I’m trying to be a bit more deliberate about what I read and what I write about and why. Most of my life I’ve just wallowed in learning with the result that I think I know a “little” about a “lot”. While that’s probably better than knowing a “lot” about a “little” (the stance of the typical academic scholar, who seems poorly-served by his or her narrowness IMHO), it might be better to focus on things that were useful, difficult, mind-stretching, or all three.
So for December, I want to work on three things:
- Presence and Deep Work. Josh Waitzkin says, in his book on learning: “We cannot expect to touch excellence if ‘going through the motions’ is the norm of our lives.” It smote me, that sentence. It really did.
- Ways to reach entrepreneurs with information that may be of use to them but they may not be aware of. I’m working on a project to turn academic research on entrepreneurship into useful information products for real sweating bleeding entrepreneurs out in what Teddy Roosevelt called “the arena.”
- The World of the Adjunct. I’m doing a fair amount of adjunct teaching these days, and it raises many questions: the Mechanical Turk-ization of work, the death of the academy, the problem of normalizing adjunct talents and strengths, etc. I want to read and talk and write about these topics.
That’s it. Hope you’re interested. Always welcome your thoughts.