critical thinking

Teaching began last week, and I used the face-to-face time with my students to encourage some critical discussion of a fashion brand whose story focused on sustainability. At the end of the session, I asked students what they would take away from the discussion to apply to their own work. About 25% of them said:...

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Power

The concept of power – where it lives, who ‘owns’ it, what form it takes, where it is expressed or repressed – began to interest me during my post-grad degree. Before that I’d experienced power struggles, but didn’t have the words – or the personal power ‘muscle’ – to understand or participate in them. After...

Capturing life

When I was seventeen and studying art, I visited the school library for inspiration. During that difficult couple of late-teenage years, books, particularly art books, transported me elsewhere; somewhere where mundane requirements like time and maths lessons and trauma didn’t exist. So I was searching for inspiration when I sat down that day. But I...

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What happened when I stopped using social media for three weeks.

When did you first really start using social media? For me, it was back when Myspace began. (That was 2003, by the way.) So for nearly two decades I’ve been publishing my thoughts online and connecting with others over everything from politics and astrology to punk music and creativity. I use social media to promote...

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