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…

Writing in the New Year

As part of my emerging New Year commitments (I no longer list my NY resolutions in one shot and at the beginning of the year as I once did but let them emerge organically and with spirit) I am recommitting to my lifelong goal of writing more and writing better. Automatically, my thoughts go to…