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apes: ripped from the headlines

January 5, 2010

…or should I say, headlines ripped from apes? I was at the local Chevron station on Sunday morning, buying a Diet Coke, and I looked down at the Birmingham News and guess what I saw. The front page article, just belwo the fold was about Birmingham’s current mayoral race and focused on regional cooperatoin and economic development. Sound familiar? It gets better. The first paragraph of the article compared Birmingham’s failures at reginal development to successes in Chattanooga and Denver. We talked about and wrote about these very things in our final project.

Remember what I said at the end of the year. The work we did was meaningful. The ideas and solutions you guys generated are meaningful. Use them as you move on to your next phase of learning.

BTW…the entire article is available in the followig link. http://blog.al.com/birmingham-elections/2010/01/birmingham_mayors_race_1.html

apes, week 18: Pounding out the PESTLE

December 7, 2009

Hey kids, check the columns to see where we stand so far on our final project.

Monday (12/7) should be productive. On Friday you started thinking about “next steps” and forming natural partnerships with other sectors. On Monday I want us to come up  want each sector to come up with 2 or 3 agenda items for the policy paper. We will step back and look for two things. One, look for  items have natual connections. Second, look for  agenda items that are completely at odds with eachother.

As we move forward on Monday I want you to think about a couple of guiding principles. Remeber that every word we write has to be agreed upon by consensus. That means that everyone must agree that every paragraph/sentence/word matters, and they fit the goal of the final document. I think it will be easier to come to consensus on every word, every sentence, and every paragraph if we think hard about our initial ideas and make good descisions early.

Look for the pages on the right to fill up as we move through the process. I know we are dealing with a short clock, but we need to be writing by Wednesday. Oh yeah, and one more thing: Roll Tide.

apes, week 17: PESTLE approach to air quality

November 29, 2009

This should be an exciting week. It’s time to start our final project on Birmingham air quality and Birmingham’s potential economic development.

We’ve got two weeks to work together and a 90 minute wrap-up session on the day of the final. Both weeks are about collaboration. This week is focused on getting the information on the table and framing the question. Next week will be all about writing.

Before the end of Monday, I will have a “PESTLE page” on this blog dedicated to the final project. We can put all the papers and all the bullet point documents up on the “PESTLE page”.

Monday (11/30): Finish work on Research Papers/Begin collaborating with other members of your small group.

Tuesday (12/1): Finish small group work. Develop one page synopsis available for everyone. If time: begin small group presentations (7-10 min each)

Wednesday (12/2): Small group presentations (7-10 min each)

Thursday (12/3): Framing the Question/Weekend assignments

Friday (12/4): Values and Beliefs