I've made a commitment to myself to try to write once a week in 2021. My mind is ajumble today, however. So I am going to write out a few notes, to come back to, and make sense of, at some future point. Or at least that would be the plan. Note 1: I am … Continue reading Random reflections – Jan. 31, 2021
Author: Jeff Merrell
Design must be communal. And we are all designers.
Let me tease out two ideas. Design is - must be - a communal practice. And many more of us are designers than we might believe. Together, these two ideas might change the way many of use view the work we do and our role in addressing issues of equity and justice. The inspiration for … Continue reading Design must be communal. And we are all designers.
Affordances and disaffordances in digital workplace technology
I am working out loud this academic quarter, a bit, in conjunction with two courses I co-teach with some amazing colleagues. What's coming together is some inspiration on the intersection of work we do in using and applying design practices - design thinking - and the work we do exploring organizational knowledge sharing, learning and … Continue reading Affordances and disaffordances in digital workplace technology
Time to think
It's the start of 2021 and I bring with me this lesson about being an educator: The job is, with care, to create moments for people to think. I've contemplated this lesson for several years teaching graduate students. The professionals who come to our masters degree program bring significant work experience, and most are working … Continue reading Time to think
I had a conversation earlier this week about how those of us who are fortunate enough to be knowledge workers are now operating in the remote working/learning world created by the global pandemic. The conversation drifted off to point out some bright spots. Some organizations are giving their people space to be human and may … Continue reading Visible knowledge