Thanks very much for taking the time to visit my website and blog. It’s always good to know when some-one’s taken the time out of their day to drop by and take a look at what I’ve been banging on about recently. And I do tend to bang on quite a bit about all sorts of stuff… you’ll find all sorts of provocations in my pet subjects of creativity, arts education, schools, lifelong learning and business and lots more besides.
One thing that is guaranteed to get people kicking off and banging on about across the world is the state of our schools and particularly the relationships between education and business. Whether you’re in Liverpool, Lucknow, Lublin or Ludlow, many of us are preoccupied about what schools are doing for the economy. Surely their role is to prepare compliant wage slaves for the rest of the 21st century? Surely businesses can expect to recruit literate, numerate, and ICT-cosy shiny brushed up graduates when it comes to contributing to the gross GDP of our glorious nations and the profit margins of our shareholders to boot?
Well, over the next few months we’ll be preparing for an international education conference, All Our Futures, which will be held within the International Festival of Business in Liverpool in June 2014. You can find out more about it here: and I can guarantee you’ll find lots to bang on about the messy world of education and business right here too.
Other topics I’ve been banging on about a lot include:
My specialist ‘banging on about…’ subject is probably the state of contemporary traffic across the world – and in particular taxi drivers, whether of the Black Hackney Cab variety or the private hire sort. This may sound a tad extreme, but there is a crisis of knowledge in the world these days – what we know, why we know it, what we don’t know, who knows it and who doesn’t and what counts as knowledge: and taxi drivers and other road users provide some excellent insights into this contemporary crisis. You can read all about it here.
Sometimes I try telling myself to shut up for a bit but I’m afraid I just can’t help it! So… please bear with me, and if it gets too much – just hit the delete button, I won’t mind in the slightest.
The tabs at the top of the page give you more detailed information about what I’m currently doing, have done in the past and would like to do in the future. The categories to the right of this page give you access to particular pet banging subjects.
I hope you enjoy reading the site as I’ve enjoyed writing it and look forward to hearing your news and views… especially if they’re of the banging on kind too :-)
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