Learning Event Ten in #walkmyworld

Wow the final learning event in the #WALKMYWORLD project. Ten weeks flew by.

Last learning event you collected and curated all of your content, and shared it with us on Twitter. Ian O’Byrne collected all of these shares to a Google Spreadsheet. If you’re not listed on the spreadsheet, feel free to add your links and info on the spreadsheet.

For the next learning  we’d like you to reach out to someone else in the project. First  review the spreadsheet to find someone to connect with. You can scroll through past weeks of the project and find someone that has intrigued you.

CC 3.0 Walk alone. flckr.com

CC 3.0 Walk alone. flckr.com

 

Then write a response to their #walks. You need to walk their world.

Like always we do not tell you how to respond. You could summarize their walks in a poem, a blog post, a series of tweets,maybe just have a conversation with each other. The act of construction is up to you (though I give bonus emoticons for poems).

In learning event nine we asked that each of you include a piece at the end that describes who you are through the walks you posted. We wanted you to name your world. We provided the following prompts: What does this content say about your identity? How are you sharing your own private history?

Now we want you to name someone else’s world.

If you want to take on the challenge of writing about someone else world we would then ask you to get to know the person you wrote about.

Send a tweet back to the member of the #WALKMYWORLD project after you review and write about their content. Thank them for allowing you to take a walk in their world. If you feel moved, you can send them a photo, video, or…poem…to share your thoughts about their work.

Once again, this is all about community. We’re motivated by one last thought from Robert Hass. In a interview he was asked how things are connected, and what makes up a community. He responded:

They are the kinds of things that make us a community: attachment to place, attachment to local arts traditions, the ability to read literature, the ability to look at paintings, the sense of connectedness to the land, the sense of community that comes from people taking care of their own. The market doesn’t make communities. Markets make networks of self-interested individuals, and they work as long as there’s more than enough to go around.

 

As you review the work of someone else in the project, consider what they shared and think about what this content says about their identity.

Who do you think this person is, based on the content that they shared? Do you agree with the thoughts they shared in their Storify curation? Share your thinking in an original piece of writing.

Start a conversation and reach out to someone else in the project. Consider their work and connect with them by responding with your thoughts and thanks.


 

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Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry is a teacher, researcher and scholar at Southern Connecticut State University.

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