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Broken EdTech Treasure⤴

from @ Edu Tech Stories

Image result for roger hicks broken treasure
The last decade working in EdTech in Scotland has brought with it a lot of ups and downs... This post includes some of the 'Broken Treasures' from the last few years.

EdTech in Scotland sure ain't easy and it needn't be! There are a number of High Impact/Low Cost solutions that would be easy to implement.

The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship looks at the stresses and strains of trying to make new ideas work... and how it can be a tough road even for the successful entrepreneurs!!

Cory Pein's expose of life in Silicon Valley in 'Live Work Work Work Die' highlights how for every successful Unicorn company there are lots of people who, like Las Vagas, are attracted by the bright lights and promises of riches... but end up leaving empty handed.

He tells of one tech entrepreneur who was the next big thing in tech, got venture capital funding etc, but the idea didn't take off... when he met up with this guy later he was a waiter at a mid-sized restaurant and was the happiest he had been in years.

People I have collaborated with over the last few years have had a problem with the level of transparency that I have demonstrated. Part of the reason for this transparency is because of:

1) Knowledge Transfer - I am keen to share my experiences of life in startup land, edtech and trying to make the transition from out dated sales methods to in-demand community building.

2) Story Telling - Having helped the authors of books like Spy Quest & New Power in education I'm looking to help Rough Diamond and Be More Pirate in a way that kids as young as 5-6 will be interested in and get excited about.

One area that I have been more and more transparent in the last 18 months is with regard to our personal situation which highlights just how tough EdTech/start up land in Scotland can be. The blurring of sharing personal information professionally has not been easy.

November 2018 I used this blog to ask for help with a desperate crowd funder.

Last April the stress of it all caught up with me, which is when I read 'Roger Hicks Considers' article and his take on Broken Treasure II in Amateur Photographer

"We all have 'treasures' which we cannot bear to throw away; which are of little or no objectionable use; and which may not even be reparable. Could you bear to throw away a 400 year old book? Or a china colt you bought when you were seven, even now his leg is broken? Or the silver watch your mother bought you for your 21st birthday? Even the 'sepia' lightning is nostalgic. 

It doesn't matter what your personal treasures may be; but I would be very sorry for you if you had none. An old teddy bear? A propelling pencil with your name engraved on it, which doesn't actually propel any more? 

This will be my last ever Final Analysis. I am dying: cancer of the liver and pancreas. I may even be dead by the time you read this. Or I may not; the doctors are understandably cagey. For me, now, life itself is a broken treasure." Roger Hicks April 2019

I'm proud of what I've achieved in the education space over the last 20 years, but things can't continue as they are, so I thought it would be timely to pull together just a few of the 'Broken Treasures' I've collected in EdTech on the high seas of startup land in #GoDo #ScotlandCan Glasgow.

Here are 13 'Broken Treasures' from my time in EdTech in the last few years.

As Ev William's Blogger and Twitter have been instrumental in giving me a voice and with these projects... I've split these memories between the two.

Here's the Twitter Thread: https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238451760714395648

June 2009 - Flying High
A job that I entered at £16,000 a year in 2001 I managed to turn into £60,000 through being both versatile and excelled at every role I held.

https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238451760714395648

November 2012 - Startup on a Refurbished Shoestring
When this company hit financial difficulty, despite being established in Glasgow and the majority of staff being based in Scotland, everything was relocated to the London Office.

The relocation package offered was £25,000. From £60,000 in Glasgow to £25,000 for London life? Erm... I said No Thanks!! At the time. If I knew then what I know now I wonder what I'd have done.

However, while I was extremely proud of what I'd done from 2003-2009 - including taking an idea from concept to working with 50% of UK Further Education Colleges with 100% repeat business within three years - not much of this work appears to have lasted.

I want my working life to both make a difference and to last... I decided to start up on my own.

With a limited budget I got a refurbished laptop in late 2012 for £149

https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238452984729739264

October 2013 - Content Marketing
Outside of email I had no personal digital presence until 2011 but was advised by the then head of UK Education for Microsoft

'If you want to be in EdTech today, you need to have an online presence'

In 2011 & 2012 I wrote a number of reports for FE, which were well received.

In 2013 I wrote my EdTech Report 'Developing Relationships and Delivering Value' which OCR expressed an interest in.

This report led to an interview with OCR for a senior post, but no luck.

https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238453629469765633

July 2014 - Leaving FE
As all of my connections were in UK Further Education, it made sense for my business plan to focus on this area.

Unfortunately I didn't see that the effects of 2008 'Austerity' (while giving the banks billions) had froze innovation in the sector.

https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238454188876730369

In July 2014 I achieved more in six weeks with US connected educators than I did in two years in FE when I helped EdShelf Founder, Mike Lee, to successfully crowdfund $30,000 to save his company.

https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238455356470239232

December 2015 - Building Something Together?
Sharing a blog post about a shared interest - digital citizenship - led to a Skype call and, two months later a global event had taken place.

Given my experiences with not having much to show for almost 10 years at the startup above, the first thing I now do is to check out an organisations core values.

The core values of this organisation spoke to me... but turned out to be nothing more than a cat poster.

As were the promises of payment, job offers and equity in an enterprise I was constantly told 'we were building together'

However, before all the drama there was a payment made in December 2015 in recognition of the time and effort put in between Nov-Dec 2015. So it's one of those 'Broken Treasures'

https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238456571065257986

April-July 2016 - Hot Shot Silicon Valley Start Up
When I was told of the redundancy in my previous role the first thing I did was to write down my new goals...

1) Work for a Hot Shot Silicon Valley Start-Up and/or
2) Work for one of 'The Big Three' (Microsoft, Google or Apple)

The reason? Because those guys both take culture seriously and know how to scale ideas so they last!

In 2016, thanks to a connection made via Sarah Thomas and the friendship of James Stanbridge... I achieved this goal... YAY!

Unfortunately the first attempt at remote working proved challenging and non-payment (After James left the organisation) meant this experience also became a 'Broken Treasure' (Careful what you wish for folks!)

December 2017 - The Christmas Gift Times were tough and someone who's become a very dear friend sent presents from the US for our kids... Unfortunately there were customs charges that we didn't have the money to pay for... so they were returned.

This 'broken treasure' is dogeared as it serves as a bookmark in one of my favourite books I read often, to remind me there are kind people in the world.

https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238457896456814593

July 2018 - Rebooting The Well's #YOYOW... Adding some JOIAs a result of my involvement with 'Connected Educator Appreciation Day' #CEduAD, which I had worked on since 2015 I connected with an organisation who told me about their 'JOI Compass' which, as you can see from the scribblings, I quickly pirated!

I seem to do and say lots that benefits others but the actions have not always benefited me, hopefully this will help ;)

https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238458633098334208

With the help of Scottish Government funding, this organisation was looking to hire me but there was an issue with the funding criteria. Yet another broken treasure.

NB A tidier version of the JOI Compass can be found at 'An EdTech Stories Legend' and on the #YOYOWJOI hashtag.

September 2018 - Repossessed (Again!)
Start-ups are tough and I knew what I hoped to achieve in 2011/12 would be more than a bit of a challenge.

By August 2018 due to the various non-payments - It's startup land, it happens! - the only home our kids had ever known was repossessed.

By September 2018 we had a family member who was terminally ill, we then find all our possessions that were in storage were now at risk.

Two months later, the day after my Mother-in-Laws funeral, I would put a desperate crowd fund together.

The 23 people who contributed to this are constantly in our thoughts.

November 2018 - There Will Be Storms Child
By now professionally and personally running on empty, I volunteer to go onto the 'Fair Start Scotland' program and in February during one of their Job Club sessions I switch from being the client to teacher for a day as I shared everything that I had done over the last few years.

The staff listening to my story were beyond amazed with it all.

https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238460369628250113

Being someone that wanted to see a return to 'The Well' since 2015, as well as seeing where the experiment of big social media of the 2010-2014/5 was headed as a direct result of what people like Howard Rheingold did after that space became predictable 30 years ago - I should not have been surprised at the results.

The founders of The Well founded a space that punched above it's weight, but struggled to make any money... When it did get investment and became more corporate, the space wasn't the same.

"Capitalism wants to keep you in your cubicle and have you spend as much as possible... What happens if we dismember the tribe" Well Founder Stewart Brand via Katie Hefnar's book.

March 2019 - Tedx Presentation
In March it was suggested that I submit a proposal at TedxGlasgow where the theme was 'Connecting and Empowering,' which I did.

The proposal was not accepted but, as someone that has struggled financially in Scotland's non-existent EdTech startup scene, it was a fantastic exercise for me.

https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238461919956291590

June 2019 - ISTE #MIEBoom
Playing truant and taking my youngest son to a school to make a Skype call with his favourite author, SpyQuest's David Goutcher, was a real highlight of my professional career.

Having Andrea Tolley (@TolleyA) present on this at ISTE last year and helping my son to create a movement of his own has been a joy.

The fact that this may be an unfinished project is another 'Broken Treasure'

https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1238463540337487872

Six Degrees of Separation: #SkypeMS Book Challenge⤴

from @ Edu Tech Stories

As Scotland trended on social media when an MP arranged for Drag Queen 'Flow Job' to visit a school to read to primary school children... This post explores an idea where connected educators and school children could empower their class to have more appropriate role models visit their school.

Around this time last year I was reading Marc Smith's 1992 College Thesis 'Voices from the Well' and 'Analyzing Social Networks using NODEXL' where I found out about the documentary


Over the last two years I've been supporting efforts to make an unconference/Edcamp and a related 'Skype Master Student' idea work.

Over the last 5 years I've been involved with efforts to make Tweets, class teddies as well as people connect virtually and 'F2F/IRL'

The early online community 'The Well' and how this space punched above its weight has never been far from my mind, as well as how Stewart Brand changed the world, twice by connecting people from different groups or 'tribes' which I've also found can have interesting and productive results.

Related to this is the fact that I have a dream skype call I'd like my 9 year old's school to make with people like Stewart and Ben Novak... Inspirational people who truly have changed the world.

However, getting a controversial speaker with some questionable tweets to accompany Mahri Black to a school in Paisley appears easier than to have these game changing influencers skype into my sons school???

Some critical friends tell me that getting change in Scottish education takes 10 years... well my 9 year old will be 19 when this change comes, or correspondence from Education Scotland suggests that

'We hope our 2030 STEM 'vision' is reassures you that we are on top of things'

A 2030 'Vision'? Too little too late for a 9 year old in 2020 and his class mates, I'm afraid.

I've seen some amazing collaboration result from the 'Shallow Engagement' of that first Skype call developing into meaningful collaboration and 'Deep Engagement' a few months after making an introduction.

In 2017 my son skipped school to help his favourite author to recruit Westquarter Primary School's class teddy Ellie the Elephant.

Last year Andrea Tolley presented this project at the Microsoft Innovaive Educator Boom event at ISTE

I re-watched the Connected film last week and wondered if we could replicate the 40 packages that were sent to MIT and came up with the

The Connected - Six Degrees of Separation Book Challenge

We are going to be sending the 11 books below - among others - to people we know on a first name basis and will follow the model of the social experiment from the film and see if they can make it to the intended destination within six connections (or less).

Among the books we'll be sending include:

For Kids

Wonkey Donkey
The Alchemist
The Little Prince
Spy Quest Polybius
Spy Quest Cursed Diamond
Wagon Train Adventure

For Kids & Adults
The Well
Buzzing Communities
Virtual Communities
Analyzing Social Networks Using NodeXL
Give and Take
Things a Little Bird Told Me
New Power
Rough Diamond
Be More Pirate
World Gone Social

Adult PD
Atlas Shrugged
Inside Out The Microsoft Story
The Third Policeman

This is a project that started in October 2015 as, when I visited Larbert High School's PD Day, I left my copies of Katie Hafner's 'The Well' and Richard Millington's 'Buzzing Communities' with a member of the English Staff.

In January 2016 The Alchemist made it's way from Glasgow to Boston within on connection.

In November 2017 my son gave his copy of both Spy Quest books to a kind kid he met at The Reception of Westquarter Primary School.

In April 2019 he handed Wonkey Donkey into the team at Be Yonder, by June it had virtually made it's way to ISTE via Greeneville Middle School

Others are about to be sent.

The hope here is that 'Connected Educators' will get more connected and the book challenge will see them collaborate in the not too distant future... I wonder how big this will grow between now and World Book Day 2021

The rationale here regarding the classes that are 'unconnected,' like my 9 year old kids' school is that there are two common traits with most educators:

1) "For the sake of the kids" is a true statement
2) "A love of reading and life long learning" usually applies

In today's paper alone there is news of 11,000 jobs going along with the 150,000 retail jobs in 2018 to go with the 175,000 in 2019 as some 40,000 retail outlets closed their doors due to online shopping.

Community and movement building is and will continue to be an in-demand skill, but it's not being taught at any of my kids' schools... so we're teaching it - as best we are able to - at home.

A 9 year old student encouraging his school class to agree to getting their faviourite author to visit and them facilitating a dream skype call with others may be a bit of a stretch...

But he sure can arrange for a book with a letter where they 'Show their Friendship First' as Dave Kerpen puts it and/or a '5 minute favour' and sharing their faviourite book IS something they can achieve.

Maybe this will lead to the author of the book visiting their school and skyping with the class that they sent their books to?

Only time will tell... Hopefully we won't be waiting til any 2030 STEM Vision to see the results.

...And perhaps some MP/MSPs will be as enthusiastic as this as they are about giving Flow Jobs access to schools in their constituencies?

#GE2019… Some Predictions⤴

from @ Edu Tech Stories

This post details how and why no one should be surprised if there is a big Labour revival on Thursday... as well as how, where and why the SNP went wrong.

I detail why their 'Progress Scotland' and 'Citizens Assembly' won't work with regard to #IndyRef2.

Everything contained in this blog has been said before (See all the politics - with some relevant Edu & #DigCit posts too - at the end of this post), going all the way back to 9th Sept 2014! With the same insights!

What if you don't have a voice? Work Alone... Because having accurate insights and not being heard is painful! SO MANY lost opportunities!!

"No One Saw It Coming" Alex Salmond after #GE2017... Really? Are you sure Alex?

"A party with such large numbers of supporters two years ago and only 65 people supporting Salmond's Crowdfunder... WOW austerity must REALLY be kicking in!" Me 10th June 2017

(See 
GE2017 & The SNP - How the Mighty Fall)




7th May 2015
On election night Henry McLeish came closest to nailing what was going on re: the 'I'm voting SNP' movement. But listening to all the post match guff like 


'It will take the Labour Party in Scotland 10 years to recover'

"I was thinking "No it wouldn't!" It could be turned around by 2016... if they did things differently to the political classes usual methods, employing community management methods and "creating new patterns of engagement" Labouring on with #Team56? How to Rebuild Trust When It Is Broken
Whether the polls for a #GE2019 SNP record results are right... or, as I feel could be the case, it's a disappointing night for The SNP as a 'miraculous' Labour revival that will see some 'No One Saw it Coming' comments on the night... One thing is beyond obvious today:

The Rock Star Status of SNP politicians from 2014/5 have gone!!

With the Tories doing such a bad job and given all the SNP posters in the windows before #GE2015... Where is the SNP buzz today?

Replaced with a failing NHS record and poor education results via Pisa and retail stores replaced with camp sites for the many, many homeless people in their doorways? Erm... #NoThanks!

'It's the Tories fault' The standard SNP excuse... That's wearing a bit thin now so #NoThanks to the party that says that too... Lead! Or disband the pointless Holyrood, one way to save money!

Follow Corbyns example and give the over priced building - and wages - to the homeless!! <- Btw that's some statement from an #IndyRef supporter 4 years ago!!

YOYOW (You Own Your Own Words)... But We All Get It Wrong Sometimes!
"Judge me on my education record" Is what Nicola Sturgeon said in 2015

OK! I went from being an advocate to detractor within 12 months.

9th Sept 2014 Getting Political... About Education
9th Sept 2015 Labouring on with #Team56? How to Rebuild Trust When Trust is Broken

Might take you up on that offer.

However the point of this post is NOT to put the boot in and criticise someone for either the things they said a few years ago... or to highlight their failings?

As I highlight in my Using Core Values to Find a Brand's Voice post in 2015 to give me some 'wiggle room' help out but with an escape route! Lol

(The then Education Secretary asked me to pitch in and help out with a project and, based on previous experiences, knowing how politicians like to wreck promising ideas) I wrote the post above and included: 

"I even have empathy for politicians (believe it or not). We saw how keen Barak Obama wanted health care reform, but he faced some serious challenges with opposition parties and the industries lobby groups"

How much empathy do I have? LOADS!

When I was supportive of Alex Salmond I wrote some cringeworthy posts (Including 5 'SuperSalmond' posts), which I both regret writing and no longer agree with!!!! Especially with the current court case!!! 

"I don't believe that the SNP and/or an independent Scotland would have the same record with education or class division and elitism" Me Sept 2014 Getting Political... About Education

I most definitely do NOT hold this same view today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Indeed I think a very good argument could be made today that The SNP was built on one mans ego with little thought about succession planning. So I 100% agree with this statement form Edward Snowden's book 

When I went back and reread the posts, I cringed. Half the things I'd said I hadn't even meant at the time - I'd just wanted attention - but I didn't fancy my odds of explaining that to a gray-haired man in horned rimmed glasses peering over a giant folder labeled PERMANENT RECORD. The other half, the things i thing I had meant at the time, were even worse , because I wasn't that kid anymore. I'd grown up. It wasn't simply that I didn't recognise the voice as my own - it was that I now actively opposed its over-heated hormonal opinions. I found that I wanted to argue with a ghost. I wanted to fight with that dumb, puerile, and casually cruel self of mine who no longer existed. I couldn't stand the idea of being haunted by him forever, but I didn't know the best way to express my remorse and put some distance between him and me, or whether I should even try to do that. It was heinous to be so inextricably, technologically bound to a past that I fully regretted but barely remembered.

I also feel for the candidates who had to drop out of #GE2019 because of the stupid things they said a few years ago.

GE2019 Predictions
This Twitter thread put together on the 29th Oct appears to be shaping up, even Sophy Ridge is saying that Labour loyalty and old voting habits could be a factor.

Some #generalelection2019predictions for when people say 'No one saw it coming'
1) TheSNP- 2015 people thought participatory politics was on the way after their 'New Power' 2014 IndyRef campaign + 17 years in power ScotParl + Salmond case = Lost Trust
2) LibDems - VinceCable bailing the banks out + selling their soul for power in 2010 = Will be as popular as Thatcher in Scotland in GE2019

3) @Conservatives - Erm well @David_Cameron @Theresa_May @BorisJohnson  + Aspirational Families becoming JAMs + 'Big Society' becoming rise of nazis and division + Austerity and generally a decade of mess = Doubt it will be a majority for them

4) @brexitparty_uk = Sorry @Nigel_Farage EU election was - like #Brexit - the chance to 'give the Tories a kick' as Cameron put it. It was a 'protest vote (when it didn't matter), you'll be as popular as @UKIP (AKA No/few seats) at GE2019

5) UKLabour = If you decide to listen to the polls... It will be a 'Shock Win.' As people quietly return to old voting habits after the failed TheSNP experiment of 2014/5. The 'Network Effects' & 'Feedback Loops' from 5 years ago have gone (Cue Cybernats and their abuse?)
Has Bannon had his day in the sun?

Major caveat here being...Will the Bannon/Cummings/@michaelgove/@Nigel_Farage & @BorisJohnson brigade manage to mobilize the 'Deplorables' AKA the Far Right vote more than Corbyn mobilizes @PeoplesMomentum and new voters like young people? ...But don't think they will.

GE2019... Where it all went wrong for the SNP?
We see with things like 'Progress Scotland,' their 'Scottish National Supported Freedom Rally,' (After the pioneers #AUOB did a lot of the heavy lifting AKA flattened the path... and lowered the barrier)

And the 'People's Assembly,' that they are trying to get the momentum back

But they won't work because the goodwill and trust of 'The Little People' (Beyond the cultists) has gone.

Post Vote #NoThanks #NewPower Storm
As I've said MANY times on this blog, the 70+ @YesScotland accounts should have led when they were on holiday on the weekend after the 19th Sept 2014 vote... Turning the #NewPower storm and trouble from the #NoThanks celebrations into a real asset for them.

They didn't!

So the potential 'Love in Action' post vote #IndyRef movement became the nasty #Cybernats, which Nicola Sturgeon "Is not responsible for... Thank God," as she stated at the Fringe.

She's not doing much to curb their social media posts but BOY! Is she doing all she can to get them to vote for the people with the Yellow Shiny colour of badge... Imagine if the political classes had the same level of enthusiasm for cleaning up 'The Wild West of the Internet,' which is 'All the Tech Companies fault and they can no longer turn a blind eye'

As with my #GE2015 I Blame the Politicans for Online Abuse post... this is from the person that runs our country and our education policy? Go figure!

If your waiting for Digital Citizenship Leadership from this group... You may find you're waiting a while!!

Participatory Politics
The second reason The SNP have slid down Jim Collins 5 Stages of Decline is because the #IndyRef campaign promised participatory politics... But never delivered!

We saw this most acutely on the weekend after the #GE2015 result.

The last remnants of #The45/The45Plus went from 'The People' to 'It's all about us' with #Team56 and twitter bio pics going from constituents campaigning with activists to SNP MPs under the Forth Rail Bridge.

The hope (Over Fear) of a 'Fair and Just Society' was the promise of #IndyRef well they left the room when

1) £100,000 Alex Salmond Crowdfunders and
2) Expense bills of £8,000 for shoes while people sit in empty retail units with no shoes?

Where's the difference between these actions and those of the 'Cruel, Uncaring Tories?' I can't see it!

Compare this with a 'What if' scenario of...

On the day of the 'Fine Speech' that was Alex Salmond's 'One Scotland' on 20th Sept 2014 where he said...

"Inspired by the self organised 'Love in Action' of our members and fans leaving food for food banks in George/Freedom Square...We're creating a crowdfunder for good causes and we are either

1) Asking our members to contribute £1-10 Or
2) We're donating £1 of our 100,000 members fees to this fund"

The culture might have been set in a different way.

Just like with Progress Scotland and Citizens Assembly, Salmond's #ForFairness crowd fund WAS the thing to do... just at the wrong time and for the wrong reason.

Look for the Bright Spots...
There are two SNP MSPs who have demonstrated that participatory politics and working with 'The Little People' can and does deliver solutions that are mutually beneficial win-win ones.

Whether connected educators or politicians, I think that those that use Twitter either as a one way broadcast and/or to further their own career based on the ideas and goodwill of others... They won't be 'Winning' in the long run.

GE2019 may well be a cautionary tale that demonstrates this... With the difference in results from 2014/5 -2017/19 for the SNP. Less that 56? Less than 35? Less than 1997's 6? Discuss...

If MP/MSPs want to win in GE2024 they might want to hit 'Reply' to constituents (And detractors) on social media from time to time... that's what got my vote in GE2017. Am I right @GedK. But that won't work in 2019 either.

Not sure what will win my vote in GE2019... Possibly... (Probably!) 'None of the Above'





An EdTech Stories Legend…⤴

from @ Edu Tech Stories

This post contains the legend to over 200 articles that are included in the #SeaTurtlePirates hashtag, which was set up as knowledge transfer for educators and the @BeMorePirate community in February.

As well as 16 short Twitter stories in 5-20 Tweet threads.

Sales to #Cmgr
In 2010 I realised that my current skill set of traditional sales and marketing were becoming less and less effective or welcome in the education/EdTech space.

Since then I have been reskilling to include the more in-demand skills of content marketing, inbound marketing, social selling and community management.

Since finding out about the #Cmgr community (Community Management) in 2014 thanks to a quick Tweet from @TameraRV during BETT, I've done my best to follow the CMAD business objective of

"Our business objective, if you will, in hosting these 24 hours of panels is to reach as many people as possible to educate them on the community industry"

In Scotland and within my education network. 

#Cmgr Support
I have done this in a number of ways including 


1) Supporting educators with EdChats (#UKFEChat, #StartUpEduChat/#EdTechBridge) and projects that were important to them (#SaveEdShelf, #DigCitSummit, #Get2ISTE, the CMAD inspired #CEduAD).

2) Research and data curation

3) Attempts at knowledge transfer

Ideas that are 100% sound but not ready yet require explanation, but the first time it's suggested the posts are too long and/or the idea is too abstract... only for it to be beyond obvious a few years later that it doesn't need any explanation.

This has happened with most projects. In November 2015 I suggested a #BlackFriday for education... 4 years and three attempts on the idea got traction on Friday and I've no doubt it will take off in 2020.

Last June I suggested an EdTech incubator with a strong #Cmgr provision... and feel this idea is also closer to getting traction.

The third point above has also proved to be tricky... Educators are time poor and there's no easy way to either

1) Convince people that what you have to say has value or to
2) Encourage them to read 100+ articles

My first attempt at this was with curating this Community Manager Resources Community Manager Resources

My second attempt was in February when we created the #SeaTurtlePirates hashtag.

The hope here was to share a little about our experiences with building edu movements, and share resources we found useful in a way that adults and children (Whether teachers and students or parents and children can learn about building movements together... Especially quiet people who don't have a voice).

It was no easy feat to try to make the thread make sense whether scrolling up or down and attempting to make the links relevant to adults and kids, but the feedback has been positive.

The third attempt was via this thread which consists of 16 stories/threads that are made up of 5-20 Tweets.

This latest attempt has been to look for the 'bright spots' and, in this case has come from the unlikely source, the unholy Bannon/Trump alliance... They have demonstrated how you can get ideas to 'stick' on social media.Thank you Steve!

Articles relating to the early online community The Well like Howard Rhiengold's Virtual Communities, Marc Smiths 'Voices from The Well' and the Epic Saga of The Well feature regularly in the hashtags and stories below... as does 'How Superman Defeated the KKK'

These articles, along with story telling, the ability to edit and community building hold the key to the last two goals that we are exploring...

1) Seeing a return to The Well's mantra of YOYOW (With a #YOYOWJOI twist) and
2) Answering Tim Berners-Lees call to fight #ForTheWeb

Can't see the bickering 'lying' political classes doing either any time soon... can you?

#SeaTurtlePirates Hashtag
(Knowledge Transfer... With a little fun sprinkled in there too)
Walking Dead Bad Lip Reading
How Pirates Changed the Course of History, and how you can too
Almost half of Britain’s most deprived areas of the last 40 years are in Glasgow
Yertle the Turtle
This Will be the Number 1 Business Skill of the Next 5 Years
The Secret Structure of Great Talks
How to Start a Cultural Revolution
Be More Pirate Code
Skypeathon 2015 & 6 Virtual Field Trips ZeeMap
Sea of Thieves Trailer
Alan Turing Quote (Tweet)
Rosa Parks & Yertle the Turtle (Tweet)
Steve Jobs About Managing People
Crossing the Chasm in Consumer Markets
Tribal Leadership Ted Talk
Are you a Giver or a Taker
Power of Introverts
Level 5 Leaders
Worst Pirate I’ve Heard of
Tech Story 1 - What Further Education can learn from Pixar’s Toy Story
Red Hot Chilli Peppers Yertle the Turtle
Young Artists for Hati – Waving Flag
Dignity
Aiming for the Top…Not the Bottom
Transforming the National Health Service when Resources are Scarce
How to Tell a Story
Common Structure of Greatest Communicators
Everyday Leadership
Obama Tech Day
Ships Log & Pirate Articles
9 Out of 10 People Are Willing to Earn Less Money to Do More-Meaningful Work
Skype Master Student
Misfits Trailer
Charting Connections in your Community with NodeXL
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#YOYOW A Return to The Well #ForTheWeb & Our Young Well Beings… Getting a Jump on It⤴

from @ Edu Tech Stories

In my last post I updated two other posts trying to figure out how to make an impact, when you don't have a voice (And enough to have economic dignity in today's poverty stricken and manically depressed Scotland).

The previous two plans discarded I have decided to explore Steve Wozniak and Susan Cain's advice of 'Work Alone.' 

This post details why I feel a return to The Wells mantra of #YOYOW is needed for the sake of our young Well Beings... and how I've been working on this idea since I first read Katie Hafner's book in 2015.

The Most Powerful Things in the World
Our kids know the following to be true because we tell them constantly!

"Words are the most powerful things in the world"
(You have the power to change the world, you really do... with an idea -> Nancy Duarte)

"Books are the most powerful weapons in the world"
('Ah but what about swords, guns, bombs etc etc?' comes the reply... 'How you gonna learn to make those things?' asks a smart arse dad... 'Oh yeah, with a book'

"It's not what you say... it's the way that you say it"

"If you've nothing nice to say don't way anything at all" 

...You should practice what you preach William!
"But you've been really snarky to people online - especially on your blog and on Twitter" I hear you say.

Well now I'm glad you mentioned that, maybe I've been 'Clearing the Path,' and 'Lowering the Barrier' as New Power puts it for others to follow and pick up on the work?

There are also a few other points worth making regarding any snarky tweets/posts

1) I almost quit social media because I was tired of being taken in by people who said one thing and did another... and/or were what can be best described as 'Fake Friends,' feigning friendship until they got all they could from your time, efforts and ideas*

*I fully accept that this may well have been due to either inexperience with movement building or the misunderstandings as social media is still quite new and in the real world 90% of our communication is non-verbal... so it's EASY to get things wrong when mostly text based. There is zero ill will about any of this, I'm glad something came of the ideas and my time/effort.

2) Hate groups in the Far Left and Right will no doubt say nice things to give vulnerable people a 'sense of belonging' before encouraging them to hate people who are different to them through 'othering'

This appears to be what happened with expert ISIS recruiter and Scottish school girl Asqa Mahmood, James Letts and Ivan Humble who is a former and reformed EDL member.

Where are the good guys giving these kids a hug and turning them away from hate... whether in their IRL communities or in their virtual communities?

"If you've nothing nice to say don't say anything at all" 

Might have worked online 4-5 years ago... but a different approach may be needed to keep our kids safe from the 'Dark Corners of the web'

3) I've seen enough political leaders since 2012 saying nothing but helpful and kind things 

'Celebrating London as a diverse city'
'Fair and Just Society'
'Make America Great Again'
'Strong and Stable Leadership'
'For the Many'

But whether in public or private say

'Muslim women look like letterboxes'
'Scotland is diverse and welcoming' but race hate in schools on the increase
'I just grab them by the p**y' and having hardly anything nice to say about their colleagues

Now I have a huge amount of sympathy for politicians in two respects:
  •  In today's 'always on' society everything is up for scrutiny... whether silly comments made a few years ago costing candidates the opportunity to stand in their constituency in #GE2019.

  • People have an opinion and are critical of the slightest of error... The things that we've seen trend in the last few weeks leads to total and utter dumbing down of politics.
Let's all laugh and comment about someone who put a foot wrong during Remembrance Sunday... and forget about the issues of Education, the NHS and the economy, before we know it we'll have another 4 years of The Conservatives (Which will be worse as it's under Boris Johnson's 'Leadership') and the Brexit party.

The Bannon/Trump and Farage/Cummings 'agitation' will have worked a treat. 

Instead of picking at the minutia I would far rather overlook silly and, in many instances, irrelevant comments and take Ayelet Barron advice in the Building Relationships to Ignite Movements CMAD session:

"I want to know what's in their heart"

We all say or do silly things and when every encounter, big and small, is recorded... some things in context others taken out of context and it must be a nightmare for people in the public eye, especially politicians where approval ratings are low, it is a tribal affair and there are so many videos, clips and soundbites going back decades for many MPs/MSPs.

Edward Snowden makes some excellent points about the internet of his youth Vs the internet of today, which political candidates are paying for today... How do we allow for our kids to 'just be kids saying stupid things' without it wrecking their job prospects/future...or worse their lives?

"My worries [about getting security clearance] were more personal, or felt more personal: the endless conveyor belt of stupid lingoistic things I'd said, and even stupider misathropic opinions I'd abandoned, in the process of growing up online. Specifically, I was worried about my chat logs and forum posts, all supremely moronic commentary that I'd sprayed across a score of gaming and hacker sites. Writing pseudonymously had meant writing freely, but often thoughtlessly. And since a major aspect of early internet culture was competing with others to say the most inflammatory thing, I'd never hesitate to advocate, say, bombing a country that taxed video games, or corralling people who didn't like anime into reeducation camps. Nobody on those sites took any of this stuff seriously, least of all myself.

When I went back and reread the posts, I cringed. Half the things I'd said I hadn't even meant at the time - I'd just wanted attention - but I didn't fancy my odds of explaining that to a gray-haired man in horned rimmed glasses peering over a giant folder labeled PERMANENT RECORD. The other half, the things i thing I had meant at the time, were even worse , because I wasn't that kid anymore. I'd grown up. It wasn't simply that I didn't recognise the voice as my own - it was that I now actively opposed its over-heated hormonal opinions. I found that I wanted to argue with a ghost. I wanted to fight with that dumb, puerile, and casually cruel self of mine who no longer existed. I couldn't stand the idea of being haunted by him forever, but I didn't know the best way to express my remorse and put some distance between him and me, or whether I should even try to do that. It was heinous to be so inextricably, technologically bound to a past that I fully regretted but barely remembered.

This might be the most familiar problem of my generation, the first to grow up online. We were able to discover and explore our identities almost totally unsupervised, with hardly a thought spared for the fact that our rash remarks and profane banter were being preserved for perpetuity, and that one day we might be expected to account for them. I'm sure everyone had an internet connection before they had a job can sympathize with this - surely everyone has that one post that embarrasses them, or that text or email that could get them fired.

Christmas 2018... The Best PD EVER
Before starting a new project/movement I always go back to The Well (Esp Virtual Communities), The Epic Saga of The Well, Katie Hafner's book.

Last December when reading Virtual Communities again I noticed that NodeXL's Marc Smith had written his 1992 College Thesis on 'Voices from The Well' and read it three times in as many days... SOOOO RELEVANT today 30 years on!!

I laughed when I saw not just how predictable my experiences with collaborating online were; they were inevitable, it's all been done before... 30 years earlier by a group of true visionaries.

In Mosaic Science's article 'Why Good People Turn Bad Online,' they highlight that if you see behaviour you don't like and if you feel up to it 'tell them to stop'

I didn't like the way that some friends (Or, in some cases, people I hardly knew, who took my time, efforts and ideas and made me contribute them as a gift) with flattery and all their flowery words to get involved and then change the narrative - whether about myself and/or how ideas came together.

I called them out... was this to be mean? To try to damage their reputation? 

Nope! If anything it was my reputation on the line.

I called them out to experiment with what might work and what doesn't when taking the advice from New Power (The extract at the end of this ACEing Made to Stick post).

"Has my generation taught the youth well enough to prevent another Holocaust from occurring? Or will our hard won freedom capsize in a new sea of hate?" Edith Eger The Choice - The Capacity to Love and Hate

I think it's safe to say the answer to this is: Could do Better!

In a recent post I wondered if I had to choose between Books, the Internet or School which I would choose. Perhaps my books will help plan to #BeTheDigitalChange I'd like to see in the world.

One where friends don't simply reach for the 'Block' option if/when there is a disagreement.

One where our young people have the kind of 'sense of belonging Tom Mandel had on The Well' in their School Communities...Not go looking for this in hate groups where the sense of belonging is conditional on hating others.

One where their is the kind of 'Love in Action' that Howard Rheingold details in the Heart of the Well... and less of the tragic examples of Blair Newman, Amanda Todd and Molly Russell.

#DigiEndurance... Avengers Assemble for The End Game
The Dr Seuss books that we've loosely followed on our adventures include 

Oh the Places You'll Go
Yertle the Turtle
The Lorax (*Waves* to @ILorax)

I'm about to make a start on 'Tech Story 3 - Bolder City & Ol'augh" which will be a Mini NP Superhero adventure that will take place down yonder at the cross roads of old gold mining town of Bolder City and Mulberry Street.

Avengers Assemble! For the well beings of our young people and to answer the Tim Berners-Lees' Bat Signal to fight #ForTheWeb.

Anyone who answers the call may meet some familiar characters from Andy's playroom, Marvel, DC and Pokemon Go as well as some new characters like Hoover Guy? Damn Man? Ol'augh! and the Thunderbolt Kid?

Who writes this stuff? Anthony? I hate that freaking Turtle!

Personally I love them... and, just like Cinderella Man, I'm bringing a Turtle or two safely home at the end of this adventure.

I'll be spit balling some of these cra cra ideas to achieve these last two goals with a group of small committed citizens

...Or is it small citizens who have been committed to Arkam Asylum? 
...Or is it a small group of committed citizens?

I forget which, but I'll be discussing with a little group of little people until it becomes a big idea, one that is on the side of angels, spreading compassion and drains the battery of hate with Superman and Ol'augh leading the charge. 
 

What If… You Don’t Have a Voice? Keep Telling Your Story (Part 3)… But Work Alone?⤴

from @ Edu Tech Stories

The Gods Send (a Twitter) Thread for a Web Begun

Whether in my own kids school, in my 'world of work' (Whether formal employment or loose, informal collaboration) I've found that, to date...and frustratingly!, when an idea gets to a certain point I don't have a voice, even in small groups of people I know quite well.

No matter how accurate my insights are, or how much I care about the organisation and/or the people or the aims/goals/strategic objectives... It's like shouting in a storm.


No matter how long I've spent with the employer or how long I've spent working on an idea, when it gets to even 2-3 people my voice and ideas get lost... and that's OK.


It has not always been 'okay,' but today it's more than OK... It's ideal! One of the aims we are currently working on is to


"Let quiet people know that they can have a voice and that they can make a difference"

As fortune would have it I spotted this article that IntrovertDear Tweeted out yesterday:

5 Superpowers of the INFJ Personality
(See the Thread at the start of this post)

Today we are in agreement with Steve Wozniak's advice in Susan Cain's book Quiet that it might be an idea to work alone.

"Most inventors and engineers I've met are like me - they're shy and they live in their heads. They're almost like artists. In fact the best of them are artists. And artists work best alone where they can control an inventions design without a lot of other people designing it for marketing or some other committee. I don't believe anything really revolutionary has been invented by committee. If you're that rare engineer who's an inventor and also an artist, I'm going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is : Work alone.You're going to be best able to design revolutionary products and features if you're working on your own. Not on a committee. Not on a team." Steve Wozniak via Susan Cain's Quiet

And then hand projects onto others who are heard once you've played to your strengths. 


If you read Steve Wozniak's book you will hear stories like Steve Jobs agreed to share money with Woz 50/50 but then said that he got $1,000 for the work and gave Woz $500.

When in reality he got $2,000 and so it was a 75/25 split... W
hile it being a stitch up and him being lied to  wasn't very nice, without this partnership would Woz's ideas have come to life without Jobs?


(And would Jobs and Wozniak have met if it wasn't for Tech Visionary Stewart Brand* providing the funding for the Home Brew Club where they met?)

*Don't do drugs kids... drugs are bad! But feel free to change the world, twice if you can ;)

I Don't Have a Voice... Even with People who Pay Me?!
To give just two examples from people who decided to pay me for my time:

1) An employer I worked with for 10 years and excelled in every single role/department I worked in. I told him that I recognised what Jim Collins called the '5 Stages of Decline' in his book 'How the Mighty Fall' 


I felt that his org was at around 'Stage 4.' This news was not welcome! And was ignored.

12 months later? He had to downsize the company making 20 hard working dedicated members of staff redundant. I shared the same email with him and some colleagues from 12 months earlier. 

MD response? He said nothing.

Colleagues response? "You sent this to the MD? Your braver than you look! You're braver than I am! It's like the author of this book was sitting in the office watching this unfold"

2) I was asked to detail my career aims and how I would implement a project by a company interested in hiring me.

I did this and when leaving the company I asked what there was about what I sent before starting with them what was different to the way I tried to implement projects?

The answer? Nothing... We just didn't realise what was involved.

I Don't Have a Voice... With Online Collaboration (Or with my own ideas?!)
Realising that my sales, startup and (Limited) #Cmgr experience was useful in the planning and 'Community Activation' stage to get momentum, I aligned with people and groups that do have a voice.

First with people at the grassroots level in education through EdChat Moderators and later with authors looking to build momentum and community with their books.

After 6 years on Social Media (The first acct I opened was in 2011), I joined a webinar and asked 

"What if you don't have a voice?" 

The advice?

"Keep Telling your story"

I wrote a follow up to this after my #DigCitSummit and #CEduAD expereinces... When I was ready to quit social media.

22nd September 2018 
What If... You Don't Have a Voice? Keep Telling Your Story (Part 2)


Just before ISTE 2014 I wrote a post that looked at 'Social Selling' ISTE13 Reflections: Record, Rewind & Replay

"There is a real skill to effective engagement for suppliers on social media. Any attempt to treat social media as a one-way corporate broadcast will not win any friends or influence any influencers... building relationships through authentic two way engagement is the only way to go" 

For #GE2019 candidates my vote in GE2017 was I voted for whoever replied to me on social media. I have tagged my MSP/MP in many a Tweet in the last 2 years... not sure a reply on 'Vote for me to keep me in a £70,000 a year job' will swing it this time.



Later in the same post I highlight that.

"Social media has changed the sales process and anyone who has the view that sales people are the "slick snake oil" type of sales people who you believe will say whatever it takes to close the deal, then you may be surprised at how similar the new social models of selling are to developing and executing lesson plans. 


This process is one of the core messages from John Golden's book, he advocates the following model"

I have tried to follow this model through research, listening and sharing.

8th November 2019... A picture tells a thousand words.

The image below shows how 16+ projects that I've been involved with come together to see the last 2 aims of the #SeaTurtlePirates adventure comes together:

1) Implementing ideas from the early online community The Well and following the advice of people like Stewart Brand (The Man who Changed the World Twice), Howard Rhiengold (Virtual Communities) and Marc Smith (Voices from The Well), among others.

In particular to seeing a return to 'The Well's' mantra of #YOYOW... Although we've pirated/hacked/rebooted The Well's mantra to include the #YOYOWJOI Compass)

(My 2015 #DigCitSummit Closing Remarks were on this topic...A few months ago I updated thoughts from this post to take into account the changes on social media)

2) Assisting with Tim Berners Lee’s call to action with his call to fight #ForTheWeb

You'd think that given all the problems with these two areas... the people who said during GE2015 'What can we do about online abuse' are now saying 'Tech companies can no longer turn a blind eye'

...But do nothing to reign in their own support base, would be clambering all over someone with a track record like this and working on these areas, especially as their is a kick ass attainment gap story to be had too.

Sadly no! Either they are short sighted and lack vision or I don't have a voice... So I'll work alone for a while to develop these things. Hopefully we'll find 'Economic Dignity' and help promote Cmgr as a career here in Scotland.

Social Media Doesn't want you to have Economic Dignity & Cmgr in Scotland
Experienced Community Managers will tell you that one of the best ways to get work in community management is to be an active member of the community... While this has worked on occasion this is tough in Scotland.

I was told in 2010 by a tech executive at a major tech company that if they were hiring anyone they would look for their digital profile and 'Why can't I find you?' 

When I saw there was a business case for being on social media I got connected... and had some early wins (If you are happy to be paid in smiles).

Jaron Lanier's book highlights how you will get some early wins - and cites the Black Lives Matter movement as an example - but after these quick wins movements lose ground and slip backwards (Compare black lives matter's success with the raise of the Far Right).

Another of Lanier's arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts right now, it that 'Social Media doesn't want you to have economic dignity,' and whether looking at films like 'Sorry We Missed You' or the amount that I've done in an unpaid capacity it sure seems like a whole lot of 'Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' 

You either take all the risks and work 16 hours and struggle to make ends meet

...Or you give a whole lot of time and creativity away in the hope that you will be one of the hundreds/thousands of people all looking for attention of the few companies who actually have any money these days.

The advice I was given was 'Get on Social Media, it comes with the job today'

The advice I would give to my kids is 'Don't get on social media until you have a voice... Go on The Apprentice and then spout your controversial views like Katie Hopkins does'

Otherwise, follow the example of The Well and working in small communities of practice with what Howard Rheingold calls a 'No Asshole Rule'

I'm going to continue to work on some ideas that I KNOW have value and develop them until those who do have a voice and influence will take them on. The aims here will be to

1) Let quiet people know that they can have a voice and make a difference

2) Cut a path to find 'Economic Dignity on Social Media

3) Explore where Community/Ambassador programs are headed... Changes ARE on the way in edu at least!! 

4) Lower the barrier; flatten the path for others re the last two goals I'm exploring

5) Try to help provide in-demand skills for my own kids... and hope it helps others.

"At a modest rate the value for my time on these projects would be £90,000" July 2018 Hustle While you Wait

EdTech Report - Developing Relationships & Delivering Value 9 Months
(Research & "Mind dump" only took 3 months but two complete rewrites took a little longer)
SaveEdShelf $30,000 (in 6 Weeks)

Edchat Resource Plan (And adding chats to Chat Salad) 3 months


Get2ISTE 5 people to ISTE

DigCitSummit 2 months

Declara (Volunteer for 12 months) 6 months paid


Curating ISTE resources 2 months (Over 3 years)

Pokemon Go in Edu Report 2 months


Scottish Schools on Twitter (2015 & 2017) 4 months

Skypeathon & MIE Experts maps 4 months

Edcamp Maps 2 months

Bloodhound Maps 2 months

#CEduAD 2018 4 Months

#GE2019 #IndyRef2020 #Cmgr Edu and Life in Scotland⤴

from @ Edu Tech Stories


Having accurately predicted every election since 2014 and having responded to the kind of 'calls to action' that were put in at the #IndyRef2020 rally at 'Freedom Square' (George Square to the non-SNP Cultists who are capable of critical thinking), this post looks at GE2019 and why IndyRef2 will probably fail.

Like every other industry politics has been disrupted by both technology and new methods, thanks in large part to the unholy alliance of Trump, Bannon and Facebook... And politicians have struggled to get a handle on what's going on (Jaron Lanier's '10 Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Account Right Now and Edith Eger's The Choice are WELL worth a read! Both Michael Wolff books and The Great Hack documentary are worth checking out too).

If I start this post with something like:

"This is all wrong. I shouldn't be writing this. My kids should be in the kind of school that our politicians and policy makers give in their fine speeches. Yet you all let young people like this lose hope. How dare you!

"You have stolen my dreams and my kids' childhoods with your empty words. And yet I'm one of the lucky ones

...You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you"

I wonder if it will be praised or see my local MSP tell me that the comment is 'Borderline Harassment,' I wonder if it will see the Education Secretary or First Minister praise the work that myself, my 9 year old son and others have done in the last few years?

In my experience, don't count on it... Check out the replies from MSPs in this pathetically hilarious Tweet:

I'm the first to admit that we are among the lucky ones to live in a country where education is a right and there is a system that helps when you are down... But equally Dalrymple is also right when he highlights that:

One of the terrible fates that can befall a human being is to be born intelligent or sensitive in an English slum (But Glasgow has more of them than anywhere in England today #GoDo #ScotlandCan!). It is like a long, slow, exquisite torture devised by a sadistic deity from whose malevolent clutches escape is almost impossible. Lost in the Ghetto

But when you see initiative after initiative and no real change since Dickensian times with 'Social Mobility,' 'The Attainment Gap,' 'Opportunity Area Fund' etc etc... the political soundbites Vs the reality becomes a little tiresome.

Throw in the fact that 20,000 retail outlets closed last year at the cost of 150,000 jobs and 2019 is set to see 23,000 outlets close at the cost of 175,000 jobs... what is it that is replacing them in 'The Most Entrepreneurial country in the world' <- if you listen to Entrepreneurial Scotlands marketing guff.

I'm enjoying the Netflix series 'Living with yourself' and how Paul Rudd's 'Better self' is listened to, but his other self saying the same thing is marginalised.

If you are Greta Thrunberg and encourage kids to take action, people go on #SchoolClimateStrikes and Scottish politicians praise the action. Tell politicians at a fancy ass UN event in New York and express your 'disgust' at them and you are applauded.

Try to encourage change in education - regardless of the tone used or the communication method used - in the SNP's blessed #GoDo #ScotlandCan land of milk and honey and see what reaction it gets.

Help empower other people's kids and educators and then try having kids in an education system where you constantly say "This doesn't seem right, there seems to be issues" then wait until they are leaving the education system and be told "Yeah, there appear to be undiagnosed issues"

See how cheery a tone you'd be using? 


To highlight the level of stupidity we are talking about here even when you send information with the title 'How MSPs can keep their jobs' you get a low level of inquiry... Even when your insights and projects have value.

"If you have insights that prove to be accurate but struggle to be heard... when and where should you speak up? Before disaster? During? After?

Well... I have spoken up before, during and after various train wrecks of initiatives that people in Education have been involved with. I have also tried to raise the alarm since September 2014 with The SNP with the content of this post.


Speak up before hand and you're being negative. Speak up at the time and you're dismissed out of hand, silenced or ignored. Speak out afterwards and it's either you coming across as being smug or rubbing salt in the wounds etc.

Regardless of when you speak out or the reaction the fact remains... opportunities for change are lost!" GE2017 & The SNP - How the Mighty Fall

Saturday
Listening to the

"Scotland is Diverse, Inclusive and Welcoming"  
"Scotland's destiny is in our hands"
"No matter where you are from you are welcome and this is your independence"

Rhetoric at the weekend might have been inspiring and uplifting for me in 2014/5, it might even have left warm fuzzy feelings for the party faithful yesterday... Until they went into their local newsagent: 

The front page of Friday's papers being full of the depressing levels of poverty here 
  • Foodbanks offering suicide Advice - The Evening Times
  • The expensive Attainment Gap initiatives not working - The Herald
The front page of one of Sunday's papers includes the level of racism in SCOTTISH SCHOOLS 

...Not English Schools.
...Not Welsh Schools
...The DEVOLVED Education that the SNP/Scottish Government is responsible for!

On the next page was an article about how deprived Scotland's towns are today. Of course the default answer will be

'It's the Tories fault... and the rhetoric of hate and division Boris uses' 

Of course there IS something to this, but when that's the excuse since 2007 it wears a bit thin!

Especially if, over the course of the 2007 SNP Government you have had a 16 year old and 18 year old in this 'World Class Education System' that have been BADLY let down and/or you see how uninspiring the job pages are... AKA Sorry We Missed You zero hour contracts, self employed, minimum wage for your wage, you take care of your own tax etc.

9th Sept 2014
For the first time I wrote a post about education and politics

"I am not an ardent SNP supporter, neither do I necessarily want to be separate from the rest of the UK.

However, what I do want, is to see better decisions being made for my kids and other peoples children... I can't see the status quo delivering this (esp as they have been failing at it for decades, if not centuries!), so I feel change is necessary. I don't believe that the SNP and/or an independent Scotland would have the same record with education or class division and elitism" 
Getting Political... About Education

With the benefit of #Cybernat hindsight and the fact that the SNP were clueless about how to manage their grassroots movement in 2014, with the exception of the above... I stand by everything else in the post

...Especially the "Why not you? Why not us? Why not now?" section at the end, something I have gone some way to demonstrate since writing it. As Sam Conniff highlights in his Tedx Talk 


"No one is coming to save us"

19th Sept 2014
As Scotland wakes up to the fact that the hopes of Independence have been dashed and the army of #VoteYes feel "a little down" and are licking their wounds... this Glasgow nutter wonders if victory might be snatched out of the jaws of defeat. Is the best yet to come? Yes Scotland - How can we Help?

I wasn't wrong... Will the insights below be just as accurate on the 13th Dec with the result of #GE2019?

21st Sept 2014
Tried to reach various people in the SNP to let them know that momentum with the post vote movement matters... and that they need to act quickly to keep the movement positive. 

They heard me, but ignored the advice and insights. Every single piece of advice was 100% spot on!
Citizens Assembly? GREAT idea... Erm in 2014 with 1.6 million people who voted 'Yes' at a cost of £0. If 1.6 million was a little ambitious then the 100,000 members was EASILY possible at a seriously low cost and would have delivered a game changing impact too! All on a budget of £0.

A £1.4 million exercise involving 200 people in 2019? 

Lol... What a bunch of idiots who really don't understand what fueled their 2014/5 success!

7th Oct 2014
The culture is now set, and hell mend anyone who disagrees with someone who voted Yes! We are the angry boycotters. We are the anarchists. We are the cybernats and it would appear that our mission to piss everyone off and to argue with anyone who disagrees with the hard line we decide to take.

Oh, and by the way, we're not very good with our maths... because 100% of 45% agreeing with each other is still only 45%, no matter how much more strongly we may or may not believe in independence, this is still a minority. #The45Plus... Where did it all go Wrong?



In August 2019 Sturgeon demonstrates her lack of knowledge (And leadership with her own members AKA the Cybernats) with Community Management. I have encouraged politicians to connect and learn from this group since April 2014... on a regular basis since April 2018.

Some community guidelines and leadership on the weekend of 21st Sept could have worked wonders!

8th Oct 2014
If Vote yes people want to convince Scotland to "Go it alone" an improved economy is a sure fire way to win people over. Collaborate as if Scotland Depends on It

Instead five years later we have a government that gives out bad loans to failing companies like moneys running out, rewarding the lazy and/or those who lacked vision and the ability to plan... while doing nothing for the forward thinking innovators (Adding weight to the argument below that politicians need victims). 

6th May 2015
The day before the election when all the pundits were sayng

"These polls about SNP can't be right, can they?"

I wrote why they were right:

This process could be used in many areas of Scottish society. The SNP benefited from the kind of process that major technology companies utilise, so they know it works. When I'll be impressed with the SNP, or any other party, is when they decide to use these principles in other areas, not just politics.

If any politician (from any party) wants to know how to continue to take advantage of this process in politics or, ideally, apply to other areas, especially in education, you know where to find me if you have any questions. 
Freakonimic Politics: Why SNP Domination was Inevitable

7th May 2015
On election night Henry McLeish came closest to nailing what was going on re: the 'I'm voting SNP' movement. But listening to all the post match guff like 'It will take the Labour Party in Scotland 10 years to recover'

"I was thinking "No it wouldn't!" It could be turned around by 2016... if they did things differently to the political classes usual methods, employing community management methods and "creating new patterns of engagement" Labouring on with #Team56? How to Rebuild Trust When It Is Broken
When reading 'New Power' in May 2018 I was to both find out how accurate these insights were AND be able to find the terminology for what was going on... Maybe should have tried the 'Radical Listening Exercise' of Citizens Assembly fame from 2007-2014 and not left it as late as 2019?

9th May 2015
“When you are at the top of the world, the most powerful nation on Earth, the most successful company in your industry, the best player in your game, your very power and success might cover up the fact that you’re already on the path to decline. So, how would you know?” Jim Collins, How the Mighty fall

This was the day that SNP MPs social media pictures were changed from images of candidates in their constituencies with their activists to the photo opp with Nicola Sturgeon and the #The45Plus was changed again to #Team56 AKA it's now all about us, not them... 'The People' our fans, members and constituents.

The culture changed on this day as a result of success.

"Many startups die of indigestion as much as of starvation" Genome Project, that was the case at the height of the SNPs rock star celebrity stage in May 2015. 

29th Sept 2015
The then Education Secretary asks me to pitch in - in the same way I might have after listening to Mhari Black and Nicola Sturgeon at the weekend - if I didn't know that these were nothing but empty words to get as many of their mates in £70,000 a year jobs ...and not much else!

Having a good idea of how things might pan out when dealing with the political classes... I had the foresight to spend one of the best 30 mins I ever have by writing this post: Using Core Values to Find a Brands Voice.

If you want to predict the future (Or get a 'bad loan' that the SNP will write off to failing businesses in Scotland) stand up and give a 'fine speech' or issue a press release. Tell educators and students that

"Scotland lacks talent" one year (SLF15)... then a year or two later get £600,000 to make

"Scotland the most entrepreneurial country in the world"

What shit! Across the board... from saying this is a talentless country (Except in the political arena)... to giving funds to someone who does not believe in the potential of a nations people? Maybe the talent is rotting in the many Scottish slums and deprived areas looking for opportunities that don't exist?

Since Sept 2015 I have worked on projects that I feel could be high impact/low cost with few resources, lots of challenges and stress and ZERO! I mean FUCK ALL!! help from the people and organisations that stand up and spout this shit at 'Freedom Square'  

This thread shows what we achieved from 26th Sept to 23rd June 2019
https://twitter.com/EdTech_Stories/status/1182940574359392256

10th June 2017
The weekend of the GE2015 result I saw that The SNP was in stage 1 of what Jim Collins calls 'The 5 Stages of Decline"

“When you are at the top of the world, the most powerful nation on Earth, the most successful company in your industry, the best player in your game, your very power and success might cover up the fact that you’re already on the path to decline. So, how would you know?” Jim Collins, How the Mighty fall




Stage 1: Hubris
#Team56 after GE2015
Stage 2: The Undisciplined Pursuit for More
The announcement of #IndyRef2/#ScotRef in March 2017

Stage 3: Denial of Risk
The local election results on the 4th May 2017 and dismissing the result by other parties + going from Team56 to 35 MPs

Stage 4: Grasping for Salvation
All the grassroots movements from 2014-2019 and there has not been representation like this from the SNP and a one-time-proponent-turned-detractor/cynic may think either... 

The #IndyRef2020 nationalist propoganda rally at 'Freedom Square' at the weekend:

1) You turn out in force when you want something from 'The People' to crowdfund campaign funds to get you into a £70,000 a year job and then land the £70,000 + expenses + hiring family members + second jobs etc etc or

(Btw have you seen how many Tweets the AUOB account Tweeted on the day? They lay all the ground work only for ScotNational to move in and build on their work, don't be surprised if the organisers become a little less enthusiastic going forward).

2) You KNOW that momentum has been lost and that the 'Network Effects' and 'Feedback Loops' of 2014/5 have gone and with it #IndyRef2 in 2020, so you try to replicate the 2014 success in the same way in 2019... But it won't work (At least nowhere near to the same extent).

"No one saw it coming" Alex Salmond after GE2017 result and him losing his seat

...Me BEFORE the #GE2017 result!! Politicians may lie... The data doesn't!

"A party with such large numbers of supporters two years ago and only 65 people supporting Salmond's Crowdfunder... WOW austerity must 
REALLY be kicking in! GE2017 & The SNP How the Mighty Fall

The 2014 'Yes' campaign was a 'New Power' storm where it promised both change and participatory politics... but reverted to 'Old Power' once the crowd delivered what the SNP wanted. The cost? Trust.

As well as these posts various emails have been sent since 2014 to say

'I have some insights that I think might help... I live here and my kids go to school here, I want to help'

But it's far more a case of 'Fuck you' than the

'Scotland's Voice will NOT be ignored!' 

Westminster theatrics and fine speeches.

30th Aug 2018 #ForFairness
Announcing a £100,000 crowdfund from Alex Salmond on 20th Sept 2014 during his 'One Scotland' speech for good causes raised by either 

1) Taking £1 from each of the 100,000 members subscription fee or, more likely
2) Asking their 100,000 members to contribute £1-10 for a 'One Scotland Good Causes fund'

Would have added to the narrative of members leaving food for foodbanks in George/Freedom Square.

A £100,000 fund for one persons legal fees and titled #ForFairness (Or was it 'For Scotland' I forget which)

This was confirmation about the usual 'Us' and our needs Vs 'The People' -> Just as self interested as the Tories. This sin't something people will shout about... You'll only see it on polling day.

But consider the data... Consider the time and number of steps that 4,000 people needed to go through to contribute money to this GoFundMe camapign in comparison to the act of a ReTweet that takes seconds to do.

If you are looking to replicate 2014 results you need to keep an eye on the 'Network Effects' ...take a look at the number of ReTweets that either #IndyRef2020 or SNP MPs get 

...Then change the channel to see how many ReTweets either People's Momentum, Corbyn get at least 300 many well over 1-2,000.

Or, if you prefer, the level of RTs Trump gets in the US - but this too is diminishing rapidly compared to 12-24 months ago! 

The numbers ain't there for a repeat of SNP Active 2014/5 in 2019. The 'Network Effects' to take the online support into offline rallies to create 'social proof' isn't there. It is for Labour in England and in 2-3 weeks that could easily make it's way to Scotland... Look at #IndyRef in the 2-3 weeks leading up to 19th Sept 2014!

Go check the combined total of SNP candidates campaign crowdfunds after a week Vs Salmonds in 24 hours in 2018... Is the combined total anywhere near £100,000 after a week of asking for contributions? 

Or check the number of advocates on the doorstep (I know its December) and the number of Scottish National #IndyRef2020 posters in the windows compared to 2014/5.

The numbers are not the same... the numbers are not there. The powerful combination of 'Network Effects' and 'Feedback Loops' with 'Social Proof' from 2014 have gone.

'For Fairness' Crowdfunders, Progress Scotland, Citizens Assembly & IndyRef2020
All of these things were the right thing to do... in 2014! Maybe even as late as 2015. 

But this organisation didn't take the organisational culture seriously at a crucial time when it was scaling and onboarding new members (Both members of staff and fans).

"Ever heard of a company called Ames? From 1973 to 1986 Ames was doing in the North East of the USA what Wal-Mart was doing in the South. Ames stock performance tracked Wal-Mart’s. But while Wal-Mart is alive and well (#1 on the fortune 500), where is Ames today? Dead. Gone. What distinguished Wal-Mart from Ames? The answer lies in their focus. 

Ames acquired a company that changed their focus and destroyed the momentum they built over 3 decades. Wal-Mart continued to focus first on rural small town areas before making an evolutionary migration into more urban settings. In contrast Ames acquired a chain that made them a significant urban player overnight. While Wal-Mart remained obsessed with offering everyday low prices on all brands all the time, Ames dramatically changed to a strategy that was new to them (relying on special loss leader promotions)…one that eventually plunged them into bankruptcy. Meanwhile Wal-Mart continued its relentless march across the US – step by step, store by store, region by region – until it reached the North East and killed Ames with the very same business model that Ames pioneered in the first place" Jim Collins – How the Mighty Fall 

See also Norah Jonestown.

Keep an eye out for how the party splits if/when things go wrong. Don't be surprised if the 'fault lines' are along the lines of Alex Salmond and long time members Vs the newer intake of 2015 fans and Nicola Sturgeon's supporters.

Regardless of your politics you're a pretty shit human being if you wish ill on a group who's aims and goals are worthy but may be unwravelling because of issues around scaling... especially if it's the life's work of some people - and I include Salmond in that, regardless of the court case outcome. (But is obviously with the exception of intolerant hate groups who wish to harm others).

Both social media and technical changes are affecting us all... Including the political classes and one of my core values is empathy

"I even have empathy for politicians (believe it or not). We saw how keen Barack Obama wanted health care reform, but he faced some serious challenges with opposition parties and the industries lobby groups.

I also get that politicians need to show that they are doing "something" in a 4 year period to keep their jobs (whether reshuffle, or losing their seats in an election). One of these challenges may be that good ideas can take a while for results to come through.

I can't imagine that a politician would get praised too much from the media or party whips if their conference speech to included

"What my predecessor established is working, let's leave it another few years"

So having an understanding of the any challenges that people face in their job and obstacles with affecting change is important" 
Using Core Values to Find a Brands Voice

I have a better understanding of some of what's in play with the rise of the far right, social media's BUMMER model and the fact that it's unproductive to simply snipe from the sidelines (Especially anonymously), I may deliver messages in a grumpy tone - in the hope of being heard - but it's ALWAYS because I have solid solutions that are cost effective and know would work... and are always high impact/low cost, some ideas I've seen work in other settings.

But if you offer sound solutions the input is not heard... (Unfortunately) you've got to follow the tactics of Bannon and his crew and change the tone of voice in the hope you are heard.

It's easy when you have a platform and it's gossip like the Thomson Vs Sweeney grope gate...Or 'A Tory Teacher said some mean things about me... lost her job and now is standing against the SNP' (At least they are not up on criminal charges for something like the former first minister a cynic might retort) 

With the Thommson/Sweeney gropegate... the SNP/Salmond acolytes are quick to say 'Innocent until proven guilty' but we have what is essentially a workplace complaint that would never see the light of day in the media at this stage if it was any other organisation other than Westminster/Holyrood during an election.

It's less easy for good ideas from the little people to be heard. I KNOW that these ideas and insights were and are sound, I can explain what's going on better than any highly paid media pundit (Who are increasingly and consistently wrong)... but it's painful always looking in the rear view mirror and having people say 

"Ah I see what you mean when you said that 3-4 years ago"

But as a former supporter (Because of the cultural conditions of 'Yes' in 2014), my perspective is that the soundbites at the weekend ring extremely hollow indeed... take that input/opinion however you like. 

We'll see if the 124,000 members who will be out canvassing for their candidate and the people they convince on the doorsteps feel the same way as these views on the 12th December.

Maybe we'll have a 'Who knew?' and ' 'No one saw it coming' when the results come out on the 13th Dec.

"The customer is not a moron. She's your wife" Ogilvy

On you go SNP candidates go 'grab your destiny' at GE2019, good luck picking up your expensive wage!

Spare the same thought for those who will be losing their jobs at Christmas if it is more than 35 SNP MPs as you would if it was a result like 1997 and the sympathy you'd have for the 29 colleagues who lose their jobs. I know what it's like... it's stressful at the best of times, worse at Christmas.

However many are returned to Westminster in January, try not to forget the people who helped you get that job and who you supposedly work for 'to make a difference.'

But don't be totally surprised if the headlines from the weekend about all the poverty overshadows yesterday's #HopeOverFear guff at the polls in 6 weeks time.

#GE2019
What worked in 2014 AKA the big rallies and/or trying to replicate the Trump 2016 shouty rallies to fire up the base, won't work today. 'Network Effects,' 'Feedback Loops' and 'Social Proof' won't work when trust has been lost (And was the reason I suggested MSP/MPs Skype with schools... I like win-win scenarios, would have been a 'win' for all involved as Dave Logan's Ted Talk highlights)

Want to know how trust is lost and the network effects gone? 

You can tell by the lack of ReTweets... that and the fact the #Cybernats have killed off any opportunity to debate and have 'agree to disagree' conversations. May find the support base has done A LOT of damage.

Don't be surprised if people quietly go back to their pre-2014/5 voting habits of Labour.

It's a far trickier election to predict because we are now in the US model of 'The last story to break is what counts' so a negative story... For talking sake 

An unsubstantiated claim that a Tory MP groped a Labour MP and it being the front page story. 

Or NHS waiting times in a December election, could have a HUGE impact on the day

...Again the result of social media conditioning our behaviour and affecting elections.

But here's my take*

Labour - A clear majority thanks to Scotland quietly returning to pre-2014 voting habits without sharing too much on social media or in the polls.

Conservatives - Thatcher, Blaire Blair (Come on the guy was a Conservative by another name!), Cameron, May, Boris and austerity - No Thanks

SNP - Less than 35 MPs to send a clear message that both Brexit and IndyRef are less of a priority than education, NHS and the economy

Lib Dems - Revival may struggle because we all know it was Vince Cable who bailed the banks out

Brexit Party - Was a protest vote when it didn't matter. Could have as many MPs as UKIP have at Westminster in January

Smaller parties - it's not done much for us so people may just go for the party that could get a clear majority. Just like Brexit being 'My vote doesn't matter... I'll use this to give the Tories a kick' but everyone else was thinking the same = a shock leave result' may deliver the same 'shock' labour result 

*NB There is LOTS candidates could do between now and the 12th Dec but it will be too new for them to consider.

And IF I'm wrong? I'm still right... Lol
In a post called Grant Vs Rand I make an argument about 'politicians need victims' and how keeping the population stupid works for them, so why try to make a serious stab at The Attainment Gap or Digital Citizenship, right?

I think that the way politicians like Trump have dumbed down and weaponised social media for their own gain - falsely masquerading as an anti-elite/establishment 'man of the people,' just like Etonian Boris is trying to do.

Or what about all the 'Social Media companies need to do more... abuse... Election interference... BUT, it's election time we need to buy Facebook ads and target people in the same way Bannon and Trump did' irony? or hypocrisy? 

Whether Boris and #Brexit or Sturgeon and #IndyRef2020, the levels of poverty here, lack of literacy improvements, lack of digital citizenship focus in education... I think the suggestions I made in Feb 2014 (Below) both proves the argument that these politicians need 'victims' and that they are responsible for the deterioration of the conversation on social media more than just about any other group.

Better education and more critical thought might lead people to see that life is no different under Sturgeon than it was with Thatcher's Tories. Not a great selling point for #IndyRef or #GE2019 on the doorsteps!

If people were to look at the various 'safety nets' that are there to protect those who fall on rough times - like the NHS that everyone is fighting to protect - they were policies that Labour got through parliament 'back in the day'

Blair skewed this party... it makes you wonder what kind of world and politicians we might have if John Smith was alive to be the Prime Minister instead of 'Things can Only get Better' Blair & Brown's 'New Labour'

With regard to my agreeing with Rands assertion that "politicians need victims" please allow me to play devils advocate for a moment...

How many adults leave school with a reading age of 5 or the inability of critical thought? 

Do these factors then make certain newspapers their news source of choice?

Are such a newspapers capable of getting our politicians into No10? 

Do politicians get all cozy with the owner of these publications? 

If "yes" why would any politician from any party want to change any situation that delivers power in such a straightforward manner?

This might be especially true if you then consider the implications if politicians were committed to ensuring critical thought was a priority in our young people. After all people may start to wonder;

What is it exactly that politicians do? 

If "we're in this together" can you let us the last time a politician had to visit a food bank? 

If political action is indeed making "people's lives better," who for? Where do they live? 

Why does every encounter with the public need to be stage managed and filled with party political drones, stooges and yes men?

"My experience is that our politics is now so poisonous we will never attract good, honest and decent people in the first place" Ross Thomson re the front page Groping gossip that is #GE2019

"Westminster [And I'd add Politicians] is a boys’ club” Black feels patronised, how the place is a world unto itself" Mhairi Black... Try being one of the 'Little People' and see how patronised you feel with the poor choices on the ballot paper.

"No one is coming to save us" Sam Conniff 
(Certainly not the people on the stage at 'Freedom Square' on Saturday, they will save their own children from John Swinney's Education system by putting their kids in private education and their family from poverty with their wages, expenses, second jobs and hiring family members for jobs that don't exist... But they won't save the people in the many deprived areas and failing towns... otherwise they would have already in the last 12 years).

Be More Pirate – A DigCitSummit Adventure⤴

from @ Edu Tech Stories


8th November 2019 Update
When I published this post on 14th Oct 2019 I took it down after two days when people in my PLN told me that detailing things that actually happened wasn't right... I took the post down.

I have re-posed it after reading Oliver James' Office Politics. If it is a case of

"We are still getting a handle on social media and 90% of our communications is non-verbal and this was the first movement we were involved with and we've all learnt lots"
No problem! Lets discuss it and #BeTheDigitalChange we want to see... If people fall out we do out best to make amends and move on. There's a new project that has it's origins in some of the work below and I would hate for the contribution of others not to be acknowledged.

Let's arrange a call to discuss at your earliest convenience.

If on the other hand, the experiences Oliver James details about Gerald's relationship with Jan is a more accurate assessment, I hope this helps others to avoid some of the things myself and other early summit organisers went through.

Oliver James, Office Politics
"Be at pains to establish what this person is saying about you to colleagues. Without being paranoid, you need to assume that they will be telling the most astonishing untruths about you. Having identified them, there is at least a chance that you will be able to clear your name" Oliver James

Think and Grow Rich
I have recently re-read Napoleon Hill's classic 'Think and Grow Rich' and am aware that the 7 negative emotions are: Anger, Jealousy, Revenge, Hatred, Fear, Greed and Superstition.

I guarantee that I feel none of these emotions when detailing my experiences... Nor do I wish ill of anyone that I have helped even if there are issues like non-payment of money or unkept promises of 'We're building something together'

I can demonstrate this too. In a post called 'On the Record' (Which has now been deleted) the Summit organisers said this about me:

"What William brings to any project is vision and execution. His attention to detail is exquisite. William is like a conductor and he anticipates and prepares meticulously. What distinguishes William from the rest? His core values. He does not compromise. His core values and his work ethic are beyond anything I have ever witnessed. One PLN member shared, 'His work ethic is unsurpassed.' Others used terms like visionary leader, selfless giver and influencer. All agreed that no one should ever pass up an opportunity to collaborate with William in the future" 

I welcome both the DigCitSummit Founders to get in touch to discuss how we have developed the DigCitSummit project that started in Novemebr 2017.

I agreed to have a Skype call with you guys in Nov 2015 and offered to pitch in taking who you said you were and what your aims were at face value... Your welcome to reciprocate by accepting this offer to both arrange a Skype call and collaborate with some current projects.

Salty ToneThe tone below is salty and it may well come across as sounding rather angry... Whether intentional or due to inexperience and miscommunication, the tone below is in the hope of making sure I don't experience ANYTHING like this EVER AGAIN!

I've had my fill of attracting Takers and Fakers! Other Pirate crews out there may want to keep an eye out for the pirates like Stede Bonnett... they are rather incompetent:


"Disagreeable givers are the most undervalued people in our organizations, because they're the ones who give the critical feedback that no one wants to hear but everyone needs to hear. We need to do a much better job valuing these people as opposed to writing them off early, and saying, "Eh, kind of prickly, must be a selfish taker." 

The other combination we forget about is the deadly one -- the agreeable taker, also known as the faker. This is the person who's nice to your face, and then will stab you right in the back" Adam Grant - Are you a Giver or a Taker

14th October 2019

This post updates my experiences with the #DigCitSummit Pirate Crew that I was part of in November 2015... and is written in the hope of helping others who are working with groups in loose/informal collaboration.

If you're doing difficult work like this and your first attempt doesn't work (How many first attempts do turn out perfect?), try again... if that fails, hopefully you'll hear some kind words and experience a little bit of 'Love in Action' and you'll give it yet another go.

As you will see in this post... I have!

If the people in this particular community who only get in touch with me to gossip and/or trash talk me or others, you're in for a treat! But you may also be a little disappointed as I'll also be drawing on Plato's 'When men speak ill of thee...' philosophy too.

I learnt a lot about how predictable the mistakes I made were in the last 18 months through reading books like Be More Pirate (@BeMorePirate), New Power (@ThisIsNewPower) and, in particular, Nicole Yershon's (@NicoleYershon) Rough Diamond and Marc Smith's (@Marc_Smith)1992 College Thesis 'Voices from The Well'

My core values, aims to reach out to my contacts to help Scottish educators and policy makers with their #DigiLearnScot consultation and my 'Love' for tools like Skype and Twitter have not changed, my relationships with those who spouted 'Be the same person you are online as you are offline' has!

Some Previous #DigCitSummit Posts 

28th March 2015
How I met your Awesomeness - Declara
(Check out the Howard Roark quote at the start of my first How I met Your Awesomeness Post)

29th September 2015
Using Core Values to Find a Brands Voice
(Modeled both in this post and throughout my #DigCitSummit experience)

7th December 2015
Ships Log and Pirate Articles

24th January 2016 
#DigCitSummitUK Closing Remarks - YOYOW



3rd November 2017
DigCitSummit @SpyQuest Mission - Help Recruit Ellie the Elephant

July 2019
For more detail - But a more succinct version of how this comes together to suggest #SkypeMS - see
TedxGlasgow The Power of Introverts & The Ripple Effect of the @BeMorePirate Sea Turtle Pirates

To see this same story as the Tedx proposal but in around 20 or so Tweets check out this thread because, if Jason Fried is right that 'The future belongs to the best editors' we better get practicing!

Background

8th March 2015 

Find out about Declara CEO, Ramona Peirson, as a result of International Women's Day and the #SXSWEdu Minority Women in Tech #DigiDiversity presentation.

I connect with James Stanbridge (@Stanbridge) via Skype and discuss the very ideas in this post with him... He can see the value in them Yay!

26th September 2015
Chris van der Kuyl gives his keynote speech at the Scottish Learning Festival and suggests that

1) 'Education lacks leadership'
2) 'That Scottish educators need to collaborate more'

I agree with this and after struggling to be heard with ideas in the past, I use this keynote as a catalyst and pull some visual data together. I take Susan Cain and Steve Wozniak's advice and 'Work alone'

12th October 2015 
The research I pulled together appears in TES Scotland

26th October 2015
The then Scottish Education Secretary, Angela Constance, asks me to

"Promote the @DigiLearnScot consultation on your Twitter page and amongst the networks that you are involved in"

I do just that... and

9th November 2015
First contact with #DigCitSummit!

"Would really like to connect with your both via Skype or GHO about planning a #DigCitSummitUK" is what the Tweet says.

The first thing that I do when I look at collaborating with any organisation is to see if they have their core values on their website... Do they know what they stand for and do I agree with these values?

They do and they they resonate

Image result for digcitsummituk core values

As well as these core values the phrases 

'Be the same person you are online as you are offline' 

#BeTheDigitalChange you want to see 

Are banded around as often as Donald Trump chanted 'Build the Wall' or 'Lock her up' at his 2016 campaign rallies

While these core values and phrases appeal to me... I would find out, like with way too many organisations, that they were nothing more than cat posters and empty words.

16th November 2015 
Have an initial Skype call and I ask at the end of the call, what are you looking to achieve with this event/movement?

"That kids act locally, connect globally" is the reply.

I say I'll help on one condition... that any UK event takes place in Scotland and, ideally Falkirk... and ideally Larbert High School. The DigCitSummit team agree to this.

Two years later (under rather trying circumstances) we model these aims at the 2017 DigCitSummit at Utah

7th December 2015 
We have a small group of 11 people discussing how we can make 'The first international #DigCitSummit' happen. TY each and every one of you!!

15th December 2015
137 people do a quick '5min favour' by signing up to a Thunderclap with the title of
'Skype & Twitter We Love You!'

The people who took a moment to share this not only had the 'Ripple Effect' of helping to establish a Digital Citizenship event within 2 months and on a £0 budget, but see 

1) The next event take place at Twitter HQ with Microsoft as a sponsor

It didn't 'facilitate', it wasn't 'the catalyst for'... it CREATED a number of other projects like 

2) DigCitKidz
3) #CEduAD
4) #Get2ISTE and, 
5) Hopefully #SkypeMS

...And no doubt many more that I am not aware of!

This will also have been the launchpad for whatever funding, awards and contacts that the Digital Citizenship Institute received.

Without the 'Network Effects' that this produced and the 'Social Proof' this 'New Power storm' created, little else that I have been involved with below would have happened. 

Enough people doing something as quick and easy as a retweet can have a huge impact. But BUMMER doesn't want you to have economic dignity (Argument Eight of Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now)

21st January 2016
Due to a lack of support from Education Scotland - despite the request to reach out to people in my network - we relocate the event to London and arrange it during BETT.

I get a direct message that I send one of the organisers is both read at 5am in the morning and is both mis-read and mis-interpreted and sees an angry reply that starts

"BACK OFF MAN!"

What the fuck! I think, and don't speak to the organisers for two days and they wonder if I'm even going to make the trip to the event...

I did go in the end and as I write this during the 5th Annual #DigCitSummit and see the contribution of myself and my 9 year old kid completely sidelined, I wonder if I would have been better staying at home.

'I don't know why I bothered' I sit here thinking to myself

23rd January 2016
The event is over subscribed with speakers and, given both my planning experience and relationships with the speakers knew how to handle this... But as I retracted my time and ideas the event on the day was supposed to finish at 5pm... it ran to 7pm and the DigCitSummit organisers didn't even let the hosts welcome people to Bournemouth University, they just jumped up on stage for the #DigCitSummit show... don't #BeTHATKindofRude kids!

26 January 2016 (Circa)
Messages in a #DigCitSummit group conversation immediately after the event goes something like this from one of the Co-Founders

"He's an Asshole Man"
"I'm in it to win with you"

I've no idea if this is about me or someone else... A message meant for a different DM or what.

It's not very 'kind' and you won't see comments like that in their online profile. I leave this group conversation.

February 2016
I speak to one of the DigCitSummit Co-Founders 1:1 and there's nothing but gossip, trash talking others and toxicity... bear in mind this is the

'Be the same person you are online as you are offline' 
(A bit like spouting about 'Radical Transparency' but then changing the story about how Trust Grew a Global Event in 2 months, when in actual fact effort had been put in over a three year period by others! )

I leave the #DigCitSummit community/group/movement entirely.

April
Right up until April I get emails asking

'WHERE ARE YOU! WHY ARE YOU NOT SPEAKING TO ME!'

June/July 2016
When one of the #DigCitSummit Co-Founder's who holds the #DigCit PLN Chair and sees me exploring ISTE resources via Declara and then PokemonGo, they ask if they can be involved, in a more humble tone.

With the exception of the Games PLN's section, I write the entire DigCitPLN Pokemon Go report and happily allow them to pass off various other bits of work as their own.

Again, TES Scotland kindly agree to run a story on the report...

One snag however, we need to pull an all nighter to get it finished and the link up on time for their deadline in the morning. I stay up all night... My 'Life Long Family Friend' falls asleep.

When they wake up and read the report the first words are

"There are 5 typos in the report... I don't know why I bother"

"Wait what?! I've just done all this work for you and this is all you have to say?"

Later in the same week I see that this person exhibit what Adam Grant calls 'Taker' tendencies, when they 'kiss up' to an influencer but 'kick down' to those that don't matter when they gush about

'It being so selfless that they did work that they allowed others to pass off as their own'  

But I get, 'I don't know why I bother?' WTF!

6th September 2016
In an attempt to make amends, they do what I've seen them do in the past... go off looking for saccharine words with their 'On the Record' post (Now deleted... On the record, off the record again. #YOYOWJOI!)... and going round the 100 or so people looking for a soundbite about how awesome I am.

"What William brings to any project is vision and execution. His attention to detail is exquisite. William is like a conductor and he anticipates and prepares meticulously. What distinguishes William from the rest? His core values. He does not compromise. His core values and his work ethic are beyond anything I have ever witnessed. One PLN member shared, 'His work ethic is unsurpassed.' Others used terms like visionary leader, selfless giver and influencer. All agreed that no one should ever pass up an opportunity to collaborate with William in the future" 

Aw Shucks! TY... Hope you feel the same about those core values today by the time you get to the end of this post ;).

As you'll see I'm happy to 'Collaborate' let's see if you're capable of 'Owning Your Words' (For once!)


This post also included this little soundbite

28th September 2016
I ask for a bit of help from a friend and life coach for a bit of mediation regarding my relationship with the #DigCitSummit brand...

'Stay away from one another, it's a toxic relationship' 

Is the recommendation. I agree with them

12th November 2016
However, I get all this 'Please can we keep collaborating... it will be different this time'

There is always a disconnect, the sincerity of the words never match the actions... But Man! Are these guys good with their words!

Upon hearing about the Skypeathon and the 'Three Nations Challenge' I create a group conversation to encourage 'Team Scotland' to take part... @ElliePrimary1 and @FillTheGapLearn make their first Skype call as a result of this group. One of them get involved as a result of the 2016 attempt at #CEduAD and Skype a Supplier.

One of the #DigcitSummit Co-Founders gets involved and, fair play, on this occasion that is no drama and we nudged the needle forward a little.

30th March 2017
Not for the first time and not for the last comments around

'You'll be my first hire when the Digital Citizenship Institute gets funding... and that's me owning my words'

So there was the constant promise of 'We are building something together here' right up to our very last call assurances like this were made.

12th October 2017
Please bear in mind during this whole post that this 'Be the same person you are online as you are offline' was EVERYWHERE when I first got involved.

So with the catchy tag line in mind (I don't make a habit of sharing private messages, but when your brands are all about this and 'Radical Transparency' then I'm simply modeling what they said they believe in!!)

To show just how strained relations were by the time of the 3rd Annual #DigCitSummit please see how the 'Ask' and/or offer of assistance is worded here:

From: DigCitSummit Co-Founder
Sent: 12 October 2017 17:59
To: William Jenkins
Subject: Global Maker Day

I’m not suggesting we collaborate nor am I suggesting that we have to be associated or even mentioned or tagged in what I’m about to suggest, but if it is something that could help, I would gladly do it. 

I’d also like to add that this has absolutely nothing to do with the Institute or the Summit and is not in any possible way an option to benefit myself. The offer as it is stands is to help the author you have been supporting and that is it. No strings attached, no opening doors to communicate or collaborate. 

I have an opportunity on Tuesday, October 24 on Global Maker Day and thought ifyou want, I could introduce David Goutcher’s innovative work if you think it will help him. I’ll be in a library in an elementary school hosting the online event all day. 

I’m not sending this to stir the pot or upset you and if the idea is in any way offensive or insensitive, I apologize immediately and guarantee you that I will not do anything suggested above. 

I’m sending this as you would call it as a 5 minute favor. No need to respond if it is received any other way. 

Don't be an 'Ask Hole' Mark Babbit at the #DigCitSummit Nigeria event... How did the 'selfless giving and '5min favour' pan out for you? To your benefit I see ;)

3rd November 2017 
I am extremely cool and cautious throughout the collaboration... only chatting in group conversations and not much 1:1... but we manage this rather impressive Mission. And it was a real highlight for me.

DigCitSummit @SpyQuest Mission - Help Recruit Ellie the Elephant

Why I Wasn't at School Today - I Wnet to Utah

Credit where it's due this would never have been possible without the combined talents of the extroverts in the #DigCitSummit camp and my ability to plan etc.

The kids had a challenge of recruiting Ellie, which they did... although she never visited Agent Isaac's school (For whatever reason).

The adults had the challenge of 'Who tells the best stories?' Introverts or extroverts?

My submission to this challenge is this post ;) -> Keep reading folks, especially if you're one of the #DigCitSummit acolytes who have had PLENTY to say to and about me. Ass holes! Erm I mean Donkeys (Remember @BeMorePirate kids, you should always use the YOYOWJOI compass!)

Hint: YOYOW = You Own Your Own Words (As per my 2015 #DigCitSummitUK closing remarks!)

The JOI? You'll need to search @BeYonderLtd and find either a #SchoolClimateStrike Sea Shepherd or Super Hero for that part ;). Spoilers sweetie, spoilers ;)

28th November 2017
This  leads to 8 schools connecting with Spy Quest and the DigCitSummit brand during the Skypeathon
SpyQuest Skype Connection

The first time we speak after myself and my kid supporting this toxic brand (Yet again!) is the following

"I think you have hatred in your heart for me"

Seriously? We've just went WAY! outside our comfort zone to support you and these are the 'Be THAT kid of kid' words you choose to use? Fuck you... and the drama you bring with you! Did you see my 2016 DigCitSummitUK Closing Remarks of #YOYOW? I think I can offer a rather compelling argument that it's you with the 'hatred in your heart' as you so eloquently put it.

1st December 2017
We had already arranged for the #DigCitSummit Co-Founder to Skype into the Scottish #Cmgr meet up when I was presenting my experiences of making the transition from sales to community manager.

That was one of the last times we spoke...

Think there were 1-2 more calls to try to make the best of a bad situation and there was a comment about trying to make a #DigCitSummitScot event happen when #DigCitSummitIRL was on... but there was no one to organise it.

'Oh Fuck it! Thinks I, a quick '5min favour' after all the others I've done, won't kill me'

2nd February 2018
Hi Everyone,

Following Chris van der Kuyl’s keynote speech at the 2015 Scottish Learning Festival where the message was that there needs to be more collaboration in education, after listening to this keynote I got to work with a few projects and ideas. If anyone wants to know the specifics of these project please see this post.

One of the initiatives that I got involved with was a Digital Citizenship event where I said to the organisers:

“I’ll get involved with this on one condition… that the UK event takes place in Scotland and, ideally in Falkirk”

Articulating the reasons for this and the implementation of this statement might have been better at the time. While the event did go ahead, unfortunately, it was moved so that it was closer to London so international speakers and attendees could attend the BETT Show.

I hope that the collaboration that’s taken place between Falkirk schools, Spy Quest and some US Connected educators during the 2016 & 2017 Skypeathon demonstrates the value of my suggestion that this would be a great place to host the event.

I understand that some connected educators will be in the UK again this April, and wondered if it might be worth exploring the idea of hosting an event in Scotland this time?

If enough people in this group like the idea then the you could probably make this happen with very little effort (many hands make light work and all that jazz) and IMHO would be a fantastic opportunity to exchange ideas, share best practice and generally make connections that would facilitate more collaborative online projects.

I’d be happy to pitch in as and when I could, but my time is limited, as I need to focus new goals and opportunities… but it would be fantastic to see an event take place in Scotland when people are in the area to put a bit of “social proof” to work to help get others connected.  

I look forward to hearing people’s thoughts on the idea.

Best wishes

William
@EdTech_stories

3rd February 2018
From: DigCitSummit Co-Founder
Sent: 03 February 2018 13:31
To: William Jenkins
Subject: Fwd: Scottish Digital Citizenship Event?

Really happy to see the responses especially this one from Hadley! I know you have wanted to bring an Edcamp to Scotland for a long time. 

Happy to support you to bring an event to Falkirk

It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows the #DigCitSummit brand that they have now tapped into what became of this project as it 'Pivoted' to #CEduAD (Well before the 2 months that the 'Radically Transparent' #NewPowerEducation crew got involved)

Note to self remember to write a 'How Trust was Destroyed in a single blog post in October 2018'

8th March 2018
"By January 2016, I was connected with Joanne Sweeney because we brought the #DigCitSummit to the UK with the help of a colleague, William Jenkins, who really is responsible for uniting all of us" @Mbfxc

NB We were NEVER colleagues! With the exception of being asked to do some work in Feb 2017 (where the amount was contested and when it would be paid... 50% was paid on time the rest was months later) I was always a volunteer of the #DigCitSummit brand!

28th April 2018
On the day of the #DigCitSummitIRL event people start Tweeting about their enthusiasm for a #DigCitSummitScot event... Something I had tried to do in Nov 2015 and again in Feb 2018.

At the time my thoughts were simply... YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP and/or I would find myself agreeing with Michael Sinclair's observation when we connect during #CEduAD 2018 in June

"It's like the plot to a bad book or movie"

Today, with the benefit of my books and seeing a few ideas get traction after the 3rd or 4th attempt... I can see that this is part of the process.

"All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculedSecond, it is violently opposedThird, it is accepted as self-evident.” Arthur Schopenhauer.

So of course three years later this is self evidently a good idea... and just as I did with 

Nov 2015 - Feb 2018 with #DigCitSummit  
Nov 2015 - Oct 2018 with #CEduAD

I'd be happy willing to do a quick '5min favour' (not a 5 month one)... even if the end will mean that people end up saying 


'I hate that freaking turtle' 

Because you are either working with a group of passionate people and/or as a result of miscommunication when collaborating virtually and we miss the 90% of our comms that is non-verbal..

You get no birthday!
There’s a party and you can’t come, how’s that?
They’re gonna have flaming cars, and trailer folks
and shrimp-dogs and pizza!
Oh, no, no, no, oh dang it!


Check the very first tweet on the #SeaTurtlePirates hashtag to see what that is in reference to. Lol

28th May 2018

In May I was perusing Waterstones for my next book to read and a pink 'Be More Pirate' one caught my eye immediately... as did these two quotes:

"In the workshops we run, the second stage is where things really get started, we break into crews and a sense of mutiny begins to fill the room. Making new rules can be complex, but that's not where we start; the first thing to do is get a crew to choose the one rule they collectively most want to break, and then begin the task of remaking it. 

In this challenge, we've seen things get pretty heated; crews fight, split, re-form and commit to actual rule breaking there and then. We find when you really reconnect with that rule you know needs breaking, and actual alternatives begin to emerge, with a crew ready to try to change them, pirates begin to get serious.

So to any 'New Power,' 'Be More Pirate' crews... especially those in education who have organised a Twitter chat or Edcamp or anything and found their efforts margianlised by the 'Takers' and 'Fakers' ( The qualitative and quantitative data suggests this IS the case)...don't stop collaborating!

Find a different group. Don't let the takers mean that you don't share your ideas and creative gifts with the world, it's those people that are wrecking social media (Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accouts Right Now detail how and why this is the case)

"When I say fight, I mean actually fight. That doesn't have to be physical, it could be a fights with the system, it could be a professional conflict, a falling out with a friend or a row with a stranger. It could be a war of words, it could be a battle of wills or if could be lobbying, arguing, demonstrating or debating.

But whatever it is, it's a real fight, one where you're putting your neck on the line, you could get hurt, you've got something to lose, it could cost you your job, end a relationship, damage your reputation, or worse" 

My core values include having honest relationships... and if someone runs around the internet saying 

'Be the same person you are online as you are offline'
Be The Digital Change you want to see in the world

What happens if you call them out and pick a fight, I wondered ;)

Image result for digcitsummituk core values

With 4 years of messing about with the Pirate Code, I thought at the very least I could give the Be More Pirate community a win with a Blackbeard style #DigCitSummit Tall Tale... and one that would also (Hopefully) keep future takers/fakers away from any projects that I might work on

1st June 2018
After reading Be More Pirate, the New Power Community Manager suggested that I read their book.

As they said at the inaugural New Power Virtual Gathering, I tweeted out half the book, wrote 'Tech Story 2' and was loved by the authors and their #Cmgr

I went on to incorporate the #NewPowerEducation movement into the Skype Edcamp and the 2018 attempt to bring the #CMAD for Edu 'Connected Educator Appreciation Day' to life.

By the 1st August my ideas and voice was marginalised and by 20th October the #CEduAD story was changed entirely and I was suddenly labeled as 'The wrong kind of people with the wrong kind of purpose'

Fuck New Power's idea of 'Radical Transparency' thought I.

*Waves* to the New Power team... Love you guys, #YouMatter... if you didn't we wouldn't be connected yadda yadda etc etc.

17 &19th July 2018
Skype Master Student


31st July 2018
The event that stated out as the #DigCitSummitScot idea had developed to a UK Edcamp and - because of the level of interest internationally - #CEduAD 2018 and an initial Skype call was arranged with people who were interested in getting involved.


14th September 2018

Having had enough of attracting assholes and feeling the effects of ostracism and bullying I thought I'd experiment with the 'Be the same person you are online as you are offline' by sharing some of the horrible things said to me in private messages online.. before quitting Twitter.

Sharing what was said privately by the 'Be the same person you are online as you are offline' brand, wasn't very well received by the #DigCitSummit community... Go figure?!

Like all the flowery things that the DigCitSummit Founder had to say about me, anything controversial I had to say about them has been deleted... they were only up for a day or two.

Long enough to create a moment of conflict and start a fight... I was just trying to implement New Power and use if for good ;)

17th September 2018
It was Microsoft's Ray Fleming who got me onto Twitter. When looking for a little career advice in 2010 he told me that

"If you want to be in EdTech today, social media comes with the job"

Social media hadn't done much for my career and, after lashing out because of the bullying and ostracism and general lack of progress, I almost deleted my account... a quick 5 min favour prevented me from doing so

This led to a follow up on the topic of my 2015 #DigCitSummit Closing Remarks and wondering do you own your own words once they have been said... and realising that they are shared words


This post and my experiences here seem spookily similar to both the 'Love in Action' that Howard Rhiengold saw on The Well, as well as the kind of scribbling that Blair Newman did before tragically taking his own life (See The Heart of The Well).

All the people who said flowery things until they got what they wanted/needed from me then blocked me... was actually a huge blessing, I will be using this in a number of projects going forward. So thank you all!


Anything I do here on out using Twitter I won't know if it would not exist without these 14 words from @Sfm36 last September. Thank you Sarah! If you ever read Nicole Yershon's #RoughDiamond make sure you pay particular attention to the last page of the introduction.

'Words on a screen can hurt people. Although online conversation might have the ephemeral and informal feeling of a telephone conversation, it has the reach and permanence of a publication' Howard Rheingold The Heart of The Well

Equally, the impact a kind word can have is unbelievable.

I want my kids to #BeTHATkindofKid! The 'Love in Action' kind... Not the Fake Friends with empty words types.

18th December 2018
When rereading Virtual Communities I notice for the first time Marc Smith's name and read for the first time ever his 1992 College Thesis 'Voices from the Well' I read it three times in as many days.

I laughed my head off at all the experiences above, not only were they inevitable... they were entirely predictable. The Well Beings truly were and are geniuses!! So far ahead of their time.

As with so many things online today... the guys at The Well have been there, done it and got the T-shirt.


5th January 2019
You simply couldn't make this shit up! #CEduAD 2018 was pivoted when one of the DigCitSummit Co-Founders didn't reply to my efforts to have a #DigCitSummitScot event around the same time as #DigCitSummitIRL in April?!

5th February 2019

I see for the first time Michael Sinclair's comment about me dropping out of #CEduAD because I 

'Could not keep up with the breakneck pace of a global movement'

A little bit of #NewPowerEducation 'Radical Transparency' ...who drops out of something they've worked on for 4 years?

"Before forming your "Master Mind" alliance, decide what advantages, and benefits, you may offer the individual embers of your group, in return for their cooperation. No one will work indefinitely without some form of compensation. No intelligent person will either request or expect another to work without adequate compensation, although this may not always be in the form of money...” Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Or... If even if I was not an intelligent person, if I 'dropped out,' as the official #CEduAD Team story goes... how come I voluntarily handed the @ConEduAD Twitter account that I'd developed since April over in October 2018?

When I saw that the first Be More Pirate meet up was on the 28th February I wondered to myself

'Could I create a new movement between now and the 28th February?' 

I put everything in place for #SkypeMS by the middle of March and thanks to the following:
  • It was a Skype call with @Stanbridge in March 2015 that is responsible for anything I’ve done in education since that call… a kind word from him on a quick Skype call.
    (Who I found out about as a result of Sarah Thomas’ #SXSWEdu ‘Minority Women in Tech’ DigiDiversity presentation)
  • Since the inaugural Skypeathon only a handful of Scottish schools have taken part in the event. Skype was the main comms tool I used when I worked with a hot shot Silicon Valley startup a few years ago... Which is why I'm both a fan and have tried to get more schools here connected
  • Linda Fabiani let me know that an entrepreneur in her constituency was working on an ‘Ingress for kids’ game when I sent a copy of the Pokemon Go in Edu report to politicians
  • Seeing how much the Skype call was second nature to my 7 year old son on the 2017 #DigCitSummit Spy Quest Mission Vs how nervous I was and that I couldn’t wait to get out of the class, made me see the value in young people taking a lead on events like the Skypeathon
  • LI Paper Community Manager Kelly Hungerford for sharing her experiences with me via CMAD 2016 and a Skype call in 2017
  • Skype for Good Director Ross Smith taking a moment to speak to my oldest son… He grew 2 feet taller during the call. If a kid had enough calls like that with people like that during his/her school life, I would not be surprised if it turned out to be a High Impact/Low Cost (Vs Low Impact/High Cost) that could easily make a dent in the #AttainmentGap and #DYW.
  • Reading Ross Smiths RSA 21stCentury Skills post and then having a conversation about it on a walk with my youngest son… and led to us plotting about how he could encourage his teacher to make a call. Lastly, but by no means least!)
  • Andrea Tolley and her awesome Skype Master Student #MIEBoom presentation at ISTE
26th June 2019
As 'New Power' highlights with the Oreo Superbowl 'You can still dunk in the dark' and/or Tim MacDonald's observation that there is usually months of unseen effort that goes into ideas, events, movements and projects.

I wrote this follow up after @TolleyA's awesome #MIEBoom #SkypeMS presentation

4th August 2019
Given the way that re-purposing what people say online - in particular in the dark spaces where Far Right extremists are talking about

'The Patron Saint of the Far Right' 

And policy makers are fueling this... Who is it that's keeping our young people safe.


In the case of Shamina Begum, Asqa Mahmood, James Letts etc etc the answer is no one!!

Just this week we have a 16 year old kid in court for being a Neo Nazi and an 8 year old kid trying to 'scratch his skin off' because of kids N-word abuse (See The Choice - The Capacity to Love and Hate)

Policy makers have dropped the ball entirely with Digital Citizenship and the only group that I can see that will play catch up with Bannon's 'Network Effects' and 'Feedback Loops' are educators.

19th Augaust 2019
I have done all that I can to make a Classroom Skype call at my kids school, but it ain't happening

(See Skype Master Student - Connect Globally to Help Locally)

...And Marc Smith (@Marc_Smith) sure isn't wrong with this observation!

23rd August 2019
...So I made a note of some ideas that others - where they DO make Classroom Skype calls might want to explore: Some Skypeathon Ideas

14th October 2019
I see all the people that I've helped connect the #DigCitSummit brand to and all the people who joined in and, as a so called 'Crowd Leader' (According to New Power), those I helped to 'empower'

...But they decide to leave an 9 year old kid who went so far out of his comfort zone to support the #DigCitSummit fucking brand that they don't even have the common decency to acknowledge his time, work and effort?

I sure as fuck don't want my kid to be THAT kind of kid!

(NB If Trump can use 'Grab them by the...' and LibDems can use Bollocks then a former #DigCitSummit Pirate can sure as heck use Fuck)

People fall out all the time! Every single day in the playground, at their offices, in their group of friends, neighbors and families too… We need look no further than our so called political leaders… and they have contracts, staff handbooks, HR etc etc. Voluntary collaboration like this doesn’t. 

Go sit in a coffee shop for a day and see if you can go an entire day without listening to people talking about their so-called-friends or colleagues, I'd be amazed if you had a gossip free day!

As we see in the world of politics and us voting for Trump/Bannon/Farage/Boris and Brexit, we’re still figuring online out, who's going to show them the way if not educators? Boris Johnston and Donald Trump?

Unfortunately, negative and controversial messages and approaches work (It's Jaron Lanier's BUMMER at play again)

I want to model for my kids the advice from Sam Conniff’s book Be More Pirate (And model Molly Stanbridge's example too – What are you willing to take a stand for… what you willing get in a fight for (something that could see you lose friends, has the potential to harm your reputation).

I've done that here and, if nothing else, hopefully the @BeMorePirate Community have one heck of an Edu based Blackbeard Tall Tale to tell!

... Just like @ThisIsNewPower have a #NewPowerEducation 'Radical Transparency' case study with #CEduAD as a result of my time and efforts. 

But I also want my kids to model ways that if/when friends fall out (online or offline) that they find ways to communicate and, ideally, to make up or at the very least part ways as amicably as possible (Preferably using the #YOYOWJOI compass). So I'll #BeTheDigitalChange I want to see!   

We included everyone who was involved in the #MIEBoom presentation and very much hope that everyone who was involved previously will get involved going forward

Any of the #DigCitSummit acolytes who sees this post as anything other than sharing my experiences and trying to help can get themselves to F**k, I've had enough of you and your judgmental attitudes ('You KNOW who you are' as @FillTheGapLearn cryptically says in his #CEduAD 'Cooking with Gas' post).

"God himselfsir, doesn't propose to judge man until the end of his days. So why should you and I?"

"Don't criticize them [Confederates]; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances" Lincoln

"Before you start to judge me, step into my shoes and walk the life I'm living and if you get as far as I am, just maybe you will see how strong I really am."

Just as I made a few mistakes and learnt from them, I'm sure the #DigCitSummit brand did after their first few events... whether you know me or not, here are some facts.
  • My Core Values have remained unchanged since Sept 2015
  • The reason I got involved with the #DigCitSummit to help get more Scottish educators connected - this has remained unchanged
  • The title of the Thunderclap 'Skype & Twitter We Love You' - this is unchanged, still a fan of both... but a little bit less so 4 years on.
  • 'Be the same person they are online as they are offline' I'm still down with that idea... Especially after reading Edward Snowden's Permanent Record!  
  • #BeTheDigitalChange you want to see - I see value in this, especially with the rise of the Far Right. I have tried to #BeTheDigitalChange in this post and elsewhere.

    Is reaching for 'Block' the best we can do? What if that act of ostracism leads a young person straight into the arms of a REAL hate group, as former EDL member Ivan Humble highlights these guys are waiting with open arms to give people that 'magic sense of belonging'
I also think that various commentators are right - that this kind of loose informal collaboration will be the future of work for many people.

Therefore, in my experience (However misguided or limited), anyone working like this might want to make sure that you 
  • Take Jim Collins advice and 'Get the right people on the bus first'
  • Take Napoleon Hills advice and work in harmony with everyone in your group
  • Take Tribal Leaderships advice and 'Identify your core values and then align them with a noble cause
  • Take time to discuss your Pirate Code 2.0... Personally I like Biz Stone's 'New Rules' and some of Sam Conniff's 2.0 Pirate Code
  • Read about what Nicole Yershon learned about the Lab Team, Lessons from the Lab and her Innovation Framework
  • Get NewPower, it's a good read for movements, but I'd give joining their community a miss... they are not very supportive, not in my experience anyway. At least they were the 'Wrong kind of people for me' but maybe I'm just a Misfit ;)
Thus ends my #DigCitSummit Adventure... and my Skype one... and my Scottish Education one too for that matter, that's one tough nut to crack!

Should've listened to Bill Aulet when he said

"We advise our students at MIT NOT to get into Edu/EdTech... It's too tough a sector"

LOL at the naivety of this post three years ago


'Scotland Lacks Talent' @ChrisVDK #SLF2015... but then gets £600,000 from @ScotGov to make Scotland the most entrepreneurial country in the world. What Tosh! Might be an idea to give the money to people who actually believe that Scotland has talent!!

Books, The Internet or School?⤴

from @ Edu Tech Stories


The week of the School Climate Strikes and the Rugby World Cup (The relevance of this will become apparent) a good time to pose the following question:

If you could only choose one... 


1) Books? 
2) The internet? 
3) School? 

Which would it be? For me I think it would be books.

I never picked up a book for pleasure until I was 29 years old and was thanks to the Open University. I got my first computer at around the same age (Although did have games consoles when I was younger). 

As per, Jack Dorsey's Ted Talk, I do indeed try to use the internet to share the ideas that I've learnt from the books that I've read for pleasure... and have done since my first blog post in 2012.

School didn't do much for me... nor has it done much for my 16 & 18 year old sons. 

When reading about many successful people they seem to take the same view with school at various stages.

So what needs to change to ensure that 'Every Child Matters' the 'Attainment Gap' is realised and where 'No Child is Left Behind' ...All of which were the catchy soundbites of UK & US politicians not so long ago. 

The few lessons that have remained with me from my school days include:

1) When the Rugby World Cup was on and the front page of the papers had some controversy about the England team.

The revelation happened to come the day before the England Vs Australia match... and the papers that were reporting the story was Australian Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Who's telling the story and why? 

Is what our English teacher at the time encouraged us to ask?

This is a VITAL skill today - One which Finland is successfully teaching - in the world of #FakeNews, speedy news cycles and 'bad actors'... Which, because with or without technology some things never change, includes self interested political 'leaders'. 


Who Trended It and Why? 

Is a vital lesson that we don't always appear to be teaching... and is affecting the lives of some of our young people.

2) There's no such thing as an atheist on the battlefield - again my English teacher re Wilfred Owen's poems, back when there was a more coherent and/or less divided national identity.

3) My Geography teachers' passion for the subject leading me to do my Human Geography OU Course and discovering thought leaders like Jane Jacobs.

(School may have not done much for me, but the teachers who had passion for their subject most certainly did! I enjoyed the topics even though I sucked at the tests they gave. "All the good teachers leave" my 16 year old son in a depressed, resigned tone to his 8 year old brother).

4) My biology teacher telling us

"The only thing you'll remember about my class is that it takes 6 hours to boil an ostrich egg" 

He wasn't wrong, but a great statement to make if you want to get a fact to stick in your students heads! Couldn't he have divulged the secrets of the philosophers stone or something as useful through? Lol!.

That's about it from my unispiring school days. 

One of the biggest crimes of my school years was making us dissect to death one of the dourest books I ever had the misfortune to ever come across - which successfully killed off any enjoyment of reading for a decade. 

Thank you Sunset Song and whatever geniuses existed at SQA at the time... Nice job!

What's this got to do with anything? 

My head is buzzing with ideas from books that I've read in 1999 (Esp Jane Jacobs) and mashing them up with more recent ones, which include: The Choice, Bad Blood, Siege Trump Under Fire, Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now, The 5 People you Meet in Heaven & Permanent Record (To name a few). 

The ideas from these books are then supplemented with all the people I've met online and the articles and videos that they have shared and my attempts to re-skill from sales to community management.

But the 'laggard' and what Adam Grant calls the 'Gisagreeable Giver' in me is so sick of what the internet has become... that I came very close to taking Jaron Lanier's advice and delete my social media accounts at the end of last year. I didn't for similar reasons to the second extract in this post.

Here's some super important lessons I've learned through following people in my network and my books... I hope it helps education leaders make better use of all the resources currently available to keep our kids safe.

The first extract is from Twitter CEO and how he feels Twitter needs to change.

"What we believe now to be the most important thing, which is healthy contribution back to the network and conversation to the network, participation within conversation, learning something from the conversation. Those are not things that we thought of 13 years ago, and we believe are extremely important right now.


…we want to incentivize healthy contribution back to the network, and what we believe that is is actually participating in conversation that is healthy.

You have to balance and look constantly at what is actually going to create a healthy contribution to the network and a healthy experience for people. Ultimately, we want to get to a metric where people can tell us, 

"Hey, I learned something from Twitter, and I'm walking away with something valuable" 

That is our goal ultimately over time, but that's going to take some time" Jack Dorsey, How Twitter Needs to Change


In Feb 2014 I wrote a post called 


At the end of the post I wrote the following:

With regard to my agreeing with Rands assertion that "politicians need victims" please allow me to play devils advocate for a moment... 

How many adults leave school with a reading age of 5 or the inability of critical thought? 
Do these factors then make certain newspapers their news source of choice?
Are such a newspapers capable of getting our politicians into No10? 
Do politicians get all cozy with the owner of these publications? 
If "yes" why would any politician from any party want to change any situation that delivers power in such a straightforward manner?

This might be especially true if you then consider the implications if politicians were committed to ensuring critical thought was a priority in our young people. After all people may start to wonder;


What is it exactly that politicians do? 

If "we're in this together" can you let us the last time a politician had to visit a food bank? 
If political action is indeed making "people's lives better," who for? Where do they live? 
Why does every encounter with the public need to be stage managed and filled with party political drones, stooges and yes men?
Who is John Galt?


I think the way that politicians have both used and dumbed down social media to the same level as 

'It's the Sun wot won it'
Along with Trump's 2016 campaign team saying 


"It was social media and Facebook that won the election"

There is some merit to these comments.  


The second extract? Well let's just say if this person was online today as a teenager who's to say if they might have found themselves living in exile with their citizenship revoked because their extremist comments about taxing games might have seen them be befriended by Scottish School Girl and ISIS recruiter, Asqa Mahmood, and join people like Shamina Begum and Jack Letts in Syria?

However, then they were a teenager and decided to log on in the 1990s a familiar theme I see is that 'The Bar was High' 

Whether to log onto 'The Well' or other forums, so the people these kids met were tech savvy and intelligent... and helped these teens to learn and assisted with their careers.

Today, with the bar being a bit lower to enter the discussions today means that idiots from extreme groups (Whether ISIS or the far right), makes it a little harder to keep our kids to safe if there are no adults in the room... Just like the White House: More adults in the room are needed. 

And I think we'll get there too. Jane Jacobs teaches us that attempts to create order leads to chaos... and chaos of the city can lead to order:

"When Jimmy Rogan fell through a plate-glass window (he was separating some scuffling friends) and almost lost his arm, a stranger in an old T shirt emerged from a bar, swiftly applied an expert tourniquet, and, according to the hospital’s emergency staff, saved Jimmy’s life. Nobody remembered seeing the man before and no one has seen him since. The hospital was called in this way: a woman sitting on the steps next to the accident ran over to the bus stop, wordlessly snatched the dime from the hand of a stranger who was waiting with his fifteen-cent fare ready, and raced into the Ideal’s phone booth. The stranger raced after her to offer the nickel too. Nobody remembered seeing him before, and nobody has seen him since" Jane Jacobs, Life and Death of Great American Cities

Our kids will help clean up the mess that the current generation have made of the toxic internet just like they did on Friday in our physical spaces to protest about the toxicity in our oceans and climate change during the school climate strikes... Even if they do make the odd mistake online.

"My worries [about getting security clearance] were more personal, or felt more personal: the endless conveyor belt of stupid lingoistic things I'd said, and even stupider misathropic opinions I'd abandoned, in the process of growing up online. Specifically, I was worried about my chat logs and forum posts, all supremely moronic commentary that I'd sprayed across a score of gaming and hacker sites. Writing pseudonymously had meant writing freely, but often thoughtlessly. And since a major aspect of early internet culture was competing with others to say the most inflammatory thing, I'd never hesitate to advocate, say, bombing a country that taxed video games, or corralling people who didn't like anime into reeducation camps. Nobody on those sites took any of this stuff seriously, least of all myself.

When I went back and reread the posts, I cringed. Half the things I'd said I hadn't even meant at the time - I'd just wanted attention - but I didn't fancy my odds of explaining that to a gray-haired man in horned rimmed glasses peering over a giant folder labeled PERMANENT RECORD. The other half, the things i thing I had meant at the time, were even worse , because I wasn't that kid anymore. I'd grown up. It wasn't simply that I didn't recognise the voice as my own - it was that I now actively opposed its over-heated hormonal opinions. I found that I wanted to argue with a ghost. I wanted to fight with that dumb, puerile, and casually cruel self of mine who no longer existed. I couldn't stand the idea of being haunted by him forever, but I didn't know the best way to express my remorse and put some distance between him and me, or whether I should even try to do that. It was heinous to be so inextricably, technologically bound to a past that I fully regretted but barely remembered.

This might be the most familiar problem of my generation, the first to grow up online. We were able to discover and explore our identities almost totally unsupervised, with hardly a thought spared for the fact that our rash remarks and profane banter were being preserved for perpetuity, and that one day we might be expected to account for them. I'm sure everyone had an internet connection before they had a job can sympathize with this - surely everyone has that one post that embarrasses them, or that text or email that could get them fired.

My situation was somewhat different, however, in that most of the message boards of my day would let you delete your old posts. I could put together one tiny little script - not even a real program - and all of my posts would be gone in under an hour. It would've been the easiest thing in the world to do. Trust me, I considered it.

But ultimately, I couldn't. Something kept preventing me. It just felt wrong. To blank my posts from the face of the earth wasn't illegal, and it wouldn't even have made me ineligible for a security clearance had anyone found out. But the prospect of doing so bothered me nonetheless. It would've only served to reinforce some of the most corrosive precepts of online life: That nobody is ever allowed to make a mistake, and anybody who does make a mistake must answer for it forever. What mattered to me wasn't so much the integrity of the written record but that of my soul. I didn't want to live in a world where everyone had to pretend that they were perfect, because that was a world that had no place for me or my friends. To erase those comments would have been to erase who I was, where I was from, and how far I'd come. To deny my younger self would have been to deny my present self's validiy.

I decided to leave the comments up and figure out how to live with them. I even decided that true fidelity to this stance would require me to continue posting. In time, I'd outgrow these new opinions too, but my initial impulse remains unshakable, if only because it was an important step in my own maturity. We can't erase the things that shame us, or the ways we've shamed ourselves, online. All we can do is control our reactions - whether we let the past oppress us, or accept its lessons, grow, and move on." P96 & 97


Some Skypeathon Ideas⤴

from @ Edu Tech Stories


I've done what I can over the years (As and when I've been able) to support tools that I'm a fan of. This includes Skype and encouraging people to get involved with events like the Skypeathon since it started in 2015.

In 2015 it looked like 2 Scottish schools got involved with the Skypeathon, fifteen in 2016 and two initiatives in 2017 (Not sure about 2018).

This post includes some ideas that might help more Scottish schools connect in 2019.

Skype Rivalries 
One of the most successful initiatives with the Skypeathon in Scottish Schools was the year that Paul Watkins organised the 'Three Nations Challenge" a competition between Scotland, England and Wales to see who could travel the most virtual miles.


I wonder what would happen if this was re-ran in any number of the following combinations.

Traditional sports rivalries in US Sports - College & NFL
In our first attempt at content marketing and market research and our Twitter in FE report in collaboration with Social Nation author, Barry Libert we noticed the Texas A&M Vs Texas Uni football rivalry spilling into social media (But in a friendly way... not like political adversaries go after one another today)

In our search for good examples of colleges in Social Media and who had the most fans, we came across a great example involving Texas A&M and The University of Texas.

The longstanding rivalry between the two universities never fails to cause a stir amongst students & fans. In the modern age of Facebook and Twitter, the competition extends beyond the playing field and onto the Internet. These two rival universities compete with one another to have the most followers and fans. At the time of writing this currently stands at;

Texas A&M = 16,000 followers Vs Texas Uni = 13,000 (via Twitter in FE Report 2012)

A twist on this might be that the Twitter chats and/or Edcamp organisers from each state compete against other state Twitter chat and/or EdCamp to see who wins the bragging rights for the most miles travelled within and outside of their state?


Here's a list of Edchat ModeratorsEdcamp Accounts and Edcamp organisers

In Scotland (And across the UK) this could be seeing who Skypes with the most people within their Local Authority outside their district, perhaps buddying up with a state for the right kind of collusion (AKA not the political kind of collusion) to clock those Skype miles up.

To find Schools on Twitter in Scotland (Last updated in 2017) check out this Zeemap

Scottish Schools on Twitter
(Click on the list or pin to see class/departmental accounts)


Microsoft Ambassadors
Or perhaps there could be collusion along Microsoft Ambassador lines with #MIEExperts, #SkypeMTs, Mincraft Global Mentors, Flipgrid Ambassadors, Wakelet Ambassadors and their students seeing which group can get the most schools making that all important first Skype call.

Authors, Industry Experts & VFTs 
Once you've got schools in your district signed up and have established an alliance with a region/community from across the pond... Perhaps you could recruit an author, industry expert or virtual field trip location and book them up before any of your (friendly!) rivals do ;)

You can connect with authors and VFTs on the Microsoft Education Community (MEC) or simply Tag  them in Tweet

Possible Competitions
Some of the things regarding the friendly competition could include:

The most miles traveled
The best call
The class that learned the most on a call
Incentives to stay in touch over the course of the year and the best collaboration between the Skypeathon 2019 and the 2020 event.

Some Wizard Skype Magic... And Serious Fun!
Ever read a book called Harry Potter? Remember the sorting hat? Did you see how seriously those kids took the house competition... and how loyal they were?

#WhatIf... There was Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin for Skype?


I've been exploring some Citizenship ideas with a few educators for some young digital leaders and wonder what some friendly rivalries could look like.

Perhaps having educators and authors who help students to encourage other classes, schools, educators and students connect. 

Based on some of the books me and my kids have got a lot out of over the last couple of years this could include books like:

Spy Quest 
Agent Jones' Mission is to encourage reluctant readers to discover the world of books and he has helped bring reading to life in our house.

BeMorePirate
If, as we suspect, Be More Pirate author Sam Conniff is right and that 

'Professional Rule Breaking will be an in-demand skill'

Then applying principles from this book will come in useful... Just look at Greta Thrunberg and the School Climate Strike if you are looking for any evidence of this. (Sam Conniff has also inspired young people through his work at Livity)

Rough Diamond
Nicole Yershon's book is all about creativity, digital and organisational transformation and how she helped young people who were 'Rough Diamond's' to shine when she created and ran the Ogilvy Labs.


Gamers, Youtubers & Other Smart Stems
We have seen how 15 year olds are making money from things like the Fortnite World Cup, YouTube and other ideas that simply were not here a decade or two ago... Minecraft experts like Stephen Reid, Minecraft Global Mentors and organisations like Smart Stems could help with this group

New Power Super Heroes 
A lot of kids - some of whom might be lonely at school and/or are having a hard time - can tend to lose themselves in the Marvel and DC universe. 

Other lost kids are not so lucky and find that instead of super heroes it's the white supremacist spaces that they get lost in... Their minds getting warped by people who call the New Zealand Terrorist 'Patron Saint of the Far Right??!

Lets help those kids find the right kind of IRL role models and help them develop their own super powers... and their 'New Power' skills.

As all ideas this one may be a bad idea to start with, an OK idea, or a good one but just isn't ready yet. 

...Maybe it needs a little more collusion with more turtles that we haven't met yet before there is that 'Eureka' moment and/or the meeting of minds and mixing with other people's 'Slow Hunches'. I love those freaking good idea Turtles!

Confused about that last paragraph (Or, indeed, the entire post?) check this video out
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Where Ideas Come From #ForTheWeb