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Time in the desert

Time in the desert

Visiting indigenous communities in outback Australia…

I just returned from a trip to the Northern Territory in Australia’s outback where I had plenty of time to think about stigmergy. It will probably take a little time for my many thoughts to coalesce into something more articulate (I pondered a good deal on human stigmergy). In the mean time, there were many beautiful termite nests (above), and ant nests (below) to witness.

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However I was there as part of an IBM sponsored program, SWIRL program run by Lawry Mahon (a living legend IMHO).

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(left to right) Andrew Hocking – Corporate Community Relations Manager, IBM Australia, and Lawry Mahon – SWIRL Program Coordinator, Victoria University School of Education

We visited five different indigenous communities in which groups of student teachers were developing digital stories with young indigenous students.

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My role was/is to help develop an online (stigmergic) collaborative environment for this course. Having run now for 11 years without hitch and with a great many success stories, I’m hoping this wonderful bunch of people and fantastic program will provide an excellent environment for exploring stigmergic collaboration across geographic, political and cultural borders.

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