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Dynamic Skillset newsletter (May 2016)


Doug Belshaw

May 31 · Issue #4 · View online

Open Educational Thinkerer. Consultant helping people & orgs become more productive in their use of technology. Co-founded @WeAreOpenCoop. #digilit #openbadges

Hello! I spent May without without alcohol or caffeine in a largely successful attempt to stave off migraines. Also this month, (the co-operative consortium of which Dynamic Skillset is now part) had its inaugural planning meeting. You can read all about what we got up to here
In May I’ve been doing my regular work with City & Guilds, helping them plan for an announcement and the Festival of Skills in early July. I also continued my work with Cambridge English and London CLC, as well as starting some with NCUB. I took some time out to attend the Thinking Digital conference and help out with Cub camp over the Bank Holiday weekend. 
Read here and/or to the bottom for my availability over the coming months!

The best of what I wrote in May
The problem with ‘grit’
The Future of Work: Trends and Toolsets
Beyond ‘low-hanging fruit’: why I’m no longer an Open Badges evangelist
The best of what I read in May
Unlearning and Other Jedi Mind Tricks – Finding the (Creative) Force
Even Psychologists Respond To Meaningless Rewards
Fifty shades of open
How to tone down your tech
Six-hour working day 'boosts productivity and makes people happier'
Documents are the new Email
Availability for June onwards
Towards the end of June I’m off to keynote the Badge Summit, then run a pre-ISTE conference in Colorado, USA. I’m then rushing back to help digitalme facilitate an event in London around digital credentials for employment. 
As a result of this travel, I’m taking it a bit easier either side of that busy long weekend. I’ll be continuing my work with City & Guilds and Cambridge English, as well as some Critical Friend work. I’ll have a few working days free, particularly for the kinds of things that I can do based from home!
July’s looking good as a time for some small-scale work, before I head off on holiday with my family for the month of August. I’ve got much more availability from September, when I’m looking to work a lot more with my founding members. You may want to get in touch with us about a thinkathon.
Can I help you and/or your organisation? Initial 30-minute chats are free, and I have reduced day rates for charities, non-profits, and educational organisations!
Get in touch!
You’ll get the fastest response from me via Twitter (@dajbelshaw) but I always respond to emails within 24 hours: 
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