Peoples’ Movement to Stop the Haze #GoHazeFree

As I approach my 70th birthday I find a need to consolidate my energy and spend time on those matters that present as the more serious and immediate. One of these matters is the health of our atmosphere and the allied issues of climate change and global warming caused by humanity's over dependence on fossil … Continue reading Peoples’ Movement to Stop the Haze #GoHazeFree

Field studies with 21st century digital tools: Part 3.1 the theory

As prior reading for this post it would be very useful to read two earlier posts of mine 'Field studies with 21st century digital tools: Part 1' and 'Field studies with 21st century digital tools: Part 2'.  Some of the ideas I'm working with will be far clearer with this background reading. When I started to write … Continue reading Field studies with 21st century digital tools: Part 3.1 the theory

Field studies with 21st century digital tools: Part 1

Beginning in 1984 Asian Field Study Centres Pty Ltd (AFSC) commenced operating a field study program. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach the company provided field study opportunities for Australian, New Zealand and US students at various locations throughout Indonesia, although its principal focus was in Bali. Field study programs extended from eight to 21 days. While … Continue reading Field studies with 21st century digital tools: Part 1

Belonging places

Recently I posted this short clip of what I thought were Cockatoos, on Facebook. Then I was sitting over lunch with some friends visiting from Indonesia when they flew overhead in a cacophony of sound. Birds in flight from maximos62 on Vimeo. “Kakatua”, I exclaimed, for my Indonesian friends. Then my wife Catherine commented. “I … Continue reading Belonging places

Idenesia Arsip Positif a new #Indonesian Website

Recently I became aware of a website Idenesia Arsip Positif or Idenesia Positive Archive. The title is a clever and typically Indonesian play on words. The word for idea in Indonesia being ' ide. So this is an archive of positive ideas from Indonesia. It's an initiative aimed at gathering and promoting short films and documentaries … Continue reading Idenesia Arsip Positif a new #Indonesian Website

Pecha Kucha as an antidote to writers block #TMSydney

The second #TMSydney Virtual TeachMeet was held this past week with the theme “Let’s do the Time Warp!” The intention was to focus on what one would say to their first-year-teacher-self if they had the opportunity to travel back in time. The event itself drifted somewhat on to other equally important areas, but I managed … Continue reading Pecha Kucha as an antidote to writers block #TMSydney

Decadence: Decline of the Western World

This past week I attended the premier of Pria Viswalingam's latest documentary Decadence: Decline of the Western World. I wasn't disappointed. Although I'm broadly familiar with Pria's basic thesis on the decline of the western world and share most of his views, I was still surprised by this extraordinary treatment. Pria explores and lays bare … Continue reading Decadence: Decline of the Western World

What do we do about the decline of Bahasa #Indonesia in #Australia?

Yesterday I listened to an interview with Dr Jane Orton, the director of Melbourne University's Chinese Teacher Training Centre. She made two critical and obvious points.  First, education is a state matter and as a nation we would benefit from a national languages curriculum.  Secondly, she explained that the top results in studies of Chinese … Continue reading What do we do about the decline of Bahasa #Indonesia in #Australia?

Digital archives transforming the study of history

Beginning the study of Modern History at the University of Sydney, years ago, I was abruptly made aware of the radical difference between what was then taught in NSW secondary schools as history, and the reality of contemporary historical scholarship. School history, in those days, was taught from the text book. Any sense of differences … Continue reading Digital archives transforming the study of history