[from link below]:
On December 19, 2012 my dad took a break from hurting his brain learning Python to text me: “I almost seriously want you to quit your job and co-learn with me for a while.”
I replied “!!!”
After 3-weeks of adventuring through SE Asia and the turning of a new year I decided that I didn’t need to quit. But I did need to give myself the gift of time to learn a few of the things I wanted to learn and to work on side projects that I struggled to fit into nights and weekends.
So I decided to take what I call a “personal learning leave”. For the months of July & August I treated learning & side projects like a full-time job. And for two days every week, I co-learned with my dad. We alternated between my loft in the Mission and his garden in Marin. We kicked off our sessions with a (usually) homemade lunch & discussion about mind augmentation tools or the evolution of Western philosophy. Our afternoons were dominated by code — either the conceptual complexities of Python (Classes! I understand Classes and Object Oriented Programming now!!!) or the tactile tangible trial-and-error of electronics (from breadboards to soldering our own circuit boards!).
There is so much I need to document… the process of being a beginner & learning new skills, the questions I explored, the things I built, the syllabus my dad created and curated for me, my advice for learning programming, the synthesis of how these 2 months re-programmed my mind and showed me new ways to think…
Mamie on fastcompany about google worksmart..
there are 3 videos.. all linked in this one post.. linked to graphic below..
imagine if we thought of school/life this way. in the city. as the day. no prep. no training. just facilitating what you need.
links to her first post on documenting this DIY with her dad.
via post right after that one (why learning to code makes my brain hurt):
I think it is so beautiful how we are all managing & contributing to the commons of the internet, and how the collective intelligence we can all see in something like Wikipedia also exists at a deeper level… that the underbelly of the internet is also composed of many individuals working independently & together to create a greater whole. Gestalt!
But the internet will only remain a commons if more people are active creators of knowledge and applications, not just consumers.