near 'n' far

    For me, the best bit of the Far 'n' Near conference was the presentation by Matt Stevenson on Attention Restoration Theory.  This was an afternoon session on methodology, and the three other talks were all almost as good. I enjoyed the talks...

  • It may be near 'n' far – but what is 'outdoor learning'?

    I can't remember whether I asked the question of myself during the recent near 'n' far conference presentation by the team from Natural Connections, or whether they asked it themselves.  Sadly, my notes are rather unconnected on that point.  It's a good...

  • That little tent of blue

    I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky, And at every drifting cloud that went With sails of silver by. In his introductory remarks to...

  • Poor pedagogy in the East End

    I said last week that I anticipated a lot of sitting and listening when we met in the University of East London for a day conference about outdoor education / learning: Lessons from Near and Far.  It was, however, much...

  • Weecly Update 1

    If so minded, you can follow the official outpourings of WEEC 8 on Twitter: @WEEC2015  – but you really should be outside.  Here are a few of the highlights so far (and my indented comments ...) Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson talks about...

  • The Future History of Political Economy – Part 1

    Another well-written post from the Daly News landed in my in-box last week.  It's focus was how economics has ignored thermodynamics over the years and centuries.  I touched on the issues it raises in my talk at Cambridge last week...

  • Catching up with Ted

    Well, with TED, and in particular Johan Rockström.  Here he is in 2010.  I was alerted to this by the Independent the other day with an article by Christopher Hooton about a paper published by Rockström in Science in January 2015. The Indy's title was stark:...

  • What do you call a group of University Estates Directors?

    I wondered this when I was at the recent seminar on Designing & Managing Sustainable University Estates that was hosted by NCUP – the National Conference of University Professors. I came to the conclusion that a 'concatenation' might be appropriate, given how much...

  • Deep Learning and the rise of the machines

    I watched a TEDx talk by Jeremy Howard on deep learning and the rise of the machines.  You can see it here.  Prepare to be just a little bit impressed.  It might have been coincidence (or media-smart machines at work), but...

  • Living Global Citizenship

    I was worrying away last week about the plethora of phrases that begin "global ...".  Global citizenship is a prime example.  Then, what should cross by desktop but this: Dear All, Please find attached an invitation to the next DERC seminar:...