If the launch episode is any indication, Misha Euceph‘s story of revisiting all the learning she avoided while trying to blend into American culture as a visible minority is something all of us can relate to. Check out my sketchnote and episode 1 below.
I am a walking paradox. To understand who I am is to come to an intimate grasp of cognitive dissonance. My poor wife is a captive audience to my regular contradictions. She is forced to make the following face on a regular basis when trying to comprehend how she ended up marrying someone as confounding as me.
The starkest example of this can be seen in my dichotomous relationship with contemporary, data-mined, digital technologies. I have a preoccupation with digital technologies and social media that is beyond the parameters of good health, yet I wring my hands about it in an almost joyful fashion. That’s one of the reasons I am a massive fan of Manoush Zomorodi and her Note to Self podcast. Listening to Zomorodi’s stories helps me work through a lot of thinking and struggle I have around, as they say, “being a human that uses technology.” The podcast’s goal is not to give you neat and tidy answers to complex problems. Rather, it helps you to go deeper into the complexity.
The Privacy Paradox series was a great example of this. Listen to the episodes and see my accompanying sketchnotes below.
If the first episode is any indication, I’m going to love the High Resolution podcast about design. Check out my sketchnote about their interview with Airbnb‘s Katie Dill. I love the way she simplifies organizational success as, first, being underpinned by trust and culture, and then relying on collaboration and iteration to innovate. I’m late to the Design Thinking party, but agree that we need to bring these ideas into education in a deeper way.
I listen to podcasts so you don’t have to. The Podcasts for Pedagogues series exists to clue you in on great podcast episodes you may have missed.
Below is my little sketchnote on Anil Dash‘s call (in conversation with Krista Tippett) for an urgent rethink and new direction for software engineering and the tech industry. It’s been a long time since I listened to a conversation as important.