Posts Tagged ‘Education’

  • So what happened next, you ask?

    So what happened next, you ask?

    October 12th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | No Comments

    During the two months that it took me to get my experiences at Rayat-Bahra down on paper, I often wondered how things were progressing at the College. I had not heard much since the retreat in April and so started to worry that nothing had come of it. Maybe the teachers decided it would be too big of a change to handle or maybe unforeseen external factors came into play that caused the process to be derailed…my mind hatched all sorts of reasons for the silence […]

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  • Rayat-Bahra Teachers College

    Rayat-Bahra Teachers College

    September 22nd, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 5 Comments

    The landscape turns from deep green to sepia-yellow as we drive out of the tree-lined streets of the city and onto a dusty road lined with wheat fields. At some point we return to pavement and I glance out the back window to see a horse gallop across the road in our wake. Our taxi slows and turns onto a smaller road, meanders through an enclave of large white-washed structures, and comes to a stop in front of a cheerful looking building with students streaming through its front doors.

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  • Fun change = real change

    Fun change = real change

    September 15th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Megan Thom | 6 Comments

    I burnt out in third year university. The nail in the coffin on top of school and work and everything else was the effort and time I’d put into organizing a day of panel discussions about ethical consumption. I booked the best minds of our university, matching them with on-the-ground activists in the community and a good smattering of ethical producers and consumer representatives.

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  • More adventures with Jonathan

    More adventures with Jonathan

    May 26th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 1 Comment

    Last year, we wrote a blog post highlighting the work of Jonathan Glencross. Jonathan’s approach to environmental advocacy has helped spark some dramatic sustainability initiatives at McGill University. We thought you’d enjoy listening to a TedxTalk that he gave a few months ago to an audience of 700

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  • Distributed voice

    Distributed voice

    April 24th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 3 Comments

    I once worked at an advocacy and training organization where, in an effort to look more professional in the eyes of our funders and partners, it was decided that all correspondence would have a uniform look- even down to the font that we used in our emails. I could handle the idea of uniformity for […]

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  • The unConference

    The unConference

    April 14th, 2011 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 11 Comments

    They are scattered about the steps and lawns. A knot of people puzzling over the relationship between education and politics. Sari-clad women practicing Brazilian martial arts. A group of home-schooled 10-year-olds selling handmade paperweights. A young man recounting with artistic precision his transformative experience on the front lines of the Egyptian revolution. There are workshops […]

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  • Vocation


    November 27th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Tana Paddock | 11 Comments

    “All human activity emerges from our inwardness…our outward work in the world is a projection of our inner condition.” These are the words of Patricia Thompson. In her paper Being the Change We Want: A Conversation about Vocational Renewal for Nonprofit Leaders she writes passionately about the connection between vocational vitality and social change. Through the […]

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  • Fierce intentions, humble means

    Fierce intentions, humble means

    August 21st, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | 1 Comment

    Cameron’s recent post made me think of my friend Jonathan Glencross. That’s his picture on the left. Jonathan is a student at McGill who is disarmingly gifted at sparking visible, large-scale change. Last year he was the catalyst for the creation of a  $2.5 million sustainability project fund, financed and governed by students and administrators […]

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  • Why ‘what’ follows ‘why’: Organizational archeology

    Why ‘what’ follows ‘why’: Organizational archeology

    August 12th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Cameron Stiff | No Comments

    “Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t give an ‘I have a plan’ speech. He talked about his dream.” It’s perhaps the most effective way that Simon Sinek, in his TED talk on powerful leadership, makes his point about the power of belief to inspire action. Most of his examples centre around business innovation and business success, […]

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  • A conversation with Turi

    A conversation with Turi

    July 20th, 2010 | Expressive Change | Warren Nilsson | No Comments

    The following is an edited transcript of a conversation that Tana and I had with my sister Turi Nilsson. She is the Director of Instruction and co-founder of Southwest Baltimore Charter School, a place of great inspiration and learning for us. We’ve written about it in previous posts. RENNIE: What would you say are the […]

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