The world of education is under a tremendous amount of pressure to serve two masters. Traditional approaches are called for to ensure students gain opportunities for the next step in their learning journey and new thinking and innovation are required to ensure students are prepared for a world that is ever changing and uncertain. These differing mindsets are important to understand when looking at environmental sustainability in schools and the impact it has locally and globally. When looking at the barriers and opportunities for...
In late 2006 and continuing into 2007, Ghana experienced a major power crisis that caused planned power outages, also known as load shedding, with outages lasting up to 72 consecutive hours. Since then, Ghana has sought to strengthen its electricity sector. However, in spite of these efforts, power supply continues to be a challenge. For example, in 2013 the load shedding exercise recommenced and it is forecasted to continue until 2015 though on a reduced scale. This situation arose, in part, from technical issues having to...
As discussed in Keeping Team Members Engaged in a Distributed Workplace: Initial Thoughts for Discussion, it is hard to stay current with everything, let alone be fully active in all of the networks in which we are members. It is a challenge to accomplish work demands while fulfilling personal responsibilities, not to mention trying to have some type of leisure moments that foster rejuvenation and enable “re-creation.” There is too much happening in our networked lifestyles, where boundaries are hard to maintain or have vanished...
In a recent letter to the Saybrook University community, incoming president Nathan Long, EdD, affirms our “passionate dedication to mission” and states that “in a day and age in which higher education is faced with myriad challenges both internally and externally, Saybrook’s approach to progressive research and scholarly application is even more relevant that it was 42 years ago.” This unique approach, expressed in Saybrook’s mission, core principles and values, has often been described as stemming...
This year on November 9, the people of Berlin celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A business trip to explore partnerships with German universities took me to Berlin one month before that anniversary to see what has been, and continues to be, an amazing transformation. What I saw taking place there truly is a beacon of hope and a testimonial to the potential of people to co-create a desired future. I was in Berlin in 1980, a time when no one yet imagined the Wall coming down. I was 30 years old and...
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