Author: timfnash

Two Misconceptions about EdTech

Two Misconceptions about EdTech

EdTech polarises conversations between people who love the idea and people that hate it. The trouble is, a polarised conversation is no conversation at all. With the hope of de-polarising the conversation and opening up a productive dialogue again on a topic that won’t be going away any time soon, I suggest there are two…

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How to foster entrepreneurship in a medium sized company

How to foster entrepreneurship in a medium sized company

Qu: How do we foster entrepreneurship and continue to innovate? Ans: By extending “Good to Great” thinking, viz: Jim Collins argues that to go from “Good to Great” a company needs a “Hedgehog Concept” which defines just 3 core values that drive the company’s ‘Economic Engine’ (or – more broadly – its ability to be great at…

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Factfulness

Factfulness

Irrespective of our level of education or area of expertise, our understanding of the world is almost universally 40 years out of date about most things – such as the proportion of people living on each continent, or in extreme poverty; the percentage of 1 year olds who have been vaccinated, or of girls that…

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Selective History

Selective History

I just received this in an email with batch of other Churchill quotes.  I do enjoy a chunk of good thought-provoking quotes. But, as always with Churchill quotes, mixed in with the gold is a large dose of made-up stuff as Brits with a prejudice try to commandeer the “Greatest Ever Briton” to defend their…

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Violence and Desire

Violence and Desire

Even in parts of the world where we live in unprecedentedly peaceful times, there is a revival in the popularity of gladiatorial sports (like boxing and MMA) ; a ubiquitous thread of “justified” violence in hit TV and film dramas – especially those produced in America; and a sense of frustration, resentment and fear bubbling…

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Value

Value

The value of things depends not on the things themselves but on whether or not people value them. Lobster (like oysters, foie gras, polenta and sushi) used to be food for peasants and prisoners – actually, lobster was used as fertiliser and fish bait. It was enterprising 19th century American railway operators passing it off…

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It’s not about the money

It’s not about the money

Rick Warren is a humbling example of a faithful follower of Christ and so much of what he writes is a great inspiration and a help to millions.  But I fear this particular commentary from Pastor Rick … You Were Created to Be Productive …is likely to engender pride in those who work in profit-driven…

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What’s with the Old Testament?

What’s with the Old Testament?

Here are 4 verses from the Bible in chronological order. What’s going on here – does God want sacrifice (human or animal) or not? Gen 22:2 Then God said, “Take your son , your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one…

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Parenting Teenagers

Parenting Teenagers

When asked to lead a session at a Parenting Teenagers course: Rather than trying to stock up on a repository of pre-prepared answers, we try continually to return to common anchor points that keep us united as we look to address specific questions as they come up.  Three key anchors for us in parenting teenagers…

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Our Role as Chinese Teachers

Our Role as Chinese Teachers

Following a heated discussion on a Mandarin Chinese Teacher’s forum about a TV programme: Two thoughts based on this discussion (I have nothing to add on the programme itself): The way our students feel/think about Chinese people (and themselves) as a result of our lessons is of infinitely greater value than the amount of Chinese language they learn from us The…

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