The view from More London

It’s a curious place, More London.    

2015 New Year’s Resolution – Zero waste, or as close to

My New Year’s resolution for 2015 is it to try and send as little waste to landfill as possible. (Read my end of January update). The idea popped into my…

St Paul's in the distance viewed via the long axis of the Millennium Bridge

Stressed by stressed ribbons – teaching notes from Southampton

One of the groups of students that Ben Godber and I teach at the University of Southampton is designing a stressed ribbon footbridge as their entry for a design competition…

Sepia image showing the streets around the Rond Point de L'Alma flooded.

Qui l’eût cru – when Paris flooded in 1910

Seven years ago I was rummaging in the loft of my great grandfather’s old house in the south of France when I discovered a box of postcards, ninety of them…

Experiments in content flipping

  This year I have been experimenting with content flipping in my teaching. The idea of content flipping is that students first encounter the course material in their own time,…

Où est la salle de danse? – Why learning to lindy hop is like learning a language

It’s not long until fellow Mudflapper Jenny Millman and I begin teaching our six-week course ‘Learn to Lindy Hop’ at the Idler Academy. Being a lindy hopper and being an…

Photo of sapling emerging from a tube

Seedling analogy for organisational change

A couple of time in the last year or so I have used what I call the ‘seedling analogy’ to explain what I believe to be is a sustainable approach…

Hazel Hill Family Adventure Weekend

I’ve just returned a wonderful weekend in the woods, the first ever Hazel Hill Family Adventure Weekend. The aim of the weekend was to give kids the chance to get…

Being Bazalgette – a new work experience idea

Today at Think Up, Ed McCann and I had lunch with Mike Chrimes from the Institution of Civil Engineers. The main topic on the menu was how to articulate the…

A sketch for the Big Idea

It was on a train to Bristol yesterday, travelling with my colleague Ben, that I articulated in I think the clearest terms yet the model of learning that through my various…