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A bit of solid ground
I’ve recently heard lots of people talking about white noise. I know that feeling, it can be hard to focus on everyday work when bigger change is taking place around us.
So I began to look into ways to anchor myself into my days. This is when I came across an article by Leah Weiss, professor in compassionate leadership. In it, she points to purpose as our professional and personal compass, giving us a reference point to steer toward. She also suggests a couple of ways to find that anchor in our own everyday. If, like me, you’re looking for a bit of solid ground, this might help.
Leah Weiss is a researcher, consultant, professor and author. Late last summer, I spoke to Leah about compassion in leadership and why this matters in education, you can find the full interview here.
Wishing you good health and happiness,
Louise Director of Marketing, Communications and Operations
It’s been a week beyond what we could ever have imagined. So for this Friday’s Gift and Tonic, we want to share with you this. Hopefully, a little lift after a tough few days.
This quote is from Brené Brown’s book ‘Rising Strong’. Brené is a researcher and storyteller from the University of Texas at Austin. This isn’t the first time we’ve shared something from Brené, she has many wonderful resources available on her website. If you find yourself in need of some inspiration and positivity, take a look here.
And if you’d like to talk to someone about supporting leaders and colleagues through this challenging time, or to have someone listen and to help you reflect, we’re here.
Earlier this week we came together with supporters, trustees and young people to celebrate the Refugee Support Network’s new home in Harlesden.
The charity’s mission is to help young refugees and asylum-seekers build more hopeful futures through education. We’ve partnered with them for over a year now, and we’re so proud to be part of, and share, their journey.
The key message of the evening is that education speaks of hope. And that when we invest in hope, we’re investing in the future of all the world’s children.
These are the words of Catherine Gladwell, the charity’s CEO. Since we began partnering with the Refugee Support Network, we’ve been continually blown away by the wonderful people, who have incredible stories, and who are all doing amazing things.
If you have only one minute, we encourage you to use this to find out more about their work here, and if you’re interested in donating toward their new home, you can find details here.
The argument for imagination and creativity in higher education
In a world where we face challenges that we’ve rarely planned for or thought of yet, creativity is essential. But do we encourage enough imagination, creativity – even playfulness – for our learners, colleagues and for ourselves?
Where once education favoured skills to promote methodical working, our future will be determined by how we adapt and evolve. The question isn’t why do we need creativity, but why aren’t we doing more to embrace it?
In March last year colleagues came together to create a manifesto to advance thinking about imagination and creativity in education. You can read the manifesto here, or join the the Creative Higher Education conversation on Facebook at #creativeHE.