New York: Community, Spaces and Performance

Julian Stodd
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 In the Social Age, we exist in many communities, both online and real. The ways we come together, the importance of the spaces we create and inhabit, the ways we co-exist, all of this fascinates me.
I spent a week in New York, exploring different spaces and meeting people from various communities: artists, leaders, curators, performers, learners, gardeners, musicians. Each has a story to share; stories of spaces and places, connections and performance.

In this essay I'm reflecting on my adventure, looking at three aspects of the city: 'Spaces', 'Community' and 'Performance'. 

It's a journey through architecture, history, hockey and skyscrapers, but most of all it's a story about communities and people.

There's no moral, no purpose to it, except to share my narrative of discovery and sense making, and hopefully, to share something of the energy and dynamism of this great city.
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About the author

 Julian Stodd is a learning and development professional based in the UK, specialising in elearning, mobile learning, social media and learning theory. As founder and co-captain of SeaSalt Learning, Julian is heavily involved the strategic and operational development of learning solutions in a range of areas, working at a strategic level with global clients to understand how their learning needs can be met.


Julian started out volunteering in museums at the age of twelve, doing every job imaginable, from conserving artefacts and cataloguing collections, through designing exhibitions, and into giving guided tours and working with school groups. He loved the opportunities to work with stories, to meet people, and to walk with them along a learning journey.

Via a conservation sciences degree with archaeology, this led him into postgraduate research around educational theory, communication theory, psychology and design. Julian is grounded in understanding how people learn, whatever the technology, and what the barriers are that can prevent them from learning.

Today, he writes widely in his learning blog around various aspects of learning: mainly e-learning, social learning and learning technology. Asked recently what the most important skill was for an aspiring e-learning specialist, Julian's answer was ‘storytelling’. At heart, everything revolves around the clarity and coherence of the narrative.
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Julian Stodd
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Published on
Jun 11, 2014
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Pages
20
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ISBN
9780957319950
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English
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Julian Stodd
 The subject of this book is 'mobile learning', but 'mobile' means many things: it means technology, as in a mobile phone or tablet, and it also means mobile learning courses themselves, as well as being used to describe the experience of learning in this way, of experiencing 'mobile'.I'm interested in all of these things, in exploring what they each mean and how we can pull them together to provide a meaningful narrative of how we develop and experience mobile learning.

It's easy to think of mobile as just being a distribution channel, like a television or a radio. We can view the devices as just conduits to push content out to learners, but this is to miss so much of the potential, potential that is only unfolding to us as we speak. People interact with mobile devices in fundamentally different ways: they are social tools used to reinforce our standing, fashion statements, aspirational decoration, sources of knowledge and power, able to make us win a pub quiz or find a pizza, but also business tools used to organize meetings, remind us of deadlines and let us speak to the boss when we're running late.

Mobile devices transcend the traditional boundaries of our lives, crossing over between the formal spaces of work and the informal social spaces that surround it. The devices are not purely functional, they are much, much more.

It's important that we understand just how widely mobile has permeated our lives, how often we reach into our pocket and ready our thumbs for action. We need to recognize how it impacts on knowledge: we used to have to 'know' things, whilst now we often only need to know how to find those things out fast. Knowing how to use Google is often enough.

We need to develop a mindset for mobile learning.
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