During the CCK08 course we spent a good deal of time talking about groups, networks, communities and collectives. Thereafter we discussed complexity, chaos and randomness. This week in Mongarlowe all these concepts merged in our community’s response to a bush fire.

A fire is burning in the Budawang Forest and yesterday our community was briefed by the NSW Rural Fire Brigade about the potential dangers of the fire breaking containment lines.


Source: ABC News

We are fortunate that Mongarlowe has its own Bush Fire Brigade. Many of our friends in the community are members of the Brigade and I have had my application to be a volunteer accepted.


Living in a caring community (real and virtual) is very important to me and this week’s events have reconfirmed the observation made by Karen Stephenson that:

Reciprocity is key to the power of networks, the alchemy of mutual give and take over time turning to a golden trust…

Amongst those in the line of the fire are Gail Nichols and Suzanne Bellamy.

The weather has changed today and the forecast is for a cooler two days. This provides an opportunity to develop more containment lines and gives us more time to clarify what is important in our lives.


29 January bulletin and ABC news report


I was sitting at my computer this morning checking emails and news when up popped a single Google Alert for CCK08. Today’s alert was for Malinka Ivanova‘s post on Microblogging in Education.

I thought her post was a great example of someone investing energy in support of a community of practice (around Plurk and Twitter). (Shortly after I posted this I received Stephen’s OLDaily with his link to Malinka and his follow up on Plurk.)

I noticed that Malinka had a Sprout at the start of her post and I followed her lead to Sprout. I am keen to explore tools that make sharing possible and I had not seen Sprout before (and missed news of the beta launch January 2008, Marshall Kirkpatrick’s review and Raj Boora’s post in February).

This is my first Sprout project (I could not embed it in WordPress but did post it at Posterous). I realise that I am a long way away from the potential uses I could make of SproutBuilder!


I thought I would share it here as a marker in my learning about mashing resources.


After posting this I spent some time working on Sprout and followed up with registration for Plurk. Within a few minutes I had met Jo McLeay