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Friday G&T Gallery

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,

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Photo by @mrthetrain via Unsplash

A little lift

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.

Please contact Paul Gentle if you’d like to talk.

Wishing you good health and wellbeing, from all of us at Invisible Grail.

Photo courtesy of Tim Mossholder via Unsplash

Education speaks of hope

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.

Photo by Perry Grone from Unsplash 

Playing the infinite game

Do you play to win or to keep the game going?

How you approach your end goal can determine whether you spend your time looking backwards, where you’ve won in the past, or to the future, where the possibilities are.

In Finite and Infinite Games, James Carse, Director of Religious Studies at New York University, makes the case for playing the infinite game.

This quote is kindly borrowed from Farnam’s Street’s excellent blog on the Finite and Infinite Game, ‘Finite and Infinite Games: Two Ways to Play the Game of Life‘, by Shane Parrish.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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?

This quote is kindly borrowed from ‘Steps to a Manifesto to Advance Imagination and Creativity in HE Learning and Educational Practice‘ by Norman Jackson.

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.

Norman Jackson is the founder of Lifewide Education and co-founder of Creative Academic.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.