I’ve been rereading Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and I’m going to blog about it as I go. My main purpose in blogging the book is to mark the passages that describe the workings of complex systems in practice and to try and relate these ideas with education and/or language learning.
For the next while, I’ll be posting a lot about this book – I’ve got dozens of posts queued up, but many of them are shorter than my usual entries here. I’ll use the hashtag #DLGAC for posts here and distributed on other social media. This is part of my ongoing study of Media Ecology, which I kind of host on the MyMOOC blog, but since it focuses on education I’m going to keep them here.
Increasingly, I find more value in studying subjects on the outside of my particular interest areas. In part, I’m a bit idea-saturated in reading directly about education and philosophy, and I’m a bit bored with watching the same people present on technology and language. More so, I do think this is a characteristic of how I learn best – exploring a subject, panning back on some point, generalizing it, and applying it in a different context. For me, the interdisciplinary bridges signal a big picture relevance where I tend to find a lot of value.