Inspiring ideas and advice.
Support for BIPOC creators in the Greater Toronto Area.
In which I work out whether I am a practice-based researcher.
I wanted a straightforward introduction to practice-based research. So I wrote one.
Book progress! It’s actually going quite well.
If you’re a PhD student or an early-ish-career academic, here is a video.
I asked my students to do a project across the term, and so I’m doing it too.
Supporting Black creators in the Toronto area.
Now offered free of charge – advice and coaching on your creative ideas and projects.
I put a lot of work into this one!
A new music track. Trying not to throw in too much. Failing.
Recommissioned for a second Artscape Launchpad series!
Advice and coaching on your creative ideas and projects. All proceeds to Black Lives Matter Toronto.
Trying to help out those UK students who have to write about ‘Gauntlett’ on ‘identity’.
Progress in the music department.
Free online workshops, hosted by Artscape Launchpad.
Thoughts on music-making, all in one place.
What does it mean, “10,000 hours” to master something?
On getting useful feedback.
It’s an obvious idea . . . but that’s not going to stop us!
What we are talking about when we talk about creativity.
And in a new team-up with Jodianne Beckford!
The last drawings before we went on a drawings pause.
A nicer way of looking.
Lots of lectures drop at once, like on Netflix, except, lectures.
It all fits together. It’s all one thing.
I worked out why I don’t want to be in their bubble.
On the proper form of a university course
The #FreeSchool was a delightful and diverse success!
Where did we nick this idea from?
Is imagination the same as creativity?
Two weeks of creative everything, open to everyone, running 21–31 May 2019.
Establishing what to do and what not to do.
This was going to be my next book, but then it wasn’t.
New course I’m teaching at Ryerson University.
Launch of new website for new lab!
Into the new year with more drawings.
Choice of 7-min and 12-min brisk videos on new stuff.
Now up to 803 drawings. Featuring the usual leaves, trees, mugs, seagulls… and leaping beyond the gloom.
Free event! 15 November 2018.
A nice simple workshop that works.
Good bit from 2015.
A fresh new batch.
This was quite contentious, eleven years ago.
It’s all about what happens in the room.
Return of the drawing project which previously ran 2004-09.
Maker identities workshop.
New 33-minute talk.
Free event at Artscape Sandbox.
A short introduction to the new book.
The third of my three Canada Research Chair themes.
The second of my three Canada Research Chair themes.
The first of my three Canada Research Chair themes.
My Canada Research Chair seven-year plan.
On self-reliance – a piece that I wrote for Funding Insight magazine.
New stuff from new book, free, online, right now.
Rescued from the bin – a ‘deleted scene’ from Making is Connecting.
Another in the unexpectedly long series of articles for Funding Insight magazine.
A new course I’m offering at Ryerson University, Toronto.
Making things happen. An article I wrote for Funding Insight magazine.
A new job at Ryerson University. Locals are invited to say hi.
Fully revised, with three new chapters! And pink!
Another ‘advice’ article for aspiring researchers, that I wrote for Funding Insight magazine.
I’ve got a new job at Ryerson University, Toronto, starting in January.
Resource for Media Studies teachers.
On the National Curriculum: ‘both pleasing and weird’.
Another ‘advice’ article I wrote for Funding Insight magazine.
Inspiration for makers.
An article of ‘advice’ that I wrote for Funding Insight magazine.
Reflections after a day in the studio with Matt Gooderson.
New diagram of creativity. Public lecture, workshop and more.
Some thoughts on the creative experience of music-making.
On me making music. Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to listen to any.
They shouldn’t give me flattering titles like this.
Another article I wrote for Funding Insight magazine.
An article I wrote for Funding Insight magazine.
From TEDxUmeå. It’s now online.
Introducing my ‘staircase’ model of impact, which was devised to show researchers how they can achieve research ‘impact’.
The video they made when I visited the Shed.
I made a one-minute intro video in a Danish forest.
I visited a workshop where older men work together, making things.
Less is more.
Our part of the European project gets under way.
15 weeks of planning for 18 minutes of talking starts here.
A whole 32 minute video with an annoying computer voice asking me questions.
A job advert! I really do need to find someone great for this. Please help. Deadline is 22 November 2015.
The second day of my Chicago trip, including my talk and workshop.
I visited Chicago Public Library System, where they are rethinking libraries as places of making and exchange.
University education as conversations, inspirations, making things happen.
A workshop on making things physically and digitally. Plus an argument for responsive, unobtrusive research.
Also written for Funding Insight magazine. Ignore this post if you happen to be oblivious to UK academic worries about ‘the REF’ – lucky you.
The #DiDIY team enjoyed informative and inspiring visits to WeMake and OpenDot in Milan.
Newer, tidier version of my ‘eight principles’ piece, which can be read alongside my new blog post ‘Platforms for Creativity: Introduction’.
Explaining what I mean when I talk about ‘platforms for creativity’.
Chicago event on 23 September 2015.
What happened when I went to the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana.
On meaningful connections rather than frictionless content.
From an amazing conference in Cambridge.
New video about new book.
An exciting free event in London.
We’re still working on it.
Some starter thoughts about our EU-funded project.
Pictures, tweets and blog posts from the Dundee events.
A talk and a workshop about creativity with Amy Twigger Holroyd, on 29 January 2015.
Things by me that you can read for free.
Part two of the two-part series on collaborations.
An article on collaborations I wrote for ‘Research Professional’.
New project starts in early 2015.
On the importance of play, for everyone.
Reinventing the library, in an old chocolate factory.
More thoughts on inappropriate words.
I don’t like made-up words.
Video of a Google Hangout.
I finished writing my new book!
Can you do LEGO Serious Play with just 37 pieces?
Extract from crowdsourced interview in my new book.
Final post in the self-reflective four-part series.
…that people in my kind of field don’t always emphasise. Part 3 of the 4-part series.
What can I usefully do? Part 2 in a series of 4.
What am I trying to do? Part 1 of a 4-part series.
What is ‘The creativity turn in media and communications studies’?
Wordy conversations turned into graphic graphics!
Send me a question please!
Last in the series.
New AHRC funded research.
Number two in the series of three.
The cart before the horse.
First in a series of three!
A good book.
New old long video.
Featuring William Morris and Martin Creed.
Contributed by Kay Steven.
Contributed by Megan McPherson.
Contributed by Keurkoon Phoomwittaya.
Contributed by Gemma Latham.
Contributed by Anne Liddon.
Contributed by Yun Mi Antorini.
Am I dreaming?
A new article by me.
Videos from New York and Rome.
An interesting book.
An interview with Zoe Romano.
New York! Rome! Exciting!
On creating a ‘climate of possibility’.
From March 2009: on political participation.
From my collaboration with the LEGO Foundation.
Introduction to an ongoing theme.
From May 2011: after a Radio 4 programme.
From April 2012: eight core principles.
From May 2012: on ‘publish, then filter’ and more.
From May 2012: how I made my own Kindle book.
A new website and a new blog.