I sat down this morning to try to make sense of everything that has happened over the past two weeks – and the mind map at the top of the post gives an idea of how far I got in fifteen minutes. I can see that it is going to take a while to digest. Plus next week I will be on a writing retreat which does not have internet access as a matter of principle, so it might take me a while to get all the stuff onto the blog that I want to share. But, let’s make a start with something lovely.
At the Art of Management conference last week we had the customary conference bag, this time a nice strong jute shopper which will come in handy, but the wonderful Jenna, who was working like a demon to make sure the whole thing was a success, got her grandmother to make us all a knitted ladybird. At first it seems there was some opposition to this. Was it a bit infantile? Did it fit with the drive to make the conference more academically rigorous? In the end Jenna won and the ladybirds were a big hit:
Coincidentally, the ladybird is the theme of a large project I have just become involved with to think about teaching sustainability using arts-based methods, with my very good friend, Beatriz Acevedo. We are going to start a project blog in which the ladybird speaks, in fact it’s the ladybird’s blog. So I couldn’t resist swiping some of the remaining ladybirds which formed the table decorations at the conference dinner for my co-researchers Helen, Charlotte and Ramos:
So, that was a nice bit of synchronicity to start our Go Green project. And also respect to Jenna’s grandmother and her flying needles for turning out over a hundred of the little creatures which were absolutely beautifully made.