• Hope is the thing with Makers

    My good friend Chad Sansing tweeted this the other day: This in the midst of our National Writing Project Annual Meeting, which happened in Boston this past week. I’ve been thinking a lot about the future as Erin and I recently had a baby. Torin is now 10 weeks old. And I want him to …

  • Making for the Masses (aka Paper Circuitry)

    Paper + Circuits + LED stick-on lights + Art and Creativity = Hacked Notebook. As in: and and This low-cost, lo-fidelity making happened this week at the National Writing Project’s Annual Meeting, Jie Qi of MIT’s Media Lab along with her collaborators David Cole, Jennifer Dick and me representing my org, helped a group of …

  • Home Making

    I can’t talk about, write about or do anything, really, these days without referencing the biggest thing to happen to me in my life. I’m about to become a dad. My wife and I are hurtling towards the birth of our first child, after what seemed like the slowest crawl (also known as First and …

  • Map-making in Three Dimensions

    I was once asked this question at a professional development workshop years ago in New York City: When we teach mapping and mapmaking, why do we so often begin with two-dimensional artifacts? In other words, why do we start with paper maps (or, these days, digital maps)? When geographic maps, at least, have as their …