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The latest issue of Lifewide Education Magazine explores the idea of sustainability in learning and education. Education for Sustainabile Development has become a global political imperative and it has been very useful to explore the ways in which lifewide learning and learning ecologies might contribute to mankinds sustainability project.

We welcome your comments and additional perspectives. Please post them here so we can discuss them.

The magazine is free to download from our websitehttp://www.creativeacademic.uk/magazine.html
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INVITATION TO JOIN 'CREATIVITY IN THE MAKING'
NEXT #creative discussion March 6-20th

I would like to invite you to join our next discussion on the #creativeHE forum.
Participants are invited to make an artefact eg object, painting, poem, story, song, music anything and then reflect on the process and share perspectives on how their creativity emerged.

To join the conversation please use this link
https://plus.google.com/communities/110898703741307769041?hl=en

This will be our contribution to the global Open Education week
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LIFEWIDE MAGAZINE #19 HAS BEEN PUBLISHED

This issue explores how we use our present to re-experience our past and its guest edited by Maria Kefalogianni. In this issue contributors share their stories of how they have connected to and revisited their own past either through opportunistic circumstances or through intentional acts. Revisiting the past can simply be to remind ourself of who or what we once were, but it can also be to try to regain something important that we feel we have lost in the process of becoming who we are, or it can be to help us understand better why we are the person we are and perhaps repair some of the damage of a troubled life. Its well worth reading and its free to download at:
http://www.creativeacademic.uk/magazine.html

Please use this space to add your own perspectives..

Norman Jackson
Commissioning Editor
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Charlotte Betts has made a wonderful contribution to our worldwide celebration of lifewide learning by choreographing and producing a film of a dance inspired by her experience of motherhood.

I invited her to explain how the background to her dance project and how it relates to the idea of lifewide learning?

Charlotte: I was invited to take part in the Everyday People project. This project invited 8 members of the public with no dance experience to choreograph a short piece with professional dancers. We were given support from a choreographic mentor and creative producer but essentially we could take the project in any direction we wished. My daughter Isabella was only 3 months old when the project began, so I did not know if it was realistic that I would be able to take part in all the rehearsal sessions and final performance. However, those running the project were very open to me giving it a try and somehow we made it work. This was a learning experience in itself - how to concentrate on a new project with a young baby in tow!

Working with the dancers was an amazing experience - I quickly realised that although we worked in different creative spheres, there were aspects of the ways in which we worked that we had in common. I discussed ideas with them and gave them the freedom to improvise and interpret them from their own understandings and experiences. Initially we talked a lot about moving into new phases of your life and a feeling of transition from one time of your life to another - for example leaving school, starting university, moving home, changing jobs, getting married or having a baby. I thought about concrete physical tasks or exercises I could give them that related to the ideas I had been thinking of, things like exploring balance and shifting your centre of gravity. I also invited them to step out of their own comfort zones and to try to work in the way that I usually do, by drawing one another dancing.

This project certainly related to my own lifewide learning - I learned so much about dance, working with others, working on a creative project whilst being a mum and also about my own experiences of motherhood.

You can watch Charlotte's wonderful creation at:: http://www.thedancemovement.co.uk/every-day-people1/charliesjourney

Everyday People was a choreography project directed by Sally Marie, Sweetshop Revolution, produced by Rachel Palmer from The Dance Movement and supported by Farnham Maltings.
Charlie's Journey
Charlie's Journey
thedancemovement.co.uk

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WOW I must do this more often. Skype chats area a great way of gaining insights and inspiration from others. Thank you Nikos in Greece for sharing your insights - lifewide learning is seeing the bigger picture and connecting up all the little things that make up the experiences through which we learn and develop.
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APRIL 13th TODAY IS WORLD WIDE LIFEWIDE LEARNING & EDUCATION DAY
Please share your experiences of lifewide learning and your views on why it is important to embrace the idea in education.
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I just had a fantastic skype conversation with staff and students from the Australian College of Kuwait - the students said that being involved in their own lifewide learning helps them understand themselves and their purposes more clearly. It gives them a purpose that is greater than themselves.
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Another great conversation with Arcie Mallori in Manilla. After graduating Arcie lived for 6 months on a rubbish dump in order to understand the plight of the poor people who lived and worked on the dump every day. He was inspired by the people he met to set up his own social enterprise to help young people achieve more of their potential believing in the value of learning through life. A wonderful inspiring story.
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Greetings from Nepal - 6 enthusiastic and caring Nepalese students from the 'I for change' social movement - passionate about helping their country's school education system develop - committed to exploring ideas and practices related to lifewide learning. 
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No day goes by without the need for practice with my guitar and general musical technique. Since this is how I make my living, I have to try to be at the top of my game as much as possible. It’s not enough to settle into playing the same parts in the orchestra pit for a stage show, as although this is exciting it doesn’t fulfil that restless creative urge.

The most inspirational learning that I continue to do is often stimulated by the music and the skills and interests of others. I’ve had the huge good luck to be able to play alongside Tim Garland and Jason Rebello for the last year or two, and this came about partly through my own learning about different percussion rhythms. I had a lesson with Asaf Sirkis - a phenomenal musician and lovely person - and we found we shared much in common musically, so he introduced me to those other excellent musicians.

I suppose that it’s a combination of practical necessity and restless personal interest that keeps me exploring new sounds, new influences, different ways of playing, and different combinations of people making music together.

It would be remiss of me not to mention that I was greatly encouraged by Norman, the late Mike Pitillo and others when I was struggling to be heard! They were living the idea of lifewide, lifelong learning. In the interests of honesty about supporting others’ learning, I should also mention that I have done guitar teaching - but it was so frustrating a lot of the time, as many aspiring performers were uninformed about the need for sheer hard work and the unlikeliness of the big stage, adoring fans etc…

Finally, the musical scene (particularly the way it is shared, recorded, sold and bought) is a self-illustrating example of Paul McCartney’s reference to “this ever-changing world in which we live in" making lifelong learning essential!
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