As I read the posts from my colleagues from the latest MEEC residency and having had the privilege of co-teaching with Dr. Hilary Leighton, it made me think about the very different ways we have of teaching and learning. With regards to researching, many of us are collaborating on research: Leslie King and I on climate change innovation, and Hilary and I on research curation.
Environmentalist, author and Taoist scholar Ray Grigg’s The EcoTrilogy (2017) is an amazing resource for instructors and students. 192 carefully-wrought essays provoke and challenge our notions of who we are, how we think and what impacts result from our actions. A Quadra Island resident, Grigg’s work is the result of many years of research in the crafting of a popular newspaper column, Shades of Green, on the driving issues and challenges of our time.
I love to hear them laugh. Strictly speaking, academic work should not be fun, and certainly not amusing. Still, there is joy in their laughter. How can this be wrong?
I love to sit with them in mindful silence. Strictly speaking, meditation should not be part of academic work. Still, there is joy in feeling linked together with each other and the garden and sky where we sit. How can this be wrong?