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Nurture the spheres where we thrive.

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Rhetorics of Survivance

You may not be who you think you are.

Enter the trickster, Gerald Vizenor, the originator of ‚Äúsurvivance‚ÄĚ.

Deborah L. Madsen writes in Understanding Gerald Vizenor:

In opposition to terminal creeds, Vizenor seeks in his writing to promote the concept of ‚Äúsurvivance.‚ÄĚ He tells Isernhagen: “if we have dominance — in other words, a condition that’s recognizable as a world view — then surely we have survivance, we have a condition of not being a victim.”55 Like his understanding of postmodernism, survivance is for Vizenor a condition and not an object. It is a way of thinking and acting in the world that refuses domination and the position of the victim. In Fugitive Poses (1998) Vizenor writes: ‚Äú[S]urvivance, in the sense of native survivance, is more than survival, more than endurance or mere response; the stories of survivance are an active presence… .‚ÄĚ56 Survivance is not passive survival but active resistance as well; it is the refusal of the insistence upon tribal people as “Vanished,” or as tragic victims, or as ig/noble savages caught in an unchanging past, or as the vanguard of an idealized New Age future. Chris Lalonde points out that “with his fictions [Vizenor] does what Foucault argues is what makes one insane in the eyes of the community: he crosses the boundaries of the dominant bourgeois culture in order to reveal the lies upon which it is based.”57

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Rhetorics of Survivance

If it is to be, it’s up to we…

Sean¬†Grainger¬†(@graingered) tells me “the¬†world we all share is one big story written by history.” ¬†I agree with him, our¬†collective story is¬†summed up by each one of our individual stories. ¬†He says, “Teachers are in the story-writing business” and that our¬†fundamental purpose is to be what we want education to be.

I’ve had the pleasure to¬†occasionally¬†exchange tweets with Sean, and in many ways he’s influenced me to think of myself as a teacher. Maybe not the certified-type who commands a classroom, but the sort who plays a necessary role in the future of education. ¬†My contacts have dealt me enough insight to understand what kind of lessons the next generation will need in order to lead society through the transition ahead. ¬†I’d like to play my part.

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If it is to be, it’s up to we…

Collaborate with Zombies (Future140 Part 4)

I was looking for another guest for Future140 and I got a hold of somone on Twitter who was attempting something rather inspiring. This person’s name is Ryan Leach and he knows a thing or two about zombies, but what attracted me to him was his effort to channel the power of the collective. His project depends on one thing in order to succeed, collaboration. It is called “Lost Zombies” and it combines zombie roleplaying with social networking and croudsourcing media in order to produce a film like none other that I’d ever seen. I was intrigued.

He left me a short message about his project. I uploaded it on Future140 as a micro-podcast (in 140 seconds or less (listen here!) ). He really inspired me.

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Collaborate with Zombies (Future140 Part 4)

The "Future140" Project (Future140 Part 1)

Before the summer began I started a project that I thought could turn the world upside down — or rather, right-side up. I was excited beyond reason and I immediately wanted to feature my first guest. My excitement has died down considerably since I began this back in April of 09, but today I’ve begun to reflect on the project and its real value.

The idea is that I would pose a question, in under 140 characters or less, to an expert in the field of inquiry. Then I would record their response in under 140 seconds or less. For my first guest I’d feature one of my favorite professors in the J-School, Harsha Gangadharbatla Ph.D. I discussed the idea with him and he was open to giving it a shot. He’s a advertising professor and I knew he had lots of insight concerning the future of brands.

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The "Future140" Project (Future140 Part 1)

Slow Down & Make Tech Meaningful!

It is late.¬† I woke up thinking about how technology makes things so convenient and how we steadily input more and more of it into our lives.¬†¬† A certain amount of convenience is nice but when everything is micro-packaged we think it means we should consume more of it.¬† We eat more fast food because it steals less time from our day that we could be spending with our child.¬† We “scan” RSS and twitter feeds while sipping on a 40 oz. diet coke.¬† We get frustrated when there is no wi-fi in a building because we need to check our e-mail, now!¬† The way we consume is hyper-accelerated.¬† We get stressed out.¬† We get sick.

This is not happening everywhere in the world.¬† This blog hopes to examine how other cultures incorporate technology into their already existent value systems.¬† I hope that we will learn the value in slowing down.¬† I already wrote about the “slow family,” which I believe is a good place to begin a more conscious lifestyle with less stress.¬† The world – out there – will take some time to slow down, but you can begin to become aware of the subtleties, flavors, and joys of taking it a notch down, while at home.

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Slow Down & Make Tech Meaningful!