Fragmentation/Integration

Every once a while interests and passion, work and personal life converge and it is time to give thanks! Sometimes it is hard to remember that life is one, it is whole and integrated. Because our brains compartmentalize things into sections and parts – work and home, professional and personal, for example, and then in…

Making Light in Dark Times

  Listening to a re-broadcast of a 2013 Margaret Atwood interview on NPR yesterday made me laugh. In a dark-seeming world that is America today, with news of sexual harassment and abuse by men in power coming to light almost every day, a lot seems grim. And yet, laughing at Atwood’s humor made me realize…

Designing for the Loons

The loon is Minnesota’s state bird. This aquatic bird is mysterious and intriguing for a number of reasons including its physical stark appearance with its black and white markings and red eyes and one of its sounds, the ‘tremolo’, that resembles maniacal laughter. I am currently facilitating, with colleagues, a community-engaged project to design a…

Project/Practice, Both/And

As I try to move my work forward with many competing interests (equity and diversity, sustainable and regenerative design, design thinking, creativity, systems change, writing, drawing, speaking, art making, parenting, home care and gardening, to name a few)  within limited or finite time (twenty four hours in a day, seven days in a week), I…

Learning through Teaching

Finished teaching a three session class “Learning from Leonardo” last week.  Leonardo da Vinci and his work is a vast topic and scholars have dedicated lifetimes to the study of his work. Yet, I’m interested in a unique aspect of Leonardo: What does he have to teach us as modern day creatives (or would be…

Learning from Leonardo

I’m teaching a three-session LearningLife course that is focused on Leonardo da Vinci’s mindset and practice as a means to exercise (and expand!) multiple intelligences through daily practice. In addition to mind-stretching assignments, the course introduces visual journaling as a tool to capture one’s creative learning journey. We are all familiar with Leonardo da Vinci…