Never the Same River, Never the Same Man

I really admire how Daniel Bassill is always about “closing”.

Only he is a kinder, gentler version of the Alec Baldwin character, Blake, in the Mamet play and movie “Glengarry Glen Ross”. And instead of browbeating the boys in the boiler room to sell, Daniel has another mantra that works better, “Always Be Helping”.  His mentoring is all about the helping.

Case in point. I ran across an image in a tweet from Daniel yesterday.

First glance is a jumble for me so I settle into slow mode, just observing.  I see the spiral binding of a notebook. Oh, there is a bottom to this.  At the bottom is a set of notes taken by him.  Callouts and boxes, multicolored. Yes.  Images, too.  Layered on after the fact.  In truth there is marvelous redundancy throughout the image.  I think that kind of redundancy is biomimicry in action. All creatures great and small do the same thing in their ecosystems why not do so in our personal learning ecosystems?

I annotated his page with another layer of tagging (see below). I make requests, I analyze, I praise.  And this work is well worth the candle. It is eminently stealable. I plan on using its workflow suggestions for my new political blog about Kentucky higher education cuts, “Cui Bono”.

So…let us walk in the Daniel Bassill’s fields, glean them, take back a meal or seed corn to plant.  I hope we can all walk in those fields and come back with a new workflow, a new way to be wherever we are.  I hope Daniel revisits those fields and replants them and husbands them in different ways.  As Heraclitus is reputed to have said,

For all our sakes, I hope Daniel keeps slogging through the river dredging up new versions of old work and new versions of himself to share.

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    I hope this and other articles are borrowed and reproduced by many people. I like that you added #4 to the graphic. I was looking at it yesterday and recognized that was missing. What you are doing is a version of what I’ve been asking interns to do for the past 8 years.

    Look at the visualizations on this page and you’ll see the same idea interpreted using different tools, by two different students. There could be hundreds of versions of these, created by students in many places, over a period of many years.

    The article ( ) you send me about network analysis and the “weak ties” that encourage more donors support shows a mapping process that could be applied to connecting the articles and visualizations that are created around the same issues over many years.

    I’ll look forward to seeing how you include my visualizations in your political blog. I’ve been trying to motivate political candidates and leaders to incorporate maps and visualizations into their own leadership efforts. So far, no luck.

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