We choose to go to the moon


“We choose to go to the moon in this decade, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”

This was the week before the festive break. A lot of the week was spent getting things set up for January and completing off stuff.
I personalized learning and had a preliminary meeting about open textbooks. I also have a draft blog post on the go and have been considering this.

Also on Monday, I remembered on this day I helped Lawrie Phipps provides some Digital Direction training to colleagues in Jisc in our Away Day.
Lawrie Phipps presents in our off day. This was just a few months after we had run the initial pilots in Bristol and before we ran the first “appropriate” program in Loughborough in October 2016. The version we ran for colleagues was a cut down version, but the essence was on then mapping your own organization and mapping your electronic self. Since then the mapping has evolved and in some cases changed. It was never about comparing yourself with other people, but looking at your maps and believing what do I want to do what do I wish to achieve.
Going for a walk round Bristol in lunchtime, I saw they filmed.

Filming in Bristol now

They filmed a new HBO series called Business, which will be a new American drama series which follows the lives of young investors and bankers hoping to make their way.
Image I think we have moved along with a culture and then I read news posts like this and I think we have not moved on.
The gap between women and men, measured in terms of political influence, economic gain and health and education, has narrowed over the last year but will require another century to evaporate, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said.

There is more we could do, to reduce the gap and reduce the time for the gap to evaporate. I am conscious that I come from a position of privilege. As I make a decided effort to avoid panels and for conferences and sessions I am organizing I guarantee it happens. It’s really not that difficult, as there are some great speakers and panelists out there.
I’ve spent a lot of this week organizing and planning the Data Matters 2020 conference, which will occur on the 5th May 2020. It’s very much about placing the (information) foundations for your future.

After a few meetings on Wednesday we had a group lunch in the Mud Dock Cafe which was great food, nice, and enjoyable to take out time in the hectic schedules of job relax and to chat.
I was in Cheltenham for a meeting and the primary challenge was finding somewhere to park, at times it is easier to drive into a place times grab the train!

I Truly enjoyed reading this blog post from Dom Pates
I was born in August 1971. There were a further two later I was born — Apollo 16 in April 1972 and Apollo 17, in December of the same year. I could therefore stake a claim, when I desired, for a child of the moon landings, was born in a period when the impossible had begun to become nearly normalized, when human aspiration had moved from will…’ Into have…’
Myself as somebody who was born before the moon landings (only) I know I’ve lived a time when we moved from will…’ To have…’


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