July 8, 2012
I've worked in TEFL - as teacher, materials writer and many other things. I lived in Mexico and Latin America for many years, and now live in London.
I am interested in observing the march of history, and feel that both capitalism and democracy, good and important as they have been, no longer supply good models for how we in the west need to organise ourselves. We need to move on, and I think the biggest question confronting us is: move on to what? I believe in evolution more than revolution, and hope that we can move on (fairly) peacefully to new ways of conducting our affairs, both political and commercial.
I think it's too early for me to say; perhaps later on, if and when I feel i can be of some use to the group.
Again, it's too early. My first role must be to listen to others, get a feeling of where the group is and where it's going, and only then - maybe - help in some way
Hi, I'm Nick Shepherd, and I'm mostly interested in language and human collaboration. Alone, we can't do much. Together, there's very little we can't do. We just have to make more connections.
I loved this group, and if everyone was like this group, we wouldn't have any conflict. But they're not. I think the session was very worthwhile, and I'll certainly come to the next one, but I fear that we are preaching to the converted. That's always the problem: the people who come to meetings to be enlightened are already enlightened.That's why they come to the meeting. So I guess my main interest - and it was touched on in the final session - is how do we get the word out, and speak to the people who are NOT converted? So many good things were said - like commonality, sharing, making connections, listening, empathy, understanding and much more - but are the people who need to listen actually listening? And how can we make our voice heard?