Google Labs' NGram Viewer lets you search for ideas in five million books across centuries. I have not yet found a research use for this tool, but it is good fun. I put in 'Sheila' to find a big increase in 'Sheila' being mentioned in books in the 1860's.
It was the Robertson Trust's 50th anniversary dinner on 30th September at the Barony Hall, in Glasgow. I was lucky enough to be involved. I worked with the participants to improve their public speaking.
I watched a recently released TED (Ideas worth sharing) video with Daniel Tammet who was born on a blue day. His perception of words, numbers and colors are woven together into a new way of perceiving and understanding the world. He sees things that other people miss.
Keep learning is one of the five actions to improve your well being. To mark a significant birthday one of my associates has decided to do 50 new things this year.
A few days ago I found some pictures on my mobile phone. I don't take snaps on my phone very often, so it came as a shock to find a photo taken in Shetland last year of a sign beside a litter bin that said ''Dunna chuck Bruck' (translated it means: Don't throw away your rubbish)
I have been working with a new facilitation technique called MetaSaga. Kate Coutts, from Unst, Shetland, introduced me to the technique. She used it to design a leadership programme for school teachers. Kate says the facilitated sessions are about 'Discover yourself in the world around you!' and amalgamates metaphors (Meta) and stories that take you on a journey (Saga).
The recent releases from TED (ideas worth spreading) brought me a great piece of insight. Sir Ken Robinson says we should slow down learning, take time to taste and enjoy the new ideas. We know fast food is not the best way to enjoy our food, so neither is fast learning - cramming the information in with no real appreciation.
As a trainer and facilitator I often think what happens after an event when I have left the participants or organisation? When you work with groups do you wonder if they will ever use the training materials, reflect on a conversation that you facilitated or pass on the learning to other people?
I have been connecting other facilitators who came to my recent workshop. The workshop was called: Facilitation Techniques - Open Space: World Café: Appreciative Inquiry - With A Pinch Of Graphics. The workshop explored the theory of participation and facilitation and allowed attendees to participate in the facilitation techniques.
I recently went on a fact- finding trip to London. I wanted to develop my old knowledge but also find some new knowlege as well as find something to borrow and utilise something I read (instead of finding something blue!).