I’ve been thinking about infographics lately. Especially if you are in my 20-2 class, I have been thinking about how, on your final exam, you will be given a series of graphics that all relate to a certain problem or question and you will be asked to write your opinion about it. You’ll have to agree with some ideas and disagree with others. You’ll have to explain why you think what you think and use both your own personal experience and details from the graphics to support your points.

We need to practice this.

There are some templates for infographics here at I think this will be our next assignment. I’ve got to think some more about it. I’ll get back to you!

None of us is as smart as all of us.

Teamwork. Collaboration. Groupwork. Crowdsourcing. Crowdfunding. Whatever you want to call it, it’s the key.

We can find information about any topic, any time. We hold more knowledge in our pockets than any single person can hold in their head. The smartest people in this new “knowledge economy” are the people who know how to work together with others to achieve their goals.

People are crowdsourcing cancer research; crowdfunding humanitarian projects; collaborating on zombie fiction anthologies; and working together to learn the seventeen correct uses of the comma. The possibilities are endless but only because none of us is as smart as all of us.

Be open. Be available. Be flexible. Let’s learn how to work together. It will be something on which to build your future success.


My husband, who is, in no uncertain terms, a giant of a man, came home the other day and said “You have to watch this video.” And there was something in the way he said it that made me sit up and take notice.

At our house, I read and he watches TV. He watches so many things, and recommends only some of them to me. When he told me that I “had to watch Game of Thrones,” I answered that I had read Game of Thrones ten years ago and couldn’t imagine enjoying the show even half as much as I had the novels. Sometimes I’m such a snob! Truly, I’m not sure why he puts up with me. But something about this was different. And because it’s not every day that your husband comes home and insists that you watch a commercial for Always, I did. And I cried #likeagirl.

After I saw the video above, I started to hear about 13 year old pitching sensation, Mo’Ne Davis. She is amazing. And she can REALLY throw #likeagirl!

You have to click this link because the poster has disabled embedding. BAH!

When I first posted this in July, I thought it was an interesting idea – an established company whose only customers are women was getting marketing value from highjacking a stereotype and drawing attention to a social issue by appealing to people’s emotions. Now, two months later, we see the same idea being expressed in an entirely different forum. An NFL announcer, discussing violence against women. Watch for the part where he says it is not OK to say someone throws #like a girl.

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the Globe and Mail published this article. And a link to this YouTube video of Emma Watson speaking on behalf of feminism and #heforshe