“Relationships are all there are. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.”
This quote came to my attention through participating in the Marketing Profs Forum. This is a helpful place to go and ask advice about all aspects of marketing and I’m indebted to the “marketing experts” for their time answering my mundane questions. It’s more than learning about flogging one’s services and getting people to love your product. The contributors have a strong sense of community and understand that if we all support each other, everyone is nourished and grows.
For a long time now, I have strongly advocated looking at learning happening in terms of relationships between the variables of people, place and activity in the context of time:
The model upon which this is based, was suggested by Sir Patrick Geddes (1854-1932), an eminent Scottish biologist who was renowned for his innovative thinking in town planning and education. My addition is the time element. All this takes place in different time frameworks and an awareness of this helps everyone make the most of any given situation. For example, spending time outside looking at colours in winter is a very different experience, six months later at the height of summer. A fifteen-year old will see a different potential and purpose to walking down a street, than a toddler.
For many years, within mainstream education sectors, the element of place has been, at best, marginalised. There has been huge focus on people and activities. For example in Scotland, the Assessment is for Learning initiative has had a significant positive impact on the quality of activities that are taking place and the interactions between teachers and learners. However a three-legged stool will always be more tricky to sit on, if any one of the legs is missing. By thinking about where learning takes place and how to make best use of the physical context we can ensure learning is more holistic and balanced.
This week I was genuinely touched in that two parent bloggers very kindly gave me a Versatile Bloggers Award. The Internet, like any other place relies on the forging of relationships to make it sing, dance and become alive. I’d like to thank Abbie from Greening Sam and Avery and Amy from Child Central Station for their generosity who are demonstrating another fine example of relationships being all there are…