How to find a conversation starter

How to find a conversation starter
When she said “it was all very confusing and frustrating,” it was like a woman in the audience at the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work event Alumni Distinguished Speakers Series on the Truth, Reconciliation in view of Canada’s 150th birthday was taking the words right out of my mouth. She was speaking ...

New #digitaledu blogs 1

New #digitaledu blogs
On a beautiful full moon a few days before Halloween, we launched our new semester of #digitaledu blogs. See a full Twitter list of the students in my Digital Strategy & Communications Management class. These works in progress will be developed over the semester and offer a full range of topics. Follow our semester at #digitaledu. ...

#DigitalEDU starts again 1

#DigitalEDU starts again
One of the most exciting parts about the Foundations class in our #digitaledu program is what we all learn by seeing individuals either start their digital presence from scratch or figure out how they can build on an already established presence.  My favourite part is learning about people both through the in-class discussion, but also on ...

Final thoughts on my #Aboriginaled 2

Final thoughts on my #Aboriginaled
In 1972 my dad was in a plane crash in the Arctic. He was working up in an oilfield. Fortunately everyone survived. Two local men rescued them. As soon as my dad got home, he proposed to my mom. Four kids came some time later. We live happily-ish ever after. It’s a story I’ve always ...

Even good stereotypes are bad

Even good stereotypes are bad
There’s a Seinfeld episode in which Jerry gets a date with a woman named Donna Chang when the phone lines are crossed with George’s parents. Before he meets her he’s chatting with Elaine about how excited he is to be going out on a date with a Chinese woman, because he finds the Chinese so ...

Aboriginal worldviews make me question mine

Aboriginal worldviews make me question mine
Some of the most enriching experiences in my life have been because I didn’t fully appreciate the scope of what I was getting into. The Aboriginal Worldviews and Education online class being offered through the University of Toronto on Coursera has been that. I enrolled really to get a better sense of culture and history because of ...

Marshall McLuhan: Toronto Walking Tour 2

Marshall McLuhan: Toronto Walking Tour
Before I moved to Toronto I had mentioned to a few people that I wanted to go check out the McLuhan Culture and Technology Program at the University of Toronto. I never had the time on previous trips. Just a week after I moved from Edmonton, Spark on CBC did a walking tour. Sadly I ...