Thoughts
The work that I do focuses on what I call Trust Systems. There are a great many different ways you can look at this kind of thing, and this site will explore those, as well as other extraneous things that may (or may not) be related. Such as life on earth, social issues, science, coding (programming) and life on our wee tiny micro-farm in the middle of Eastern Ontario. Along the way, there will be things I build (physically and virtually) and things I teach, as well as the pedagogy associated with these, especially regarding distance and virtual learning. The things I teach and think about include Trust, Security and Privacy. But the focus is always on how we can make things better for the people and planet around us with all the tools we have at our disposal. Because, it is certainly clear that we’re in something of a bind, with probably no easy way out. Perhaps with no way out at all. I intend to explore that, a little of how we got here, and a little of what we can do to accept the situation with a modicum of grace. Because changing it is obviously too hard for the people who have the ability to do so. And whilst it is nice to say that you can act locally, it misses the point that there are real (big) culprits out there whose actions make a difference. Acting locally is nice, but only if it doesn’t detract from the fact that the problem really wasn’t created by individuals in the first place. So we will explore that too. And what can we do to live with what we are, and what we have. I’m a technologist and I sometimes think in terms of technological approaches to problems we are faced with. So I will do a bit of that here too. But so many of the problems are not simply technological, or cannot be simply solved by technology, so, yes, that will appear too. As it happens, I’m not a techno-solutionist, and in fact, whilst I am surrounded by the stuff, I have a very healthy cynicism about it. In case you felt that this was all rather gloomy, consider that accepting things that we are faced with with some kind of grace is nothing close to gloomy. It is powerful and it is a gracious acceptance of our place, here in the world. And, in case that’s not enough, don’t worry, there will be teaching too… Because that’s what I do. But mostly by asking questions. I hope you will come along for the ride.
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