Eye of the beholder

Take a look at this photo stream. 6EMEIA is a collection of young artists in Sao Paulo, and they’ve been converting mundane objects like storm drains and paving stones into works of art.

Maybe it’s the Calcutta in me, but I love stories such as the one above, where creativity blossoms forth in the midst of adversity, and then manages to thrive despite everything.

Before you ask. This was not a random find…. once every couple of weeks or so I visit The Daily F’log, something I’d come across via StumbleUpon. My thanks to both.

Why do I keep doing this, referring to the process I went through to find something? Because I think it’s important. I find tools like Blog Friends, a Facebook application (albeit not developed by Facebook), truly useful. As we learn more about learning and about teaching, we are going to find ourselves increasingly looking at the “audit trails” of how people learn. As more and more information becomes digital, our capacity to do this increases almost exponentially.

Which reminds me. It will not be long before I write Part 9 of my Facebook and the Enterprise series, looking at the importance of ecosystems. I will be looking more closely at apps like Blog Friends within that post. Then, as signalled earlier, I will close off the series with a post on Privacy; if there is enough interest, I may then write a brief “compendium” post summarising the whole series. Let me know if you’re interested.

8 thoughts on “Eye of the beholder”

  1. A ten-part collection of posts definitely deserves a summary! However, I have to take issue with Balaji, on the grounds that any questions about what Facebook is or is not are likely to be a sideshow. When someone puts out as much stuff as you have, what matters most to the reader is what the author expects him (or her) to take away from the reading experience. What are the things you really want us to remember as “lessons learned?” Also, even though you are summarizing ten posts, I suspect that the summarizing list of “things” should respect Miller’s magic number (which, I know, was ignored by both the Ten Commandments and the Cluetrain theses)!

  2. Funny, I just took an on-line job interview which, among other things, required me to exercise my skill of searching the Internet in order to answer some of the questions!

  3. I think that it is *very* important to think about the links — where the information came from — and to acknowledge the debt when you get put on to something interesting or useful. My problem is that in many instances I forget how I added X to my reading list in the first place. Having said “thank you” that’s it. I will, however, always remember you putting me on to a knitting pattern I wanted simply because it was an unlikely result of my questioning your championship of the “wrong” (i.e. not the MCC) cricket team.

  4. Nice to see you back, Hazel. I’m still championing the “wrong” team, but today I expect there will be a few more people of the MCC ilk supporting India!

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