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Luke Jackson
Author / Educator / Researcher / E-Learning Consultant
Author / Educator / Researcher / E-Learning Consultant

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A cool post on my mum's blog this week. Check it out if you're a fan of street art.


Having just started a new education-technology company, 'Fractal Multimedia', I was reflecting on how differently we are working now than we might have a couple of years ago. This is largely thanks to new technologies.

My business partner and I are connecting with people via LinkedIn, hiring from elance, project managing with projecturf, and meeting our team (from three continents) on Google hangouts where we work simultaneously on the same documents and spreadsheets. And half of this is done via smartphones.

I would love to hear how others are using new tech to make their work more efficient, particularly in the arts/education areas. 

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if a bunch of horror movie 'final girls' got together to trap and kill 'Slashers'? Strangely enough, neither had I. But this looks like a really cool short film project. Something worth pledging for, perhaps. 

Congratulations to the Fallacies on a terrific win over Argentina to regain second place on the Rugby Union world ladder. I was particularly pleased to see Melbourne Rebels Nick Phipps and Kurtley Beale perform so strongly. It also inspired me to buy a Rebels membership for 2013. Go Rebels!

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Today, I'm attending the Story Labs PD on Leading Multi-platform Storytelling at the State Library of Victoria. Absolutely fascinating sessions so far by three writers, Lance Weiler, Matt Costello and Neil Richards. When I get home, I'll be checking out Weiler's Pandemic 1.0 and Richards' Nightmare High, which is an example of an educational game for teens. For me, today is the next step in an investigation into the power of transmedia and online community building, particularly in relation to education. 

I saw 'The Ides of March' over the weekend. I would definitely recommend it. Complex characters, and a pretty thrilling story. But quite depressing ... for me, at least. Ryan Gosling is definitely one of my favourite actors. He has been since I watched 'The Believer'. 

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Checking out the Wonderful Creative Things exhibition at the Abbotsford Convent today, 12 artists exhibiting works on paper. My favourite is Clare Whitney, who combines itching and paint with historical maps and old-fashioned nature diagrams. Great stuff. 

What have you done for a total of 10,000 hours, and why does it matter?

Since I was quite young - maybe eighteen - I've felt incredibly frustrated when somebody would look at great work done by somebody in a field such as writing, art or music, shake their head and say, wistfully, 'He's a genius.' This would often be said by people I respected, which added to my frustration.

It seemed to me that to explain these achievements Luke this short-changed the person who had accomplished such an amazing feat, and gave the reader/viewer/listener a perfect excuse for not even attempting to accomplish something of a similar standard.

At the time, I was working on my first novel, a vampire story that would take me the next three years to write, would be critiqued by teachers and other people I admired, and will probably never be published.

Since then, I have spent more than a decade writing in a number of mediums, for a range of audiences and purposes. Today, I consider myself a fluent and confident writer. If I have gained some expertise in the area of writing, however, studies suggest that it is not a matter of IQ or even innate ability, but is the result of a simple equation:

10,000 hours x task (including guided practice and feedback from experts) = expertise.

You may have heard about these findings before. They were popularized in the book 'Outliers', which attributed the 10,000 hour principle to the success of The Beatles, Bill Gates, and Oppenheimer, among others. The results of the original study are quite fascinating, and would have greatly reassured my frustrated 18-year-old self. In case you're wondering, acquiring 10,000 hours' experience equates to practicing for 20 hours per week for a decade.

The link below will take you to an article about the original study, and comes from the Harvard Business Review. It's a pdf. If you have any comments about the article, or the concept, I'd love to hear them.

Had a meeting this evening with some colleagues to look at getting a linkage grant for a project we're working on in the Arts/Education area. If anybody out there has gone for a linkage grant and has any advice for me, or a story about your experience, I'd love to hear from you.
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