Adiós, Gabo

April 18, 2014

Originally posted on -- ✄ - ✄ - the smallest forest - ✄ - ✄ --:

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Humanity has lost one of its brightest lights. Heartbroken, today, to hear the news of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s passing. I read One Hundred Years of Solitude when I was 17, and it set the rest of my life on fire. Both beacon and doorway, it set me off on a quest to make beauty, integrity, and the magic of the everyday world a part of my life.

cien años de soledadYou will never grow old. You will never be forgotten. We will speak your name with love and longing, always. Live forever in the dreams pursued by those whose lives you entered and altered.

“If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the…

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Originally posted on Enterprise Essentials:

??????????????????????????????? The age-old debate – the energy and exuberance of youth versus the calm wisdom of age and experience – is alive and kicking in the world of business start-ups. Entrepreneurship is increasingly being touted as a cool and liberating career choice, and certainly technology is making start-up more possible, if not necessarily more sustainable. But alongside the young and dynamic entrepreneur, what role is there for the so-called ‘older-preneur’?

With evidence suggesting people in employment stay healthier for longer, pension pots under strain, and ageism still rife in the office, could business creation by older people make both social and economic sense?

In the not-for-private-profit sector, past curmudgeonly comments from Liam Black, former CEO of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, confirm his consistent and healthy distain for what he sees as social enterprise spin. More recently he’s been cautioning wannabe social entrepreneurs in his usual forthright way, advising them to “Get some…

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Originally posted on Learning Change:

As Abbott sees it, the need for reflection has never been greater. Spurred by technological advances, “ civilization is on the cusp of a metamorphosis ,” he says, that will lead either to societal collapse and chaos, or to a resurgence of liberty, community, and ethics . Either way, schools are stuck in the past : The emphasis has been on feeding children static information and rewarding them for doing only what they’re told, instead of helping them develop the transferable, higher-order skills they need to become life-long learners and thrive in an uncertain future. This approach — a product of the Industrial Age, which relied on compliant factory workers and mass consumption — promotes weakness rather than strength. It has become even more regimented and thus more disempowering in recent years due to a lack of trust. Adults who feel hard-pressed to predict or control their own destinies, and…

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Originally posted on Learning Change:

Social capital is frequently offered up as a variable to explain such educational outcomes as academic attainment, drop-out rates and cognitive development. Yet, despite its popularity amongst social scientists, social capital theory remains the object of some scepticism, particularly in respect of its explanatory ambitions. I provide an account of some explanatory options available to social capital theorists, focussing on the functions ascribed to social capital and on how these are used as explanatory variables in educational theory . Two of the most influential writers in this field are Coleman and Bourdieu . I explore their commonalities and differences, both in respect of their writing and in respect of some of the many theorists they have influenced. I argue that social capital theorists have made substantial progress in responding to sceptically minded critics, but that significant questions remain, especially about the success of the more ambitious explanatory variants as these…

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Originally posted on SMAGIC:

retirement home

Oh god, it looks like a hellhole.

When we’re young, we’re often told to “respect our elders”, often by bitter adults who just want to sound self-important. Of course, we’re happy say “respect your elders”, while simultaneously sticking old people into retirement homes where they wither and die, all while slowly succumbing to the idea that they’re old.

I may be one of the young generation, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion on the way we treat the older generation, or more specifically, the way we hypocritically claim to respect the elderly while use retirement homes to get revenge on them.

That’s right, I firmly believe that the concept of a retirement home is based on two things.

  1. The dominance of youth in our culture
  2. Revenge

I can’t help but think that a lot of old people who are in retirement are sent their by their spiteful…

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Originally posted on Creative Title:

I learned a very valuable lesson from this week’s reading from Lauren Bowen entitled “Resisting Age Bias in Digital Literacy Research” (2011). This particular quote inspired my epiphany: “But it is a mistake to identify elders who do not use Web 2.0 technologies, or at least not in expected or conventional ways, as somehow failing or digitally illiterate. Even online activity that by now seems mundane, such as writing email or sharing photos, not only counts as digital literacy practice but can also teach us about literate practices that extend beyond youth-centered ideologies” (588). I realized that, as Bowen points out, I had tied digital literacy to a picture of youth in my own mental scope. It was uncomfortable to realize, but then I started thinking about why I would feel this way.

Probably because of commercials like this:

Thinking about my past and my family, I realized that my…

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Originally posted on Grif Jones:

By Griffin Jones

These are by no means direct quotes. I am paraphrasing from memory from the “Bridging the Gap” event at the Mid-Day Club of Buffalo on November 5, 2013. In no particular order, these are ten interesting thoughts considering the Generation Gap from people who are actively working to make Buffalo a better place.

  1. No matter which generation we come from, we all seem to be bound together by a genuine love for Buffalo. We all have a deep civic interest in bettering Buffalo in business and community. –Scott Murray, Lumdsden & McCormick, Mid-Day Club of Buffalo
  2. We have to occasionally revisit and reform our etiquette of how we communicate with each other. Technology shouldn’t hinder respect in communication. Social Media and mobile are tools. They are the means but not the message. Ultimately, in-person communication is still the very best.–Tony Maggiotto, Buffalo State College Small Businesses Development Center…

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